Glens Falls NY - The Adirondack Thunder fell for the first time this season in the third game of a three-in-three, as they dropped a 4-1 decision to the Brampton Beast on Sunday afternoon at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Brampton opened the scoring midway through the first period, when defenseman Travis Brown found the back of the net 9:03 into the game. Brown took a pass at the point from Steven Kaunisto, wound up and sent his shot past Adirondack netminder Drew Fielding for his eighth goal of the season. It was the seventeenth assist on the year for Kaunisto, while David Ling, who picked up the secondary assist on the play, notched his tenth.
The Beast struck again after the ensuing faceoff when Jordan Henry tipped home a rebound to put the visitors up by two just 12 seconds later. Brampton created traffic in front of Fielding, where Henry was able to secure the rebound off of Mike Hammond’s bid and snuck a shot off of a body in front and over Fielding’s sprawled out stick hand. The tally was the fifth goal of the season for Henry, while Hammond and Mitch Zion collected the helpers on the play, the seventh of the season for Hammond.
The visitors lit the lamp for the third time in the first period, when Hammond scored with just over three minutes left. The Brampton forward took a pass from Daniel Vernace, skated to the right-hand faceoff dot and placed a shot just over the reach of Fielding’s glove. The tally marked the seventh goal for Hammond, the second assist for Vernace, giving Hammond a multi-point game. Luck-Olivier Blain collected the secondary assist on the play, his second point in as many nights against the Thunder.
The Thunder got one back with 40 seconds remaining in the period when Greg Wolfe scored off a two-on-one rush with Dana Fraser to pull a goal back for Adirondack. Fraser carried the puck into the offensive zone down the right lane, quickly dished the puck to Wolfe in front of the crease and beat Brampton goaltender Andrew D’Agonstini for his 14th goal of the season.
Brampton sealed the win with Nick McParland’s empty net goal with less than two minutes remaining, for the final score of 4-1. With the loss, the Thunder’s magic number to clinch a playoff berth stays put at four, with Elmira and Kalamazoo having the day off. The team returns to the ice Tuesday night to take on the Elmira Jackals at the Civic Center, where a win for the Thunder would send them into the postseason.
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