Series tied as Thunder fall, 2-0
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.
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.