Flames edged in OT

A good batch of secondary scoring that included Ben Campbell and Kevin Phillips goals helped the Flames erase a 2 goal deficit to collect a table point, but their tough overtime record continued with a 5-4 extra period defeat at Coventry Blaze.  Blaze opened the scoring shortly after getting underway when Brett Robinson had them in front by a single.  A couple of minutes later, during a powerplay, Calle Ackered brought it back level, but a 12th minute Jordan Pietrus strike and a late add on by Danick Paquette made the most of their 16-5 shot differential; and had the home team up a pair at the break.  The Flames replied to the initial shot count with a 13-7 advantage of their own in the middle frame and had the only goal of the 2nd when Campbell pulled them within 1 less than 6 minutes from period close.  52 seconds into the 3rd, Pietrus, while on a powerplay, had Blaze ahead by a pair once again, but Ackered’s 2nd man advantage marker followed, and an even strength goal by Phillips less than 5 minutes after that had the teams square at 4 each.  That turned out to be the end of regulation scoring so overtime was needed and Alex Barron ended it when he struck just over 3 minutes into the 3 on 3 tiebreaking event. Brian Stewart had the Flames start and he was 30 saves on 35 shots while Kevin Nastiuak was 24 of 28 in the other crease.  


“We are pretty consistent at getting points here and there even when we spend good chunks of the game behind on the scoreboard,” said Assistant Coach Milos Melicherik.


“That is a good thing, but it would be good also to avoid a 1st period like we had where the other team was definitely in control of the territorial play.”


“We came on much better from the 2nd period onwards and we were rewarded by outscoring them 3-1 the rest of the way in regulation so, in addition to the point earned, there are lots of positives from this game.”


“I think Sunday when Manchester are back at Spectrum what we really want to do is have a much better start and we will shift our focus to achieving that and see if we can turn that into 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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