Flames fall 4-1 at Manchester Storm
In Manchester, the Storm never trailed and scored at least once in each period to send the Flames away on the back of a 4-1 defeat of Spectrum’s men. Storm struck first when Ciaran Long scored shorthanded at 6:47. The visitors went on to later kill a string of penalties including a long 3 on 5 encounter before Liam Stewart knotted the score at a goal each in the 16th minute. The Flames did end up a goal adrift through 2 periods thanks to a late stanza marker, a goal that turned out to be the winner, by Mike Hammond that had Storm ahead 2-1 with 20 minutes to play. The Canadian forward offered some insurance with his 2nd of the evening shortly after period re-start when he extended it to a 3-1 difference and Matt Beca’s goal with 3 and a half minutes remaining ensured there would be no late reply from the travelling Surrey gang.
“Tonight was a hard slog for us,” said Paul Dixon. “We didn’t have the usual energy we are used to seeing from this group, and we spent far too much time in the penalty box.”
“We need to try and set this one aside quickly and get ready for Fife. The Flyers play at pace so we need to have a bit more zip. That is a big ask in the middle of a very busy part of the schedule, but that is where our focus needs to be.”
“We have a pretty resilient group so it will be interesting to see how we respond on home ice Saturday night.”