NORFOLK, Va. – After embarrassing losses to the Manchester Monarchs last Saturday (8-4) and Norfolk Admirals Friday (7-3), the Adirondack Thunder sought a solid win Saturday to regain some confidence. The Thunder needed to play as they did during their nine-game road trip: get an early lead, keep a lead, and pick up the victory.
Brian Ward set up Terrence Wallin to open the scoring less than a minute into the game, and quickly followed that up with a goal of his own. Adirondack found themselves with a two-goal lead only 3:50 into the game. The Thunder were spending a lot of time in the offensive zone, they were keeping control of the puck, their passes were connecting, and they were taking advantage of their opportunities for much of the first period. The Admirals did cut the lead in half at the 14:32 mark when Sam Ftorek found Grant Besse for his third goal this weekend.
Adirondack regained their two-goal lead in the second period when defenseman Dylan Olsen put one home at 12:16. That was the lone goal of the period.
Norfolk once again pulled to within one at 10:31 of the third period when TJ Melancon set up Christian Horn. But Shane Conacher sealed the deal for Adirondack – a 4-2 win – an empty-netter with 47 seconds remaining.
A few players came away with two points on the night. Adirondack’s Ward and Conacher each had a goal and assist, while Norfolk’s Melancon picked up two assists.
The Admirals and Thunder wrap up their three-in-three series Sunday afternoon.