WORCESTER, Mass. – After the Adirondack Thunder hosted the first game in the best-of-seven matchup with the Worcester Railers, the two teams traveled to Massachusetts for games two and three of their best-of-seven series. The Thunder took Game 1 Friday night, a 3-0 shutout for goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood and in that game, Worcester did not look like the team who went 8-2-2-0 against Adirondack in the regular season. The Railers, outshot 27-21 Friday, would not repeat their lackluster effort Saturday in front of their own fans.
It was clear early on that Worcester would be in control of Game 2. Although the Thunder were the first to record a shot on goal, the Railers followed with four straight chances against Blackwood. Worcester goalie Mitch Gillam only faced four shots in the first period, with none coming after the 10-minute mark. Blackwood faced 10 shots.
Worcester recorded five straight shots to close out the first period. Neither team scored in the opening 20 minutes, but the Railers would begin the middle frame with all the momentum.
Worcester continued their domination in the second period, adding three more shots on goal for a total of eight straight. The Thunder couldn’t turn the tide and only put six shots on Gillam in the middle frame, while Blackwood faced 11 from the Railers.
Woody Hudson was able to put one of those 11 shots past the Adirondack netminder at 7:40 of the second period. Blackwood would not allow another goal the rest of the game.
The final goal of the game came at 19:14 of the third period when Barry Almeida scored into an empty net. Like his opponent the night before, Gillam recorded his first win and shutout of the postseason.
The final shot total was 27-14 in favor of the home team. If the Thunder want to regain control of the series, they will have to put more quality shots on the Railers’ stingy goaltenders. They’ll get their opportunity this afternoon at 5:05 pm, once again in Worcester. The series returns to Glens Falls for games four and five on Wednesday and Saturday nights.