The Adirondack Thunder (37-20-7-4) built a pair of two-goal leads and held off the Elmira Jackals (17-43-7-1), 3-2, at the Glens Falls Civic Center. It was the last time the Jackals visit Adirondack.
The Thunder struck for the only goal in the opening period to jump out to a 1-0 lead over the Jackals. J.C. Campagna took the puck to the right circle then sent a pass down low to Brian Ward, who took it near the left post and then pulled it across to deposit a backhand shot past Jason Kasdorf to give Adirondack a 1-0 lead at 8:56 of the first.
Adirondack extended its lead to two with an early goal in the second. After an unsuccessful Jackals power play, the Thunder came the other way and captain Peter MacArthur collected a rebound and fired it into an open net at 4:02 for a 2-0 Thunder lead.
The Jackals controlled play for the remainder of the period and got back within one with under seven minutes left. On their fourth power play of the game, the Jackals finally converted on a one-timer by Davis Vandane from the left circle. Sebastien Sylvestre passed the puck from the right circle to the center blueline to Matt Stanisz, who kept the puck moving to Vandane at the left circle. Vandane’s power-play goal made it 2-1 at 13:39 and was his ninth goal of the season. Elmira outshot the Thunder 12-6 in the second, but remained down by one heading into the third period.
The Thunder got that two-goal lead back 8:54 into the third period when MacArthur scored his second of the night, finishing a 2-on-1 rush with Cullen Bradshaw. Bradshaw carried the puck to the left circle then sent a cross-ice pass to MacArthur for the one-timer and a 3-1 lead.
The Jackals continued to battle and again got within one less than four minutes later when Matt Stanisz blasted a slap shot from the left circle for his seventh goal of the season. Perry D’Arrisso was credited with an assist after sending the puck to the circle for Stanisz, giving D’Arrisso his first professional point.
The Jackals had several chance to tie the game late, but came up empty on a power play and then Kenton Miller was stopped in front by Anderson to preserve a 3-2 Adirondack win.
( Courtesy: Elmira Jackals)