Elmira, NY –The Adirondack Thunder picked up a point on the road but dropped a 2-1 shootout decision to the Elmira Jackals on Friday evening at First Arena in Elmira, NY. Thunder netminder Drew Fielding made a career high 43 saves in his first game back with Adirondack, after he was reacquired from the Brampton Beast in a trade last evening.
After a scoreless first period, headlined by 17 saves from Fielding, the Thunder opened the scoring with a shorthanded tally 3:45 into the second period. With Gunnar Hughes in the box serving a tripping minor, Quinn Smith stole the puck in his own defensive zone, skated the length of the ice down the right wing and beat Elmira netminder C.J. Motte with a backhanded shot to make it 1-0 Thunder. The tally for Smith, which came unassisted, was Smith’s third goal of the season and extended his scoring streak to three games.
Elmira knotted the game at one as they were finally able to beat Fielding with 6:58 remaining in the middle stanza. Jackals forward Justin Bernhardt carried the puck deep into the offensive zone, curled back in the corner and hit a streaking Colin Jacobs in the slot, who put his wrist shot home for the tying goal. The goal, Jacobs’ 12th tally of the season, came off of the lone assist from Bernhardt, his 13th helper.
After the third period and overtime went scoreless, despite a series of chances for Adirondack in the extra session, the Jackals were victorious in the skills competition with a 2-1 win. After the teams split the first two rounds, courtesy of goals by Jacobs for Elmira and Peter MacArthur for Adirondack, the Jackals won the game in round three as Cason Hohmann deked to the forehand to beat Fielding.
These two teams are back at it tomorrow in Elmira, as the Thunder complete their back-to-back series at First Arena. The team will then head North of the border to take on the Brampton Beast in a Sunday matinee. Tomorrow’s game starts at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday’s game kicks off at 2:00 p.m.
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