Glens Falls, NY – Despite a four-goal final period, the Adirondack Flames were unable to best the Binghamton Senators, as they fell 8-7 in an overtime thriller on Sunday evening at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Five Adirondack players had multi-point games in the heartbreaker. Garnet Hathaway had four points in the game and recorded his first hat trick both of the season and his AHL career, including the game-tying goal with 53 seconds remaining in the final period. Brett Kulak recorded three points (1-2-3) in the game, another season and career best. Max Reinhart had three assists, David Wolf had two goals and Sena Acolatse recorded both a goal and an assist in the loss.
The Senators opened the scoring just 4:33 into the period on a deflected shot. Cole Schneider deflected a shot from Carter Camper that flew past Adirondack goalie Doug Carr’s back. Aaron Johnson received a secondary assist on the goal, which was scored on the man advantage. Just eight seconds later, however, Hathaway deflected a Kulak shot over Binghamton goalie Peter Mannino. Kulak received the only assist on the goal, which tied the game at one.
The two teams continued to skate back and forth throughout much of the period, but the Senators were able to get one more past Carr with just under two minutes left in the first on a quick backhanded goal by Chris Wideman to give the Senators a 2-1 lead.
Adirondack came out of intermission strong. Wolf took a feed from Kulak and sniped it past Mannino to tie the game 2-2 just 1:47 into the period. Reinhart received a secondary assist on the goal.
The Senators would not go away though, and seven minutes into the period they took their third lead of the game when Alex Guptill found the back of the net. Buddy Robinson and Ryan Dzingel received assists on the goal. Just 22 seconds later, after intercepting a Flames pass, Schneider beat Carr on a shot from the circle, recording his second goal of the night. Carr was replaced after the fourth goal by Brad Thiessen. Carr finished the game with 15 saves on 19 shots.
The Flames continued to fight their way back into the game when Sena Acolatse buried the puck between Mannino and the pipe to bring the Flames within one with the score 4-3. Acolatse flew down the right flank and fired a slap shot into the short side.
With less than seven minutes to go in the middle period, Brad Mills sent a one timer past Thiessen for his first goal of the game, which pushed the Senators lead to two once again. Camper added a goal with less than three seconds left in the period, which also beat Thiessen, to push the lead to three once again.
The Flames entered the final period ready to play. Wolf got things started just 36 seconds into the period when he took a pass from Reinhart and buried it past Mannino to make it 6-4 Senators. Reinhart and Hathaway both recorded assists on the goal. Binghamton responded just minutes later with its seventh goal of the night by Shane Prince, which came on a Senator power play.
Adirondack held its own, however, and Hathaway recorded his second goal of the night a little over a minute later with an assist from Acolatse. The Flames then took advantage of a power-play opportunity halfway through the period. Kulak took a feed from Setoguchi and rattled it home to bring the Flames within one. Agostino recorded a secondary assist on the play, which extended his scoring streak to six games.
After many opportunities down the stretch, the crowd was buzzing as Hathaway ripped his third goal of the night into the back of the night, tying the game at 7-7 with just 53 seconds remaining in regulation. John Ramage and Reinhart received assists on the goal, which completed both the first hat trick and first Gordie Howe hat trick of Hathaway’s AHL career
The two teams skated back and forth with both goalies standing strong, but it was Binghamton that recorded the game winner on a shot by Aaron Johnson. Brad Thiessen finished the game with 20 saves on 24 shots.
The Flames travel to Rockford for a two game series plus a matchup against the Grand Rapids Griffins before returning to the Glens Falls Civic Center for a tilt against the Hamilton Bulldogs on Wednesday, March 25, with start time slated for 7:00 p.m. Tickets are still available for the midweek contest. Visit the Flames box office, call 518-480-3355, or order online at glensfallscc.com to be a part of Great Meadow Federal Credit Union Wednesday.
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