Flames win 4-1 over Coventry Blaze
The Flames got a big 1st period from Chris Carrozzi then scored 3 times over the opening 9 minutes of the final Stanza to break open a 1-1 tie to take home a 4-1 win over the visiting Coventry Blaze. After a scoreless opening frame, Ben Davies kicked off the goal count a little under 3 minutes into the 2nd, but a 2 on 1 conversion by Marc-Olivier Vallerand just at the end of a Blaze penalty kill levelled it at a goal each around the halfway mark, and that remained on the clock at the close of 40 minutes. 98 seconds into the 3rd, Ben Campbell finished an outside drive with a feed to a trailing Brett Ferguson who buried what became the winner. At 48:01 Spectrum’s men finished another zone entry with a goal, this time Jesse Craige wiring a high wrister to extend the lead to a pair and a little over a minute after that Rhett Rachinski banged a long rebound into a gaping cage to finish the scoring and guarantee the win.
“The key part of the game was the first period where we escaped without giving up any goals when Coventry had the best part of possession, the best of the chances, and could have easily been in front at the break,” admitted Head Coach Paul Dixon.
“Chris was there every time in that opening period so we didn’t ever have to play from behind, and that really put us in a position to turn it around a bit and bring a bit more pressure later in the game.”
“We got better the deeper we went into the night, and we finally found a way to break through with some well-timed scoring in the 3rd.”
“It was a big win in the conference, and now we need to turn the page this week to look ahead to next weekend’s visit to Milton Keynes and then at Coventry.”