04/03/2016 3:47 AM
SUNDAY APRIL 3, 2016
BEAST (20-37-7-4, 49 PTS | 4th Place, North) vs THUNDER (37-25-2-4, 80 PTS | 2ND Place, East)
Puck Drop: 3:00 PM EDT | Watch: ECHL.TV | Listen: BramptonBeast.com
GLENS FALLS, NEW YORK – Luc-Olivier Blain scored his ninth goal of the season and Kenny Reiter stood on his head and made 40 saves but the Adirondack Thunder managed to squeak out a 3-1 win over the Brampton Beast at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday night.
The Beast were the first to find the back of the net as Jordan Henry fired a puck toward the goal. It ricocheted off a man in front and landed right on the stick of Luc-Olivier Blain and he made no mistake netting his ninth goal of the season at 11:41 to give the Beast a 1-0 lead.
The lead would be short lived as the Thunder replied on the power play later in the period. Ryan Lomberg entered the zone with speed down the left side and fired a perfect shot into the top corner over the glove of Reiter, tying the game at one at 18:07.
The Beast took control in the second period and outshot the Thunder 15-14 but it was Adirondack who would earn the go-ahead goal.
The Thunder earned their first lead of the game at the 11:16 mark of the second period. Reiter was fantastic on the initial two shots he faced on the play but James Henry found the back of the net on the third rebound.
The Thunder, still in contention for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, came out flying in the third period and outshot the Beast 15-4 in the final frame.
Luke Curadi gave the Thunder a two-goal cushion in the latter half of the period. He blasted a shot on goal from the point and while Reiter got a piece, the puck managed to squeeze over the line for the game’s final goal.
Reiter did more than enough to give his team a chance to win and made 40 saves, including 14 in the third period alone. Ken Appleby earned the win between the pipes for Adirondack and stopped all but one of the 28 shots he faced.
March 30: Travis Armstrong (D) ADD - Signed to Contract. Jesse Stoughton (F) ADD - Signed to Contract. Andrew D'Agostini (G) ADD - Signed to Contract. March 28: Michael Giugovaz (G) DEL - Released from Contract. Angelo Miceli (F) DEL - Recalled to St. John's. Mac Bennett (D) DEL - Recalled to St. John's. March 27: Travis Brown (D) ADD - Reassigned from St. John's. March 25: Mitch Zion (F) ADD - Signed to Contract. Joey West (F) ADD - Signed to Contract.
TODAY'S GAME: The Beast hope to avoid the season sweep against the Adirondack Thunder on Sunday afternoon as the two teams face off for the final time at the Glens Falls Civic Center at 3:00 PM. The Beast are winless in five games against the Thunder this season.
GOOD GOALIE: Beast goaltender Kenny Reiter stood on his head on Saturday and made 40 saves in a close 3-1 loss to Adirondack. There have only been two 40+ save games for Beast netminders this season. Jordan Ruby owns the other with a 41-save night in a 2-1 shootout loss against the Elmira Jackals on Jan. 18.
PLAYOFF RACE: While the Beast are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, their remaining games have major playoff implications for their competition. All of the Beast's remaining games are against teams vying for one of the final four spots in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Adirondack (80 points), Kalamazoo (77 points) and Elmira (77 points) are currently ranked fifth, eighth and ninth respectively, giving the Beast huge power as a spoiler.
DOES THE SEASON HAVE TO END?: Including Sunday's game against the Thunder, the Beast have just four games remaining in the 2015-16 season, including two road games and two home games.
STREAKY BEAST: Luc-Olivier Blain continued his hot streak and recorded another goal against the Thunder on Saturday night. He now has three goals and three assists in his last seven games. Beast captain Jordan Henry has recorded a point in every second game over his last seven contests, compiling a goal and three assists in the process.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Thunder forward Ryan Lomberg has a goal and two assists in his last two games. Thunder leading scorer Michael Kirkpatrick has three assists in his last two games.
SOLID GOALTENDING: Beast goaltenders have been rising to the challenge of late and have helped their team to one of their strongest stretches of the season. Beast goaltenders have held their opponents to three goals or less in five of their last seven games, including two games in which the team allowed just one goal.
ADIRONDACK THUNDER TRANSACTIONS:
April 2: Alex Wall (D) ADD Signed contract. April 1: Ken Appleby (G) ADD Reassigned by New Jersey (NHL) from Albany (AHL). March 28: Gunnar Hughes (C) ADD Returned on loan from Albany (AHL). Mathieu Brodeur (D) ADD Returned on loan from Albany (AHL).