Milwaukee, WI – The Adirondack Flames made it three straight as they defeated the Milwaukee Admirals 3-1 on Friday Night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Turner Elson collected two goals, including the game winner and Ben Hanowski also scored for the Flames. The multi-goal effort was the first of Elson’s AHL career. Joni Ortio extended his league leading total in wins to 13, as he turned aside 24 of the 25 shots he faced.
The Flames opened the scoring with a power-play goal 9:24 into the first period courtesy of Hanowski’s 11th goal of the season. Defenseman Ryan Culkin sent a perfectly placed shot at net, which Hanowski re-directed past Milwaukee goaltender Marek Mazanec The goal broke a seven games scoreless streak on the man advantage for the Flames.
The Admirals would knot the score at one with just 1:31 left in the second period, as Joe Pendenza capitalized on a loose puck in front of Ortio. A mad scramble in the Adirondack goal mouth led to a trio of Admirals swiping at the puck, with Pendenza getting the final touch for his fourth of the season. Felix Girard and Triston Grant had the helpers on the play.
Just 2:25 into the third, the Flames would re-gain a one-goal advantage as Elson re-directed a Corey Potter point shot into the back of the net for a 2-1 lead. The big defenseman wound up with a point shot that was sent home by a perfectly positioned Elson. Winger Michael Ferland also had an assist on the play, his first point in his first game since he was re-assigned to Adirondack on Monday.
Elson did it again with just 2:03 left in the game as he put a breakaway goal past Mazanec to make it 3-1. The New Westminster, BC native picked Garrett Noonan’s pocket at his own blueline and went to the backhand to beat Mazanec to the five hole. Elson’s second goal gave him his second two-point game in his last four played and the first two-goal game of his AHL career.
The Flames continue a four-game road trip on Sunday night in a 4:00 p.m. puck drop against the Iowa Wild. 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.
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