Hamilton, ON – The Adirondack Flames picked up their first victory away from Glens Falls as they downed the Hamilton Bulldogs 3-1 on Friday evening at the First Ontario Centre in Hamilton, ON.
David Wolf, Turner Elson and Bryce Van Brabant each found the back of the net for Adirondack, while winger Emile Poirier collected two assists to lead the Flames in scoring. Goaltender Brad Thiessen put in a workman’s effort with 22 saves on 23 shots to earn his first victory of the season.
Hamilton opened the scoring late in the first period as T.J. Hensick picked up his third goal of the season. The veteran center collected a Charles Hudon rebound in the right hand circle and snuck the puck past a scrambling Thiessen who was nearly able to recover to make the save. The helper was the ninth of the season for Hudon, which places him tied for third in the AHL. Winger Christian Thomas also had an assist on the play.
The second period was a tight checking affair with zero goals and just 12 combined shots between the two teams. Thiessen turned aside each of the four shots he saw, while Joey MacDonald was a perfect eight-of-eight for Hamilton. Adirondack’s offensive efforts were led by Elson, who had three shots on goal and perhaps the team’s best two chances in the middle stanza.
It took more than 45 minutes for the Flames to find the scoreboard, but the visitors were finally able to knot the score at one as Wolf fired a howitzer over MacDonald’s glove. The German born winger collected a feed from Poirier and sniped the puck into the back of the net. John Ramage also collected an assist on the play.
The Flames took their first lead of the evening with just 4:45 to play as Elson collected the puck in the right hand corner, carried it into the slot and beat MacDonald top glove. The shot, which came off of assists from Garnet Hathaway and Corban Knight, was the first of the season for Elson and would serve as the go-ahead goal for Adirondack.
Van Brabant added an insurance tally with just 97 seconds to play as he followed up on a Ryan Culkin point shot and stuffed it through MacDonald, who could not find the puck. The goal extended Van Brabant’s point streak to four games. Poirier picked up the secondary assist on the play to give him his second multi-point effort in as many appearances.
The Flames are back in action tomorrow evening as they rematch the Bulldogs in a 7:00 p.m. faceoff. Adirondack does not return to Glens Falls until Nov. 18 for a matchup against the Chicago Wolves. Tickets are available now, through a full season, 22, 12, flex or holiday plan. Visit the Flames box office, call 518-480-3355, or order online now at glensfallscc.com.
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