BRAMPTON, ON – Shane Conacher scored his 10th and 11th goals of the season but the Adirondack Thunder fell 6-3 to the Brampton Beast Sunday afternoon at CAA Centre in Ontario.
After David Pacan opened the scoring for Brampton, Conacher’s first tied the game at one goal apiece at 8:52 of the first period. Off a long outlet pass from Peter MacArthur, the Canisius College product tore down the right wing before rocketing a wrist-shot over the blocker of Jake Paterson from the right faceoff dot. The assist extended MacArthur’s point streak to seven consecutive games (1g-6a).
Brampton went on to score four consecutive goals to race out to a 5-1 lead before the midway mark of the middle period. Daniel Ciampini tapped in a pass off a high-stick from Pacan. The controversial goal started a downward spiral for Adirondack. Francois Beauchemin followed with a one-timer from the center-slot on the power play to make it 3-1 before the close of the first period.
Jordan Henry extended the lead early in the second period with a screen-shot from the right point that beat Thunder goalie Eric Schierhorn. Beauchemin’s second of the afternoon less than a minute later chased the University of Minnesota product from the net.
Cullen Bradshaw did his best to get Adirondack back in the game with a power-play tally at 12:32 of the second frame. Kelly Summers took the initial shot from the right point and Bradshaw touched his stick to the puck for the redirection goal to make it a 5-2 game.
Conacher made it a two-goal deficit with his second of the day when he finished a beautiful set-up from Brian Ward with just over five minutes remaining. Ward led the 2-on-1 charge and slid his pass from left to right wing where Conacher’s one-timer beat Paterson back-door.
Nathan Todd put the game on ice with an empty-net tally with 1:56 remaining on the clock.
The Thunder will return to Glens Falls to get ready for a 3-in-3 next weekend starting Friday night at Cool Insuring Arena. For the latest Thunder news, follow the team on all social media @ECHLThunder.
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