READING, Pa. — The Adirondack Thunder’s 12-game road trip got off to an inauspicious start on Sunday with a 9-4 loss to the Reading Royals.
Ryan Penny scored three goals for the Royals, who are unbeaten in four ECHL games so far. The Thunder fell to 3-3-1-0 and are fifth in the North Division.
Adirondack has 11 more games away from home and nearly a month to go before returning to Cool Insuring Arena on Nov. 25.
Nick Riopel started in goal for the Thunder and gave up five goals on 17 shots before being pulled. Drew Fielding didn’t fare much better, giving up four goals on 15 shots.
The Thunder got into trouble early in the game, giving up goals to Steven Swaverly and Penny before the game was 4 minutes old. At one point in the second period, the Royals had a 6-1 lead.
Terrence Wallin, Brian Ward, Ty Loney and Colton White scored goals for the Thunder, but the game was more or less out of reach by the time the offense got going. One bright spot for the visitors was the power play, which produced two goals in three opportunities.
Adirondack outshot the Royals 45-32. John Muse got the win for Reading, making 41 saves.
The Thunder have four days off before playing at Fort Wayne on Friday and Cincinnati on Saturday.