Through the second half of the season, Adirondack has seen a significant amount of roster movement up front – call ups, injuries and a trade. With all challenges come opportunities, and Kenny Agostino has made the most of his increase in ice time. The speedy winder from Morristown, NJ is now the Flames‘ third leading scorer of players still in Adirondack.
Agostino has 11 goals and 23 assists, and has points in 14 of his last 21 games. Since the beginning of March, he is averaging a over a point per game and is getting time on the special teams.
The Flames as a team, however, find themselves in a very challenging position in their playoff quest. The Flames are 3-5-1 in their last 10 games and find themselves in 12th place, seven points out of a playoff spot. They have eight games remaining in the season and three games this week – all against teams they are chasing in the standings (at San Antonio, at Toronto, and at Utica). Clearly they need to take at least two of three in regulation this week to remain in contention. As challenging it will be in making up seven points, it will be especially so overcoming three other teams.
The team’s fortunes have certainly turned, and one can point to February 20th as that date – the night Joni Ortio went down with the high ankle sprain. Six weeks ago, it seemed almost certain that the Adirondack faithful would see their first AHL playoff hockey since 1999. Now, the team must quickly turn their resent play around and look for some help along the way.
by Keith Mcafee