FLAMES WEEKLY RUNDOWN
The Flames returned home to Glens Falls this week following a perfect five game road trip in which they earned all 10 points that were up for grabs. This week, the Flames continued to build upon their road success, as they won three more games, and are now riding a franchise record eight game winning streak.
Tuesday 11/18/14: Adirondack Flames 3 – Chicago Wolves 0 (Glens Falls Civic Center)
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 tremendous 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.
Friday 11/21/14: Adirondack Flames 4 – Syracuse Crunch 1 (Glens Falls Civic Center)
The Adirondack Flames extended their winning streak to seven games, as they defeated the Syracuse Crunch by a 4-1 final on Friday night in front of 3,059 at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
It was another strong performance from Joni Ortio, as the Finnish netminder was strong between the pipes once again with 26 saves, while David Wolf, Taylor Vause, Brodie Reid, and Emile Poirier each had a goal and an assist for Adirondack, which earned its tenth win of the season. Defenseman Mark Cundari had a multi-point game with two assists. Vause, who has now played in two games with Adirondack since being called up from Colorado of the ECHL, has recorded three points (1-2-3) over that span.
Saturday 11/22/14: Adirondack Flames 2 – Rochester Americans 1 (Glens Falls Civic Center)
The Flames won their eighth in a row as they defeated the Rochester Americans by a 2-1 final on Saturday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Brad Thiessen was terrific in goal, particularly in the waning minutes of the third period, as he made 27 saves to earn his third win of the season. Ben Hanowski and Bryce Van Brabant were the goal scorers for Adirondack, while Tyler Wotherspoon, Brodie Reid, and Mark Cundari all registered assists in the win. With the win, Adirondack improved its record to 11-6-1.
Flames on Fire
- Flames have now won eight games in a row, and 10 of their last 11. After a 1-5-1-0 start to the season, they now own an 11-6-1-0 record. The Flames’ 23 points is good enough for second place in the North Division, and fifth in the Western Conference.
- Adirondack’s penalty kill has been hot as of late. Adirondack has killed off 26 minor penalties in a row, as well as 37 of its last 39.
- Joni Ortio’s shutout on Tuesday against Chicago was the first shutout in Adirondack Flames history.
Adirondack Flames Team Leaders
Goals: Ben Hanowski (7)
Assists: Ryan Culkin (7)
Points: Ben Hanowski (10)
Games: Bill Arnold/Nolan Yonkman (18)
PP Goals: Garnet Hathaway (3)
SH Goals: Corban Knight (1)
+/- Rating: Corey Potter (+6)
PIM: Dustin Stevenson (32)
GAA: Brad Thiessen (2.05)
SV %: Brad Thiessen (.933)
Wins: Joni Ortio (8)
Losses: Thiessen/Ortio (3)
GPI: Joni Ortio (13)
Minutes: Joni Ortio (733:41)
- Markus Granlund, who started the season in Adirondack, made his 2014-15 debut with Calgary on Oct. 31. The Finnish forward has accumulated six points (3-6-9) in 11 games thus far with Calgary as he has found his way into the Flames’ Top Six.
- In 15 games this season with Calgary, Josh Jooris has now recorded seven points (5-4-9). After playing two games with Adirondack at the start of the season, Jooris was called up to the NHL when David Jones was sidelined due to a lower-body injury.
- This past Tuesday, Corban Knight got the call-up to Calgary. After playing in 16 games with Adirondack in which he recorded five goals and three assists for eight points, Knight was sent up to play with the Flames. Knight made his 2014-15 Calgary debut on Saturday against the New Jersey Devils.
*Denotes Division Leader
The Week Ahead
Wednesday vs. Toronto (11/26/14)
The Adirondack Flames will face off against Toronto on Wednesday, as the Marlies visit Glens Falls for the first time this season. The last time these two affiliates met was last March, as the Marlies defeated the Abbotsford Heat by a 6-4 final at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.
The Marlies are coming into Wednesday’s game having lost their last seven games, over which time they have only earned two points thanks to overtime losses against Hamilton and Oklahoma City. The Marlies have dropped substantially in the standings during this latest stretch, and now sit in 13th place in the Western Conference with a 5-8-1-2 record, and 12 points.
Leading the way for Toronto thus far has been center Greg McKegg and right winger Connor Brown. In 16 games this season, McKegg has registered six goals and five assists for 11 points, while Brown has 10 points (3-7-10) in 17 games. Christopher Gibson has been the man between the pipes for the Marlies, as he has played in nine games with a 2.30 goals against average, and a .928 save percentage.
Friday at Utica (11/28/14)
On Friday, the Flames will face off against their North Division rivals, the Utica Comets. Both the Flames and the Comets are playing well, as the Flames have won eight in a row and 10 of their last 11, while the Comets are 6-3-1-0 over their last 10. The Comets downed the Flames in their last meeting in Adirondack by a 5-4 final.
Despite losing two games in a row, Utica still currently resides in second place in the Western Conference and first place in the North Division with a 12-4-2-0 record, and 26 points. Cal O’Reilly has led the way for the Comets with 16 assists and 17 points (1-16-17), while Brandon DeFazio has been the leading goal getter with seven. O’Reilly’s 16 helpers lead the AHL.
In goal, Jacob Markstrom and Joacim Eriksson have split the workload between the pipes. Both goaltenders have played in nine games, with Markstrom having earned seven wins compared to Eriksson’s five. Markstrom currently boasts a 1.77 goals against average with a .937 save percentage, while Eriksson owns a 2.20 goals against average and a .919 save percentage.
Saturday vs. Grand Rapids Griffins (11/29/14) Saturday night will feature the return of the Red Wings organization to Adirondack. After spending 20 years in Glens Falls, the Detroit Red Wings moved their AHL affiliate closer to home, ultimately landing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. On Saturday, the Red Wings return in the form of the Griffins.
The Griffins are off to a .500 start to the season, as their 7-7-1-0 record has them in the 11th position in the Western Conference. The Griffins are playing better as of late, however, as they have now won four of their last five games, with two wins over both Lake Erie and Texas.
Teemu Pulkkinen is atop the offensive leaderboard for Grand Rapids as he’s accumulated 17 points (8-9-17) in 15 games this season, while Tom McCollum has been the mainstay in net for the Griffins with four wins, a 2.30 goals against average, and a .909 save percentage.
Upcoming Events and Promotions
When the Flames take on the Toronto Marlies at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Wednesday, the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a team poster, courtesy of Glens Falls Printing. It is also a Great Meadow Federal Credit Union Wednesday. Discounted tickets are available at all three G.M.F.C.U. Branches, located in Granville, South Glens Falls and Comstock. Tickets are available to the general public. There will also be a “Happy Dance Contest” presented by 101.3 The Jockey during the first intermission.
Saturday Night against the Grand Rapids Griffins is Hockey Night in Glens Falls. Fans will also have the chance to “Relive the Miracle,” presented by Primelink and Team Ferior, as Dave Christian and Dave Silk of the Miracle on Ice team will be present as the 1980 US Olympic hockey team honors the 35 year anniversary of the Miracle on Ice. There will be a Youth Jersey giveaway sponsored by Glens Falls Hospital (First 1,000 fans under 14 receive a youth jersey). Additionally, Saturday will be the Fall Night of Champions where local fall sports teams who won championships are honored. Pre-game specials will be available at Full Moon in Lake George from 5-6 p.m.
Tickets are available now for all home games 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.