The ECHL season is finally underway! And it’s been a busy couple of days for Adirondack, as they are 1-0 to start the season.
On Saturday night, in front of 4,021 fans, the Thunder would hold off a third period rally by Brampton and defeat the Beast 5-4. Adirondack would jump out to a 3-1 lead in the first period with goals from Troy Bourke, Eric Neiley, and Ty Loney. Brampton would come back to tie the game in the third twice, but those ties were very short lived, as Bourke and Loney would answer with goals :19 and :36 apart, respectively, to give the Thunder the win. Nick Riopel stopped 32 of 36 shots in picking up the win. J.C. Campagna would add two assists, while five Thunder skaters had one helper each.
Shameless plug alert: I made what seems like a now weekly guest appearance on Raw Charge yesterday with a more indepth recap.
Your Thunder team leaders after Week 1:
Goals: Ty Loney/Troy Bourke (2)
Assists: Ty Loney/J.C. Campagna (2)
Points: Ty Loney (4)
+/-: Ty Loney/J.C. Campagna (+2)
Penalty Minutes: 8 tied with 2
Wins: Nick Riopel (1)
GAA: Nick Riopel (4.00)
Save Percentage: Nick Riopel (.889)
Earlier today, a new player joined the fold, while one moved on: the Thunder signed free agent defenseman Ryan Segalla, who had been in Reading’s camp to start the season. He spent last season with Wheeling, where in 62 games he scored 3 goals and added 8 assists. The Boston native also made one appearance with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, going scoreless.
To make room for Segalla on the roster, defenseman Nick Trecapelli was traded to Indy for future considerations. He did appear in Saturday’s win, amassing 2 penalty minutes.
Coming up this week: the Thunder are back at home on Friday night, as they host Manchester, who knocked Adirondack out in the first round of last year’s Kelly Cup playoffs. Then they travel to Reading on Saturday to face the Royals.