The Adirondack Thunder did a lot of good things on Tuesday, that's how they won the game after all. But there was one thing coach Cail MacLean came away wanting to work on: penalties.
The Thunder gave Manchester eight power plays. Sure, they managed to kill off seven (the only goal came with 22 seconds left on a six-on-four), but you still don't want to put yourself in that position.
"We put ourselves on the penalty too often," MacLean said. "Definitely."
Pete MacArthur, the even-keel captain, advised keeping your emotions in check.
The Thunder twice took penalties immediately after scoring, which is a great way to just hand the momentum over. They also fell into the trap of being the one to take a scrum to the next level a couple of times.
"Limit retaliatory penalties," Gunnar Hughes said. "I was guilty of one. Put our sticks on the ice and just play hard."
The worst, though, was the too many men penalty. That's just a dumb one at any time, but especially in the playoffs.
Hence, the Thunder's new goal to limit the penalties.