Glens Falls, NY – The Adirondack Thunder fought back to earn a point as they overturned a two-goal deficit in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Florida Everblades in front of a sold-out crowd of 4,937 on Saturday evening at Cool Insuring Arena.
James Henry, Brian Ward and Mathieu Brodeur found the back of the net for Adirondack, which scored two third-period goals to knot the game at three early in the final period of regulation. Defenseman Dylan Olsen added a pair of assists while goaltender Drew Fielding made 22 saves in defeat.
The Thunder opened the scoring for the second straight game as forward James Henry scored on the power play at the 11:36 mark of the first period. Off of an offensive zone faceoff win, Mathieu Brodeur skated down the right wing and fed a shot-pass to Henry in the low slot, where he redirected the puck through the legs of Florida netminder Martin Ouelette for the game’s first goal. Brodeur and Olsen collected the assists on the play, Brodeur’s 11th of the season.
The Everblades scored twice in less than two minutes to take a 2-1 lead midway through the second period. First, at the 7:10 mark of the middle stanza, forward Joe Cox wrapped the puck around the net, which was denied by Fielding, but the rebound trickled to Lorentz, who tapped it home for the tying goal. Just 1:50 later, Florida struck again as forward Justin Kea used an individual effort to weave through the Adirondack defense and beat Fielding on the backhand. Tyler Ganly and Matt Berry collected the assists on the play, Berry’s eighth of the season.
Florida struck again at the 14:25 mark of the middle stanza to open up a two-goal advantage. While on the power play, the Everblades worked quickly as McCarron converted from the low slot for his 13th goal of the season. After Fielding made two initial saves from close range, the third chance was converted by McCarron to give Florida a two-goal advantage. Steven Lorentz and Brett Bulmer collected the assists on the play, the 12th of the season for Bulmer.
Adirondack surged back early in the third period with a pair of power-play goals in the first 3:43 of the final period of regulation. First, just 25 seconds into the third, Ward collected the puck in the high slot and fired a wrist shot past Ouelette for his 15th goal of the season. Just over three minutes later, the hosts struck again as Andrew Radjenovic fed Brodeur at the top of the right circle, where the 6-6 blueliner one-timed it past Ouelette for the game-tying goal. Brodeur’s tally was his third of the season while Radjenovic and Henry collected the assists on the play, Henry’s second point of the evening.
After neither team was able to find a winner at the end of regulation, Adirondack found itself shorthanded entering overtime. Florida scored its second power-play goal of the game 74 seconds into the extra session to secure the second point as defenseman Gus Young fired from the point through traffic and past Fielding for the game-winning goal.
The Thunder are back in action on Tuesday as they host the Reading Royals in a North-Division showdown in Glens Falls. Visit ECHLThunder.com or call 518-480-3355 x1 to get tickets for Tuesday’s game or any remaining Thunder home game.
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