Flames take 2-0 win over Clan

A powerplay goal in the 1st and 2nd periods helped the Flames establish a 2-0 lead that was a little more than enough thanks to a Travis Fullerton home debut 43 save shutout, including 22 in the final stanza, to close the evening on the same tally. 

 
What looked like an early period powerplay goal for Spectrum’s men was rescinded after video review but they made up for it seconds into their next man advantage.  Jesse Craige and Calle Ackered played catch near the blueline before the latter one time blasted the return feed for a 1-0 edge less than 5 minutes from period time. 
 
Like the opening frame, there was only a single goal in the 2nd, and the Flames used it to double their lead when Craige, on another powerplay in the 27th minute, dragged the puck to the middle before wiring it home for a difference that was on the clock to start the 3rd
 
Early in the final session, back to back minor penalties to Kevin King and Ian Watters, had the Flames defending with 2 men down for well over a minute, but they were able to keep Clan at Bay and hold the 2 goal lead into the back half of the frame.  Another Flames penalty kill went the way of the ‘bend but don’t break’ route when Clan had several good opportunities to cut the deficit but Fullerton was there for it all to help his side nail down the win.   
 
“We had yet to close a weekend on all 4 points this season, so it is great for us to come out of this with a pair of wins,” explained Paul Dixon. 
 
“I thought we were definitely value for the lead in the first period, but Clan definitely picked up their pace in the 2nd. We got an important goal but that period could have gone either way.”
 
“In the 3rd, penalties put us on the back foot and there is no question Clan really threw everything at us, but Travis was there to make sure we still got out with the points.”
 
“We are feeling pretty good right now, and there is a possibility Brett Ferguson will be joining us this week so hopefully we can have a good week of training and make the most of a couple of home games next weekend against Cardiff and Nottingham.”
 
Photo attached of Travis Fullerton Sunday night. The Canadian netminder turned aside all 43 shots.  Photo by John Uwins.  
 

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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