Rochester, NY – The Adirondack Flames dropped another tight matchup, this a 3-2 decision against the Rochester Americans, on Friday evening at Blue Cross Arena.
The Flames were led offensively by David Wolf and Max Reinhart, who each scored. Doug Carr, who made his Adirondack Flames debut in tonight’s game, recorded 32 saves on 32 shots as he took his first career American Hockey League regulation loss.
The Americans opened the scoring on another terrific individual effort from Joel Armia. Armia took the puck through the neutral zone around a pair of Adirondack players and put a backhanded shot from the slot over Carr’s glove hand. The goal for Armia, which came unassisted, was his fourth in seven games this season against the Flames, the most of any Rochester player.
Adirondack knotted the score at one at the 9:07 mark of the first period, as Wolf continued his scoring ways with a conversion on the man advantage to even the score at 1-1. Wolf’s goal came as he took the puck to the middle of the ice and beat Americans’ netminder Matt Hackett. The goal for Wolf marked the fifth straight game that the German winger has recorded a point. Forwards Emile Poirier and Brian McGrattan collected assists on the play, the first point of the season for McGrattan, who made his Adirondack debut tonight.
It took just 74 seconds for Rochester to retake the lead, however, as Zac Dalpe redirected a puck from a sharp angle past Carr to make it 2-1. Center Johan Larsson fed the puck from behind the goal line to a crashing Dalpe, who beat Carr on the near post. The goal, Dalpe’s tenth of the season, was an even-strength tally that saw Larsson collect his team high tenth point of the season against the Flames. Winger William Carrier also had an assist on the play.
Adirondack equalized for the second time, this just seven seconds from the end of the second period. Reinhart took a feed from Corey Potter and put a wrist shot from straight on through Hackett’s five hole as the Flames took a 2-2 deadlock into the intermission. Defenseman Ryan Culkin also collected an assist on Reinhart’s sixth goal of the season.
With just 2:16 left on the clock, the Flames were denied another appearance in overtime as Phil Varone scored with the Americans on a 5-on-3 power play to make it 3-2. With Drew Shore and Potter in the box courtesy of minor penalties, Varone found some space in front and buried a centering feed past Carr for the game’s final and deciding goal.
The Flames are back in action tomorrow evening in a rematch with the Rochester Americans, this at the Glens Falls Civic Center, with start time slated for 7:00 p.m. Tickets are still available for the contest. 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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