The Adirondack Thunder’s massive road trip goes to its furthest western point Wednesday with a game in Moline, Illinois, against the Quad City Mallards.
The Thunder are 1-2 so far on their 12-game road trip, but last weekend’s split of games has to leave them feeling better about the future. The Thunder topped Fort Wayne, 4-2 on Saturday, before losing to Cincinnati, 2-1 on Sunday. The three goals over two games represented the fewest goals they’ve allowed this season. Also, even though it was a loss, the Thunder allowed a season-low 17 shots to Cincinnati.
Defenseman Mathieu Brodeur rejoined the Thunder, on loan from Springfield in the AHL, before the Fort Wayne game and played in both contests.
Offensively, the Thunder (4-4-1-0) seem to be rolling as usual. Their 3.89 goals per game is sixth overall in the ECHL. Individually, Shane Conacher has six points (two goals, four assists) in five games. Also, he and team-leading scorer Ty Loney have a three-game scoring streak.
Special teams may factor in against the Mallards. The Thunder’s power-play scoring percentage is 18.4, second-highest in the North Division, but their 73 percent penalty-kill percentage is last in the division.
Quad City (4-4-0-0), meanwhile, is the one of the least-penalized teams in the league. It averages only 11.38 penalty minutes per game, the third-lowest in the league. Conversely, its 12.5 percent power-play scoring percentage is worst in the Central Division.
Fans of the Adirondack hockey franchise will recognize the Mallards’ leader in penalty minutes: Garrett Klotz. The 6-foot-6, 250-pounder played for the AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms from 2009 through 2012.