GLENS FALLS -- It had been 33 games since Sena Acolatse last scored. Thirty games for Tyler Wotherspoon. Ben Hanowski last scored 10 games ago, Garnet Hathaway seven and six for David Wolf.
All of them scored on Tuesday night.
Balanced scoring has been the Adirondack Flames’ calling card most of the season, but perhaps never so much so as in the 6-2 win over San Antonio.
“It builds morale for everyone,” Hathaway said. “Everyone’s contributing, but it’s nice when you see it on the board too.”
Sixteen players have scored 10 points or more this season. That’s more than half of the active roster.
Acolatse and Wotherspoon, both defensemen, are not goal scorers — though Wotherspoon has doubled his offensive production this year with 14 total points. So, for them, this is more of a bonus.
It’s different for someone like Hanowski, however, who leads the team with 12 goals. He said it was a good feeling to get one to go in, even if it wasn’t a pretty goal. Hanowski crashed the net and the puck pinballed a bit before coming to him, and he tapped it into the net.
“You just have to continue to work hard and just try to do what you did to be successful in the first place,” Hanowski said of the dry spell. “Sometimes you’re going to get bounces and sometimes you’re not.”
Corban Knight, the only player to score who wasn’t on a dry spell, thinks it’s uplifting for the bench to see someone who doesn’t usually get a goal, and players rally around that.
It’s hard not to get excited when your team scores six goals and everyone got in on the action. Only Ryan Culkin and Bryce Van Brabant, both of whom had assists, didn’t put a shot on net. The Flames totaled 48 shots in their third night in a row with over 40. Knight called shots a focal point of the team’s preparation.
“We’ve talked about it in particular on our power play,” coach Ryan Huska said. “I think there was a stretch where we were playing OK but not great, and we weren’t shooting the puck enough.”
The Flames like to play a fast game and a lot of shots keep them moving, building speed and getting energy on the bench.
Knight in particular has put the puck on net a lot. He had a team-high five shots on Tuesday, matched by Emile Poirier, and had eight two games ago against Utica. He credited his teammates with creating chances, but said he has definitely been looking for them.
Though most goalies would rather see more shots than fewer — something goaltender Joni Ortio attested to after seeing 38 shots on Tuesday and 15 on Friday — there is a point when it gets tiring.
Hanowski thinks it forces the opponent to stay on their toes and keeps them from getting any rest.
“You’re shooting pucks from everywhere, you’re scoring rebound goals and it’s just tough to defend,” he said.
|Adirondack||10:29||Acolatse 2 (Tousignant)|
|San Antonio||5:29||Grimaldi 6 (Blacker)|
|Adirondack||6:48||Wotherspoon 2 (Elson, Van Brabant)|
|Adirondack||16:17||Knight 8 (Hanowski)|
|Adirondack||19:10||Hathaway 8 (Agostino, Tousignant)|
|Adirondack||0:41||Hanowski 12 (Knight)|
|Adirondack||5:23||Wolf 6 (Poirier, Culkin)|
|San Antonio||10:00||Yogan 4 (Vigier)|