Norfolk, VA – The Adirondack Thunder earned their third straight victory as they skated to a 4-3 win over the Norfolk Admirals on Wednesday evening at the Norfolk Scope.
The hosts opened the scoring as they scored with just 17 seconds remaining on an early four-minute power play to open the scoring on the evening. After he collected the pass from a poke check by defenseman Mike Kreig, Norfolk Captain Brodie Dupont hit a wide-open Joey Benik at the back post for the game’s first goal. Beink’s goal was his sixth of the season while Dupont and Kreig collected the helpers on the play, Dupont’s 19th of the season.
The Thunder came back to knot the score at one late in the first period as defenseman Stepan Falkovsky fired home on the power play. Alex Wall fed a cross-ice pass to Falkovsky, who fired home from the top of the right circle for his ECHL league-leading seventh power-play goal among defensemen this season. Falkovsky now has ten goals on the season, tied for third in the ECHL in goals by a defenseman, while Wall and Mikkel Aagaard collected the assists on the play, Wall’s team leading 25th of the season.
The Admirals took just 95 seconds into the second period, however, to regain their advantage as they capitalized with another power-play goal. After Paul Rodrigues drove the net but was denied at the near-side post by Adirondack netminder J.P. Anderson, the puck skittered to Dupont in front, where the forward went top shelf to put his team ahead 2-1. The goal for Dupont was his 13th of the season, while Rodrigues and Frankie Simonelli collected the assists on the play, the 12th of the season for Rodrigues.
The visitors would once again come back from behind to take the game into the second intermission knotted at two. After Aagaard entered the offensive zone, he was able to work the puck to Thunder forward Greg Wolfe in the high slot, where the veteran fired under the crossbar for his 11th goal of the season and ninth point in his last six games. Aagaard and Falkovsky collected the assists on the play, giving Falkovsky multiple points in each of the Thunder’s last three games.
Early in the third period, Adirondack found the back of the net twice in less than two minutes to open up their first lead of the night. First, 1:47 into the third period, James Henry collected a loose puck and fired home from an acute angle right off of the offensive goal line for his ninth goal of the season. Just 91 seconds later, Adirondack struck again as Brian Ward buried a Ty Loney rebound in front for his 15th tally of the season. Loney and Falkovsky collected the assists on the play, the third point of the evening for Falkovsky.
With less than four minutes to play in the third period, the Admirals cut the Adirondack advantage to a single goal as they converted for the third time on the evening on the power play. Zach Pochiro’s shot from the left was denied by a kick save from Anderson, but Norfolk forward T.J. Foster was positioned in front to bury the rebound for his 12th goal of the season. Pochiro and forward John Dunbar collected the assists on the play, the 13th helper for both forwards.
With the victory, the Thunder improved to 22-13-4-3 and are now in sole possession of third place in the North Division.
The Thunder and Admirals are back in action this weekend with games on Friday and Saturday at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Adirondack Thunder individual and group ticket packages are also 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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