Flames complete 4 point road weekend

John Dunbar had a 3 goal night, including the shorthanded winner, and the Flames jumped out to a 4-0 lead that eventually translated to a 7-4 Patton Conference win at Coventry Blaze.   Dunbar opened it at 5:36 and Kruise Reddick counted a powerplay goal a few minutes later.  A 14th minute Jesse Craige follow up had the Flames in a 3-0 lead at the break.  They extended it to 4 early in the 2nd through Geoff Walker, but seconds later Brett Robinson got Blaze on the sheet.  At 26:17 Dorian Peca cut the deficit to a pair, but a Dunbar shorthanded marker had the 3 goal lead back in play at 5-2.  Just over halfway through the frame, Jordan Pietrus made it a 2 goal difference once again, and that is how the club’s began the 3rd.  Dunbar’s Hat Trick goal in the 48th minute made it a 6-3 game and Rhett Rachinski on the powerplay shortly thereafter had the 7th, but a late Blaze reply by Gaelan Patterson pulled it a bit closer ahead of time expiry.    

 
“You are always going to win a lot of games in which you are able to get well out in front early in the contest,” said Head Coach Paul Dixon.
 
“Our special teams really did the job with a couple of man advantage conversions and a short-handed goal, and making those ones stand for something on the scoreboard was a big part of how the evening went.”
 
“We were the better team in the 1st and 3rd period, but Coventry took it to us a bit in the 2nd and they turned a tough situation for them into a much tighter evening to start the 3rd.”
 
“We were happy for Brian Stewart in particular who was able to go back to the place where he has played for a few seasons and come out of there with a win.  That sort of thing always has a bit of extra special meaning for a player.”
 
“We couldn’t have asked for more from the guys on the weekend, and we are looking forward to hitting the training ice again on Tuesday as we look ahead to a Manchester visit Saturday and Sheffield Steelers’ return to Spectrum on Sunday.”
 

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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