Flames get 1st win against Sheffield
A 3rd period Hat Trick by Ian Watters, including a cake icing empty netter, helped the Flames celebrate a 4-2 home ice win over the visiting Sheffield Steelers. The scoring began with a late opening period even strength tip in by Rhett Rachinski that had the Flames holding a slim edge at the break. Matt Marquardt levelled it just over 6 minutes into the middle frame and a great chance for the visitors to take a lead at the end of the 2nd came during a nearly 2 minute 5 on 3 powerplay, but a solid Flames penalty kill started the final session with the teams still knotted at a goal each. A little over 5 minutes into the 3rd, Watters put the Flames in front when he deposited a loose puck. Levi Nelson hit back for the Steelers at 51:44, but Watters’ 2nd of the contest less than 3 minutes later had Spectrum’s men playing with a lead to close it out. With the pressure on, and Steelers using an extra skater in their effort to pull even, Watters took a neutral zone Kruise Reddick feed and calmly sent a 100 foot delivery into the empty cage to secure the club’s first Elite League win over the Yorkshire outfit.