Flames grab 6-2 win at Panthers

The Flames grabbed a 3 goal lead by the time the game 7 minutes old and then added a single in the 2nd and 2 more in the 3rd while collecting a 6-2 win at Nottingham Panthers.

John Dunbar opened their account at 3:14 on the powerplay. Ian Watters added another at 5:02 and Evan Ritt had the visitors holding a 3 goal advantage exactly 2 minutes after that.  Alex Guptill replied for the Panthers in the 9th minute and the period ended on the 3-1 count.

In the middle set, TJ Foster re-stored the 3 goal difference and that stood through 40 minutes.

A little over a minute into the final frame Alexandre Bolduc converted a Panthers powerplay to bring them back within a pair, but Kruise Reddick cancelled that one at 48:12 and then added another inside the last 5 minutes to complete the result. 

 

“We played well on Saturday at Fife and didn’t get a result, and we played well at Nottingham and found a way to get some scoring to get a win,” explained Head Coach Paul Dixon

 

“The early start in scoring was a good confidence builder, but a crucial point was early in the 2nd when we killed a 3 on 5 for nearly a full 2 minutes then not long after that we were able to score again and get back out in front by 3”

 

“We really needed to win tonight.  It was always one of our more challenging trips and not getting points at Fife put a bit of pressure on to make something happen here and the guys really came through.”

 

“Now we need to carry that on into Wednesday night when we are back on home ice trying to secure a Cup Semi Final spot.” 

 

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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