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Flames fall to Phantoms but get a point

Flames fall to Phantoms but get a point

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- The Adirondack Flames have played four games and they have lost four games. The latest, a 4-3 overtime loss to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday, carried a point at least.

But that point is all the Flames have to show for their young existence. After showing frustration and talking about needing to put a full 60 minutes together after Thursday night’s loss, the Flames forced this one to overtime after again giving up a 2-1 lead.

  1st 2nd 3rd OT Total
Adirondack 0 2 1 0 3
Lehigh Valley 1 1 1 1 4

David Wolf, playing in his first North American game, put the Flames up 2-1 with a power-play goal midway through the second period. That lead lasted only until Scott Laughton scored his second power-play goal of the game 45 seconds into the third period.

After that, the best the Flames could do was tie it up, which Dustin Stevenson did. Stevenson, who has spent most of four-year career in the ECHL, scored his first AHL goal at 4:44 of the third period.

Brandon Manning, who played with the Adirondack Phantoms for three years, scored the overtime winner at 1:24. The Flames did not get to test out the new overtime rules, where the teams play three-on-three after the first three minutes.

The Flames scored on two of eight power plays, for a respectable 25 percent. They killed five of seven penalties.

Joni Ortio allowed all four goals and made 27 saves on 31 shots. As the team finds its collective legs, the third-year goalie has a save percentage of only .842. He was second in the league last year at .926.

Both teams return to Glens Falls for the Phantoms’ first and only return to Glens Falls of their inaugural season in Allentown, Pa. They called the Civic Center home for five losing seasons.

1st Period
Lehigh Valley 11:59 Laughton 1 (Gordon, Leier) PP
2nd Period
Adirondack 6:07 Acolatse 1 (Granlund), 6:07 PP
Adirondack 10:44 Adirondack, Wolf 1 (Tousignant, Ramage) PP
Lehigh Valley 19:15 Lehigh Valley, Laughton 2 (Gordon, Gostisbehere) PP
3rd Period
Lehigh Valley 2:26 Straka 1 (Cousins, Stortini)
Adirondack 4:44 Stevenson 1 (Granlund)
OT Period
Lehigh Valley 1:24 Manning 1 (Gostisbehere, Cousins)

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