Glens Falls, NY - The Adirondack Thunder suffered an 8-0 defeat to the Elmira Jackals on Tuesday evening at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
The visitors opened the scoring just over three minutes into the game as Tyler Currier fired home from the top of the left hand circle for his fifteenth tally of the season. Currier took a feed from forward Justin Bernhardt and let go a wrist shot that snuck past Adirondack netminder Kent Simpson for the goal. The marker moved Currier one goal shy of the Elmira team led, while the assist was Bernhardt’s eighth of the season.
Elmira doubled their advantage with just 1:22 left to play in the opening period. As the Jackals controlled the puck in the offensive zone, Simpson made a sprawling kick save on Elmira forward Cason Hohmann but Allan McPherson was on hand to bury the rebound and give his team a 2-0 lead. The goal for McPherson was his 15th of the season while Hohmann increased his team leading point total to 36 with the lone assist.
The Jackals opened the second period in similar fashion to the first as they found the back of the net less than four minutes after the opening faceoff. With the Thunder on a power play, McPherson and Zach Cohen went the other way on a 2-on-1 break. McPherson dished the puck to Cohen and the Illinois native went backhand-to-forehand for the goal from the bottom of the right-hand circle. The tally for Cohen was his ninth of the season while McPherson netted his eighth multi-point game with the assist.
Special teams were once again the story as Elmira took a four-goal advantage with the Jackals this time converting on the power play. With Adirondack killing off a hooking minor, Elmira got a goal from usual assist man Chris Langkow, who converted with 8:30 left on the clock in the second period. The goal for Langkow, his fifth of the season, came off of assists from Kevin Clare and Jacob MacDonald, the 14th helper of the season for the blueliner MacDonald. The fourth goal marked the end of Kent Simpson’s evening with 15 saves on 19 shots and the Thunder debut for Jacob DeSerres
Elmira added a fifth right before the end of the third period as Stroh found the back of the net, making him the fifth different Jackal to score a goal. Mike Seidel and Cohen collected the helpers on the play, giving Cohen a multi-point game. The Jackals tacked on goal number six at the 9:56 mark of the third period, as Kyle Bushee scored an improbable goal from near the center red line. Bushee fired the puck into the Adirondack zone, where it took an unfortunate bounce for DeSerres and wound up in the back of the net for Bushee’s second of the season.
The Jackals would add two more goals in the game’s final five minutes, the tenth of the season for MacDonald and the second of the evening for Langkow to cap the final score at 8-0. The loss was the worst in Adirondack Thunder history and the first of the season by more than five goals.
The Thunder finish off their six-game homestand as they host the Wheeling Nailers on Friday for Teachers Appreciation and Blades For Grades Night at the Civic Center. All teachers get a free ticket and students who show their report card with a grade of a “B” or higher get a free ticket as well. Friends and family can buy tickets at a discounted $15 rate if they accompany a teacher or student.
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