Flames win; close in on Conference title

Jordan Abt and Ian Watters had a couple of goals each, and the Flames scored 5 times against no reply across the opening 40 minutes on their way to their first ever win at Manchester Storm with a 6-1 success that puts the Flames a couple of points away from a first ever Patton conference championship. 


Ian Watters opened the scoring just under 6 minutes in and Abt doubled the lead at 13:22.


Less than a minute after re-start Kevin King made it a 3 goal gap and Watters, just 39 seconds later, added another.  Abt had Spectrum’s men in command 5-0 in the 26th minute.


Early in the 3rd, Ciaran Long got one back, but Brett Ferguson replied to restore the 5 goal difference 8 minutes from time. 


“It’s sure nice to finally get a win in that building,” admitted Paul Dixon. “I doubt our team will ever see that ice surface as particularly complementary to our playing style, but it is important to be able to feel as though you can win anywhere on your night.”


“Manchester was exceptionally short staffed so certainly it was always going to be a tough ask from their standpoint, but we did what we had to in order to have success on the smaller surface.”


“It has been a great week so far with advancing to the cup final, and then this win putting us within reach of a conference title.”


“We have an excited group of guys, but now it is time for us to start focusing on Sunday night and what we hope to do in order to make good on the opportunity that we now have.”


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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