Flames Double Flyers

John Dunbar popped the pressure valve on Spectrum with an empty net goal in the 59th minute to help secure a 4-2 home ice win over the visiting Fife Flyers. 

 
Flames opened the scoring at 8:15 with a Jamie Crooks blast, but Flyers squared it about 4 minutes from period close through Sam Jones. 
 
The end of the frame put the Flames to a 5 on 3 powerplay for the early part of the 2nd, and Calle Ackered took advantage for a 2-1 Flames lead.  A Chase Schaber goal with an extra skater at 28:47 knotted it at 2 each, but a Kruise Reddick one-time bullet at 34:27 made good on a Dunbar feed to edge into a 3-2 lead to close the 2nd.
 
A couple of Flyers penalties in the first half of the 3rd were a chance to build a bigger lead, but Spectrum’s men couldn’t do so.  A late Flyers powerplay had them in a position to pull even but that opportunity slipped away also before they were forced into a 6-skater set late to set the empty netter stage.   
 
Travis Fullerton made 27 saves and Adam Morrison stopped 32.  
 
“It was certainly a relief for all of us when that empty net goal slid over the line,” admitted Head Coach Paul Dixon. “It has been a tough little stretch with a few injuries and a short bench and we have not had the results we wanted.”
 
“The guys really came through with a character performance and we are really happy to be starting a new training week on the back of a win.”

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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