On Wednesday afternoon, the Adirondack Thunder acquired forward Alex Tonge from the Florida Everblades in exchange for future considerations. This is the second trade that’s happened recently between the Thunder and Florida Everblades. The first one sent 25-year-old goaltender Chris Nell to Florida for future considerations.
Tonge Joins Thunder Roster
Tonge is currently playing in his second year in the ECHL after joining the Everblades last year after graduating from Robert Morris University. In his final three years, he put up 46 goals and 71 assists for 117 points in 118 games played. His scoring continued when he joined the Everblades as he picked up five goals and three assists for an eight point total in five games last season. The Kingston, Ontario native has two goals and three assists, making for five points registered in 13 games played so far this year with the Adirondack Thunder.
If Tonge continues to put up the high goal totals as he has in previous years, he’ll be a huge asset to the Thunder as they look to clinch a spot in the playoffs. Adirondack has been looking for goal scoring all year long right up until now as they currently only have one player with double-digit goal totals (Casey Pierro-Zabotel) who stands with 10. With James Phelan signing a professional tryout with the Laval Rocket of the AHL on Wednesday, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Tonge make his season debut on Friday night.
Dwyer Tschantz will also likely make his home debut with the Thunder on Friday as he was the extra forward for Adirondack, filling the roster spot of backstop Chris Nell. Expect Tonge and Tschantz to be motivated to earn an everyday spot in the starting lineup on a Thunder team that has been experimenting, rotating their forwards all season long.