Hamilton, ON – The Adirondack Flames completed the weekend sweep over the Hamilton Bulldogs with a 4-3 victory on Saturday evening at the FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, ON.
For the second straight night, the Flames netted three goals in the third period to overcome the Bulldogs. Mathieu Tousignant scored the eventual game winner, while Turner Elson, Bryce Van Brabant and Garnet Hathaway also scored for Adirondack. Kenny Agostino has two assists and Joni Ortio earned his fourth win of the season with 36 saves
For the second evening in a row, the Bulldogs opened the scoring midway through the first period, this courtesy of a shorthanded tally from Jacob de la Rose. Gabriel Dumont created a partial breakaway with the Bulldogs a man short and while Ortio was able to turn aside Dumont’s shot, he could not get to the rebound, a tap in for de la Rose. The tally was the first of de la Rose’s professional career and the assist gave Dumont seven points over his past seven games.
It would take the Flames less than a minute to respond, as Hathaway buried a terrific feed from Culkin to knot the score at one 8:41 into the game. Culkin, who had collected the puck from center Max Reinhart, hit Hathaway on the back post and he would not miss the finish. The goal gave the Brown University graduate Hathaway five points (3-2-5) over his past five games played and Culkin extended his scoring streak to four games with the helper.
Hamilton retook a one-goal lead 8:49 into the second period as Sven Andrighetto put a one-timer past Ortio to make it 2-1. Veteran forward T.J. Hensick fed Andrighetto from across the ice and the Switzerland native made no mistake as he put his team leading sixth of the season into the back of the net from the right hand circle. New Hampshire alum Nick Sorkin collected the secondary assist on the play, his third of the season.
Van Brabant remained hot for the Flames as he extended his scoring streak to five games with the equalizer just 91 seconds into the third period. The winger collected his own rebound in front of Condon and squeezed the puck home to knot the score at two. Bill Arnold and Nathan Moon picked up the assists on the play, the sixth assist over Arnold’s past six games and the first point as a Flame for Moon
It took only 79 seconds for the Flames to take their first lead of the evening, as Elson picked up a loose puck in front of Condon and jammed it into the short side for the 3-2 advantage. The goal marked the second consecutive go-ahead goal for Elson, although his tally tonight would not serve as the game winner. Agostino and Tousignant had the helpers for Adirondack.
The Flames added what would prove to be a vital insurance tally as Tousignant scored his second of the season, 5:43 into the third period. A 3-on-1 rush for the Flames led to the puck on Agostino’s stick behind the Hamilton net, before the Yale product fed Tousignant in front of a wide open net. Agostino had the lone assist on the play to give him the first multi-point game of his AHL career.
Hamilton made things interesting with just 1:21 to play in the game as Magnus Nygren’s wrist shot from the point beat Ortio through traffic to cut the lead back to one goal. Hensick and Dumont each collected their second assists of the evening on Nygren’s goal. The Bulldogs generated pressure late but could not crack Ortio one final tie and the game ended at 4-3.
The Flames are back in action Monday evening in Rochester as they continue their five game road trip. Puck drop between the Flames and Americans is slated for 7:05 p.m. 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.