Glens Falls, NY – The Adirondack Flames extended their winning streak to six games, as they defeated the Chicago Wolves by a 3-0 final score on Tuesday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
It was a big night for Joni Ortio, who was terrific between the pipes for the Flames. The Adirondack netminder turned aside all 28 Chicago shots thrown his way to earn his seventh win and first shutout of the season, the first shutout in franchise history. Mathieu Tousignant, Corban Knight, and Brodie Reid scored the Flames’ three goals, while Taylor Vause, Kenny Agostino, and Garnet Hathaway all collected assists for Adirondack, which improved the team’s record to 9-6-1-0 on the season.
The Flames jumped out on top just over 14 minutes into the opening stanza, when Tousignant scored his third goal of the season on the powerplay. Tousignant was given a perfect pass amidst a net-mouth scramble from Vause and poked the puck past Wolves netminder Jordan Binnington into a wide open net.
Chicago and Adirondack skated to a scoreless first half of the second period, however, Knight changed that at the 15:18 mark of the middle frame. While attempting to kill off Hathaway’s two-minute minor for interference, Knight intercepted the puck at the blue line and broke in all alone on Binnington. The 24-year-old center showed off his quick hands and slid the puck on his forehand through the Chicago goaltender’s legs to light the lamp. The goal for Knight, which was his fifth of the campaign, came unassisted and was the first shorthanded goal for the Flames this season.
Chicago began the third period with a short burst of offensive attack in an attempt get back into the game. However, thanks to the strong Adirondack penalty kill, as well as the sharp play of Ortio in net, the Flames were able to hold onto their 2-0 lead and kept the Wolves off of the scoreboard.
With 37.9 seconds remaining in the game, Reid scored his first goal in a Flames uniform, as he sealed the deal with the empty net goal. Hathaway was credited with the assist on Adirondack’s third and final tally of the evening.
The Flames will once again take to the Civic Center ice this Friday in search of their seventh win in a row, as the Syracuse Crunch come to town. The game Friday will be the Flames’ second of a four game home stand. Tickets are still available for Friday’s contest, as well as for all of the team’s home games this season. Visit the Flames box office, call 518-480-3355, or order online at glensfallscc.com to be a part of Adirondack Flames Hockey.
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