GLENS FALLS — Patch Alber said it three times this week: the power play needed to make the difference for the Adirondack Thunder. It finally did so on Saturday.
The Thunder consistently had one of the best power plays in the league throughout the regular season, especially against Manchester. But their advantage in the postseason has been a dismal 10 percent.
On the scoresheet, the Thunder were still 0-for-3 on the advantage, but they were three very different power plays from the previous 20 in the series.
On Saturday, the Thunder created changes and manufactured momentum out of their power plays. On in particular, midway through the second period, shifted the scales slightly for the rest of the game.
“We got a lot of momentum off that,” said defenseman Patch Alber, who runs the first power-play unit. “We executed all our plays, we were crisp, all the passes were on the tape. That was the difference in tonight’s game.”
The Thunder put five shots on Manchester goalie Sam Brittain in that one power play. He saved all of them, but that was enough for the Thunder to create offensive momentum. Sometimes, that’s all you need from the power play.
“We battled better and executed better,” Pete MacArthur said. “It’s going to be a big thing on Tuesday (in Game 6). We can grow with that one and get even better. We can’t relax. We need to outwork them.”