The Adirondack Flames won a key divisional battle on Saturday evening, defeating the Rochester Amerks 2-1 on home ice. This is Adirondack's eighth straight win and the team has won nine of their last ten. The win moved the team into fifth place in the Western Conference.
Adirondack dominated the first two periods, outshooting Rochester 35-16. First period goals by Ben Hanowski and Bryce Van Brabant spotted the home team and seemed to set the team up to win this one going away. Rochester goalie Andrey Makarov turned in a spectral performance, however a late second period goal by Mikhail Grigorenko had the game much tighter than it should have been going into the third.
The third period was evenly played, and Brad Thiessen made several key saves to insure the win.
- Max Reinhart's speed last night was impressive. After a long day of travel getting back from Calgary, he showed his leadership with his intense play.
- The power play continued its success, going 1 for 3 Saturday and generated several quality scoring chances.
- After a tough start this season, the penalty kill has really turned around. All four short handed situations were effectively killed Saturday, and the team has been successful in their last 26 shorthanded situations.
- In addition to strong goaltending, the defense has been solid during this run. Wotherspoon, Potter, Yonkman, Stevenson and Cundari have played exceptionally well. The veteran presence that Yonkman, Potter and Cundari are providing this young locker room is clearly making a difference.
- During this eight game winning streak, the Flames have only given up 13 goals.
- Even though the Flames are one of the youngest teams in the AHL, they have handled and actually thrived during this time of call ups and injuries. Recent signings Taylor Vause and Brodie Reid are certainly making a case to stick with the team, and will make for some difficult decisions when some of the players return from Calgary.
Ryan Huska's post game comments:
The Flames return to the ice on Wednesday against the Toronto Marlies at the GFCC.