Thunder's Late Surge Bests the Beast 4-3
Brampton, ON - Dennis Kravchenko scored his second goal of the game at the 4:20 mark of the overtime period and the Adirondack Thunder topped the Brampton Beast 4-3 Sunday afternoon at CAA Centre in Brampton, ON.
Rookie defenseman Jake Linhart led the offensive charge down the right wing in the last minute of extra time and found a trailing Kravchenko whose wrist shot beat Jake Paterson to give the Thunder the road victory.
Kravchenko scored his first of the afternoon, and the season, early in the third period to tie the game at 2-2. The Thunder center found a loose puck and got in behind the defense before putting a nice deke on Paterson and finishing top shelf. James Henry and Conor Riley were credited with the assists on that goal, one of three on the afternoon for Henry.
Jake Linahrt opened the game's scoring with his first professional goal on the power play at 11:55 of the opening frame. The University of Wisconsin product floated a shot from the point that found its way through as Jakob Reichert and his 6-foot-5 frame was planted in front of the net with a tremendous screen.
Nathan Todd answered for Brampton with a power-play goal of his own before the end of the first period. Brampton showed some good puck movement with a high-low passing set that ended with Jackson Leef moving a pass to Todd in front of the Thunder net to tie the game.
Leef gave the Beast its first lead of the game with his second goal in two days against the Thunder just under the two-minute mark of the middle stanza. After a Thunder turnover, Matt Petgrave found Leef streaking in front of the net where he went bar-down to give Brampton a 2-1 lead.
After Kravchenko's first, Brian Ward regained the Thunder lead at 5:55 of the third. Henry slid a pass to Ward at the right faceoff circle where Ward charged the net and finished with a sharp-angled shot in the top corner to beat Paterson.
David Vallorani helped earn Brampton a point with his first of the season late in the third period. With under four minutes remaining in regulation, David Pacan found Vallorani on a backdoor pass where he had an easy tap-in to tie the contest.
The game went into the extra session before Kravchenko's wrister ended the game with a 4-3 final in favor of the Thunder.
Colton Phinney got the win in net for the Thunder as he finished with 23 saves.
Adirondack will now return home for four straight games at Cool Insuring Arena, beginning Wednesday night against the Worcester Railers. Start time is set for 7:00 p.m. in Glens Falls.
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