Glens Falls, NY – The Adirondack Thunder skated to their fourth straight victory with a 5-2 win on Friday evening at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Adirondack opened up the scoring just 2:25 into the first period with a goal from rookie forward Dennis Kravchenko, his seventh goal of the season. Thunder forward Brett Pollock retrieved a puck from behind of the net and connected with Kravchenko, who he dangled through the crease and finished with a backhand goal to get Adirondack on the board. Pollock and James Henry tallied assists on the play, Pollock’s 12th and Henry’s 17th of the season.
The Admirals tied the game at one while on the man advantage as Norfolk defenseman Frankie Simonelli scored his sixth goal of the season at the 10:08 mark of the first period. Brodie Dupont received a pass in front of the net and has his shot denied by Drew Fielding, but Simonelli crashed the weak side of the net and forced the puck through Fielding’s legs for the goal. Dupont and Joey Benik collected assists on the goal, Dupont’s 19th helper of the season.
Adirondack responded with a goal of its own from defenseman Stepan Falkovsky just over four minutes later, his sixth goal in four games. With the Thunder on a 5-on-3 power play, forward Ty Loney sent a cross-ice pass to Falkovsky, who was waiting at a familiar spot inside the right face-off circle and connected on a one-timer that found the back of the net. Loney and Peter MacArthur were awarded assists on the play, MacArthur’s 21st of the season.
The Thunder doubled their advantage midway through the second period as forward Greg Wolfe found the back of the net for the fifth time over his past six games. Wolfe took a pass from Mikkel Aagaard down the right wing and fired a wrist shot past Anderson from the right-hand circle for his 11th goal of the season. Aagaard and defenseman Alex Wall collected the assists on the play, the 23rd helper of the season for Aagaard.
With 4:03 left in the second period, Loney scored his 17th goal of the season to put the Thunder up 4-1. After an aggressive forecheck, Pollock battled for possession in the corner and won possession of the puck in the Norfolk zone. The 6-3 winger sent a pass to Loney at the back post, who slipped the puck between the post and the skate of Norfolk netminder Brandon Anderson. The Pollock-Henry duo tallied their second set of assists on the night, Henry’s fourth point in three games.
After 15:41 of scoreless hockey had come and gone in the third period, forward Brain Ward scored his 16th goal of the season to put Adirondack ahead by four goals. Loney intercepted a blocked shot in the slot and dished to Ward, who directed his shot past Anderson and into the back of the net to conclude the Thunder’s scoring on the evening. Loney and Lough notched assists on the play, Loney’s third point of the game.
Norfolk reduced the Thunder lead to three with a late goal with just 1:36 left in the game, a power-play goal from John Dunbar. From the point, Admirals’ forward T.J. Foster sent a diagonal cross-ice to Dunbar, who finished with a wrist-shot over the glove of Fielding for his 13th goal of the season. Foster was awarded the lone assist on the play, his 16th helper of the season.
With the win, Adirondack has now won six of their past seven games as they improve to 23-13-4-3 on the season and remain in third place in the Northern Division.
The Thunder and Admirals are back in action tomorrow evening at the Glens Falls Civic Center for Pink in the Rink Night, presented by Glens Falls Hospital. 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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