San Antonio, TX – The Adirondack Flames won the season series with the San Antonio Rampage as they earned a 7-3 road victory at the AT&T Center on Saturday evening.
Ten different Adirondack skaters found the scoresheet, including seven different goal scorers. Center Bill Arnold led the way with a goal and three assists, while Kenny Agostino remained hot with three points of his own. Doug Carr collected his third victory of the season with 23 saves.
The Flames came out of the gates hot as Garnet Hathaway collected his 18th goal of the season just 76 seconds into the game. The gritty winger drove to the front of the net and banged a loose puck past San Antonio netminder Sam Brittain and into the back of the net. The assists on the play went to Kenney Morrison and Max Reinhart, the fourth point in four games for Morrison since he joined the Flames.
The Flames doubled their advantage at the 7:11 mark of the opening period, courtesy of a highlight reel tally from Emile Poirier. Poirier collected the puck from Reinhart in the corner, dangled a defenseman in front before he put the moves on Brittain, sliding the puck home on his forehand. The goal for Poirier, his seventeenth of the season, was assisted by Reinhart and Kulak. The assist gives Reinhart a four game scoring streak, including three multi-point games.
The Rampage cut the Flames’ advantage to 2-1 just 4:36 into the middle stanza as Kyle Rau scored his first career professional goal. A Blake Partlett point shot deflected off of a Flames player directly onto the stick of Dany Heatley, who fed Rau in front for the goal.
The Flames regained their two goal advantage less than three minutes later, as Bill Arnold redirected home a Kenny Agostino shot to make it 3-1. After a strong power play for Adirondack, defenseman Mark Cundari fed Agostino on the right hand half boards. The Yale product fired a low wrist shot on net, which Arnold redirected past Brittain to make it a 3-1 game.
Just 1:53 later, the Flames struck again, this through the stick of defenseman Dustin Stevenson. The bruising blueliner collected the puck in the slot and fired a turn-around slapshot on net, which got past Brittain for his third goal of the season. Poirier had the lone assist on the play, his second point of the night. The goal chased Brittain from the game and ended his night with 19 saves on 23 shots.
Partlett added a goal of his own with 6:26 left in the second as he beat Carr with a wrist shot from the slot to make it 4-2. Partlett collected the puck from teammate Connor Brickley and skated in between the hashmarks, before he uncorked the wrist shot that cut the Adirondack advantage to two goals. Brett Olson has the secondary assist on the play.
The Rampage clawed within a goal with 11:16 remaining in the third period, as San Antonio’s leading scorer, Bobby Butler, made it a 4-3 game. Butler collected a pass up ice from Corban Knight, skated into the right hand circle in the Adirondack zone, and beat Carr with a shot blocker side. The goal, Butler’s 27th of the season, was assisted by Knight and defenseman Greg Zanon.
The Flames got a critical insurance marker late in the game as Agostino remained hot with his 12th goal of the season and his third point of the evening. Agostino drove to the front of the net and slammed home a nice centering feed from Brett Cameron, who collected his first career AHL point with the primary assist. Bill Arnold also collected an assist on the play, which gives Agostino 20 points over his last 15 games played.
The Flames tacked on two empty netters to end the game, off the sticks of Max Reinhart and Pat Sieloff.
The Flames now head to Toronto, for a critical showdown with the Marlies. The Flames don’t return home until Saturday, April 11th when they will faceoff against the Lake Erie Monsters. That Saturday will be Hockey Night in Glens Falls, presented by Bud Light. Pre-game specials will be available at Fitzgerald's in South Glens Falls from 5-6 p.m. and will also feature the American Hockey League Bubble Hockey Finals, sponsored by Labatt Blue. Tickets are still available for that game, 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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