Thunder Battle Back But Fall in Overtimeto Mariners, 5-4
GLENS FALLS, NY - The Adirondack Thunder completed a three-goal comeback but were bested in overtime by the Maine Mariners on Friday night at Cool Insuring Arena.
The first period of the game was a quiet one. Both teams had a powerplay opportunity but no goals were recorded. The shots were 5-5 after twenty minutes. But it was the second period where things ramped up. The Mariners scored three goals in the first 6:20 of the frame with Jake Elmer, Ted Hart and Terrence Wallin all hit the back of the net.
Adirondack responded after a powerplay completed, Jake Linhart's seeing-eye shot beat Connor LaCouvee to put the Thunder within two. But the Mariners would respond just 20 seconds later when a carom ended up behind Thunder netminder Evan Cormier for his second of the night and sixth against Adirondack this season.
The Thunder would score the final goal of the second period when a 2-on-1 between Alex Carrier and Ara Nazarian resulted in a goalmouth scramble with Carrier batting the puck in behind LaCouvee to make it 4-2 Maine.
The Thunder scored just ten seconds into their fourth powerplay of the night. Nikita Popugaev moved the puck to the blue line for Jake Linhart. Linhart went to the far point for Robbie Payne who wound up a slapshot over LaCouvee to pull Adirondack within one.
Adirondack tied the game with 4:17 left as Robbie Payne redirected a Nikita Popugaev shot for his second of the game and sixth of the season.
The game went to overtime and Jake Elmer scored at 3:30 to give the Mariners the win and the extra point.
The Thunder outshot the Mariners 31-18 and went 1-for-4 on the powerplay. Adirondack successfully killed all three powerplay chances for Maine.
The Thunder battle the Maine Mariners tomorrow night at 6pm from Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, Maine.
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