WHO: Adirondack Thunder (4-4-1-0) @ Quad City Mallards (4-4-0-0)
WHAT: ECHL REGULAR SEASON GAME
WHEN: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 @ 7:35 PM
WHERE: I Wireless Center – Molene, IL
TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Adirondack Thunder are back in action this evening to begin a 4-in-5 set within their 12-game road trip. Adirondack’s first opponent this week is the Quad City Mallards tonight in Illinois, the first meeting in franchise history between the two teams.
MAN OF WARD: Adirondack center Brian Ward extended his scoring streak to five games on Saturday in Cincinnati as he picked up an assist on the Thunder’s lone goal. The St. Lawrence product has collected six points (4-2-6) over that span, with assists now in back-to-back games. On the season, Ward has collected seven points (4-3-7) and ranks second on the team in goals scored.
HOME ALONEY: Thunder forward Ty Loney scored his team’s lone goal in the 2-1 defeat to Cincinnati on Saturday, his fifth tally of the season. The Valencia, PA native has now collected a point in six of Adirondack’s nine games, including three multi-point efforts. Loney has amassed 11 points (5-6-11) on the season as he leads the team in both goals and points.
COMIC CON-ACHER: Thunder forward Shane Conacher has made an offensive impact since joining the team in late-October with six points (2-4-6) from five games played. The 5-11 winger collected an assist on Saturday and was tied for the team lead with three points (1-2-3) in two games over the weekend, including a multi-point effort in Friday’s win over Fort Wayne.
NICK KNACK: Goaltender Nick Riopel has put together back-to-back strong efforts as he turned aside 44 of the 48 shots he faced over the weekend. Riopel allowed two goals in both games, resulting in a 1-1 record for the Thunder. The Beloeil, PQ native strung together his strongest outing of the season on Friday as he made 29 saves in a 4-2 victory over Fort Wayne.
LET’S GO TO THE MALL-ARDS: While tonight’s game marks the first ever meeting at the ECHL level, Adirondack and Quad City squared off as foes for seven seasons in the UHL from 1999 – 2006. The Adirondack Frostbite and Adirondack Ice Hawks took on the Mallards 19 times throughout the seven-year period, with Adirondack netting a 7-9-3 record, including a 4-0 victory in the final meeting in January 2006.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Tonight’s game is another inside the longest road trip of the season for the Thunder, consisting of 12 games in total. Adirondack will take on nine different opponents on the upcoming trip, which includes divisional games against Brampton, Manchester and Reading. The Thunder will finally return home in late November with the next home game scheduled for Saturday, November 25.