North Charleston, SC – The Adirondack Thunder closed out their three-in-three set this weekend with a victory as they swept the season series over the South Carolina Stingrays with a 5-2 victory on Sunday afternoon at the North Charleston Coliseum.
After a four-minute power play had elapsed for the Thunder, forward Peter MacArthur opened the scoring for Adirondack just past the halfway mark of the first period. James Henry fired the puck towards the net, where Brock Montgomery was unable to get his shot to go, but the rebound fell to MacArthur, who swatted it home on the backhand for his 15th goal of the season. Montgomery and Henry collected the helpers on the play, Henry’s 22nd of the season.
Adirondack surged to a 3-0 lead midway through the second period as Conor Riley and MacArthur scored just over two minutes apart. First, after Cullen Bradshaw sent a pass through the slot, Riley crashed the net and swatted the puck home on the backhand for his fifth goal of the season. The Thunder scored again at the 8:11 mark of the middle stanza as MacArthur collected his second goal and third point of the evening. After he held the puck in the offensive zone at the left point, the Thunder captain fired through traffic that beat South Carolina netminder Adam Carlson for MacArthur’s 16th goal of the season. Montgomery collected the lone assist on the play, his second of the evening.
South Carolina got on the board with 8:59 to play in the middle stanza as Andrew Cherniwchan buried his seventh goal of the season to bring his team back to within two goals. Forward Dominic Monardo carried the puck down the right wing and sent a pass through the slot into Cherniwchan’s wheelhouse and the Stingrays’ forward buried it top shelf to get his team on the board. Monardo and Joey Leach collected the assists on the play, Monardo’s 20th of the season.
The Thunder advanced their lead back to three goals as defenseman Stepan Falkovsky scored right after an Adirondack power play had concluded to put his team ahead 4-1. Falkovsky took a feed from forward Dean Yakura, made a move on a South Carolina defenseman and fired between the legs of Carlson for his team-leading 17th goal of the season. Yakura and Brett Pollock collected the assists on the play, Yakura’s first point in three games with the Thunder.
South Carolina came back less than two minutes later, however, as Scott Tanski closed his team’s deficit back to two goals once again. After forward Marcus Perrier won possession on the forecheck behind the Thunder net, the puck moved to Tim McGauley, who lost it, but it fell directly into the path of Tanski in the slot, who fired it past Adirondack netminder Mason McDonald for his eighth goal of the season. McGauley and Perrier collected the helpers on the play, Perrier’s 12th of the season.
Thunder forward James Henry iced the game with less than a minute to play as he fired into the empty net with 54 seconds to play in the third for his 13th goal of the season.
With the win, Adirondack moved sole possession of second place in the North Division with 64 points as they moved to 27-14-6-4 on the season and sit just three points behind the division leading Manchester Monarchs.
The Thunder now return home for games on Friday and Saturday this weekend at the Glens Falls Civic Center, beginning on Friday evening against the Reading Royals. 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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