Brampton, ON – The Adirondack Thunder, proud ECHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames, announced today that they have made three roster moves. Goaltender J.P. Anderson has been released from his PTO with the Utica Comets and has rejoined the team in advance of tomorrow’s game with Brampton. The Thunder have also signed defensemen Nolan Kaiser and Travis Jeke to standard player contracts.
The Beast opened the scoring just before the halfway mark of the first period as David Pacan buried his own rebound to give his team a 1-0 advantage. After Chris Leveille forced a turnover at his offensive blueline, the puck fell into the path of Pacan, who buried his own rebound after his first shot was denied by Adirondack netminder Mason McDonald. The tally was Pacan’s 15th of the season, tying him for second in the ECHL, while Leveille had the lone assist on the play, his seventh.
The hosts extended their lead to three goals as Pacan completed the hat trick with a pair of second period tallies. The Beast struck first 3:41 in as they once capitalized on a neutral zone turnover. Marino moved the puck into the offensive zone and hit a streaking Pacan on a 2-on-1 rush, where the big forward buried for his second of the evening. Pacan then struck again just over five minutes later, as he buried his 17th goal of the season and third of the evening. After a faceoff win in the attacking zone, Pacan pounced on a rebound in front off of a Jordan Henry shot and slid it home on the backhand for the finish.
The Beast struck again at the 11:33 mark of the middle stanza as Brandon MacLean redirected home a Mike Vernace shot from the point to increase the Thunder deficit to four goals. Vernace collected the puck at the left point and fired a shot through traffic, which hit MacLean’s stick on the way through and found its way into the back of the net. The goal was MacLean’s eighth of the season, with Vernace and Vallorani picking up the helpers on the play. The goal also spelled the end of McDonald’s evening as J.P. Anderson entered for his debut with the Thunder.
Adirondack got on the board in the second period to cut the Brampton advantage to 4-1. The Thunder struck off of an odd man rush, finished by forward Dennis Kravchenko at the 14:13 mark of the second period. Peter MacArthur entered the offensive zone and hit Kravchenko with a feed, where the California native moved in and beat Brampton netminder Zach Fucale to open Adirondack’s scoring. Kravchenko’s goal was his fourth of the season, with MacArthur and Ty Loney picking up the assists on the play, the 15th of the season for Loney.
The Thunder got a second goal with just 2.2 seconds to play in the middle frame to move within two goals. With time winding down in the middle stanza, Mike Bergin fired a shot from the right point, that was denied by Fucale, but forward Greg Wolfe was on hand to bury the rebound for his third goal of the season. The marker for Wolfe ended a 16-game goal drought and Bergin had the lone assist on the play, his second of the season.
Brampton ended the scoring with a late power-play goal from Tim Billingsley. The Beast moved the puck throughout the offensive zone where it wound up at the point with Biliingsley, who fired home through heavy traffic for his third goal of the season. Vallorani and Luke Pither had the assists on the play, Vallorani’s second of the evening.
The Thunder continue their three-game set against the Brampton Beast tomorrow evening, before the two teams square off at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday evening, with puck drop slated for 7:00 p.m. Adirondack Thunder individual and group ticket packages are available for just $13 per ticket in addition to new Thunder mini-packs, consisting of four tickets and a gift card to a local restaurant for just $65. Call 518-480-3355 x1 or visit ECHLThunder.com/tickets to customize a plan and reserve your seat locations today.
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