KALAMAZOO, MI – The Adirondack Thunder are in the midst of a 12-game road trip that began in Reading, PA on October 29 and will end back in Reading November 24. So far, the Thunder have managed to go .500 on the road trip, with wins against the Fort Wayne Komets (4-2) and Quad City Mallards (4-1), and losses against the Reading Royals (9-4) and Cincinnati Cyclones (2-1). Starting goaltender Nick Riopel played in each of those games, with Drew Fielding only seeing time in the 9-4 loss to Reading to begin the road trip.
When the Thunder face the Kalamazoo Wings this weekend, the lineup will look slightly different. The Syracuse Crunch called up Riopel and sent rookie goaltender Connor Ingram to Adirondack. In six games played with the Crunch this season, Ingram had a 3.36 goals-against average and .860 save percentage. Syracuse also sent rookie defenseman Matthew Spencer to the ECHL club.
Adirondack will continue to rely on top forwards Ty Loney and Eric Neiley, tied for the team lead with 12 points each. Rookies J.C. Campagna and Pierre-Luc Mercier follow with eight points apiece. After a slow start, Brian Ward is back on track with four goals and two assists in his last six games. Ward leads the team in shots on goal with 40. After being released from the team a year ago, Terrence Wallin has come back with a vengeance, with four goals and three assists in nine games this season. Shane Conacher has also been impressive since joining the team, amassing seven points in six games.
Danny Moynihan leads the Wings with 11 points, followed by Tyler Biggs with 10, Justin Taylor with nine, and Lane Scheidl with eight. Adirondack fans may remember defenseman Kyle Bushee from the AHL days; he played three games with the Phantoms in 2014. Bushee is currently averaging a point-per-game, with two goals and five assists in seven games with the Wings this season. In goal, Kalamazoo has veteran Joel Martin with a 3.10 goals-against average and .910 save percentage.
Fans in the Glens Falls region are invited to the Thunder’s 7 pm watch party at Uno Pizzeria Grill in Queensbury, as Adirondack takes on Kalamazoo.