Thunder and Maine Mariners meet Fri­day night

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By Paul Post

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. >> To date, the Thunder haven’t got­ten on any kind of a roll de­spite stay­ing close to the ECHL’s North Divi­sion lead­ers.

Three times be­fore they’ve won back-to-back games, but couldn’t ex­tend a streak be­yond that.

Af­ter beat­ing Bramp­ton and Toledo ear­lier this week, Adiron­dack will once again at­tempt to record a sea­son-high third straight win when host­ing the Maine Mariners on Fri­day at Cool In­sur­ing Arena.

The con­test opens a two-game week­end set against Maine, which con­cludes Satur­day when the teams square off again in Portland.

The Thunder (11-9-0-2) are in fourth place, trail­ing New­found­land and Read­ing — tied for the top spot — by just six points.

While fo­cused on mov­ing up the stand­ings, the Thunder can also put con­sid­er­able dis­tance be­tween them­selves and fifth-place Maine (8-9-0-1) with a pair of wins this week­end.

Adiron­dack is 3-1 in four pre­vi­ous meet­ings be­tween the teams this year.

The Thunder are com­ing off a 3-2 vic­tory at Toledo on Wed­nes­day, af­ter de­feat­ing Bramp­ton on Sun­day, 58 sec­onds into over­time on Hay­den Ver­beek’s game-win­ning goal.

Against Toledo, the Thunder got off to another fast-paced start by putting two shots on goal in

the first 20 sec­onds. But it wouldn’t be un­til the 8:52 mark that Adiron­dack found the back of the net.

Matt Sal­hany cre­ated a rush from his own blueline and sprung Ver­beek and James Phe­lan on an odd-man rush. Sal­hany re­ceived the puck as the trailer and wristed a shot past Filip Lars­son for his sixth score of the sea­son.

Toledo an­swered with a power-play goal at 12:54 af­ter Adiron­dack’s Tommy Par­ran took a slash­ing penalty. Thunder goal­tender Ea­mon McA­dam made a flurry of saves, but the fol­low up try on the goal­mouth scram­ble re­sulted in Log­gins’ third goal of the sea­son and tied the game.

Adiron­dack re­gained the lead at 16:45 when Sal­hany cre­ated another odd-man rush. He found Rob­bie Payne in the of­fen­sive zone on a two-onone. Payne was able to step around a Wall­eye de­fense­man and find Mike

Sz­mat­ula who scored his sixth goal of the sea­son.

The Thunder ex­tended their lead to two when Char­lie Curti took a see­ing-eye wrist shot from the cen­ter point that was re-di­rected into the back of the net. Curti’s fourth goal of the year was as­sisted by Ara Nazar­ian at 10:32 of the sec­ond pe­riod.

PHOTO BY AN­DREW CAMP, PRO­VIDED BY ADIRON­DACK THUNDER

Adiron­dack will once again at­tempt to record a sea­son-high third straight win when host­ing the Maine Mariners on Fri­day at Cool In­sur­ing Arena.

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