The Twin City Thunder were rolling heading into the first intermission of Wednesday’s road game against the South Shore Kings at Foxboro (Mass.) Sports Center.

The break breathed new life into the Kings, who tied the game up by the end of the second period, and who later sent the game to overtime with a goal in the final minute of the third.

After a scoreless extra session, South Shore couldn’t miss in the shootout, and the Kings skated away with a 5-4 victory over the Thunder.

Gabe Potyk, Timur Alishlalov and Valeri Rykov all scored in the first period to stake the Thunder to a 3-0 lead.

Nolan Hayes proved to be a thorn in the Thunder’s side all game. He assisted on Ryan Bottrill’s power-play goal to open the South Shore scoring midway through the second. He later scored a goal of his own with 43 seconds left in regulation, and scored the dagger in the third round of the shootout to seal the win. Hayes also found his way to the penalty box twice, once for a minor and again for a 10-minutes misconduct.

Karter McNarland also scored a power-play goal in the second period, and Ryan Rosborough lit the lamp in the final minute of the frame to send the game into the second intermission tied 3-3.

Nathan Chickerking gave the Thunder the lead back seven minutes into the third.

Chikara Hanzawa assisted on Hayes’ game-tying goal, and he converted in the second round of the shootout to give the Kings a 2-1 advantage. Then came a Twin City miss and Hayes’ winning conversion. Alishlalov had the only successful Thunder attempt in the shootout.

Jack Gilligan, Tyler Fox, Colton Friesen and Hunter Schmitz all notched assists in the game for the Thunder, who were 1 for 3 on the power play. The Kings scored on both their man-advantage opportunities.

Both goalies were active, with Twin City’s Connor Leslie stopping 38 of 42 shots and South Shore’s Evan Szary making 41 saves.


On a positive note for the Thunder organization Wednesday, it was announced that NCDC defenseman Eamon Doheny had committed to Trinity College for next season.

Doheny, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound left-handed shooter from Lunenberg, Mass., has two points (both assists) in 10 games for the Thunder NCDC team this season.

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