2017-18 Opponent Preview: The Adirondack Thunder
Adirondack Thunder Preview
The Cincinnati Cyclones will welcome in 14 different opponents to U.S. Bank Arena this season and we are going to take a closer look at each one. Up next in our preview series are the Adirondack Thunder- ECHL affiliate of the Binghamton Devils (AHL) and the New Jersey Devils (NHL). The Thunder and Cyclones will meet once this season in early November, and it will be the third season in a row that the two sides have met.
2017-18 Schedule vs. Cincinnati:
2016-17 Regular Season Record: 41-20-7-4, 93 PTS. First place in ECHL’s North Division
2016-17 Leading Scorers:
Peter MacArthur – 24g-39a-63p, 63GP
James Henry – 21g-34a-55p, 65GP
Brian Ward – 27g-22a-49p, 49GP
The Thunder finished at the top of arguably the ECHL’s toughest division last season, accumulating 93 points in a division where first through fourth were separated by just eight points. Adirondack and the Manchester Monarchs met in the first round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs, with the Monarchs jumping out to a 3-1 series lead and ultimately wining the series in six games.
The Thunder had a rather eventful off-season, as they changed NHL and AHL affiliates. Formerly linked up with the AHL’s Stockton Heat and NHL’s Calgary Flames, Adirondack found a partnership closer to home and are now the ECHL affiliate for the newly-renamed Binghamton Senators of the AHL and the NHL’s New Jersey Devils.
The Thunder are entering their third season in the ECHL, after switching leagues with the Stockton Thunder from the AHL to the ECHL. Adirondack has made the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of their first two seasons in the ECHL, finishing second and first in their division in 2015-16 and 2016-17, respectively.
Professional hockey in Glens Falls, NY, dates back to 1979 with the Adirondack Red Wings of the AHL. From 1979-1999, the Red Wings won four championships and made the playoffs in all but one season. The city has also seen a pair of United Hockey League (UHL) franchises from 1999-2004, before returning to the AHL with the Adirondack Phantoms (2009-14) and Adirondack Flames (2014-15).
The Thunder play their home games at Cool Insuring Arena (formerly the Glens Falls Civic Center), a 4,794-seat facility built in 1979. Located in downtown Glens Falls, NY, Cool Insuring Arena was the original home to the AHL’s Adirondack Red Wings, and have hosted professional hockey ever since. Through the years, the building has hosted a wide range of events, including college basketball, concerts, and was the site of Hall-of-Fame boxer Mike Tyson’s 20th straight career win in 1986.
The march towards 2017 First Face-Off is ON! The Cincinnati Cyclones return to U.S. Bank Arena on Saturday, October 14, when they take on the Kalamazoo Wings. In the meantime, we invite you to stay tuned in the coming weeks for information on tickets and promotions for the 2017-18 season, great offseason events like Concrete Clones, player signings, and MORE! Call (513) 421-PUCK for information regarding Cyclones Season and Group Tickets, and you can also get the latest team updates on Facebook, Twitter (@CincyCyclones), and Instagram, along with our website, www.cycloneshockey.com!