Gameday - Adirondack (35-21-3-4) vs. Wheeling (31-25-6-1)
WHO: Adirondack Thunder (35-21-3-4) vs. Wheeling Nailers (31-25-6-1)
WHAT: ECHL REGULAR SEASON GAME #843
WHEN: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 3:00 PM
WHERE: Cool Insuring Arena - Glens Falls, NY
TONIGHT'S MATCHUP: The Thunder continue their three-in-three set on the weekend as they return to divisional play with an afternoon matinee against the Wheeling Nailers. Adirondack was victorious in overtime last evening as it came back to earn a 3-2 victory over the Fort Wayne Komets at Cool Insuring Arena.
WORKING OVERTIME: The Thunder earned another overtime win on home ice last night as forward Shane Conacher scored with 53 seconds left in the extra session. At home this season, Adirondack improved to 5-1 in games that end in overtime and 8-3 in all games that extend past 60 minutes. Overall, Adirondack has now earned nine wins this season between overtime and shootouts, breaking its previous season record of six.
SUGAR SHANE: Adirondack forward Shane Conacher scored the first overtime goal of his ECHL career as he netted his 15th tally of the season 4:07 into the 3-on-3 slate. Conacher also earned an assist on the evening and has now amassed 54 points (15-39-54) from 46 games played on the season. Conacher's assist ties him with Peter MacArthur's 2016-17 season total for the highest in a single season in franchise history
WARD OF THE WORLDS: Thunder forward Brian Ward collected a goal and an assist in last night's victory as he earned his 13th multi-point game of the season. Ward's goal was his 26th of the season as he moved to within a single tally of his 2016-17 regular season total. The second-year center leads the Thunder in goals both on the season and all-time, with his 53 goals five clear of the next closest Thunder player.
TROYAL FLUSH: Adirondack forward Troy Bourke tied an ECHL career high with three assists in last evening's win. Bourke's trio of assists marked the fourth time this season he's collected three or more points and his sixth multi-point game overall. The Alberta native has amassed 22 points (9-13-22) from 14 games played and his 1.53 point-per-game pace ranks second in the ECHL among players with multiple games played.
CHIP SKYLARKIN: Thunder defenseman Adam Larkin collected the first points of his professional career as he netted both a goal and an assist in yesterday's victory. Larkin's goal opened the scoring in the first period and he added an assist on Brian Ward's third-period tally. The 6-0 blueliner joined the Thunder from Yale University last week on an amateur tryout and signed a standard player contract with the team yesterday.
DIVISIONAL DOMINANCE: The Thunder will play each of their final nine games this season within the North Division, which continues to be the tightest in the ECHL. Adirondack sits two points behind division-leading Manchester, with the two teams scheduled for three head-to-head meetings during the remainder of the season, including two games in New Hampshire next weekend.
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