ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland — The Adirondack Thunder, playing with only 14 available skaters, dropped their second straight game to the Newfoundland Growlers, 3-1 on Saturday night.
The loss, their third straight overall, leaves the Thunder six points behind Newfoundland in the ECHL’s North Division, but still in second place.
Scott Pooley scored twice for the Growlers, netting the game’s first goal off a defensive-zone turnover and adding the insurance tally off a rebound in the third period. Matt Bradley scored 1:02 into the second period for a 2-0 Newfoundland lead.
Cullen Bradshaw netted the Thunder’s lone goal, finishing a pass from Kevin Lough for his sixth goal of the season to pull Adirondack within 2-1 late in the second period. James Henry had a shot ring off the post earlier in the period.
Goalie Devin Buffalo turned in a strong performance in goal, making 26 saves, including some difficult ones on the power play.
The Thunder scratched Nik Olsson and Mike Szmatula before the game. Szmatula is the Thunder’s selection to the ECHL All-Star Game.
Adirondack returns to the Cool Insuring Arena for a four-game homestand beginning Wednesday against the Wheeling Nailers.
Growlers 3, Thunder 1
Adirondack 0 1 0 — 1
Newfoundland 1 1 1 — 3
First Period — 1, Newfoundland, Pooley 16, 17:10.
Second Period — 2, Newfoundland, Bradley 9 (O’Brien, Piccinich), 1:02. 3, Adirondack, Bradshaw 6 (Lough), 16:26.
Third Period — 4, Newfoundland, Pooley 17, 9:12.
Power Plays — Adirondack 0-3, Newfoundland 0-2.
Goalies-saves — Adirondack, Buffalo (29 shots-26 saves). Newfoundland, Barone (23-22).
A — 4,912.
Referee — Mennitti.