Flames Double Stars in Dundee
Jamie Crooks had the winner as part of a 3 goal 3rd period run that closed with a late pressure lifting short-handed empty netter by Evan Ritt as part of a 4-2 win at Dundee Stars.
The visitors had the only goal of the opening frame thanks to Ian Watters who had his team in front 1-0 less than 7 minutes into the contest.
In the 2nd, Spectrum’s men got ahead of the shot count with a 13-7 period margin, but both Chris Carrozzi at the Flames end and Pontus Sjogren for Dundee were on form to ensure the final period would start with the same slim goal differential.
About midway through the 3rd, the Stars finally solved Carrozzi and pulled even thanks to a Jordan Cownie powerplay goal, but the Flames extra man unit hit back a few minutes later through Kruise Reddick. Crooks extended the lead to a couple when he netted in the 53rd minute, the decider as things turned out, but less than 60 seconds later Matt Marquardt had Stars back within a single. With the Flames serving a penalty for most of the final 2 minutes, they were under pressure to preserve a win. Pressure intensified with a little more than a minute to go when the home team had a 6 on 4 advantage with their own net empty in favour of an extra skater, but Ritt relieved all the tension when he bagged an empty netter 16 seconds from time to guarantee the result.
“I felt that we controlled this game for a much bigger portion of the full 60 minutes than we did last night because we didn’t have the big break down over a long period of time and we were certainly tighter right in front of our net,” said Paul Dixon.
“We spent a great deal of time tonight killing penalties but we did a good job of minimising their opportunities, and kept them to just one goal in 8 tries so that was a really key part of the result.”
“It was a good team effort tonight from the back out. Chris made a lot of good saves, and then we got some timely scoring late in the game to make sure we pulled out of Dundee with a win.”
“Now we have to get back and get as much rest as we can Monday and Tuesday for another challenging travel day Wednesday when we fly over to Belfast for our first visit to Giants this season.”