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Penalties Overshadow Goals in Mariners’ Victory

Penalties Overshadow Goals in Mariners’ Victory

GLENS FALLS, NY – The Adirondack Thunder faced the Maine Mariners for the first time this season Friday night.  If you were watching the game, you wouldn’t have been able to tell.  It was a game you’d expect to see late in the season after two rivals have seen each other 15 times already, with tempers flaring and frustration setting in a little over halfway through the game.  Starting at the 12:46 mark of the second period, things began unraveling and didn’t stop until after the final horn.  By the time all was said and done, there were 28 infractions totaling over 100 minutes, including 19 minors, four fighting majors, and five misconducts.

Overshadowed by all the extracurriculars was a 4-1 victory for the Mariners, in which forward Tim Doherty picked up two goals, including the eventual game-winner.

As has been the case in most of Adirondack’s games this season, the opponent scored first Friday.  After beating Garrett VanWyhe to the puck in the Thunder zone, Connor Doherty backhanded it toward the net but hit the post.  Tim Doherty it picked up and fired past goaltender Jake Theut for the 1-0 lead less than five minutes in.

Doherty picked up his second goal just over two minutes into the middle frame when he got past defenseman Jarrod Gourley to move in on Theut for the 2-0 lead.

Later that period, all hell broke loose when Maine’s Mathew Santos hit Adirondack’s Nick Rivera knee-on-knee.  VanWyhe came in to defend his teammate and ended up fighting Curtis Hall, while Rivera mixed it up with Marc-Olivier Duquette.  In a baffling conclusion, Hall received a fighting major while VanWyhe only received a roughing minor, and Rivera received an instigator and fighting major while his opponent, Duquette, only received a roughing minor (although in all the confusion, Duquette’s penalty was originally announced as a fighting major, and he was kept in the penalty box longer than necessary).

Adirondack captain Shane Harper: “That’s one thing I’ll say about our group, I think we all clearly stand up for one another.  It kind of started with when Rivera took a knee, it looked like he got kneed, he wasn’t happy, and I think it just kind of amped everybody up.”

Santos received nothing for his knee-to-knee hit, described as a “terrible missed call” by Thunder head coach Peter MacArthur, but he did go on to score four minutes later to extend the Mariners’ lead to 3-0.

The rough stuff continued into the third period, with 84 of the game’s 108 penalty minutes coming in the final 20 minutes, including eight roughing minors, two fighting majors, and five misconducts, including a game misconduct for Thunder forward Sebastian Vidmar for abuse of officials in the final minute of play.

Mixed in with all the third period extracurriculars were two goals, one from each team.

A little over halfway through the final frame, defenseman Jake Ryczek skated into the Mariners zone with the puck, then passed to Grant Jozefek, who in turn passed to Rivera.  Rivera snuck the puck through some legs in front and past netminder François Brassard to end his shutout bid.  The play went under review for potential goaltender interference but was deemed a good goal.

 

Keltie Jeri-Leon went on to score an empty-netter for the Mariners to bring the final score to 4-1.  Santos picked up an assist on the goal, giving him three points on the night (one goal, two assists).

Five Minute Mayhem

Within the game’s final five minutes, there were 12 penalties assessed for a total of 64 minutes.  That’s almost 60% of the game’s 108 total penalty minutes.  Those 12 penalties included five roughing minors, four 10-minute misconducts, and a game misconduct, but surprisingly no fighting majors.

Up Next

Act Two in this drama will be Saturday night in Glens Falls, then the teams will head to Portland to finish the 3-in-3 Sunday afternoon.

 

Editor’s note: After publication, suspensions were announced.  Santos received a one-game suspension for the knee-to-knee hit to Rivera in the second period.  Vidmar received a three-game suspension for his abuse-of-officials infraction in the third period.

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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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