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Growlers’ Streaks End in Shutout

#ECHL | @JakeTheut and the @ECHLThunder ended the @NLGrowlers’ 6-game win streak (and a couple of 6-game point streaks) in Saturday’s shutout. @FPHAdkThunder recaps the night in her latest:

Growlers’ Streaks End in Shutout

GLENS FALLS, NY – The Newfoundland Growlers came into Glens Falls in first place in the Eastern Conference and riding a six-game win streak after derailing the Worcester Railers in four straight games.  That did not intimidate the Adirondack Thunder, however.  Adirondack has had some success against Newfoundland this season, winning the first two games in regulation, both by a score of 3-2.  The third game turned nasty and resulted in a couple Thunder losses, first with the loss of their captain due to injury, then with the game itself, a 5-1 decision.  But the Thunder flipped the script Saturday, sending the Growlers back to their hotel rooms with their tails between their legs after a 5-0 domination.

Back on December 16, Newfoundland’s Chris Martenet hit Adirondack captain Shane Harper into the boards, resulting in an injury that sidelined Harper until January.  Guess who scored the first goal in Saturday’s contest.  With Simon Kubicek and Todd Skirving serving penalties separated by only seven seconds, the Thunder were awarded a 5-on-3 power play that Harper capitalized on.

Rookie Xavier Parent gave the Thunder a 2-0 lead heading into the middle frame with his late first period goal.  It appeared Growlers goalie Luke Cavallin was going to make the save on Parent’s shot, but the puck trickled out from between his legs and into the net.

Brady Fleurent picked up his first ECHL goal of the season in the second period.  Like several of Adirondack’s goals this season, this one was a fluke.  Fleurent picked up the puck in the corner and just threw it toward the Newfoundland net, where it deflected off Cavallin and in.

Fleurent: “I tried to find [Yanick Turcotte] on a 2-on-1 up front and [Kubicek] kind of blocked it.  I knew the goalie was sliding over so I tried to bank it off him.  I threw it out front and it got right off his pad and went right in.”

Grant Jozefek extended the Thunder lead early in the third.  Jozefek’s initial wraparound attempt was stopped, so he tried again, this time tapping the puck past Cavallin’s skate and in.

The game started to get physical later in the third, and there were a few scrums resulting in multiple penalties.  The first came just under 14 minutes into the final frame and resulted in four players being sent off with roughing penalties.  One of those players, Jarrod Gourley, received a double-minor.  Growlers Head Coach Eric Wellwood decided to pull Cavallin, giving his team a 6-on-4 advantage on the ensuing power play.  It was during this 6-on-4 that Harper scored into the empty net, completing the scoring and giving his team the 5-0 advantage.

Adirondack netminder Jake Theut was playing some of his best hockey Saturday, making 41 saves and earning his first ECHL shutout.  Harper described him as calm, collected, and poised in the victory.

Harper: “He made it look pretty easy tonight.”

Head Coach Pete MacArthur agreed: “Sometimes our goalies, or any goalie, will make them look harder than they are because they didn’t read it.  He made it look easier.”

Theut on defeating the top team in the Eastern Conference: “It gives us a boost.  It’s the top team in the league, a big win at home.  If we can beat them, we can beat anyone.”

Streaks Ended

Along with the Growlers’ winning streak, two other streaks ended in Theut’s shutout.  Forwards Pavel Gogolev and Keenan Suthers both saw their six-game point streaks come to an end.  Gogolev had ten points (five goals, five assists) while Suthers had six (four goals, two assists) during that span.  Gogolev has also had some success against the Thunder this season, with five points (two goals, three assists).

Next Up

The teams face off again in Glens Falls Sunday afternoon.  Adirondack (12-17-5-1) then has a 3-in-3 next weekend, hosting the Trois-Rivières Lions (14-20-2-0) while Newfoundland (26-10-1-0) heads to Ohio to take on the Cincinnati Cyclones (20-8-4-2).

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    Carrie Roberts covers the Adirondack Thunder for Field Pass Hockey. Follow and interact with her on Twitter @FPHAdkThunder.

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