Se­ries tied as Thun­der fall, 2-0

The Record (Troy, NY) - - SPORTS - Staff Re­port

WORCES­TER, MASS. » The Thun­der, held to just 14 shots, suf­fered a 2- 0 loss in Game 2 of their be­stof- seven, first-round Kelly Cup play­off se­ries against the Worces­ter Rail­ers on Satur­day.

The game’s only goal came at 7:40 of the sec­ond pe­riod when Worces­ter’s Woody Hud­son slipped a shot past net­min­der Macken­zie Black­wood af­ter Adiron­dack’s de­fense failed a clear a puck be­hind the Thun­der goal.

For­wards Dy­lan Wil­lick and Yan­ick Tur­cotte col­lected the as­sists on the play, the first point of the playoffs for both play­ers.

Game 3 is at 5 p.m. Sun­day in Worces­ter. The se­ries then shifts back to Glens Falls for Games 4 and 5 on Wed­nes­day and Sun­day, re­spec­tively.

The Thun­der never seemed to get out of their own tracks Satur­day, as they man­aged only four shots in the first pe­riod, six in the sec­ond and four in the third. It was a to­tally dif­fer­ent per­for­mance from the tight, well- ex­e­cuted play that re­sulted in a 3- 0 vic­tory in Game 1 on Fri­day.

Hud­son’s goal snapped a string of seven score­less pe­ri­ods for Worces­ter, which had suf­fered backto-back shutouts in their last two games be­fore Satur­day.

Adiron­dack was 0-for- 4 on the power play, in­clud­ing one with 2.5 min­utes left to play when Hud­son went to the box for rough­ing.

With 1:36 re­main­ing, Black­wood went to the bench in fa­vor of an ex­tra at­tacker, but the move back­fired when Worces­ter’s Barry Almeida in­ter­cepted a pass and scored an empty-net­ter to seal the deal for the Rail­ers.

Black­wood stopped 25 of 26 shots, while Worces­ter net­min­der Mitch Gil­lam had 14 saves to earn the shutout.

PHOTO BY ANDY CAMP

Ryan Sch­melzer fights for a puck against the Worces­ter Rail­ers. The Thun­der lost Game 2of their play­off se­ries, 2-0, on Satur­day. Game 3is on Sun­day in Worces­ter.

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