Flames a goal off the pace in 3-2 loss to Belfast
Ben Davies had the Flames in a short lived lead early in the 2nd period but the 3 unanswered Belfast Giants replies that followed in the same frame were just enough in their eventual 3-2 win on Spectrum ice. The home team opened the offence when Davies struck at 25:57, but Jonathan Ferland levelled at 28:23, then put them in front on a powerplay a little over 4 minutes later. Brandon Benedict ensured they would enjoy a 2 goal lead through a pair when he netted shortly thereafter. Late in the game, with the Flames shorthanded, Mikael Lidhammar buried a high wrister to pull within a goal, but an extra skater in favour of the netminder made no further changes to the outcome before time ran out.
“That one is probably a game that we could have won,” offered Head Coach Paul Dixon.
“Both teams were right in it, and neither team was particularly dominant over the other. It is a shame that we fell back a couple of goals so quickly there in the 2nd period because it would have been interesting to go after it in the 3rd without the uphill challenge as the trailing club.”
“It is always tough to lose both nights, but we have to re-group and not let this discourage us in any way. I know we have the staff to shake this off and start looking ahead to our Edinburgh visit on Saturday before getting back here Sunday against Milton Keynes.”