GLENS FALLS — There has been no denying the contributions of Conor Riley and Mike Szmatula over the Thunder’s past handful of games, but Wednesday’s win over Maine came with contributions from veterans that hadn’t been heard from in a while.
Captain James Henry scored two goals, alternate captain Peter MacArthur had a goal and Dennis Kravchenko provided some good moments of energy.
Henry’s scores increased his team-high points total to 22, but his last goal before Wednesday came five games prior on Nov. 21. It had been even longer for MacArthur: Nov. 7.
In addition to his goal, MacArthur did yeoman’s work in setting up Adirondack’s third goal, but it didn’t result in an assist.
“I think Mac has been a little frustrated lately because he hasn’t been able to contribute on the scoresheet as much, and for him to get the goal on the power play, it was obviously a nice goal, and then to be contributing in that (third goal) because it’s kind of one of those third assists that guys probably deserve,” Thunder coach Alex Loh said. “It’s still a great play and he knows that, everybody knows that. I think he’s satisfied with it.”
Despite outshooting Maine 20-5 in the first period and 43-33 for the game, the Thunder had lulls, and several times Kravchenko provided a spark with aggressive skating and overall play. After receiving the business from Maine’s John Furgele before the first period ended, Kravchenko dropped the gloves as soon as the horn sounded, giving his teammates a cause to rally behind.
It’s all good for the Thunder, who travel to face Maine again on Friday.
“I thought apart from the scoring chances, we played well,” Henry said. “We were good defensively. We did a good job of playing well (in) all aspects of the game.”
The Thunder are back at home on Saturday night against the Brampton Beast.