READING, Pa. — On a Saturday filled with transactions, the Adirondack Thunder came up short in a 5-3 ECHL loss to the Reading Royals.
Michael Huntebrinker scored twice in the second period — including a power-play goal that caromed off his skate — to give Reading the early lead. The Royals’ five-minute power play was the result of an elbowing major assessed to Adirondack’s Mike Bergin.
Trailing 4-1 in the third period, the Thunder rallied with a pair of power-play goals by Terrence Wallin to pull within one goal, but Huntebrinker scored an empty-netter with 12 seconds to play. Brian Morgan scored twice for the Royals.
Desmond Bergin had opened the scoring for Adirondack in the first period. Chris Nell made 22 saves in goal.
Earlier in the day, the Thunder announced the departure of two players and the recall of goalie Nic Riopel to Syracuse of the AHL. Riopel has a 9-9-1 record with the Thunder this season with a 3.28 goals-against average.
Forward Chris Calnan is retiring at age 23, according to the Thunder, while forward Eric Neiley left the team to sign with the Sheffield Steelers of the Elite Ice Hockey League in the UK. Calnan played five games with the Thunder after being assigned from the AHL’s Binghamton Devils in October. Neiley, 25, had played in 30 games with Adirondack, with 10 goals and 12 assists. The Thunder will retain his ECHL rights.
Adirondack and Reading meet again Sunday at 5 p.m. at Cool Insuring Arena.