Bounces go Thun­der’s way in 3-2 win over Maine

The Record (Troy, NY) - - SPORTS - By Paul Post [email protected]­i­tal­first­media.com Re­porter

GLENSFALLS, N.Y.>> James Henry’s big smile as he went back to the bench was a dead give­away that his sec­ond goal of the night was more puck luck than skill.

But for once, the bounces went the Adiron­dack Thun­der’s way as they skated to a 3-2 vic­tory over the Maine Mariners in ECHL ac­tion on Wed­nes­day.

Henry’s goal, the even­tual game-win­ner, hit the back of his leg and went in after Jakob Re­ichert de­flected a long shot by de­fense­man Blake Thomp­son from the right point.

“I kind of laughed at Re­ichert, steal­ing a goal from him, but I looked at the re­play and it was prob­a­bly go­ing wide if I didn’t touch it,” Henry said.

It came 3:54 into the sec­ond pe­riod, just two min­utes after he gave the Thun­der a 2-1 lead with a short­handed marker.

The win moved sec­ond-place

Adiron­dack a bit closer to idle first-place New­found­land, and cre­ated much needed breath­ing room with the rest of the North Divi­sion pack, which has been mov­ing up the stand­ings of late.

The Thun­der took a 3-1 lead into the third pe­riod and hung on for the win after Ter­rence Wallin, who pre­vi­ously played for Adiron­dack, brought Maine to within a goal, 3-2, with 12:33 still left in the con­test.

But goal­tender Alex Sakel­laropou­los stopped all 13 shots he faced in the third frame, and 32 of 33 on the night, to earn his sixth win against two de­feats on the year.

The Thun­der and Mariners meet again Fri­day in Maine. Adiron­dack then re­turns home to play the Bramp­ton Beast on Satur­day (7 p.m.).

Wed­nes­day’s win snapped a three-game home los­ing streak for Adiron­dack.

“Novem­ber was kind of a tough month for us,” Sakel­laropou­los said. “Com­ing out in the early part of De­cem­ber and win­ning one at home is huge for us.”

The Thun­der out­shot Maine, 20-5, in the first pe- riod, but ev­ery Mariner shot was a qual­ity one, in­clud­ing Brycen Mar­tin’s goal that gave his teama 1-0 lead 10:47 into the con­test.

“Those are the tough nights when you don’t see a lot of ac­tion and ev­ery­thing is high qual­ity,” Sakel­laropou­los said. “That’s just some­thing you’ve got to men­tally pre­pare for. It went our way tonight.”

Vet­eran Peter MacArthur, of Clifton Park, got the equal­izer for Adiron­dack at 17:20 of the first stanza. His blistering slap­shot from the right cir­cle on a power play made it, 1-1, as­sisted by Kevin Lough and Shane Conacher.

But MacArthur’s big­gest con­tri­bu­tion, al­though it doesn’t show up on the score­sheet, was on Henry’s game-win­ning goal. Car­ry­ing the puck be­hind Maine’s net, MacArthur passed out to Thomp­son on the point, which made his shot pos­si­ble that Re­ichert de­flected into the back of Henry’s leg.

“Peter was do­ing a pretty good job con­trol­ling the play there,” Henry said. “I just kind of went to the net and tried to do some­thing good. It was just kind of a for­tu­nate bounce and ended up in the back of the net.”

Thun­der coach Alex Loh said, “Any­time you get a good bounce we bring it back to the fact that some­body did some­thing right, so you end up on the right side of those bounces. We­wanted that high tip, so Re­ichert did that and we had good net pres­ence, too. Be­cause those two things hap­pened it ended up in the back of the net. It was a lit­tle un­ortho­dox, but two guys did the right things.”

BY ANDY CAMP

Shane Conacher fires a shot on net for the Adiron­dack Thun­der, which de­feated the Maine Mariners, 3-2, on Wed­nes­day.

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