GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – After Wednesday’s tough 5-1 loss to the Brampton Beast that ended their six-game win streak, the Adirondack Thunder rebounded with a sweep of the Reading Royals Friday and Saturday.
The Thunder led throughout most of the game Friday, with Cullen Bradshaw opening the scoring at 10:44 of the first period. Rookie defenseman Kelly Summers extended the lead at 2:51 of the middle frame. The score remained 2-0 until the final two minutes of the game. With goaltender Angus Redmond pulled for an extra attacker, Royals forward Brayden Low cut the Thunder lead in half. With less than a second remaining on the clock, and still with the extra skater, Josh MacDonald scored to send the game into overtime. Neither team scored in the extra five-minute session, and the teams headed to a shootout. No one was able to put the puck in the net until the fifth round when Brian Ward put home the eventual game-winner. Adirondack goaltender Cam Johnson made the final save to ensure the victory.
The two teams then headed down to Reading, Pennsylvania for the second game of the home-and-home series. Adirondack’s Jakob Reichert got his team on the board first, but Alex Krushelnyski tied it up less than four minutes later. John Edwardh put the Thunder back in the lead with less than two seconds remaining in the opening frame. The score remained 2-1 until 2:15 of the third period when Dennis Kravchenko added an insurance goal for Adirondack. Goaltender Alex Sakellaropoulos picked up the win for Adirondack.
Rookies Leading the Way
As head coach Alex Loh says:
“In professional hockey, you have to get scoring from everywhere. You can’t count on your top guys every day. You’ve got to make sure that the other guys are finding ways to contribute as well.”
Adirondack’s rookies did an excellent job of that this weekend. Of the four regulation goals scored by the Thunder, three of them came from rookies (Edwardh, Summers, Reichert). Edwardh also picked up three assists on the weekend; Reichert had two. Fellow rookie Jake Linhart picked up an assist as well.
Weekend of Firsts
Three Adirondack rookies recorded firsts over the weekend. Summers and Reichert each scored their first pro goals, while Edwardh recorded his first pro Gordie Howe hat trick (goal, assist, fight).
They Said It
Wednesday’s loss in Brampton ended a six-game win streak that had begun, ironically enough, in Brampton. Adirondack bounced right back with a win the next game. The Thunder have not lost two games in a row during the 2018-19 regular season. As alternate captain Ward says:
“Our identity when we come back after a loss, we like to put up a really good game…We pride ourselves on our resiliency.”
The Thunder next face the Manchester Monarchs on November 14 for an early 10 am game in New Hampshire. This will be the first meeting between the rivals since the May 7 triple-overtime thriller that saw Adirondack advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
Adirondack then moves on to Massachusetts to take on the Worcester Railers the following night. The Thunder are undefeated in the three matchups so far this season, outscoring the Railers 9-2.