ECHL Game Recap: Adirondack Thunder vs Allen Americans | 04/07/2024

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The Adirondack Thunder came into Sunday looking to salvage a disappointing weekend that included back-to-back blown leads in the first two games of the team’s final five-game road trip of the regular season. One thing Adirondack had done well all weekend was get pucks on net and get Grade A opportunities, which they got plenty of in the opening frame of Sunday’s season finale. The Thunder would get a PP at the 7:59 mark of the first as Blake Murray went off for hooking despite not taking advantage of the PP, Adirondack would use the PK to their advantage as Travis Broughman opened up the scoring with a short-handed goal at the 15:20 mark as the Thunder just like Saturday, would hold the lead after the opening frame. In the second, the Thunder appeared to have taken a 2-0 lead, but right before Ashbrook scored, a fight broke out at center ice between Ryan Conroy and Liam Finlay as the goal would get called back; for Conroy, it was his first pro fight and a good one at that. The fight seemed to give the Allen Americans life as less than two minutes later, it would be a faceoff win by Blake Murray, who found Ryan Gagnon at the point, who took a shot that would be deflected by Chaz Smedsrud for his third of the season to tie the game up at one which is where we stood after 40.

The third period has been a daunting one for the Thunder during their trip to Texas, but Adirondack would try to calm the Sunday Scaries down as they would get on the board just 1:17 into the period as Alex Young would tap home a rebound for his second goal of the weekend to give the Thunder a 2-1 lead. But once again, it would be a late goal by the Americans as Hank Crone would score a pinball goal with just over five to go in the third, and for the third straight night, the Americans and Thunder would need an OT frame to break the tie. As they say, the third time’s the charm, and for the Thunder, it would ring true as Andre Ghantous would feed Tristan Ashbrook on a goal that would count, as Adirondack would finish the weekend with four out of a possible six points. Isaac Poulter made 30 saves in the win, and Mark Sinclair picked up the loss in relief after coming in to start the second period, stopping 33 of the 35 shots he faced.

Armand Klisivitch

Inside The Rink ECHL Manager | Senior Editor Credentialed Reporter for the Adirondack Thunder & Worcester Railers.

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