GLENS FALLS, Ny. – After a heartbreaking 5-4 loss to the Manchester Monarchs Friday night, the Adirondack Thunder needed a victory Saturday to stay within striking distance of first place in the North Division. With the visiting Norfolk Admirals fighting for a playoff spot in the South Division, the Thunder could expect a battle.
The Thunder got on the board first when Dylan Olsen‘s blast from the blue line beat Norfolk goaltender Ty Reichenbach less than seven minutes into the game. Terrence Wallin and Desmond Bergin each picked up their 25th assist of the season on that goal. Despite a combined 34 shots on goal, that was the only goal of the first period.
Shane Conacher picked up his first of the night 3:25 into the middle frame, putting the Thunder up 2-0. Tim Harrison made it 3-0 just over 11 minutes into the period on a tic-tac-toe play. James Henry passed the puck to Mathieu Brodeur, who set up Harrison right in front of the Admirals’ net. It was the fourth point in the last five games for Harrison, who has been hot as of late.
Norfolk finally got on the board at 11:25 of the final period, on their 37th shot of the game. Patrick D’Amico fed Christian Horn for a breakaway, and Horn was able to beat Adirondack goaltender Drew Fielding. The Thunder were not finished just yet.? With Reichenbach pulled for an extra attacker, Conacher was able to put the puck in the open net with only 11 seconds remaining in the game. That was Conacher’s second goal of the night. Despite being outshot 46-38 (21-5 in the third period), the Thunder came away with the victory.
Brodeur, Conacher, Olsen, and Rodrigues each have three points in the last two games.? Desmond Bergin has a point in both games this weekend. After going 15 games without a point, Brodeur has picked up 24 points in the last 26 games.
It was Law Enforcement Night at the Cool Insuring Arena. The Thunder wore special jerseys that were auctioned off after the game, with all proceeds going to the Special Olympics.
Adirondack will finish the weekend on the road in Worcester, MA on Sunday afternoon. The Thunder currently sit in second place in the North Division, one point behind Manchester. The Reading Royals trail the Thunder by one point, good for third place. The Railers are in fifth place, 10 points behind the Wheeling Nailers for the final playoff spot.