ROCKFORD, Illinois -- For the third time in a week, the Adirondack Flames salvaged a point. This time, it came in the form of a 4-3 shootout loss to Rockford on Thursday.


The Flames need these points in their tight playoff race, but they could also really use the full two points.

Ben Hanowski scored the late third-period goal that forced overtime, thus earning the Flames the one point. It was Hanowski’s first game back after missing eight games with an undisclosed upper-body injury.

Hanowski and Mark Cundari, who returned after two games with an undisclosed injury, back just in time as Markus Granlund was recalled by Calgary earlier Thursday. Before the roster changes, the Flames had exactly 18 healthy skaters. Losing Granlund without gaining at least one of Hanowski and Cundari would have left the Flames without enough skaters.

As it is, defenseman Patrick Sieloff had to play left wing for the second game.

Garnet Hathaway got the Flames on the board with a shorthanded goal early in the second period. Kenny Agostino scored a power-play goal a few minutes later to give the Flames a 2-1 lead.

Spencer Abbot scored twice in the third period, however, to put Rockford back on top 3-2. Hanowski’s goal with about three minutes left tied it up 3-3.

Brad Thiessen made 41 saves for the Flames.

1st Period
Rockford7:58Rasmussen 9 (Walters, Seabrook)
2nd Period
Adirondack1:47Hathaway 15 (Reinhart), SH
Adirondack4:37Agostino 8 (Hathaway, Elson), PP
3rd Period
Rockford3:56Abbott 10 (Regin, Gotovets)
Rockford10:17Abbott 11 (Regin)
Adirondack16:53Hanowski 13 (Agostino, Vause)
No scoring
Adirondack0Tousignant NG, Setoguchi NG, Hanowski NG
Rockford1Abbott G, Ross NG, Regin NG

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