GLENS FALLS, NY- The Adirondack Thunder stayed alive in the Kelly Cup Playoffs North Division Semifinals as Dennis Kravencho’s game-winning goal early in the third period gave the Thunder a 2-1 victory and forced a game six to be played on Tuesday night.
The Thunder got on the board first in the opening period. After a battle, the puck went to Keegan Kanzig’s stick and he found Peter MacArthur to put it off the blocker of Monarchs goaltender Sam Brittain and in to go up 1-0. Kanzig and Brett Pollock would get the assists on MacArthur’s goal.
The Monarchs tied the game with 3:19 remaining in the first period. Colton Saucerman brought the puck into the zone and went through a Thunder defenseman. Saucerman fired a shot that beat Thunder goaltender J.P. Anderson to tie it at 1-1. Cory Ward got the assist on Saucerman’s goal.
There was no scoring in the second period but things got a little rough. Kevin Morris for the Monarchs was tagged with a penalty for boarding. Keegan Kanzig took exception to the actions of Morris and dropped the gloves with the Monarchs forward. Both received penalties for fighting while Kanzig received an extra two for instigating.
A little over three minutes into the third period, Kravencho exited the penalty box as he had served a penalty for interference. Brock Montgomery made the pass to Kravencho and sprung him on a breakaway. Kravencho used the backhand-to-forehand and put the puck past the right leg of Brittain to go up 2-1.
The Monarchs pulled Brittain for the extra attacker with 1:08 remaining in regulation but could not get the game-tying goal as the Thunder took the victory.
Thunder goaltender J.P. Anderson made 25 saves in the win. Monarchs goaltender Sam Brittain made 28 saves in the loss.
The Monarchs have now killed 19 consecutive penalties in the series.
A crucial game six of the North Division Semifinals will be played at the Glens Falls Civic Center this upcoming Tuesday. The puck will drop at 7:00 P.M.