Gameday - Adirondack (1-3) Vs. Manchester (3-1)
WHO: 1 - Adirondack Thunder (1-3) @ 4 - Manchester Monarchs (3-1) WHAT: 2017 KELLY CUP PLAYOFFS - NORTH DIVISION SEMIFINALS
WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
WHERE: Glens Falls Civic Center - Glens Falls, NY
TONIGHT'S MATCHUP: The Thunder face elimination for the first time in this series as they host the Manchester Monarchs in Game 5. Manchester claimed a 2-1 victory in Game 4 on Thursday evening to take a 3-1 lead in the Best-of-7 series to force a must-win Game 5 this evening for Adirondack.
GLASS HALF CULL: Thunder forward Cullen Bradshaw scored his first career Kelly Cup Playoff goal on Thursday as he netted Adirondack's lone tally in the 2-1 defeat. Bradshaw's goal came late in the first period in his third game played in the series. During the regular season, Bradshaw scored at a 0.8 points-per-game pace as he collected 24 points (7-17-24) from 30 games played.
FATHER IN LOUGH: Thunder defenseman Kevin Lough collected his first career professional playoff point in Game 4 as he picked up the primary assist on Bradshaw's first-period goal. Through four Kelly Cup Playoff games, Lough leads all Adirondack skaters with a +2 rating in the series. The 5-11 blueliner finished the 2016-17 regular season with 18 points (4-14-18) and a +6 rating from 51 games played.
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLFE: Adirondack forward Greg Wolfe picked up his first point of the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs with an assist on Bradshaw's goal on Thursday evening. Wolfe's point gives him 15 total in his Thunder career, the most in franchise history. The 5-10 winger has now appeared in 19 career ECHL playoff contests, third most all-time on the Thunder roster behind only Peter MacArthur (31) and James Henry (20).
THREE'S COMPANY: With a goal apiece in Game 3, forward Gunnar Hughes and defenseman Alex Wall moved into a tie for third all-time in Thunder franchise history for career playoff goals. The two players are now in a three-way tie with Thunder Captain Peter MacArthur for the third spot and trail only forwards Ryan Lomberg (5) and Greg Wolfe (7) for the top spot.
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: Tonight's Game 5 will be the Thunder's first Saturday evening home playoff game of the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs. A season ago, Adirondack was 2-0 on home ice on Saturday, counting a 4-1 victory over Manchester in Game 3. During the 2016-17 regular season, the Thunder earned at least one point in 10 of their 13 Saturday home games, including six straight victories to close out the season.
PUZZLING PERIOD: The Thunder have heavily outshot the Monarchs in first periods throughout the series, holding a 48-18 shots on goal advantage through four games played. Manchester, however, has won the scoring battle in the opening stanza with a 3-2 advantage. In the regular season, Adirondack outscored their opposition 73-55 in the first period, outshooting it 793-653.
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