Glens Falls, NY – The Adirondack Thunder are undefeated in regulation in their last six games after a 5-1 victory, bolstered by three power-play goals, on Friday evening at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
The Adirondack Thunder opened the scoring early in the first period as rookie forward Brian Ward opened the scoring at the 4:11 mark for his eleventh goal of the season. Ward worked with Thunder Captain Peter MacArthur with a give-and-go pass along the boards in the neutral zone, before Ward secured the puck and sent his wrist shot to the top corner of the net for the tally. MacArthur and Mathieu Brodeur tallied assists on the play, Brodeur’s fourteenth of the season.
Just over 11 minutes into the first period, the Eagles evened the score with a goal from forward Matt Garbowsky, his seventh of the season. Defenseman Matt Register sent a cross-ice pass to the top of the right circle to defenseman Sean Zimmerman, who fired a slap shot towards the net, which Garbowsky deflected over the blocker of Adirondack netminder Tom McCollum. Register and Zimmerman collected the assists on the play, Zimmerman’s ninth of the season.
With 3:08 left in the first period, the Thunder struck again on the man advantage as Peter MacArthur unleashed a slap shot from the left point to pick up his sixth goal of the season. The Thunder worked the puck throughout the zone and defenseman Patch Alber found MacArthur and the captain fired a shot past Colorado goaltender Nathan Lieuwen for the go-ahead goal. Alber and Brodeur collected picked up the assists on the play, Brodeur’s second assist of the game and Alber’s sixth of the season.
After a scoreless second period, Adirondack forward Dennis Kravchenko scored his first career professional goal and extended the Thunder lead to two goals just over two minutes into the third period. At the top of the Eagles’ zone, defenseman Kevin Lough connected with a circling Kravchenko and the California native was able to slot his wrist shot top shelf past Lieuwen. Lough collected the lone assist on the play, as Kravchenko extended his scoring streak to two games.
The Thunder picked up their largest lead of the evening at the 7:40 mark of the third period as Mike Bergin fired a shot through traffic for his first goal of the season. Defenseman Alex Wall fed a pass across the blueline to his partner Bergin at the right point, who saw his first effort blocked. The 6-3 defenseman collected the loose puck, dragged towards the net and fired a wrist shot home for the goal. Wall picked up the lone assist on the play, his tenth of the season.
The Thunder kept the offense coming as they extended their advantage to four just 65 seconds later to make it a 5-1 game. With the puck positioned in the slot, forward Brandon Baddock slid a creative feed towards a streaking James Henry at the back post, who finished for his third goal in as many games. The assists on the play went to Baddock and forward Greg Wolfe, the first point of Baddock's professional career.
The Thunder continue their homestand tomorrow evening as they square off again with the Eagles, with puck drop slated for 7:00 p.m on Military Appreciation Night. 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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