WORCESTER, Mass. — It took three periods, but when the Adirondack Thunder’s scoring came, it came in bunches.
The Thunder scored all three goals in the final period to defeat Worcester 3-0 in an ECHL game Friday at DCU Center.
Pierre-Luc Mercier started the scoring with a power-play goal 55 seconds into the period, his eighth of the season. Terrence Wallin picked up an assist to extend his scoring streak to eight games.
Adirondack (15-12-1-1) notched its second goal at 6:33 when Mercier found Conor Riley for his third tally of the season and second goal in the past three games.
Tim Harrison added the final score with his fourth goal of the year at 14:56.
Nick Riopel was sharp in goal, making a season-high 44 saves and earning his eighth professional shutout and fifth in the ECHL.
Some bad blood started to show late in the game. At 18:08 and 18:10, three Thunder players and five Railers were whistled for penalties, with the Railers picking up three unsportsmanlike conducts. At the game’s end, Worcester’s Justin Hamonic received a match misconduct for trying to deliberately injure.
The Thunder were without leading goal scorer Ty Loney, who received a game misconduct in Wednesday’s loss to Manchester for firing a puck into the stands. He also was fined an undisclosed amount, but will be back in action Saturday, when the Railers visit Cool Insuring Arena to face the Thunder again.