Thun­der fall 6-4 to Wheel­ing on road

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - Staff Re­port

WHEEL­ING, W.VA. » A first-place tie was within reach.

In­stead, the Adiron­dack Thun­der head to Nor­folk — the next stop on their 11-game, 4,300-mile road trip — tied for sec­ond place, af­ter drop­ping a 6-4 de­ci­sion to the Wheel­ing Nail­ers on Tues­day.

The Thun­der passed a gru­el­ing four games-in-five days test with fly­ing col­ors, by cap­tur­ing seven out of eight points from Wed­nes­day to Sun­day, in three dif­fer­ent ci­ties.

But they fi­nally ran out of gas in Wheel­ing, af­ter ar­riv­ing there Mon­day from Bramp­ton, On­tario.

Tues­day’s 10:45 a.m. start didn’t help mat­ters as Adiron­dack had trouble con­tin­u­ing the mo­men­tum it had built up over the pre­vi­ous four con­tests.

The Thun­der en­tered the game tied with Wheel­ing for sec­ond place in the ECHL’s North Di­vi­sion. Both clubs had 16 points, two be­hind first-place Manch­ester.

By win­ning, the Nail­ers are now knot­ted for the top spot, while Adiron­dack is alone in sec­ond.

Fred­die Tif­fels put Wheel­ing on the board first, but the Thun­der went ahead, 2-1, with two unan­swered goals. First, 5:16 into the mid­dle stanza, de­fense­man Dy­lan Olsen scored his sec­ond marker of the sea­son on a

power play as he one-timed home a Kevin Lough feed to tie the score at one.

Less than two min­utes later, Adiron­dack struck again as Eric Nei­ley redi­rected home a point shot from Lough to give the Thun­der their first lead of the game. Lough and for­ward James Henry col­lected the as­sists on Nei­ley’s goal, giv­ing Lough his first two-point game of the sea­son.

But from there on out it was all Wheel­ing. The Nail­ers scored twice late in the sec­ond pe­riod to take a 3-2 lead into the third ses­sion where they quickly added to more to make it, 5-2.

Shane Conacher, who had three points in the game, and Ter­rence Wallin, scored for Adiron­dack, but it was too lit­tle, too late as Wheel­ing skated away with the win af­ter find­ing the net once more.

The Thun­der re­turn to ac­tion Thurs­day at Nor­folk be­fore trav­el­ing more than 10 hours to Manch­ester, N.H. for a Satur­day con­test. Then it’s off to Read­ing, Pa. for a pair con­tests be­fore fi­nally re­turn­ing home on Satur­day, Nov. 25.

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