Glens Falls, NY - The Adirondack Thunder kicked off their six game home stand by ending a three-game losing skid with a 3-0 shutout of the Reading Royals. The Thunder were led by a 42-save shutout from goaltender Kent Simpson, and a two-goal performance from Greg Wolfe.
The Thunder opened the scoring with just over five minutes to play in the second period, as Greg Wolfe notched his eighth goal of the season. The play was set up by Gunnar Hughes and Mitchell Heard, as the duo forced a turnover along the boards in the defensive zone and got the puck to Wolfe. The Michigan State product skated into the attacking zone and fired on net, getting a little help from a Royals’ defenseman who put it in the back of his own net. Hughes and Heard earned their sixth and 19th assists on the season respectively, a team high 19th for Heard.
Adirondack pushed its lead to two just 1:28 later, as Jeff Silengo connected at the 15:31 mark of the middle stanza. James Henry led the Thunder breakout up ice, as he skated into the neutral zone and fed a lead pass to a streaking Silengo. The New Hampshire graduate was able to split the defense and skate in towards Reading netminder Martin Ouelette, who was playing aggressively out of the crease, and lift the puck over him for his eighth goal of the year. Henry added his sixth helper on the campaign while Joe Faust also collected an assist on the play.
The Thunder sealed the victory with Wolfe’s empty net goal with 28 seconds to play. Henry stole the puck at center ice, passed up to Wolfe, who fired from the blue line into the empty net. It was the ninth goal of the year for Wolfe, while Henry picked up his seventh assist.
With the win, Adirondack improves to 26-10-2-2, and sit three points behind the Manchester Monarchs for the division lead with five games in hand. The Thunder return to the ice tomorrow evening to complete the second half of their home-and-home with the Royals, before having the next five days off from games.
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