Flames get point but lose in OT
With a 6 on 3 manpower advantage including the extra skater with their net empty, the Flames completed a 2 goal deficit recovery and grabbed a point, but a Brett Bulmer overtime winner lifted the Flyers to a 4-3 overtime win on Spectrum ice.
Flyers took advantage of an early powerplay when Mike Cazzola put them in a lead nearly 6 minutes in. About 6 minutes from period close, a Flyers turnover at the Flames blueline was collected by Brett Ferguson. He gained the offensive zone before feeding TJ Foster who made sure the game was tied as the clubs went to break.
In the 2nd, much like the 1st, the home team had the best share of the chances, but it was the Flyers who opened a gap thanks to an early Evan Bloodoff goal and a Chase Schaber strike inside the period’s last 3 minutes that had the Flames looking up from a 2 goal deficit to start the 3rd.
Beyond the last half of the final set, the Flames clawed one back when Jamie Crooks put away a loose puck at the side of the net. With just over a minute remaining, a pair of Flyers penalties put them down 2 men, and with Chris Carrozzi on the bench, the overwhelming skater differential came through for Surrey’s men when Ian Watters re-directed a Kruise Reddick pass to knot the game at 3 just 34 seconds out.
Unfortunately, for the home crowd, the 2nd point would go to the Flyers when Bulmer snapped home the decider with a little over a minute left in the tiebreaking stanza.
“When you don’t get both points from that particular game it’s hard to hide the frustration when you are comparing the score to what actually happened on the ice,” said Paul Dixon.
“I am very glad we were able to get a point at least because there were a lot of stretches where we dominated play, but came away with nothing from a handful of very high grade scoring chances.”
“We came out of a 2-goal deficit and scored very late to get a point so that is a tangible positive we can take away from a game where our guys will go away rightfully thinking we should have had more.”
“Tomorrow is a big day up in Dundee and we are going to go in there determined to try and turn our luck around with a good hard working game.”