Flames shutout at Manchester
A 2 for 6 night on the powerplay, with both extra man goals coming in the middle frame, helped lift the Manchester Storm to a 3-0 shutout win over the visiting Flames. Chris Carrozzi and Mike Clemente shared 17 shots in the opening frame, nearly half each, and the club’s closed 20 minutes on a scoreless draw. Powerplay goals by Dallas Ehrhardt and Matt Beca, the latter during a 5 on 3, in the back half of the 2nd had the home side enjoying a 2-0 lead. A shot advantage throughout for Manchester paved the way for a 3rd goal not long before time expired to front a Clemente shutout and Manchester’s security on the available table points.
“Where we really missed our opportunities was in the first period, where we think we would have been good value for the lead at that point,” explained Assistant Coach Milos Melicherik.
“We started off really well and had some good opportunities to get in front but we didn’t take advantage. In the 2nd, Manchester made a couple of powerplays count, and then they played very well defensively from there.”
“When they did make a mistake, which was not all that often, their netminder was right there to steal it back and we just couldn’t cut into the lead. We can’t do anything about that game now, but we can move on and try to look ahead to Sheffield tomorrow night.”
“The Steelers have handed it to us pretty good on both occasions we have shared ice, and we definitely want to put in a good showing at home against them on Sunday. We will do our best to be ready to play a strong game that puts us in contention throughout the night.”