Flames open league on short end of 3-1 score

A couple of goals against no reply for the Nottingham Panthers erased a deficit and put them in front for good on the way to a 3-1 league win over the Flames on Spectrum ice. 


A Panthers penalty a little over 6 minutes from puck drop paved the way for a Flames lead when Calle Ackered buried a Kruise Reddick feed.  A 5 on 3 Flames powerplay shortly thereafter couldn’t double the spread, and the first 20 minutes of the new league season closed on the 1 goal margin. 


The visitors pulled it level when they executed a perfect 2 on 1 finished cleanly by William Quist early in the 2nd.  Just beyond the midway mark Jason Desantis, this one on a powerplay, set up the Panthers first lead of the contest.  Surrey’s men spent most of the final 2 period minutes on the powerplay but in the end they went to break trailing by a single. 


Flames killed off a couple of penalties in the opening half of the final frame, but just after getting back to even, Panthers put the game away when they extended their lead to a pair thanks to a Jens Jakobs strike that was the final goal of the contest despite the Flames skating the closing time with an extra skater in lieu of a netminder. 


Travis Fullerton made 30 of 33 saves behind the Flames and Kevin Carr was 31 of 32 at the other end of the ice. 


“It is a shame we couldn’t have found a way to increase an early lead especially with the stretch of 5 on 3 powerplay because we had a terrific start,” observed Head Coach Paul Dixon.


“We were right in the game all night, but Panthers do a good job of blocking lanes and limiting the higher end opportunities but we had enough chances to score more than a single for sure.”


“This is all part of the process of coming together and we have a lot of hockey ahead.  It would be preferable to get back to it immediately tomorrow night, but that is not the schedule plan so we will take a couple of days off and hit the training hard again from Tuesday to try and sharpen up for the upcoming Cardiff-Coventry pair of games.”  


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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