Flames shutout Lightning
Chris Carrozzi had a shutout and Calle Ackered scored the only goal the Flames would need late in the 3rd period as the Flames grabbed a 1-0 win at Milton Keynes Lightning.
A 15-8 shot advantage in the opening frame created several good scoring chances for the Flames, but despite the best share of the pressure, the pair of teams skated through a scoreless 20 minutes.
In the middle set, aside from both teams successfully disposing of a single shorthanded occasion each, there was again nothing of scoresheet significance, so it left a winner take all 3rd.
A little over 8 minutes from time the breakthrough finally arrived when Calle Ackered one timed a John Dunbar cross ice feed to take a 1-0 Flames lead. Inside the final 2 minutes, Lightning pulled their netminder in favour of an extra skater, but the Flames held firm under pressure to hang on for the win.
“It is always good to get a win, but in a game like that where it is so tight you tend to feel fortunate to be the team who managed to get the one that was needed,” admitted Paul Dixon.
“There is no question I felt we had the better of the territorial play for most of the night, and we did win the shot count, but again scoring is not always in line with what should happen based on those measures of a game.”
“We feel good about that, and now we have to find a way to come home on Thursday and try to back it up with some success on Spectrum ice.”