GLENS FALLS – Jeremy Brodeur stopped 35 shots and Matt Stief scored the game-winning goal late in the third period as the Adirondack Thunder defeated the Reading Royals on Wednesday night from Cool Insuring Arena, 2-1.
The Royals scored just 1:31 into the game to take a 1-0 lead. Joseph Nardi tipped a shot from the point and the puck went over the shoulder of goaltender Jeremy Brodeur. The goal was Nardi’s sixth of the year with assists from Will Zmolek and Matt Brown and Reading took the one-goal lead into the intermission, along with an 11-2 shot advantage.
Adirondack answered back late in the second period to tie the game at one. Erik Middendorf tipped the puck to Ryan Smith, and he tapped the puck by goaltender Nolan Maier for his tenth of the year. Middendorf and Mike Gillespie were credited with the assists on the game-tying goal with 2:26 left in the second and game went to the third even at 1-1.
With under one minute left in regulation, Matt Stief beat Nolan Maier with a low shot from the left circle to give the Thunder a 2-1 lead. Grant Jozefek collected the lone assist on Stief’s second of the year at 19:12 of the final frame and Adirondack held on for the one-goal win. Jeremy Brodeur stopped 35 of 36 shots in the win.
The Thunder hit the road Friday and Saturday in Worcester and then return home Wednesday and Friday against Newfoundland and Saturday against Worcester. Friday is $3 Labatt Blue Light and Saturday is Teddy Bear Toss Night in conjunction with the Saratoga Fire Department to benefit The Salvation Army. Watch the Saratoga Fire Department battle the Worcester Fire Department at 1 p.m. and enjoy $4 Bud Light while the Thunder take on the Railers at 7 p.m. Bring your Teddy Bears to throw on the ice when the Thunder score their first goal.
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