Flames comeback falls just short in 4-3 loss at Manchester
A valiant comeback effort despite a 4-3 defeat at Manchester Storm started with Surrey’s team behind 4-0 through 20 minutes after unsuccessfully killing a pair of 5 on 3 stretches and overall facing 6 Storm powerplays across the opening frame. Dallas Ehrhardt got them on the board just 15 seconds into the contest. Matt Beca converted the first 5 on 3 to double the lead in the 7th minute and Ryan Trenz, at 15:10, made it 3-0 on another two man advantage. A Luke Moffatt strike just 8 seconds later made use of the remaining powerplay to have the home team in command after a period. The visitors finally got on the board at 28:18 through Kruise Reddick then pulled within 2 thanks to a Liam Stewart strike less than a minute after that. Stewart’s 2nd of the night in the back half of the stanza had them within a single to start the 3rd, but, unfortunately for Spectrum’s men, a scoreless final set closed the evening on the Storm win.
“Our penalty problems in the first period did us in,” explained Paul Dixon.
“We can’t spend that much time in the penalty box for a whole game, let alone a single period if we want to be successful.”
“When Manchester visited us earlier in the season, a similar early scoring outburst by us had them chasing all night long. We said back then how hard it is to try and play perfectly the rest of the way to pull back into it, which was the task we were faced with to start the 2nd.”
“On a positive note, we did show something in the final couple of periods in terms of really pushing back and not giving in to the mental strain the early scoreline can have on a player.”
“I don’t think our guys ever believed the game was over and we were able to be a shot away from bringing it even, so they should be credited for that.”
“That one is behind us now so we turn our heads to Wednesday and enter Cardiff tied after the quarter final 1st leg. Hopefully we can put together a performance that will help move us to the Cup semi-final.”