Glens Falls, NY – The Adirondack Thunder fell to the Manchester Monarchs by a 3-2 final for their first regulation loss of the season on Tuesday evening at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
The Monarchs struck first at the 9:33 mark in the first period to open the scoring. Manchester defenseman Alex Privitera took a feed from teammate Daniel Doremus, briefly hesitated at the blue line and unleashed a wrist shot that slipped past the glove of Adirondack goaltender Mason McDonald, the second goal of the season for Privitera. Doremus and Justin Gutierrez collected the helpers on the play, the fifth assist of the season for both forwards.
Manchester doubled its advantage just under six minutes later to extend the lead to 2-0. Monarchs’ forward Derek Arnold carried the puck behind the net and fed Gasper Kopitar in the slot, where the Slovenian forward placed a wrist shot over McDonald’s blocker hand for his second goal in as many games. Arnold and defenseman David Kolomatis collected the assists on the play, the seventh point in seven games on the season for Kolomatis.
The visitors extended their lead 11:37 into the second period off of a four-on-two rush into the Thunder defensive zone. Forwards Daniel Ciampini and Justin Agosta executed a give-and-go play, with Ciampini the final recipient at the bottom of the right hand circle, where he wired a shot past McDonald for his team’s third tally of the evening. The goal for Ciampini, his third tally of the season, was assisted by Agosta and forward Matt Leitner, extending the latter’s team lead in points to eight.
48 seconds later, Adirondack tallied its first goal of the night to cut their deficit to two goals midway through the second period. After forward Greg Wolfe gained possession deep in the offensive zone, Brett Pollock took the puck and dropped it back to a crashing Dana Fraser and the Tatamagouche, NS native put his shot past Manchester netminder Sam Brittain for his second tally of the season. Pollock and Wolfe collected the assists on the play, the third point in four games this season for Pollock.
Late in the third period, Adirondack scored with exactly three minutes to play to cut the Manchester lead to a single goal. With netminder Mason McDonald on the bench for an extra attacker, forward Matt Bailey let go a slap shot from the slot that went wide of Sam Brittain, but Brian Ward was on hand to gather the rebound and wrap it into the open net. The tally was the team leading fifth of the season for Ward, while Bailey collected the assist on the play, his third point in three games with the Thunder.
The Thunder hit the road for eight straight games away from Upstate New York, beginning this weekend with two games in Manchester. Full and half season ticket packages, as well as flex packs are available now for the 2016-17 season at just $13 per seat, a savings of 34% off of 2015-16 pricing. Call 518-480-3355 x1 to customize a plan and reserve your season ticket locations today.
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