GLENS FALLS, NY – Despite a goalie change by Manchester, which saw rookie Colin Stevens get the start over Doug Carr, the Adirondack Thunder we able to figure out the first year netminder and take a commanding three games to none lead in their series by winning Game Three 4-2.
The trend of early game scoring happened once again as Mitchell Heard started the party early with a bar down goal over the blocker side of Stevens just 40 seconds into the contest. The Thunder rode the early momentum through the period, holding the Monarchs shot-less in the first four minutes of the game. However, as the midway point of the period approached, the Monarchs tied it up off the faceoff as Maxim Kitsyn scored his second of the series and tied the game at one. Minutes later, the Thunder thought they had went ahead again after a scramble in front with Mathieu Brodeur batting the puck in, but the goal was waved off due to goaltender interference. Yet, the Thunder kept pressing and after a pass was deflected in front by Manchester’s Jacob Middleton, Heard picked it up and put away his second of the game. Both goals were assisted by captain Peter MacArthur.
It was another low-key second period, with only 12 shots in total being registered for both teams, but the story seemed to be the undisciplined play by the Thunder, who had two double-minors in the period with Patch Alber getting the first one for high sticking. After the Thunder killed that off, Ryan Lomberg put home his first of the post-season after gathering a rebound off a Heard shot. The second double-minor game right after the Heard goal, as Joe Faust got dinged for cross-checking. While Yann Sauve’s had a golden opportunity for the Monarchs during that extended power play, the Thunder and the tremendous shot blocking by Brodeur and Mike Bergin kept Manchester off the scoresheet in the second.
With seemingly their series on the line, the Monarchs pressed the Thunder during the third, being able to draw a penalty midway through the frame on Ryan Constant. After a timeout before the extra-man advantage, Manchester captain Matt Fornataro was able to get one past Ken Appleby to cut the Monarchs deficit by just one. Greg Wolfe wanted to make sure the Thunder didn’t squander this chance to dominate the series and was buzzing around after the Monarchs goal. Wolfe hit the post once and was award a penalty shot, which was gloved by Stevens. The hard work was reward, as Wolfe netted his fourth of the series into an empty net to give the Thunder a 4-2 victory and a 3-0 series lead.
The Thunder have a chance to close out the series on Monday night in front of the home crowd at Glens Falls Civic Center at 7 PM.