Flames complete weekend winning ways
Brennan Yadlowski began the scoring while Liam Stewart and Brett Ferguson each had a pair of goals as the Flames put the finishing touches on a perfect Scottish doubleheader weekend with a 7-2 win at Edinburgh Capitals to follow up Saturday’s success at Braehead. Yadlowski had the Flames in a lead during an 11th minute powerplay and Geoff Walker sent them to the break ahead by two when he cashed in another man power advantage at 14:57. Stewart scored back to back on each side of the midway mark to set up a 4-0 lead but a Dylan Anderson powerplay goal for the Capitals less than 5 minutes from period time pulled the home team within 3 to start the final frame. Unfortunately for them, they began the period shorthanded thanks to a Slew Footing Match penalty to Sergei Banashkov and Brett Ferguson made them pay for that one when he re-stored the original lead at 42:24. The Capitals went on to kill the remainder of the penalty, including a portion of which had a full length 5 on 3, then got a goal back with a Mike Cazzola marker shortly after returning to full strength. The visitors answered quickly with another Ferguson goal, again on the powerplay, at 48:46 and Ian Watters capped off the evening when he scored the 7th just over 2 minutes from time.
“When we were in the British National League we did the Scottish doubleheaders with regularity, but it was not all that often that we collected both wins across the weekend so this is an achievement worth noting,” concluded Head Coach Paul Dixon.
“We played a good game and we were definitely the stronger team tonight, but more importantly we didn’t let the back half of the doubleheader, which is a tough journey from start to finish, get in the way of the objective.”
“We don’t have much time to stop and feel good about ourselves though because we have Cardiff coming to us Wednesday for the Cup quarter final and then we are off to Manchester Friday night. This is just the beginning of a very busy stretch, and it will be exciting to see how the guys are able to handle the overall challenge in front of us over the next couple of weeks.”