Flames drop 4-1 home ice decision

On Tuesday night, a pair of early 3rd period powerplay goals, and a late empty netter, by Fife Flyers broke open a 1-1 game, and handed the Flames a 4-1 defeat on Spectrum ice to defy a 51-24 Flames shot advantage.  

The visitors got on the board at the back end of a bit of a broken play when Evan Bloodoff collected the available puck from close range and slipped his team into a 1-0 lead about 12 minutes in.  Despite a 19-8 Flames shot advantage, that score stayed on the clock through the 20 minute set.
 
It took until the back half of the 2nd for the Flames to pull even on a broken play of their own across the blueline where Calle Ackered picked up the remains then weaved his way in front for a backhand that found its way through. A late period 5 on 3 manpower advantage for the home team, then the start of a 5 minute major penalty that put Fife’s powerplay to work, didn’t make a difference to the goal count and the teams began the 3rd deadlocked on one each.   
 
The Flyers did convert the powerplay, and take back the lead, shortly after re-start when Mike Cazzola put away a perfect Paul Crowder cross ice feed.  Just as the major expired to bring the Flames out of a 3 on 5 stretch, Bloodoff’s 2nd of the contest extended the Flyers lead to a pair.  With about 2 minutes to close, the Flames took Chris Carrozzi off the ice in favour of another skater, and the Flyers took advantage in securing a 4th goal to guarantee the result.   
 
“Tonight’s was a tough way to lose a game,” said Head Coach Paul Dixon. “We look back on and wonder how we didn’t win it.”
 
“We could have easily had a lead in the 1st period, but some high quality chances didn’t go, and then suddenly they were in the lead despite almost no pressure on us to that point.”  
 
“We clearly had the territorial, puck possession and shot advantage across the evening, but we just couldn’t find the net.  We hit posts, good deflections just missing, disallowed goals, and a variety of near misses.  If there was a way not to score tonight we found it.”
 
“Scoring is like that sometimes and we have to take solace from some of the things we did, and know that if we can create chances regularly the way we did, the offence will come on most nights.” 
 
“We have to re-group for Saturday and make sure we are ready to get after it when we visit Milton Keynes before Glasgow Clan arrive here 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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