The weather outside has gotten colder and so have the Thunder who have lost three of their last four games. However, the Thunder are the only team in the North who are over .500 on the road which has probably been one of the main reasons they are staying afloat early in the season.
Friday Night vs Worcester
The Thunder dropped an exciting game on Friday night against the Worcester Railers. These two teams have a rivalry together and whenever these two teams meet the penalty boxes tend to become a second home for some of the players.
Goaltending has been strong lately, but it wasn’t on Friday night as Alex Loh opted to go with the newly recalled Evan Cormier. Cormier was 3-1 with a 3.87 goals against and sub .900 save percentage. “It’s the way things go,” said Loh when asked about starting Cormier. On Friday, the fireworks didn’t start until the second period and once the flame was lit, it didn’t end.
Adirondack would open the scoring as Casey Pierro- Zabotel would find the loose puck and put it behind Evan Buitenhuis. The Thunder would have the advantage throughout the first and would continue throughout the whole game. However, the Railers would get two before the period ended, including a shot from Shane Walsh which should have been stopped by Cormier. Adirondack would be down two at the end of the second period, but Worcester would be down two guys who were tossed towards the end of the frame. With this being said, the Adirondack Thunder would have a comeback in them.
The Thunder would come roaring back in the third period putting up two goals in the period to tie the game up. Kelly Summers would get the party started as he would tip in a rebound and make it a one-goal game. This would lead to a Pierro-Zabotel goal with 2:32 remaining in the third that would ultimately tie the game up.
Special teams were huge on Friday as the Thunder entered the night succeeding on only 12% of their power plays. On Friday, they would go 1/5 and kill off all five opportunities that the Railers had. Adirondack will travel to Maine for their second game of a three-game weekend as they finish it off on Sunday afternoon at home against these same Worcester Railers.
ADK: 1:44 Pierro-Zabotel(3) from Verpaelst and Riley
WOR: 10:10 Brauer (1) from Schmalz and Payne
WOR: 10:45 Walsh (1) from Brauer and Almeida
WOR: 3:50 Samuels-Thomas (3) from Almeida
ADK: 15:38 Szmatuala (2) from Sissions, Henry (PP)
WOR: 18:13 Olsson (1) from Doherty and Schmalz
ADK: 13:32 Summers (2) from Pierro-Zabotel and Salhany
ADK: 17:32 Pierro-Zabotel (4) from Sissons and Martin
Shootout: Shane Walsh and JD Dudek would pick up the two goals in the shootout for the Railers as Mike Szmatuala would pick up the lone shootout goal for the opposing Adirondack Thunder.
Saturday Night at Maine
The woes continued for the Thunder as they dropped their third straight game Saturday as they fell to the Maine Mariners 5-1. Adirondack couldn’t build off the momentum that they had gotten after coming back last night to earn a point in the standings. In the opening minutes, the Thunder got their first power-play opportunity and if they were able to convert, they could have gotten a huge momentum boost. That didn’t happen.
Maine would score late in the period and wouldn’t look back. The Mariners would pick up two goals in the first ten minutes and as a result, would take a 3-0 lead. Adirondack would show a glimmer of hope as Robbie Payne would feed the captain James Henry to get the Thunder on the board at the 7:23 mark of the second period. But that would be all they would be able to muster up
It would be an off-night for Eamon McAdam as he would give up five goals on 21 shots. James Elmer would pick up a hat-trick in the win for Maine. Closing out the night, Adirondack would go into Sunday looking to salvage their weekend series while welcoming to town the Worcester Railers at Cool Insuring Arena.
MNE: 16:10 Chase (2) from Kile and McNicholas
MNE: 3:42 Elmer (2) from Crevier-Morin and Fox
MNE: 6:18 Tolkinen (1) from Culkin and Gropp
ADK: 7:23 Henry (2) from Payne and Verbeek
ADK: 5:35 Elmer (3) from Fox and Gropp
ADK: 13:16 Elmer (4) from Racine and McNicholas
Sunday vs Worcester
ADK: 3:49 Nazarian (2) from Sissions, Martin
ADK: 6:30 Carrier (1) from Verbeek and Linhart
WOR: 11:14 C.Payne (1) unassisted
ADK: 2:48 Szmatuala (3) from Linhart and Sissons
ADK: 7:28 Salhany (2) from Linhart and Sissons
WOR: 7:55 Schmalz (2) from Samuels-Thomas
ADK: 18:06 Riley (2) from Henry (EN)
ADK: 19:20 Nazarian (3) from Linhart
The Thunder were playing their third game in three nights, but it would be Evan Cormier getting his second start of the weekend after taking the shootout loss on Friday Night. Adirondack would come out hot, putting up two goals as Nazarian would fool Linus Soderstrom. Less than three minutes later, Hayden Verbeek would feed Alexandre Carrier’s one-timer to put the Thunder up two goals.
The offense would continue to produce, putting up a total of five goals on the night. Ara Nazarian would have a two-goal game and Jake Linhart would pick up four assists. Cormier would bounce back in Sunday’s game, making 32 saves on 34 shots.
Adirondack is now 6-4-0-2 and is in third place in the North Divison behind the Newfoundland Growlers and Reading Royals. The Thunder are back in action on Friday night on home ice in Glens Falls as they host the Royals before heading to Maine for a quick two-game weekend before a busy Thanksgiving week in which they will play four games in five days.
On Sunday, the Thunder placed Charlie Curti and Nikita Popugaev on the organization’s injured reserve. (Retroactive to 11/4)