MANCHESTER, NH – Jakob Reichert recorded the Thunder’s second hat-trick of the season, Logan Thompson made a Thunder season-high 44 saves in his professional debut and Adirondack used eight consecutive goals to fly by the Monarchs by an 8-1 final on Saturday night at SNHU Arena.
Reichert scored on the power play with 4:35 remaining in the third period to seal the hat-trick, his first professional multi-goal game. Pete MacArthur fed the rookie from Bowling Green at the red-line extended where Reichert collected, circled towards the cage and flipped a wrist-shot by Charles Williams for his third goal of the night.
Reichert potted his first of the night to tie the game at 7:26 of the opening period. Cullen Bradshaw won the offensive-zone draw that ended with Reichert deflecting a shot in front of the net by Monarchs starter Cole Kehler. The 6-foot-5 forward added his second of the night in the middle period when he collected a rebound while he faded to the right side of the ice. Reichert outwaited Williams before firing home for his fourth goal of the season.
After Reichert tied the game, Matias Cleland gave the Thunder their first lead with a bomb from the left point on the power play. Manchester failed to clear the defensive zone, instead sending the puck right to Cleland where he one-timed the loose puck for a 2-1 Thunder lead.
MacArthur doubled the Thunder advantage less than a minute into the second period. Dylan Walchuk dug for a loose puck in the corner and left a touch-pass to Henry below the goalline. Henry found MacArthur cutting towards the net where he took two whacks at the puck before depositing a rebound in the back of the net for a 3-1 lead.
Conor Riley scored for the first time in 14 games to make it a 4-1 game before the halfway mark of the game. Jake Linhart took the original shot from the point, but Riley collected the rebound and dropped it in the back of the net for his 17th tally of the season.
Between Reichert’s second and third scores of the night, Adirondack saw a pair of goals from Walchuk and Kelly Summers. First, Walchuk got his 11th of the season before the close of the 2nd period when he took a tour of the offensive-zone before firing a wrist-shot by Williams to make it a 6-1 game. Summers recorded the seventh goal of the night off a ridiculous move in the attacking zone. MacArthur left the rookie defenseman a drop pass along the right wing where Summers made a stick-deke towards the center of the ice before he roofed his backhand attempt by Williams to make it 7-1.
Logan Thompson made his professional debut in net for the Thunder after he was signed to the roster earlier this afternoon. The Brock University product made a season-high 44 saves for Adirondack.
Thunder captain James Henry (0g-4a) and alternate captain Peter MacArthur (1g-3a) both finished with four-point nights, tying a season-high for any Thunder skater.
Adirondack travels to Worcester next to take on the Railers in a matinee tomorrow afternoon at DCU Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. in Massachusetts. For the latest Thunder news, follow the team on all social media @ECHLThunder.
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