Flames close camp with win

4 unanswered 2nd period goals, including Kruise Reddick’s 2nd of the night to start it off, broke open a 2-2 tie and put the Flames up 6-2 after a couple of periods on their way to a 7-4 win over visiting Milton Keynes Lightning. 

Trevor Morbeck put Lightning in front while shorthanded when he finished off an Eric Neiley 2 on 1 feed at 10:02, but Erik Lindhagen replied just 20 seconds later by tapping home a perfect Kevin Phillips goal mouth pass to bring the clubs back to even terms.   A few minutes later, a Flames give away ended up back at the net where Joonas Huovinen slipped it home, but another quick reply, this time by Reddick, squared it again at 2 each before the period timed out.  
Lighting spent much of the first 2 stanzas short-handed including back to back 3 on 5 situations in the first half of the middle set.  On the 2nd of those, Reddick gave the home team their first lead of the evening when he slammed home a perfect John Dunbar pass at 27:50 for his 2nd of the contest.  64 seconds later an Evan Ritt bullet had Spectrum’s men up by a pair.  In the 35th minute Ian Watters wired the 5th of the evening, and a Jordan Abt one time blast late in the frame made it a 4 goal spread after 40 minutes. 
Spectrum’s tenants added another while shorthanded in the 3rd when Ritt did most of the heavy lifting with a hard outside drive that left the puck available for Lindhagen to tuck it over a sprawled Adam Goss who took over the netminding duties from starter Patrick Killeen.  Lightning replied seconds later with another Neiley goal to pull back to a 4 goal deficit, and an Owen Griffiths follow up cut the difference again, but that would be as close as they would come before time closed on the evening. 
“In some ways we can say a lot of the same things as last night,” said Head Coach Paul Dixon. “I said winning and losing last night was not that much of an issue, and same tonight.”
“Having said that, tonight’s success tends to make everyone feel better and serves up that little bit of confidence, so it is nice to get a result.  However, the game was about continuing to sharpen up as we move into the real season and I thought we did a lot of good things.”
“We had a lot of powerplay chances, and there were some occasions where we moved the puck around well and created some good opportunities.”
“We are a bit tired now after an intense but compressed stretch of camp and now they can have a day off and head into a regular week of training ahead of our start next weekend against Coventry Blaze.”
Photo attached of Kevin King delivering a check against his former team. Photo by John Uwins. 

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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