Flames comeback secures 3-2 win over Milton Keynes
Denied completely for a full 40 minutes, 3 unanswered 3rd period goals erased a 2 goal deficit and helped lift the Flames to a 3-2 home ice win over the visiting Milton Keynes Lightning. A Lightning powerplay goal was the only scoring in the opening frame and that was credited to Ben Foster to put the visitors up by the single through 20 minutes. Late in the 2nd period, the Lightning went ahead by a pair on the strength of a Guillaume Doucet strike, and they held that advantage to start the final frame. An early 3rd period powerplay got the home team back in it when a Kruise Reddick shot from the blue line hit the back of the net and cut the deficit to a single. Just over the period’s midway mark Kevin Phillips sailed a high that one found the cage to pull Spectrum’s men back to even terms and less than 2 minutes later Calle Ackered offered the Flames their first lead of the evening with a goal that ultimately turned out to be the winner.
“I doubt anyone who had seen our 1st period would have predicted the kind of comeback we staged in the end on this particular night,” said Head Coach Paul Dixon.
“We got away with being down only a goal in that period, thanks to some good saves by Chris but on another night they might have buried us right then.”
“Luckily we managed to continue to improve as the game went on, and we were much better even in the 2nd period, and of course we have noticed that this is a group of guys who just will not give up, and they were rewarded for that in the 3rd.”
“It won’t go down as the prettiest of wins, but we will take them any way we can get them and we can’t ask for more than a 4 point haul to kick of a new training week.”