WHO: Adirondack Thunder (14-6-2-3) vs. Reading Royals (14-10-1-1)
WHAT: ECHL REGULAR SEASON GAME
WHEN: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 @ 6:00 PM
WHERE: Glens Falls Civic Center – Glens Falls, NY
TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Thunder and Reading Royals square off for the first time this season, the first of nine matchups between the two teams this season. Last season saw 12 head-to-head matchups, with the Thunder posting a 7-4-1 record in those matchups, good for a 15-11 point advantage for the season.
A ROYAL FLUSH: In the season series against Reading in 2015-16, the Thunder were led offensively by forward Greg Wolfe, who amassed eight points (3-5-8) and a +6 rating in 10 games a season ago. Forward James Henry collected six points (1-5-6) in eight games, while defenseman Patch Alber led the team from the blueline with a team high six assists in 12 games played.
POWER SURGE: The Thunder rank near the top of the ECHL league leaders on the power play, as they sit tied for second in the ECHL on road power-play percentage (25.0%) and seventh in the league in overall power play percentage (20.8%). Adirondack blueliner Patch Alber ranks third in the league in power-play assists from defensemen with eight, while forward Dennis Kravchenko is tied for third amongst rookie forwards with three goals in just 10 games played.
MR. 200: Adirondack Thunder forward and alternate captain James Henry hit a professional milestone last week as he appeared in his 200th career professional game on Thursday against Brampton. Henry is currently in his fourth professional season, all of which have been with the Thunder organization between Stockton and Adirondack. Henry has amassed 113 points (35-78-113) in his career to date.
GOT A LITTLE CAPTAIN IN YOU: Thunder Captain Peter MacArthur picked up his second three-point game of the season as he netted a goal and two assists in the Thunder’s victory on Friday against Brampton. MacArthur scored his eighth goal of the season in the first period, which equaled his total from a season ago in 25 less games. Since November 12th, MacArthur has amassed 14 points (7-7-14) over 13 games played, scoring at over a point-per-game pace.
FAMILIAR FACES: The Thunder will welcome back a pair of former players tonight as goaltender Drew Fielding and winger Matt Wilkins return to the Civic Center for the first time as visiting players. Fielding appeared in 25 games with the Thunder during the 2015-16 season, where he amassed an 11-11-2 record between the pipes, with a .914 save percentage and a 2.68 goals against average. Fielding also appeared in one Kelly Cup Playoff contest. Wilkins skated in two games with the Thunder during the 2015-16 season after he finished his collegiate career at Union College and was held scoreless.