Flames take OT Cup win at Coventry Blaze

A late Flames goal forced overtime and a Kruise Reddick winner just 15 seconds into the extra frame set the Flames to a 4-3 Cup win at Coventry Blaze. 

Blaze nudged in front on a powerplay at 9:45 with a Charles Corcoran strike and that counted the only goal across the first 20 minutes. 

A little under 4 minutes into the middle set, John Dunbar intercepted a Blaze clearing attempt then a short connect to Reddick allowed him to slip one under Jamie Phillips to bring it level.  Just over the midway mark, on the powerplay, Brett Ferguson put the Flames in front when he took a cross ice TJ Foster feed at the side of the goal, but a couple of minutes later Janne Laakkonen squared it at 2 goals each and a Luke Ferrara powerplay goal 64 seconds from period time gave Blaze a lead through a pair of frames.

Time was on short supply late in the 3rd when the visitors finally brought it even once again thanks to a Calle Ackered strike at 55:11. Under 3 minutes from time Blaze powerplay went to work and a big Flames penalty kill helped secure at least a cup point with a regulation tie before the Reddick decider in the 4th.     

“We played a very solid game pretty much throughout so it feels like a just reward for us to have taken 2 points from the evening,” said Head Coach Paul Dixon.

“Coventry is a very good team so even when you play well against them it is touch and go as far as the outcome but obviously getting a win in their building and taking a step forward in the Cup table is a good night.”

“We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves here though.  We have 2 massive Cup games this weekend and we don’t have time to spend too much time patting ourselves on the back so we get back to the ice Friday to take our last preparation opportunity before back to backs against Cardiff Devils.” 

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