Manchester, NH – The Adirondack Thunder clinched their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal against the Manchester Monarchs with a 3-0 victory on Wednesday evening at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH. The Thunder won the series by a four games to one margin and became the first team in the ECHL to book a place in the second round.
Adirondack opened the scoring in the first period just 6:30 into the game, as Thunder captain Peter MacArthur collected his second goal of the series. After Mitchell Heard fended off a Monarchs defenseman in the corner, the big center sent the puck to MacArthur stationed in front, who buried for the goal. MacArthur’s tally was his seventh point of the postseason, tying him with teammate Greg Wolfe for the ECHL lead. Heard and Ryan Constant collected the assists on the play, the fourth of the series for Constant.
The Thunder capitalized on an extended man-advantage midway through the opening period to take a 2-0 lead, courtesy of Ryan Constant’s first goal of the series. With Derek Arnold in the box on a four-minute high sticking minor, the Thunder capitalized as the puck squirted out to an unmarked Constant in the high slot, where the veteran blueliner beat Carr on the blocker side for the goal. The tally was Constant’s fifth point in five games during the playoffs to date, while assists on the play went to Wolfe and Ryan Lomberg, extending Lomberg’s point streak to three games and Wolfe’s to five.
The visitors made it 3-0 with 8:28 to play in the second period as Dana Fraser collected the first playoff goal of his professional career. After Fraser won a draw in the offensive zone, Constant one-timed a slapshot on net that was denied by Carr, but Fraser drove the net and swatted home the rebound on the backhand for the goal. The assist for Constant was his third point of the evening and tied his playoff career high, previously set with the Stockton Thunder on April 14, 2013 against the Las Vegas Wranglers.
All 2015-16 full and partial season ticket holders and 2016-17 full season ticket holders can get tickets to Round 2 of the playoffs at $14 per game, not including sales tax or facility fee, starting tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. Any 2015-16 or 2016-17 full season ticket holders should visit the Thunder front office (playoff extended hours of 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.) or call 518-480-3355 x1 to reserve their playoff location. Group tickets are also on sale now at the $14 per game rate. Any group can get tickets for all three Round One games by visiting the Thunder front office or by calling 518-480-3355 x1. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m. at the Glens Falls Civic Center Box Office.
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