Flames fall to Flyers on home ice

A 52-32 shot advantage didn’t convert to a win as the Fife Flyers recovered from a 1 goal deficit early in the 3rd period while handing the Flames a 6-5 defeat under Spectrum’s lights. 

The Scottish club got the jump on the evening’s scoring during a stretch of 4 on 4 when Danick Gauthier tipped home a clever 2 on 1 pass to give them the lead.  Just seconds later, however, Spectrum’s men answered when a nice outside drive by Ben Davies preceded his perfect set up to Jesse Craige who banged home the equaliser.  Carlo Finucci put Flyers in front again on a 4th minute powerplay.  Evan Janssen levelled at 11:03 for Surrey’s team but a Brett Bulmer strike, this one just 17 seconds from period close, had Flyers in front to start the 2nd.

Jamie Crooks scored shorthanded at 25:14 and it was knotted again at 4 each but the exchange continued when Paul Crowder and Ben Davies traded goals for a 4-4 deadlock through 40 minutes.

Kruise Reddick established the first Flames lead of the contest less than 3 minutes into the final stanza, but a Rick Pinkston reply seconds later and the winner by Crowder inside the final 10 minutes secured the visitor’s result.

“It’s unfortunate, and frustrating, that with the amount of offensive zone time we had in the 2nd period, including 25 shots, that we went to break tied,” admitted Head Coach Paul Dixon.

“We did get a lead straight away in the 3rd, but then they came right back and got another.”

“There is no question in my mind that we deserved far more from this game, but at the moment we can’t seem to catch a break for things to go our way.”

“When you are in the middle of this it feels like it has been going on forever but we have to remember that just a week ago we were coming off back to back wins so we have to head into training this week with some perspective.”

“Tonight is a tough outcome to sleep on for sure, but we can’t do anything about it now, and we have to find a way to start looking ahead to Belfast 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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