ECHL Playoff Recap: Adirondack Thunder vs Maine Mariners Game 3 | 04/26/2024

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The Adirondack Thunder and Maine Mariners series shifted to Portland, Maine, on Friday night as the two teams began a pivotal three-in-three series. In Game One, the Thunder had a slow start, which ended up biting them. On Friday, Adirondack had a chance to get on the board early as they would get on the board in the opening five minutes, but Maine’s PK would come up big, not giving Adirondack many chances on the PP.

Embrassing, Pathetic, no jam whatsoever.

Head Coach Pete MacArthur on the team’s overall performance in Game 3

Once again, in Game 3, Adirondack got off to a slow start. Fedor Gordeev fed Ty Cheveldayoff in front, and he snuck one past Isaac Poulter to open the scoring at the 7:48 mark of the opening frame. The Mariners would once strike again, and it would be Andrew Peski who would find the back of the net for just his second goal all season, with his first coming on March 11th vs Norfolk Admirals. Adirondack would get themselves back into the game as Andre Ghantous would win a foot race against Ryan Mast and fire home his first career Kelly Cup Playoff goal to put the Thunder within one after the opening 20. In the second, the Thunder would open up the period on the PP but would once again fail to convert. Alex Kile would take a boarding penalty in the final minute of the period, which would once again draw a crowd, but the only penalty would go to Kile. Special teams would play a big part of Game 3 as the Mariners killed off all six PP that the Thunder had on the night.

“We’ve been harping on it all it all series, we know when we are able to kill things off it swings the momentum heavily in out way, there’s a lot of guys on our team who take pride in PK and now guys are blocking shots, like Wally {Wallin} said blocking shots that might have been a record high for us tonight it shows you the willingness to put the body on the line and wanting that win and the momentum going the right way”

Maine Mariners Defenseman Andrew Peski

Owen Peterson added an empty netter, which struck a nerve as Zach Walker wanted to have some words with Peterson. Shortly after, despite being down two, Isaac Poulter made a huge save as Colin Felix got involved in a scuffle, which led to a game misconduct for attempting to injure and two minutes for roughing. Brad Arvanitis would make 28 saves on the night for the Mariners. However, Mariners Head Coach Wallin wouldn’t commit to a goaltender for Saturday; as previously reported, Adirondack will go to Jeremy Brodeur tomorrow night.

“We’ve been talking all week about how we have to continue to grow our hatred for the Adirondack Thunder and I think it leveled up tonight , this is a playoff series but we played them the last four games of the regular season too, so we’re already headed into game 8 and we have a certain level of confidence in this room and it’s exciting to be a part of”

Maine Mariners Head Coach Terrance Wallin
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Armand Klisivitch

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

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