Flames come back to gain point but fall in penalties
The Flames erased a 3 goal deficit by scoring 3 unanswered in 2nd half of the evening to grab a table point, but eventually fell 4-3 on penalties to the visiting Manchester Storm. A quality Flames chance in the early going was turned the other way when Matt Beca got behind all defenders and beat Chris Carrozzi for a 1-0 Storm lead 95 seconds in. Not long after that the home team found themselves down a pair of men and Manchester converted seconds into the powerplay through Dane Byers to double the lead. A couple of minutes into the middle frame Luke Moffatt extended the difference to 3. Spectrum’s tenants got on the board when Ian Watters jammed home a loose puck in the back half of the period. Less than 2 minutes from period close, and while shorthanded, Mikael Lidhammer pulled the Flames within 1. With time winding down on regulation Kruise Reddick pulled Surrey’s team all the way back even at 3 each to secure the point and force overtime. The extra period solved nothing and a 3-2 edge across 5 penalty shooters helped Storm take home the extra available point.
“This was a game of two halves,” said Head Coach Paul Dixon. “Manchester was definitely value for a good lead by the halfway point, but we certainly have to tip our hat to our own dressing room that always believes there is game to be played, and turned what could have been a disastrous outing into at least a table point.”
“We have seen it before this season, but it is always refreshing when they pull that team trait out of the bag when it is needed.”
“It would have been so rewarding to leave the ice with the win in the bank, but I think we have to look at this game with a lot of positives in mind despite the overall outcome.”
“The desire on our bench made for an exciting ending and put us in a position to actually get a win and we can’t ask for more than that over the course of the evening.”
“It is a good time for us to have a full week of training ahead, and we will work hard to be prepared for a visit to Coventry on Saturday and a return to Spectrum Sunday for a rare back to back visit by the same team when Storm are here once again.”