Cincinnati, OH – The Adirondack Thunder comeback fell just short as they fell 3-2 in Cincinnati despite a franchise record 53 shots on goal on Saturday evening at U.S. Bank Arena.
The Cyclones opened the scoring as they netted the lone goal of the first period for the second straight game. Just 3:14 into the game, after Adirondack was unable to clear its own end, Cincinnati forward Shawn O’Donnell circled the Thunder net and fed a pass to Jordan Sims in front, who beat Adirondack netminder Drew Fielding for his 14th goal of the season. O’Donnell and defenseman Jaynen Rissling collected the helpers on the play, the 19th of the season for both skaters.
Cincinnati scored a pair of goals in the second period to take a 3-0 lead through 40 minutes of play. First, just 80 seconds into the middle stanza, the Cyclones capitalized off of a fortunate bounce as Seth Ambroz fired the puck through the crease that deflected off of an Adirondack skate and into the back of the net for his eighth goal of the season. With 3:01 remaining in the second period, Cincinnati struck again, this time on the man advantage. Positioned in the Cyclones’ offensive end, Rissling fed a pass across the zone to defenseman Jonathan Diaby, who collected and sent a slap shot top shelf for his third goal of the season. Rissling and O’Donnell collected the helpers on the play, the second of the game for both players.
Adirondack snapped its scoreless drought at eight periods as they converted on the man advantage 6:21 into the third period. With Ambroz in the box on a five-minute major, defenseman Patch Alber fed a puck across the blueline to Dennis Kravchenko, who one-timed the feed past Cincinnati netminder Joel Rumpel for his 14th goal of the season. Alber and forward Peter MacArthur collected the assists on the play, MacArthur’s 28th assist of the season.
The Thunder moved back to within a goal while skating on a 6-on-4 advantage with just 1:36 remaining in regulation. With Drew Fielding on the bench and Adirondack on a power play, MacArthur fed a pass through the slot to James Henry, who deflected it on net, and was denied by Rumpel, but the rebound came right back to Henry who buried it for his 15th goal of the season. MacArthur and Brock Montgomery collected the assists on the play, MacArthur’s second point of the evening.
The Thunder look to salvage two points as they conclude their four-game road trip tomorrow afternoon in Kalamazoo, with puck drop slated for 3:00 p.m. 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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