Flames collect win at Panthers
A pair of late 2nd period goals and another in the 3rd helped the Flames kick off Pride Weekend with a 5-3 win at Nottingham Panthers.
Ryan Horvat had the home side in a lead in the 17th minute but the visitors ensured a knotted score through the frame when John Dunbar drew it level 73 seconds from period time.
An early 2nd period powerplay goal by Samuel Herr had Panthers back in front but Brett Ferguson replied a few minutes later to erases the last deficit Surrey’s side would face on the night. During a 34th minute powerplay Kruise Reddick put Flames in a 3-2 lead and Joshua Waller had them up a pair with what turned out to be the winner at 36:02.
Just over 2 minutes into the 3rd a Jordan Abt strike opened a 3-goal gap and the result was set despite Horvat’s 2nd inside the back 10 minutes that made a cosmetic adjustment to the final tally.
“I thought maybe we were a bit unlucky not to have a good lead after the opening period,” said Paul Dixon, “but then we were rewarded later for some of those chances, and it is a great feeling to have put in a good number of goals against a top team and come out with a road win.”
“A few games ago we shuffled up the lines a bit and hopefully we can be more consistent with our offensive output from night to night including a big game tomorrow night when Belfast Giants stop in at Spectrum.”
Photo of Flames forward Owen Griffiths celebrating a Flames goal during Saturday’s win at Nottingham Panthers. Photo courtesy Nottingham Panthers.