Glens Falls, NY – The Adirondack Flames fell to the Rochester Americans on Sunday by a final score of 5-3 in front of 4,537 fans at the Glens Falls Civic Center to conclude the 2014-15 season.
Despite goals from Bill Arnold, Taylor Vause, and Brant Harris, as well as a 31 save effort from Brad Thiessen, two goal efforts from both Jayden Hart and Mikhail Grigorenko for Rochester was enough to top Adirondack on Sunday.
The Flames opened the scoring 7:05 into the contest when Bill Arnold netted his 15th goal of the season to give Adirondack the 1-0 lead. Arnold was the recipient of a lead pass from Poirier, as he then proceeded to race through the far side of the Rochester zone, fake a shot which fooled Americans netminder Matt Hackett, and put the puck into the beckoning net to finish off the play. Stevenson was credited with secondary assist on the tally.
The Americans knotted the score at one when Jayden Hart put home his third goal of the season with 18.1 seconds to play in the opening period. Hart, the AHL rookie, received the pass from Johan Larsson and beat Thiessen to pull even with the Flames. Larsson was credited with the lone assist on the goal.
The Americans earned their first lead of the contest when Mikhail Grigorenko beat Thiessen from the left circle to put the Americans ahead 2-1. Grigorenko beat the Adirondack netminder with a wrist shot from the near side off of a feed from Eric Cornel. The goal for Grigorenko, which came at the 55 second mark of the middle frame, was his 13th of the season and was assisted by both Cornel and Sam Reinhart.
Adirondack got its second goal of the contest when Taylor Vause to the puck past Hackett for his sixth of the season to tie the game at two. Tousignant made a perfect pass from behind the net to find Vause, who wristed the puck into the net from right in front of the Rochester netminder. The goal, which came at 6:23 of the second period, was assisted by Tousignant and Cam Reid.
Rochester retook the lead at 15:12 of the second when Hart scored his second goal of the game, his fourth of the season. After Chad Ruhwedel broke his stick on a slap shot from the point, Hart took advantage of the broken play as he found the puck in front of the net and banged it home to get the marker. Ruhwedel and Schaller earned the assists on the tally.
The Americans doubled their lead at 5:17 of the final period, when Colin Jacobs scored his first goal of the season to extend the Rochester lead to two. Mark Pysyk gave Jacobs a nice cross-ice feed, which he then took advantage of in order to put the puck into the back of the net. Pysyk and Leduc earned the assists on the goal. Rochester put the game away when Grigorenko added the empty net goal with 1:30 remaining in the third period. His goal, which put the Americans ahead by three, was his second of the game and 14th of the season, and was assisted by Larsson.
The Flames added one final goal with 36 seconds to play when Brant Harris put in the rebound from a John Ramage point shot. The goal for Harris was his second of the season.
The final scoreboard read 5-3 as the final buzzer sounded. The loss concluded the Adirondack Flames’ inaugural and final season in Glens Falls.
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