San Antonio, TX – A late comeback attempt fell short as the Adirondack Flames dropped their second straight on Thursday evening at AT&T Center. The Flames trailed 5-2 in the third before eventually falling 5-4 to the Rampage.
Adirondack was defeated despite multi-point nights from four different Flames. David Wolf notched two goals in the game as John Ramage and Max Reinhart assisted on both Wolf goals and Kenny Agostino added a goal and an. Mathieu Tousignant had the other Flames tally on the night and Doug Carr made 32 saves in the loss.
The Rampage did not take long to get on the scoreboard as Mark Mancari netted the game’s first goal just 2:21 into the game on the San Antonio’s first shot of the night. Brett Olsen sent the puck across the crease to a waiting Mancari who put the puck in the gaping net past the Flames’ starting goalie Doug Carr. John McFarland got credit for the secondary assist on Mancari’s 13th of the season.
Adirondack winger David Wolf got Adirondack back to even with a power-play tally at the 5:19 mark of the opening stanza. John Ramage started the play as he got the puck down to Reinhart, who then propelled the puck towards the goal where Wolf redirected it into the net past Michael Houser. Wolf’s 18th goal of the season gave him points in three straight games.
Wade Megan got the Rampage lead back at the 8:27 mark of the opening period. The Rampage took advantage of a fortuitous bounce over the stick of the Flames defensemen Brett Kulak that left the puck directly in the slot, which allowed Megan to step onto the puck and blast a shot past Doug Carr. The goal was the fifth of the season for the Boston College graduate with the lone assist going to Quentin Howden.
San Antonio started the second period strong as they pushed their lead to two goals when former Flame Corban Knight bit the hand that used to feed him just 1:17 into the middle frame. Jesse Blacker fired a shot from a bad angle that hit off Knight and into the back of the net for his 13th goal on the year, his fifth since he was traded from Adirondack to San Antonio back on January 9th. Olsen also received an assist on the play that gave him his second point of the evening.
Wolf brought the Flames back to within one again on his second goal of the game. Wolf’s 19th goal of the season gave him his seventh point and third multi-point night in his last five games. Reinhart and Ramage teamed up again at the 18:16 mark to get the puck to Wolf on the backside as the German forward sent the teams to the locker room after two periods with San Antonio leading 3-2.
Knight would haunt his former team again early in the final period to put the Rampage lead back to two goals. Bobby Butler took advantage of an Adirondack turnover before he found Knight in front, who buried his second of the night at 4:11 of the third. The goal was Knight’s first multi-goal game as a member of the Rampage and first since October 29 when he was on the other side of the Flames and Rampage matchup.
San Antonio gained a three goal advantage, its biggest lead of the night, when Howden picked up his second point of the game and second goal of the season 9:26 into the final period. Logan Shaw got on the scoresheet with a pass from behind the net out to Howden, who sent the puck past Carr. Blacker would join Howden and Knight as Rampage skaters with multi-point nights as he got credit for the secondary assist that gave the Rampage a three goal lead.
Adirondack cut the lead back to two on a shorthanded goal from Mathieu Tousignant with 5:56 left in the game. The marker was the Flames’ third straight game with goal while down a man. Mark Cundari sprung a 2-on-1 from his own end to Kenny Agostino, who fed the St-Etienne-de-Lauzon, QC native Tousiangnt from the right side, who he finished the scoring play on his forehand. The goal was Tousignant’s fourth of the campaign and first since November 18 against Chicago, which broke a streak of 46 straight games without a goal.
With just 81 seconds left in the game, Agostino found himself on a breakaway and beat Houser for his second point of the night and fifth point in his last three games as he brought the Flames back to within one. Emile Poirier received the lone assist on the goal after a pinpoint outlet pass. Adirondack put on a push to tie the game in the final minute but San Antonio held on to the lead as the final horn sounded giving the Rampage the 5-4 victory.
The Flames are back in action Saturday night versus the same San Antonio Rampage. Puck drop for that contest is once again scheduled for 8:00 p.m. at the AT&t Center. Adirondack next returns to the Glens Falls Civic Center a week from Saturday, on Saturday, April, 11 against the Lake Erie Monsters in a 7:00 p.m. puck drop.
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