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THUNDER TAKE DOWN ROYALS IN SHOOTOUT WIN AT GFCC

Tuesday, January 24th
THUNDER TAKE DOWN ROYALS IN SHOOTOUT WIN AT GFCC

Glens Falls, NY – The Adirondack Thunder picked up a big two points as they claimed a 3-2 shootout victory over the Reading Royals on Tuesday evening at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Adirondack opened the scoring with just under four minutes to play in the opening period as Alex Wall converted for his fourth tally of the season. After the Thunder moved the puck up ice, Captain Peter MacArthur nearly scored on a nice move to the forehand but instead fed a wide open Wall, who was positioned in front for the goal. MacArthur and forward Greg Wolfe collected the assists on the play, the 14th helper of the season for Wolfe.

While on the man advantage in the second period, Reading knotted the score at one as they capitalized at the 4:04 mark of the middle stanza. The Royals were able to move the puck throughout the offensive end and Matt Wilkins fed an uncovered Robbie Czarnik in front, where the Reading winger buried past Adirondack netminder J.P. Anderson for the goal, his 13th of the season. Wilkins and Ryan Penny collected the assists on the play, the tenth of the season for Wilkins.

The Royals pulled ahead late in the third period on a questionable call as they took a 2-1 lead with 5:04 to play in the third period. Forward Justin Crandall moved the puck back to Derik Johnson at the left point, where the Reading blueliner fired a shot that beat Adirondack netminder J.P. Anderson and was adjudged to have gone under the crossbar and into the back of the net for the go-ahead goal, Johnson’s fourth of the season, with Crandall and Ian Watters collecting assists on the play.

Just 21 seconds later, however, the Thunder got back to level pegging as Greg Wolfe collected his second point of the evening with a redirected goal. With the puck in the high slot, MacArthur fired a shot on net that was turned aside by the stick of Reading goaltender Martin Ouelette, but the rebound deflected off of Wolfe and into the back of the net for his ninth goal of the season. MacArthur and Mikkel Aagaard collected the assists on the play, MacArthur’s second of the evening and 19th of the season.

After an overtime period that saw numerous chances but no goals, the game headed to the shootout. Round one saw J.P. Anderson deny Crandall while Wolfe scored his first shootout goal of the season for the Thunder. Round two saw goals for each team, with Matt Willows scoring for Reading and James Henry for Adirondack. Anderson was able to keep the puck out of the net on Chris McCarthy’s round three attempt to give the Thunder the 3-2 victory. Anderson finished the evening with 36 saves, a season high for all Thunder goaltenders on home ice this season.

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