Glens Falls, NY – The Adirondack Thunder wrapped up their five game homestand with a 2-0 shutout over the Reading Royals on Saturday evening at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Adirondack was led by goaltender Ken Appleby, who stopped 36 shots in the victory on Pink in the Rink Night, where the Thunder wore Pink jerseys to raise funds and awareness for the C.R. Wood Cancer Research Center at Glens Falls Hospital.
The Thunder opened the scoring with just under five minutes to play in the first period. After working the puck around the offensive zone, Peter MacArthur fired on net from the slot, got his own rebound and buried it top shelf on his backhand over sprawled out Reading netminder Martin Ouelette. The tally was the third goal of the season for MacArthur, his second straight game with a goal. Greg Wolfe and Ryan Constant contributed assists on the play, their twelfth and sixteenth on the season respectively, tying Michael Kirkpatrick for the team lead.
Adirondack increased their lead to two early in the second period with their second power-play goal of the evening. Ryan Culkin fed teammate Joe Faust in the left circle where the Thunder blueliner settled the puck and fired a low shot past Ouelette and into the back of the net. The goal for Faust, his second of the season, marked the first time that the Thunder scored two goals with the man advantage since December 4.
Despite 18 shots on goal from Reading in the third period, Appleby was flawless between the pipes, as he rejected all 18 attempts that came his way. With the win, the Thunder improve to 23-9-1-1 on the season and moved into a tie with the Manchester Monarchs for first place in the East Division.
The Thunder are back in action tomorrow in an afternoon matchup at Elmira against the Jackals, before they finish off a three-in-three set on Monday at Reading. The team returns home next Friday night to take on Manchester in what is shaping up to be a battle for first place.
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