GLENS FALLS — The Adirondack Thunder went from the possibility of zero points to at least one to a full, bright, beautiful two Friday night. And it had them talking about late in the season.
They’re not getting ahead of themselves, though. It’s just that the way they beat Manchester 6-5 in a shootout is something they can draw upon down the road.
Down 5-2 late in the second period, the Thunder (2-0) rallied to tie it at the end of regulation. After a scoreless overtime, JC Campagna scored on a left-handed wrister, and Nick Riopel stopped all three attempts in the shootout — the last one going off him, then the pipe — to give the crowd something to yell about.
“That’s definitely a character win,” said Campgana, who had one goal and two assists. “We just kept chipping away and putting pucks at the net. That’s what happens when you work hard, you get rewarded.”
The Thunder led 2-1 after the first, but the second period wasn’t kind, as Manchester scored four straight.
One of the biggest goals came from James Henry at 17:28 of the second. The cutting Henry got a beautiful crossing pass from Ty Loney to make it 5-3 and give the Thunder some hope.
“Hank, he’s been chomping at the bit to get on the score sheet,” Thunder coach Brad Tapper said. “Two-goal lead, you never know going into the third.”
“We went into the locker room,” Tapper added, “and said, ‘You know what? A goal every 10 minutes with our structure, our system and our ‘D’ that can jump up in a rush, why not?’”
Newcomer Dylan Olsen fired a slap shot in at 16:30 of the third to make it 5-4. Desmond Bergin provided the tying goal just 1:32 later when he poked in a rebound of Campagna’s shot from the bottom of the left circle.
“These guys do not have a quitting mentality,” Tapper said.
In the shootout, Campagna, shooting second for Adirondack, saw what he wanted from Monarchs goalie Evan Crowley.
“I usually do the same thing every shootout, and I knew the ice was bad,” Campagna said. “I went a little slower than normal. The only way I change is if the goalie doesn’t give me something I like ... but he was exactly where I want him, so that’s bread and butter.”
Riopel had been a victim of a couple of unfortunate circumstances on Manchester’s second-period barrage — deflections, rebounds and such. But he was very confident-looking in the shootout.
“I wouldn’t say I’m a shootout specialist, so to get that win with three saves is a confidence booster going to Reading on the bus,” Riopel said. “It’s nice for the guys that we did this early on in the season, so later during the season we’ll be in the same situation and we’ll remember how that feels and we’ll be able to bounce back.”
Henry said it was after Ryan Ward’s penalty shot at 16:44 of the second was saved that things picked up for the Thunder. Rather than thinking it just wasn’t in the stars, the team took it as a positive that at least it was generating chances. His goal came not long after.
“Tap-in goal, pretty nice pass from Loney on the other side. They were working hard all night. It just shows the entire group is not rolling over,” Henry said.
Thunder 6, Monarchs 5, SO
Manchester 1 4 0 0 0 — 5
Adirondack 2 1 2 0 1 — 6
First Period — 1, Manchester, Lynch 1 (Saucerman, Lowry), 4:59 (pp). 2, Adirondack, Henry 1 (Neiley), 17:02. 3, Adirondack, Campagna 1 (Segalla), 18:07. Penalties — Riley, Adk (interference), 4:01; Doherty, Man (slashing), 5:41; Olsen, Adk (closing hand on puck), 19:17; Lowry, Man (roughing), 19:54; Loney, Adk, double minor (roughing, cross-checking), 19:54.
Second Period — 4, Manchester, Wyszomirski 1 (Cameranesi, Morris), 4:22. 5, Manchester, Marcinew 1 (Saucerman, Cameranesi), 7:36. 6, Manchester, Ward 2 (Schmalz, Hamilton), 13:55. 7, Manchester, Hamilton 1 (Schmalz, Ward), 15:45. 8, Adirondack, Henry 2 (Loney, Ward), 17:28. Penalties — None.
Third Period — 9, Adirondack, Olsen 1 (Campagna), 16:30. 10, Adirondack, Bergin 1 (Mercier, Campagna), 18:02. Penalties — Olsen Adk (tripping), 2:58; Bergin, Adk (hooking), 5:09; Morris, Man (interference), 18:29.
Overtime — None. Penalties — Kolomatis, Man (hooking), 4:41.
Shootout — Manchester 0 (Lynch NG, Cameranesi NG, Marcinew NG), Adirondack 1 (Neiley NG, Campagna G, Ward NG).
Shots on Goal — Manchester 14-15-12-2-0-43. Adirondack 7-14-17-4-1-43.
Power Plays—Manchester 1-5; Adirondack 0-3.
Goalies—Manchester, Cowley 0-1-0-1 (42 shots-37 saves). Adirondack, Riopel 2-0-0-0 (43 shots-38 saves).
A — 2,352
Referees — Matt Menniti.
Linesmen—JP Waleski (51), Adam Wood (36).