READING — It’s a simple formula for the Adirondack Thunder. Start Drew Fielding in goal against Reading and wait for the magic.
Fielding made a season-high 37 saves Friday to register his second consecutive shutout versus the Royals, as the Thunder topped Reading 3-0 at Santander Arena. It was Fielding’s eighth victory this season and his sixth career ECHL shutout.
After losing the first six games to Reading this season, the Thunder have won three of the last four. The win also left the Thunder just one point behind North Division leader Manchester.
It also was a good night for forward James Henry, who figured in all three goals with two goals and an assist.
Henry first fed Pierre-Luc Mercier, who one-timed a slap shot past John Muse at 11:05 of the second period for a 1-0 lead. Eight minutes later, Henry chipped a low-angle shot over Muse for a 2-0 advantage.
Mercier then returned the favor, passing to Henry for Henry’s 12th goal of the season, an empty-netter with 3 seconds left.
Earlier in the day, goalie Mackenzie Blackwood — who Thunder coach Brad Tapper had originally planned to start — was recalled to Binghamton of the AHL. Eric Vogel was signed as an emergency backup goalie.
Also Friday, forward Ty Loney — the Thunder’s lone representative in the CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic on Monday — was chosen to participate in the rapid fire shootout challenge.