Glens Falls, NY – The Adirondack Flames late comeback was not enough to best their divisional foe, the Utica Comets, as the Flames fell 3-2 at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday evening in front of 5,287 fans.
Kenny Agostino continued his hot streak, as he scored his second goal in as many nights. Agostino has now found the score sheet in eight of his last 10 games, amassing a total of 14 points (6-8-14). Max Reinhart recorded assists on both of the night’s goals. The assists put him on a two-game scoring streak, as he also posted an assist in last night’s game against Syracuse.
The Comets had costly penalties in the final three minutes of the game, which the Flames took advantage of. Darren Archibald was assessed a double minor and Adam Clendening sat two minutes for a delay of game.
Coming out of the face off, Agostino took a quick pass from Reinhart and found the back of the net for the first Adirondack goal of the night with 62 seconds remaining in the game. David Wolf was credited with the secondary assist on the goal to cut the Utica lead to 3-1. Just 38 seconds later Emile Poirier beat Jacob Markstrom again to pull the Flames to within one, but it would be the final goal Adirondack could squeeze out of the power play, despite a final flurry with just seconds remaining.
The Flames and Comets started out on a fast, back and forth pace with both goalies making big time saves in the first period. Utica found the back of the net first, with just 15:52 remaining in the opening period when Darren Archibald tipped Nicklas Jensen’s shot over goalie Joni Ortio’s stick side. Frank Corrado received a secondary assist on the goal.
The Comets struck again when Cal O’Reilly sent a pass to the slot where Clendening beat Ortio to push the lead to 2-0 Comets. Hunter Shinkaruk also received an assist on the goal. Utica’s third goal came from Alex Friesen on a rebound in front of Ortio a little less than halfway through the period. It was Ortio’s first game on home ice since Feb. 10 against Syracuse. He finished the game with 25 saves on 28 shots.
The Flames host the final game in franchise history tomorrow evening against the Rochester Americans at the Civic Center, with puck drop on Fan Appreciation Night slated for 5:00 p.m. Tickets are still available for the contest. Visit the Flames box office, call 518-480-3355, or order online at glensfallscc.com to be a part of Fan Appreciation Night and the presentation of Team Awards.
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