Flames take 3-1 home win over Cardiff Devils
3 Flames goals in the 3rd period, including a late empty netter, lifted Spectrum’s men to a 3-1 home ice win over the visiting Cardiff Devils.
In the 1st period the teams traded a couple of minor penalties each but it remained scoreless through the opening 20 minute run.
In the middle set, again some good saves at both ends of the ice kept the game scoreless between Travis Fullerton and Ben Bowns sharing a nearly exact even split of a combined 33 shots, with a late Corbin Baldwin-Blair Riley fight being the most distinguishable part of the gamesheet record to that point.
22 seconds into the 3rd, the Flames finally cracked the scoring code just at the end of a powerplay when Ian Watters at the side of the net stuffed in the loose puck. Just as their own powerplay expired, Devils knotted it at a goal each when a ricochet off the pad of Masi Marjamaki found the net 47:43, but a quick reply, just 44 seconds later, by TJ Foster has the home team back in the lead. Inside the final 2 minutes, with their net empty and using an extra skater, Devils took a penalty, eventually trying to kill it 5 on 5 when Jesse Craige found the vacated 6’ x ‘4 space to secure the win.
“We are delighted, of course, to have come out of there with a league win to close out the weekend,” were the words of Head Coach Paul Dixon.
“It was a very tightly played game with two good goaltenders and very limited opportunities for anyone to put up any offence. It is one of those games where you have to keep trying to press and just hope one finally goes in and that is what happened. Then when they tied it, we were immediately able to convert a turnover into a difference making goal.”
“When we had to defend we did that well, and we are pleased to get enough scoring to make a pretty good effort count for a couple of table points.”
Photo of Flames defenceman Steve Lee trying to help out with the offence at the Devils net during Sunday’s game. Photo courtesy John Uwins.