Glens Falls, NY – The Adirondack Flames won a 3-2 overtime thriller against the Hamilton Bulldogs on Wednesday evening at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Max Reinhart found the back of the net twice in the game, including the game-winning goal 2:16 into overtime. The two goals tied an AHL career-high for Reinhart and the North Vancouver, BC native has now scored in two consecutive games. Sven Baertschi added the other tally for Adirondack with his first of the season, while netminder Joni Ortio made 31 saves to earn the victory.
The Flames opened the scoring just 3:40 into the game as Reinhart sent a rocket from the bottom of the right circle and buried it into the back of the net give Adirondack a 1-0 lead. Turner Elson had the primary assist on the play, as Ryan Culkin’s point shot deflected off Elson’s skate, right into Reinhart’s wheelhouse.
Less than a minute later, Hamilton’s Davis Drewiske got one past Ortio to knot the score at 1-1. Connor Crisp and Joe Finley recorded assists on the play. Drewiske’s goal was his first of the season.
The two teams skated to a scoreless second period. Despite the lack of scoring, the Flames had 20 shots on goal in the middle stanza, a season high. The season high does not include four shots that hit the post during the period. Defensively, the Flames continued their stellar performance while a man down, killing off two minor penalties in the middle period for a total of four on the evening.
Hamilton took its first lead of the game 5:53 into the third period, when Charles Hudon pushed the puck over Ortio as he was falling to the ice, a highlight reel tally for the AHL’s leading scorer. Drayson Boyman recorded an assist on the goal, which was Hudon’s team high ninth of the season.
In his first game back with the Flames, Baertschi pushed the puck past Hamilton goaltender Joey MacDonald after a nifty feed from Taylor Vause to tie the game 2-2 with 4:18 remaining in the third. Baertschi’s goal was his first this season with both Adirondack and Calgary.
Neither team could find the back of the net in the final four minutes and for the first time this season, the Flames headed to overtime on home ice. Just two minutes into the extra session, Reinhart sent a short-range missile past MacDonald for the game winner. David Wolf set up the play with his centering feed while defenseman Corey Potter collected the secondary assist on the play.
The Flames begin a four-game road trip on Friday night against the Milwaukee Admirals at 8 p.m., a trip which also sees the team visit Iowa, Chicago and Rochester. Adirondack returns home on Dec. 20 for a matchup against the Utica Comets on Teddy Bear Toss Night. Tickets are still available for that contest and all remaining Flames’ home games. Visit the Flames box office, call 518-480-3355, or order online at glensfallscc.com to be a part of Saturday Night is Hockey Night in Glens Falls.