BRAMPTON, Ontario — The Adirondack Thunder wrapped up another division title on Sunday. Now it’s on to the playoffs.
Terrence Wallin scored twice as the Thunder finished the regular season with a 6-2 victory over Brampton. That gave the Thunder, who posted 41 wins in 72 games, their second consecutive ECHL North Division crown.
Adirondack will host Worcester in the first round of the Kelly Cup playoffs. The best-of-seven series begins with a game at Cool Insuring Arena this Friday night.
The series will be played with an unusual 1-2-2-1-1 format. After Game 1 in Glens Falls, the series immediately shifts to Worcester for Games 2 and 3 on Saturday and Sunday, meaning the teams will play the first three games in three days. The Thunder would then host the next two games.
The Thunder pulled away in Sunday’s game with three unanswered goals in the second period. James Henry scored a shorthanded goal 4:37 into the period for a 2-1 lead. Brian Ward scored his 30th goal of the season at the 14:47 mark. Pierre-Luc Mercier scored four minutes later as he was being tripped to the ice.
After a Brampton goal, Wallin scored his second of the game to give the visitors a 5-2 lead. Austin Orszulak scored the game’s final goal with five seconds left into an empty net.
Olivier Mantha made 34 saves in goal for the win, replacing starter Mackenzie Blackwood, who played only the first 42 seconds to make him eligible for the playoffs.