Glens Falls, NY – The Adirondack Flames held off a late comeback by the Rochester Americans on Saturday evening, as they defeated the Americans 3-2, in front of 4,317 fans at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
It was the second consecutive win against the Americans in a three game series and the Flames have now won all five games this season against Rochester on home ice. Turner Elson tied a career high, as he found the back of the net twice in the game. It was just the second time that Elson has scored two goals in a game, both coming this season with Adirondack.
The Flames opened tonight’s scoring just 4:27 into the game when Elson put a shot from the right circle past Rochester netminder Travis Fullerton. Elson took a pass from Max Reinhart and buried his fifth goal of the season. Defenseman Sena Acolatse had the secondary assist on the goal.
Rochester evened the score halfway through the period on a power play goal when Jake McCabe sent a deflected pass past Joni Ortio on the glove side. Brayden Irwin and Phil Varone recorded assists on the goal, which nearly sent the teams to the dressing rooms knotted at one.
With 4.2 seconds remaining in the first period the Flames took advantage of a 5-on-3 advantage and reclaimed the lead when Acolatse rocketed a one-timer past Fullerton off of a quick pass from Markus Granlund to make it 2-1. Drew Shore recorded a secondary assist on the play, his second assist of the season with the Flames.
Adirondack broke through with a valuable insurance goal when Elson scored his second of the evening, a shorthanded goal, on a breakaway 12:17 into the middle period. It was Elson’s second goal of the night, which tied a career high. The goal was just the second shorthanded goal the Flames have scored this season.
Both teams amassed a total of 10 penalties in the third, making for a messy final period of play. With two minutes left in the game, Rochester scored its second goal of the night when Irwin scored on a loose puck in front, but it would not be enough to finish the comeback. Ortio finished the night with 20 saves on 22 attempts.
The Flames are back in action Wednesday evening as they take on the Iowa Wild at the Civic Center, with start time slated for 7:00 p.m. for the Wild Wednesday Deal. Buy a ticket to Wednesday’s game and get a free ticket to either Friday or Saturday’s game against Utica. Tickets are still available for the contest, as well as every other game throughout the season. Visit the Flames box office, call 518-480-3355, or order online at glensfallscc.com to be a part of a Wild Wednesday.