GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – After starting the season on the road last weekend, the Adirondack Thunder returned to Glens Falls for their home opener Saturday night. They faced off against divisional rival Worcester Railers for the second time in the early season. After an embarrassing 5-1 loss to the Railers in their barn last weekend, the Thunder were looking for some revenge at home. There is no love lost between Adirondack and Worcester, and Saturday’s game was expected to be full of dramatics. In the come-from-behind victory for the home team, the sellout crowd of 4823 certainly got their money’s worth.
The game started out slowly, with neither team able to score in the opening frame. Worcester outplayed Adirondack, and heavily outshot them 16-8.
The Railers’ Tanner Pond broke the scoreless tie at 5:45 of the middle frame, when he beat former Worcester goaltender Eamon McAdam. The Thunder soon found themselves in a bit of a hole when Cody Payne‘s unassisted tally put the Railers up 2-0 a little more than five minutes later.
With 2:26 remaining in the second period, rookie defenseman Charlie Curti cut the Worcester lead in half with his first pro goal.
“obviously it’s nice to get on the scoresheet, but first and foremost, getting that first win at home in front of the fans. They were all excited, we were all excited,” Curti said.
Curti wasn’t finished yet. He scored again in the third period to tie it up for the Thunder.
Fellow defenseman Kelly Summers scored the game-winner with less than four minutes remaining in the third, when his shot deflected off a body in front of the Worcester net.
“I think the power play was just ending, and I saw zabo (teammate casey pierro-zabotel) kind of rolling off the wall, two guys on him. he gave me the puck nicely, and I had all the time in the world to send a nice pick. I went to go back over to naz (teammate ara Nazarian) and I had a lucky deflection off their stick but i’ll take it.”
After being heavily outshot in the first two periods (32-17), the Thunder came back with a vengeance in the third, outshooting the Railers 11-3. Both goaltenders, McAdam for Adirondack and Evan Buitenhuis for Worcester, looked solid in net for their respective teams. Though McAdam had to stand on his head, looking superhuman at times, to get the win, he shrugged it off, explaining that it’s his job.
“it’s always nice when you see some action early, hope to get a little bit of rhythm. we talked about it between periods, we’ve got to try to limit chances a little bit more, but things are gonna happen. but that’s what we’re there for, me and mcniven (fellow Adirondack goaltender Michael mcniven). we’ve just got to do our jobs,” McAdam said.
“it’s part of the job description to make saves. some nights you’re gonna get outshot, some nights you’re gonna outshoot the other team. you’ve just got to handle it the same way every time.”
Adirondack currently sits in second place in the North Division, one point behind the Newfoundland Growlers.
The Thunder next face the Maine Mariners on Wednesday before meeting up with the Worcester Railers again on Friday, both games at the Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls. The Thunder are 1-0-0-0 against Maine (a 5-2 victory in Portland on opening night) and 1-1-0-0 against Worcester (with the home team winning each contest). Adirondack will close out October on the 30th in Brampton. Their previous match ended in a shootout win for the Beast.
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