After failing to earn a point in their last two games and four of their last five, the Adirondack Flames got two desperately needed points Saturday night.
On the road against a San Antonio Rampage team that has already clinched a playoff spot, the Flames came away with a 7-3 win on the back of four goals in the first 30 minutes of the game.
Garnet Hathaway scored 76 seconds into the game and Emile Poirier followed with a power-play goal later in the first period. Bill Arnold added a power-play goal of his own in the second period to make two goals on four Adirondack power plays.
Dustin Stevenson concluded the barrage with his first goal since October 18 and his first point February 28, scoring midway through the second period to put the Flames up 4-1.
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The win comes in a crucial stretch of the season as the Flames wrap up the current five-game road trip with a Tuesday game against Toronto and a Friday game against Utica, both teams ahead of the Flames in the Western Conference standings.
The Flames return home next weekend with a two-game stint against Lake Erie.
Adirondack’s penalty killers put together a perfect performance, holding San Antonio scoreless on five attempts. Doug Carr made 23 saves in net for the Flames.
The Rampage brought the game back to 4-3 in the third period before a Kenny Agostino goal with less than three minutes to play forced the Rampage into a desperation that allowed two empty-net goals, the first from Max Reinhart and the second from Taylor Vause.