GLENS FALLS The Adirondack Flames kept track of Toronto’s afternoon game as they prepared for their own game Saturday night. When the Marlies won, the Flames knew they needed to do the same.
“Obviously there’s some scoreboard watching but you have to win to be able to do that,” Turner Elson said.
But they didn’t. The Flames lost 5-2 to Lake Erie and no longer have full control of their future.
“That pretty much … it doesn’t take our hope away but we need to win tomorrow,” Mathieu Tousignant said. “We need to win the next four.”
If the Flames can win their remaining four games, they have a chance. But it depends on what Toronto, Chicago and Hamilton do. Chicago and Toronto are the only two teams currently in the top eight the Flames can catch up with. Hamilton and Milwaukee stand between them.
Adirondack is not out, but there are a lot of “if this, then that” which must happen for them to get into the playoffs.
“If we win all of our games here, there’s a good chance we could be in the playoffs,” Turner Elson said.
The Flames started out strong on Saturday night. They put 16 shots on net before Lake Erie even had one. But once the Monsters got rolling with a power play late in the first, they picked up speed quickly. Then, they struck first. Troy Bourke scored off a faceoff six minutes into the second.
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That goal, after so many Flames chances, was “deflating.” Tousignant, Elson and coach Ryan Huska all used the word.
In all, Adirondack took 49 shots on Calvin Pickard.
“The effort was there — we had 50 shots,” Tousignant said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s 50 shots, 60 shots, 10 shots, the only things we need right now are the two points.
“It’s kind of a heartbreaker loss tonight.”
Huska felt the Flames’ second goal, a power-play goal from not-even-rookie Kenney Morrison with about five minutes to play, was indicative of what the Flames needed to do against a goalie like Pickard.
“We had bodies in front and he wasn’t able to see the puck,” Huska said. “When you have good goaltenders that you’re facing, you need a lot of traffic in front of them.”
That’s what he wants to see his team do on Sunday, when they have another shot at Pickard and the Monsters. They can’t afford another loss.
“We want to win every game obviously,” Tousignant said, “but now it’s critical.”
|Lake Erie||6:06||Bourke 9 (Vincour, Smith)|
|Lake Erie||15:03||Smith 12|
|Lake Erie||18:05||Vincour 7 (Agozzino, Street), PP|
|Lake Erie||19:25||Ryan 11 (Pickard), SH|
|Adirondack||3:29||Arnold 11 (Agostino, Sieloff)|
|Lake Erie||13:04||Agozzino 28 (Elliott, Youds), PP|
|Adirondack||15:06||Morrison 2 (Elson, Hathaway), PP|