Glens Falls, NY – Adirondack Thunder netminder J.P. Anderson made a franchise-record 52 saves as the Thunder skated past the Orlando Solar Bears by a 4-2 margin on Tuesday evening at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
The Thunder opened the scoring 4:24 into the game as rookie forward Tim Harrison found the back of the net for his first career professional goal. Harrison carried the puck up the wing and into the attacking zone before he sent a wrist shot from the bottom of the offensive face-off circle. Solar Bears' netminder Ryan Massa made the initial save, but the puck dribbled through his five hole across the goal line. Harrison's goal was recorded as unassisted.
Orlando evened the score just over four minutes later with a goal from Justin Buzzeo, his 18th of the season. Denver Manderson fetched the puck in the corner of the Orlando attacking zone and linked up with teammate Tony Cameranesi in to slot. The first shot attempt was denied by Adirondack netminder J.P. Anderson, but a trailing Buzzeo scooped up the rebound for the goal. Cameranesi and Manderson collected the assists on the play, Manderson's 33rd of the season.
Adirondack regained the lead at the 16:50 mark of the opening period to conclude the scoring for the first period. Thunder captain Peter MacArthur sent a pass to James Henry, who connected with forward Brian Ward at the back door, who redirected the puck into the upper-left corner of the net. Ward's goal, his team-leading 22nd of the season, was assisted by Henry and MacArthur as Henry extended his current point streak to seven games.
The hosts doubled their lead to a pair of goals as Henry scored on the man advantage at the 7:44 mark of the second period, his 20th goal of the season. Dennis Kravchenko won a foot race to the puck in the corner and sent the puck along the boards to MacArthur. Positioned behind the net, MacArthur then fed Henry in front, whose shot on goal sent Massa onto his back and the puck trickled into the net. MacArthur and Kravchenko collected assists on the play, MacArthur’s second of the evening and 37th of the season.
Less than three minutes from the end of regulation, Orlando forward Shane Conacher scored his second goal of the season on the man advantage to make it a one-goal game. Defenseman Eric Baier received a pass at the top of the point and let go a slap shot that found the back of the net after a deflection from Conacher in front. Baier and Cameranesi tallied assists on the goal, Cameranesi’s second assist of the evening and Baier’s 18th of the season.
2:51 into the third period, the Thunder scored their second power-play goal of the night as Kravchenko tallied his 15th goal of the season. MacArthur sent a shot from the top of the left-hand circle towards Massa, who made the initial save, but Kravchenko crashed the net and dove to push the puck in for the game’s final goal. MacArthur picked up the lone assist on the play, his third point of the evening.
With the victory, Adirondack has now won five of their last seven games played as they improve to 34-20-6-4 on the season. The Thunder have moved into sole possession of second place in the North Division with 78 points on the season, one point shy of the division-leading Brampton Beast.
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