Flames edged in OT in Belfast road opener

Belfast Giants and Flames traded 4 goals in the last period then went to overtime where the Giants grabbed the extra table point where the Giants ended it with a 64th minute strike to close out a 3-2 home win over Spectrum’s men. 


In a 1st period where the Northern Irish hosts had the majority of the play, Chris Carrozzi made a handful of good saves to ensure the 2nd frame began with both sides still looking for their opening goal.


The visitors were able to turn the ice a bit more in the middle set, but a 10-7 Flames shot advantage again ended in a scoreless draw with 20 minutes to play.


Flames finally cracked the scoresheet just under 5 minutes into the final frame when John Dunbar offered them a 1-0 lead, but Blair Riley pulled it level again before the period’s midway point.  Ben Davies had Flames in front again at 54:19 but a late penalty put the Giants powerplay to work and Colin Shields from point blank squared it again to force an extra frame.


In the tiebreaker, Chris Higgins netted at 63:12 to secure the home team’s win. 


“If I had been asked about getting a point in Belfast when the 1st period ended, I would have thought it was a great night,” admitted Paul Dixon, “but as the game went on, and with a late lead, it feels a bit more disappointing to come away with just a single.”


“We had chances to score more than we did, and even in overtime we took possession first and had some close calls that would have made it a bit better ending for us.”


“We are a little short staffed, and we played well enough to earn a point so we need to try and keep a positive focus ahead of tomorrow night, where we have a chance to get a good rest, and just wait here and try to be ready to do it again and maybe we can convert the opportunity into a win before we head home.” 


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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