Flames collect 4-1 home win over Manchester
John Dunbar kicked off the scoring while Brett Ferguson, Ben Campbell, and Rhett Rachinski combined for 6 points to help the Flames take a 4-1 win over the visiting Manchester Storm. Pretty even 2 way traffic in the opening half of the 1st period preceded a breakaway by Dunbar and he slid it underneath Mike Clemente to give the Flames a 1-0 lead at 12:25. Back to Back Storm penalties put the 5 on 3 powerplay to work and seconds after winning the offensive zone faceoff Calle Ackered one timed a Jesse Craige feed to double the lead through 20 minutes. About halfway through the middle frame, Campbell slid a perfect pass for a doorstep tap in by Ferguson and the only goal of the period had the home team ahead by 3. Dane Byers cut into the Manchester deficit in the 47th minute when he took credit for Chris Carrozzi’s only blemish during a Storm powerplay, but inside the final 8 minutes, Ferguson set up Campbell who wired a high shot to re-store the 3 goal difference and secure the win.
“Besides the win, the thing that we really wanted to see was a more effective start to the game than we have had for the last few matches,” explained Head Coach Paul Dixon.
“We were able to stay with them during the early going and get the lead. From there we were pretty solid for a couple of periods to help limit a very, very offensive team, and not allow them too many great chances to get back into the game.”
“It was a tough night losing Ian (Watters) in the 2nd period then losing Jesse (Craige) in the 3rd but the guys responded well, filled some holes, and made sure that they didn’t let the game get away from us.”
“Both guys have had an initial look but it is too early to tell the extent of the issues and hopefully they are short term problems as we move into the final month of the season and eye up a playoff spot.”
“Overall, we have to be pretty pleased with a 3 point weekend, and we look forward to seeing Coventry stop here on Sunday.”