Oct. 16—The Twin City Thunder offensive struggles on the road continued Friday.
The South Shore Kings defeated the Thunder 3-0 at the Foxboro Sports Center in Foxborough, Massachusetts, in a USPHL National Collegiate Development Conference game.
In six road games, the Thunder (3-4-1, 7 points) have scored nine goals. In the two home games at the Norway Savings Bank Arena, the Thunder have scored 14 goals.
"It's funny, we either don't score (many goals) or we score seven," Thunder assistant coach Cam Robichaud said. "It's trying to find that healthy balance of doing the little things, taking shots when we should, (passing) the puck when we should, getting second, third and fourth efforts in front (of the net) by having good traffic and a second forward driving the net to create space. When we do those things, we are successful. When we aren't willing to do those things, we find ourselves not scoring goals."
Goalie Tristan Mecenas earned the shutout for South Shore, stopping the 24 shots he faced.
While the Thunder's offense is trying to find its groove, their goaltending has been stellar. The 2.75 goals-against-average is tied with the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs and the Jersey Hitmen for first place in the NCDC.
Brody Haynes was in the crease Friday for the Thunder and made 23 saves.
"We have three great goaltenders; we are very confident in whoever is in the net," Robichaud said. "It's going to be a battle for those goalies internally within the team who gets the net, but it has been very good performances in every game. They are doing their job, keeping us in games, giving us a chance to win."
The other two goalies on the roster are Dane Couture and Nick Bernstein.
Nolan McDonough scored 45 seconds into the game to put the Kings (4-4-1, 9 points) up 1-0.
Melvin Wennstrom gave South Shore a 2-0 lead midway through the second period.
Twin City outshot the Kings 15-8 in the third period.
Timothy Heinoke added an empty-net goal in the final seconds of the game for the Kings.
The Thunder called up defenseman Nick Pomerleau from their Premier team before the game. The 18-year-old Lewiston native leads all defensemen on the Premier team with a goal and three assists in eight games.
An injury to defenseman Lucas Duran resulted in Pomerleau's promotion to the NCDC team.
"(Pomerleau) did great, he moved the puck really well, he had a great first pass, and he got a couple of reps on the power play and got pucks to the net," Robichaud said. "I think he had three or four shots on net. I think it's an adjustment to the speed; he took a big hit at the end (of the game), which drew a penalty for us. He handled himself really well."
the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs at 7:30 p.m. at Norway Savings Bank Arena on Saturday. During the game, the Thunder will have a silent auction and a 50-50 raffle to benefit the Taylor James Steeves Foundation in memory of Lisa Eid, the wife of WGME-13's Dave Eid. Lisa Eid died of lung cancer in July.
In addition, all ticket proceeds to the NCDC game and the Premier team's game at 4 p.m. will also go to the Taylor James Steeves Foundation.