Brampton, ON –The Adirondack Thunder finished their three-in-three set away from home with five points as they defeated the Brampton Beast 5-2 on Sunday afternoon at the Powerade Centre. Louick Marcotte and Michael Kirkpatrick scored two goals apiece while Peter MacArthur had three points and Peter Di Salvo earned his first win as a member of the Thunder with 20 saves.
Adirondack capitalized on the man advantage for the second straight night as they opened the scoring midway through the first period with a power-play goal. With David Ling in the penalty box for boarding, Kirkpatrick took a Patch Alber feed and wired a slap shot past Beast netminder Kenny Reiter from the top of the left hand circle to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. The goal for Kirkpatrick, his 21st of the season, extended his ECHL lead in goals amongst first-year players, while Alber picked up his 16th helper of the season.
The Thunder doubled their lead midway through the second period as they once again found the back of the net with a power-play goal, this on a 5-on-3 advantage. Alber was once again the facilitator for the Thunder, as his slap shot from the point through traffic was denied by Reiter, but the rebound trickled over to an unmarked Peter MacArthur, who buried his fifth goal of the season. The assist for Alber gave him a multi-point night and marked the first time since January 16 that the Thunder have scored multiple power-play goals in a game.
The visitors extended their lead to three less than two minutes later as they found the back of the net just one second after their power play expired. The Thunder worked the puck around in the offensive zone and MacArthur collected a pass at the bottom of the left hand circle, carried the puck to the point and fired a shot on net, that was redirected home by Marcotte for his 11th goal of the season. The goal for Marcotte marked his third in the past two nights while MacArthur posted his second consecutive multi-point night. Ryan Lomberg picked up the secondary assist on the play.
Brampton cut the Adirondack lead to one with a pair of third period goals in the opening 2:46 of the third period. The Beast scored first just 62 seconds into the period in the form of Brandon Marino, who buried a centering feed from veteran forward David Ling for his 13th goal of the season. The Beast then wasted very little time as Scott Jacklin scored for the home side less than two minutes later. Jacklin fired the puck on net from the right wing and his shot beat a screened Peter Di Salvo as Adirondack saw their lead shrink to just 3-2. The goal for Jacklin marked his eighth tally of the season and his third against the Thunder, with the first two coming as a member of the Elmira Jackals.
Marcotte added an empty net goal with 1:36 left on the clock to complete his second two-goal game in as many nights. Kirkpatrick then put the icing on the cake with a late empty netter to seal the deal and complete his own multi-goal effort. The Thunder conclude their four-game road trip with a visit to Manchester to take on the division leaders. The Thunder leave tonight’s game four points behind the Monarchs with two games in hand.
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