Emile Poirier showed off his scoring touch in his first game with the Adirondack Flames. The 19-year-old rookie scored twice in the Flames' loss to Utica on Saturday.
Poirier got the Flames started with a rocket of a shot from the top of the right circle in the first period. He said he was just trying to get the puck on net more than he saw an opening and went for it.
In the second period, Poirier struck again to make it 4-2. He had a few more chances in the game, creating opportunities by buzzing around the net, but a hat trick in his first game of the season proved too much to ask for.
The 2013 first round pick said it helped him to have skated with the team during his recovery; Poirier has been with Adirondack since the start of training camp, even if not always skating at the beginning.
"I got to see the system and adapt with the guys," he said. "It's helped me a lot."
He was a little nervous coming into the game, but as more excited than anything. Whichever emotion it was, Poirier said it was nice to get a goal early, settle down and get some confidence.