Flames make top half finish take on Sheffield Steelers in playoffs
Kruise Reddick and Geoff Walker scored less than 20 seconds apart in the dying minutes, then Calle Ackered added another at Coventry to help the Flames to a 3rd period rally and a 5-3 win over the Blaze. The win finalises a 6th place finish for the Flames and a weekend 2 game aggregate Playoff Quarter Final set against Sheffield Steelers. The home leg for Spectrum’s men will be Sunday, April 1st at 6pm after a visit to Yorkshire Saturday night.
Gaelan Patterson struck first for Coventry at 9:56, but John Dunbar replied just 22 seconds later to knot the score at a goal each. A 5 on 3 manpower advantage for the Flames was their best chance to take a lead to break, but unable to convert, the period closed with the clubs knotted at a goal each. Most of the middle 20 minute segment had melted off the clock when Brett Robinson had Blaze in front just 34 seconds from completion. In the latter stages of the 3rd, while short-handed, Brett Ferguson pulled the Flames level. A Ryan Dingle powerplay goal at 54:45 had Blaze back in front, but back to back Flames strikes by Reddick and Walker in the 17th minute grabbed a 4-3 lead before Ackered’s insurance nailed down the result.
“Thinking back to the off season and all the planning for joining a new league, it is hard to believe that we have closed out the regular season with a top half finish and are now looking ahead to the playoffs up next,” said Head Coach Paul Dixon.
“Tonight was a bit of a snapshot of how we have been all season with a team of guys who will never quit. We look at the league season as a big success, and we are very excited to be heading to the playoffs next weekend and taking on Sheffield Steelers.”
“Hopefully we can put in a 2 game effort that takes us to the Final 4 and another great milestone for our inaugural top flight season.”