Glens Falls, NY – The Adirondack Flames halted their losing skid at four games, as they defeated the Rochester Americans on Saturday evening by a final score of 4-1 in front of 4,290 fans at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
It was a big night for David Wolf, as he extended his point scoring streak to six games with two of the four Adirondack goals in the contest. Markus Granlund had a successful return to Glens Falls, as he netted a goal of his own and added an assist as well. Garnet Hathaway also had a goal, while Corey Potter, Max Reinhart, Bryce Van Brabant, and Emile Poirier all had assists in the win. Joni Ortio was also sharp in his return to the lineup, as he turned aside 35 of the 36 shots directed his way in the victory.
It was a quiet first period, devoid of any scoring. While both teams traded chances, and shots in the first stanza ended 12-10 in favor of Rochester, it was the goaltenders who stood tall to keep the contest scoreless. On an early Rochester power play, the Americans appeared to have jumped out to a 1-0 lead, but thanks to a goaltender interference call, the tally was erased, the zero’s on the scoreboard remained.
It wasn’t until the 18:09 mark of the middle frame that the Flames jumped out the 1-0 lead. With the Flames on the man-advantage, Garnet Hathaway positioned himself in front of the Rochester netminder, Andrey Makarov, and tipped in a Corey Potter point shot. The goal for Hathaway was his ninth of the season, and was assisted by Potter and Drew Shore. The assist for Shore was his first with the Adirondack Flames.
Just 1:22 after Hathaway put the Flames in front, David Wolf doubled his team’s lead with his 11th goal of the season. Wolf and linemates Max Reinhart and Bryce Van Brabant raced into the offensive zone on a three-on-one, and when Wolf was fed a perfect pass from Reinhart, he made no mistake and whistled it by Makarov to secure the 2-0 lead. The goal for Wolf, which extended his current point scoring streak to six games, was assisted by both Reinhart and Van Brabant.
In the third period, Markus Granlund lit the lamp for the first time since returning to Adirondack from Calgary earlier this week. Granlund accepted a pass from Potter, and ripped the puck from the left circle to beat Makarov short side and put the Flames up by three. Potter earned the lone assist on the goal, which was Granlund’s fourth of the campaign.
The Americans broke through at 9:56 of the third, when Jerry D’Amigo netted his sixth goal of the year. The Rochester left-winger received a pass from Tim Schaller, which split the Adirondack defense, and beat a sprawling Ortio glove side, to cut the Flames lead down to two. Schaller’s assist was the only one credited on D’Amigo’s marker.
Wolf struck again at 15:07 of the final period to regain the three goal lead for the Flames. Granlund threw a cross ice pass to Wolf, who was ready and waiting at the right circle, and blasted it by Makarov to all but seal the deal for Adirondack. The goal for Wolf was his second of the game and 12th of the season. Granlund and Poirier were both credited with assists on the play.
The Flames return to action next Saturday, when they will once again take on the Rochester Americans at the Glens Falls Civic Center. In addition to being Hockey Night in Glens Falls, that evening’s game will also feature a Rally Towel giveaway. The first 2,000 fans in the building will receive a rally towel, presented by NYSCOPBA. Furthermore, there will be pre-game specials at Sully’s West, from 5-6 p.m. Puck drop for Saturday’s contest is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tickets are still available for that night, and all remaining Flames’ home games. Visit the Flames box office, call 518-480-3355, or order online at glensfallscc.com.
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