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