GLENS FALLS, NY – After five straight games on the road to begin the month, the Adirondack Thunder finally returned home to the Cool Insuring Arena Friday night. After last weekend’s road trip to Norfolk, Virginia that featured a three-game series between the Thunder and Admirals, Adirondack had what appeared to be an easy week, with only one game against the Brampton Beast, who are in last place in the North Division. The Beast had other plans, routing the Thunder in a lopsided contest.
Brampton got on the board early in the first period, at the 2:31 mark, when Reggie Traccitto took a shot from the blue line that appeared to fool Adirondack goaltender Drew Fielding. Alex Foster increased the lead at 11:15 when he put in the rebound from Jamie Doornbosch‘s initial shot. The Beast headed into the second period with a 2-0 lead.
The Beast dominated in the second period as well, doubling their lead before the halfway mark. At 6:20 Brandon MacLean found Tyson Wilson, fresh out of the box after serving a slashing penalty, for a breakaway goal. MacLean added his own goal just over three minutes later. That goal chased Fielding, who was replaced by SPHL standout Tomas Sholl. The second period ended with the home team trailing 4-0.
Brampton scored their fifth on the night at 15:16 of the third period when Jackson Leef handed the puck to Cody Donaghey, who stepped in to put it past Sholl. With less than a minute remaining, it appeared Beast goaltender Chris Driedger would end the game with a shutout. But Brian Ward prevented that when he swept the puck into the net at the 19:40 mark. The game ended with a 5-1 loss for Adirondack.
The two teams meet again Monday in Brampton for an afternoon matchup. That game begins a stretch of five games in seven days for the Thunder.
After the loss, Fielding signed a PTO (professional tryout) with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL to serve as a backup in their road games against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Saturday, and Bridgeport Sound Tigers Sunday.