Flames opend home doubleheader with win over Dundee Stars
Ben Davies did most of the damage with a pair of goals during a 3 unanswered 3 goal opening frame and Spectrum’s men went on to double up the visiting Dundee Stars by a 7-3 tally. Davies got the scoring started when he fired one by Travis Fullerton for a 5th minute lead. Just a couple of minutes later Davies added his and his side’s 2nd of the contest to extend the margin. In the back half of the period, during a stretch of 4 on 4 play, Calle Ackered picked up a puck on a turnover at the Flames blueline and raced away on a breakway where he deftly slipped it into the net for a 3-0 lead at the close of 20 minutes. The Stars got one back as the game was getting to the halfway stage when Malcom Gould cut the visitors deficit to a pair. The Flames re-stored the original difference a few minutes later on a powerplay when Ian Watters stuffed it home on a goal mouth scramble, but a Jimmy Jensen strike 90 seconds from period time made it a 2 goal game. Early in the 3rd the home team went to the 2 man powerplay and a bit of bad luck for the road team when a cross ice Kruise Reddick pass hit a Stars skate and bounced into the net, making it 5-2. The Stars powerplay hit back through Gabriel Lévesque at 51:30, but a Rhett Rachinski reply shut down any thoughts of a full comeback before a late Stars powerplay, with their net empty, opened the way for Brett Ferguson, short handed, to tap home the final goal of the evening.
“Overall we are pleased with the win and what we did for much of the night,” said Head Coach Paul Dixon, “but certainly most of the 2nd period Dundee gave us a lot of trouble and they pulled themselves back into the game.”
“Often you don’t have a multi goal lead when that kind of stuff happens so we have to do a better job of staying consistent throughout a game.”
“Having said all that, we feel that we did earn a win and it is a good start to a home double with our first visit this season by Belfast Giants tomorrow night.”