Glens Falls, NY – The Adirondack Thunder fell to the South Carolina Stingrays in the first game of their back-to-back set by a final of 5-1 on Friday evening at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
The Stingrays got on the board first when Andrew Rowe found the back of the net just under six minutes into the game. Positioned in the faceoff dot to the right of the Adirondack net, Rowe took a cross-ice pass from Ryan Ruikka and went top shelf to give the visitors an early advantage. The tally was the seventh goal of the season for Rowe, while Ruikka picked up his third assist. Matt D’Agostino also tailed an assist on the play, his third of season as well.
South Carolina struck again, this time on the power play when Colin Mulvey took a pass from Andrew Rowe right in front of the crease and went five hole on Simpson to push the lead to two. Adding an assist was Stephan Vigier, his thirteenth this year. Mulvey’s goal gave him ninth on the season, while Rowe notched his fourteenth assist, and his sixth multi-point game this year.
The visitors increased their advantage to three when Mulvey lit the lamp again, this time off of a pass from Brett Cameron, who shot a pass towards the net where Mulvey was able to reach around a Thunder defender and tap the puck past the sprawling Simpson. Mulvey’s second goal of the game gives him an even 10 on the year, and his second straight two-goal effort. Cameron and Ruikka, picked up their twelfth and fourth helpers on the season respectively.
Opening the second period, the Stingrays once again found the back of the net, this time it was Brendan Ellis, who was standing all alone at the faceoff dot and fired a shot under Simpson’s glove for his fourth goal of the year. The play was set up by Jordan Kwas and David Pacan, who found Ellis for their ninth and fifteenth assists this year respectively.
The Thunder finally found the back of the net with five minutes to play in the second period, when Dana Fraser fired through traffic past South Carolina netminder Mark Dekanich. Thunder forward Alexandre Carrier battled off two defenders along the boards to gain control of the puck and send it to Mike Bergin, who found Fraser in the high slot for the tally. Fraser’s goal was his fifth on the season, while Bergin and Carrier picked up their fourth and fifth assists of the season respectively.
South Carolina answered right back, this time through Jared Staal, who took a pass from Jordan Kwas into the offensive zone, maneuvered through two Thunder defenders and deked out Simpson for his fourth goal this year. Kwas’ helper was his tenth of the season and jolted his first multipoint game this season. Also picking up an assist was Nick D’Agostino, his fourth of the season, which gave him a multi-point game as well.
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