Toronto, ON – The Adirondack Flames earned a weekend split with the Toronto Marlies, as they took the second half of the back-to-back by a 4-1 scoreline on Saturday afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum.
Bill Arnold, Mark Cundari, Markus Granlund and Turner Elson all scored for the Flames Adirondack, who evened up the season series at three apiece with Toronto. Doug Carr earned his first victory of the season with the Flames, as he turned aside 29 of the 30 shots he faced.
Unlike an evening ago, it was Adirondack who opened the scoring, as Bill Arnold redirected home a Sena Acolatse blast from the point to make it 1-0 Adirondack. With the Flames on the power play, Acolatse took a feed from Brett Kulak in his wheelhouse and one-timed a shot on net, which Arnold deflected past Toronto netminder Antoine Bibeau. This was Arnold’s first goal since Jan. 2, as he had previously missed 15 games due to injury before he returned to the lineup last evening.
The Marlies evened the score with just 2:07 left in the first as Greg McKegg outlasted Adirondack netminder Doug Carr and slid the puck into the net. McKegg took a feed off of a 2-on-1 rush from teammate Connor Brown and beat Carr on the forehand to even the score at one. William Nylander also collected an assist on the play, as the young center began the play at his own blueline.
The intermission deadlock would not hold, however, as Mark Cundari remained hot with a goal 6:24 into the middle stanza. The defenseman dangled into the slot and beat Bibeau blocker side to make it 2-1 Adirondack. Cundari’s goal extended his scoring streak to seven games, the longest active streak in the AHL. Kenny Agostino and Bill Arnold had assists on the play, the second point of the afternoon for Arnold and the second point in as many games for Agostino.
The Flames doubled their advantage just over two minutes later, as Markus Granlund took a feed in the slot and buried it glove side to make it 3-1. Defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon dished the puck back to the Finnish center streaking through the middle, and Granlund made no mistake with his wrist shot.
Turner Elson iced the game with just 18 seconds left as he scored an empty net goal to make it 4-1. The Flames were outshot 19-5 by Toronto in the final stanza, but were led by Carr, who turned aside all 19 shots he faced in the third period.
The Flames will return home for three games next week, beginning on Tuesday night against Hamilton, set for a 7:00 p.m. faceoff. For tickets to that game or any of the remaining ten home games this season, call 518-480-3355x1, visit adirondackflames.com, or head over to the Glens Falls Civic Center Box Office.
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