FLAMES SCORE LATE TO CLINCH A BERTH IN FINAL 4 WEEKEND

Photo of Flames netminder who made 35 saves to help Flames to the win.  Photo by Nottingham Panthers.

Flames led for less than 3 minutes across the entire 2 leg playoff quarter final, including the leg 1 4-4 draw, but it was the only lead they would need, coming from behind in the 3rd period of leg 2 for a 3-2 win, 7-6 on aggregate, over Nottingham Panthers to book a spot in the playoff final 4 next weekend. 

A tick over 5 minutes in Christophe Boivin had Panthers in a 1-0 lead, 5,4 on aggregate, but a Levi Cable reply shortly after that squared both the game and the combined score and they went to the break on an even split of 10 goals through 4 periods.

Flames were unable to convert on a couple of early 2nd period powerplays before Panthers took another lead when Jeremy Welsh netted at 28:20 and that left work to do for the visitors in the final stanza.

Flames pressured for a lot of the 3rd until finally pulling it back level with a Jamal Watson goal just inside the last 5 minutes then less than 3 from close, Cable recorded his 2nd of the evening for a 3-2 Flames lead that would hold up the rest of the way to bank the 7-6 aggregate win.   

“What a pair of games!” exclaimed Paul Dixon.  “Every guy just kept coming no matter what the situation, and 6 different times over the 2 games we were trailing, and until the end never even had a lead.”

“They just were not going to be denied and they finally got what they deserved with a couple of goals late to push us into the finals weekend.”

“It is a pretty exciting moment for all of them, and the club, and we will enjoy the feeling before setting up a training week ahead of coming back here next weekend for the big event.” 

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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