Photo of Flames forward Brett Ferguson taking a crack at the Manchester net guarded by Jason Bacashihua.  Photo by John Uwins.

A 3-goal burst in the opening 7 minutes set Flames to a lead they would not let go the rest of the way during a 4-2 win over Manchester Storm to secure 5th place in the league table and set up a Playoff quarter final encounter next weekend against Nottingham Panthers.

Less than 2 minutes in, Levi Cable started the Flames count and not long after that Owen Griffiths had the home team up by a pair.  During a 7th minute powerplay, Jamal Watson made it a 3-goal lead that held up through the frame and was still on the board when the 3rd period began.

In the final set, Storm mounted a partial comeback thanks to an early marker by Frankie Melton and another by Jared Vanwormer a little more than 8 minutes from close, but they were unable to close the gap further before time ran out. 

Flames home leg of the playoff quarter final to be announced shortly and tickets will be on sale Monday.

“We have been on a good run lately, so it is a nice payoff to have secured a top half league position with 5th place,” said Paul Dixon.

“Tonight, we were able to jump on Manchester early and certainly that makes the game a lot easier to play.  We want to find a way to use our latest string of results as a confidence foundation for a huge weekend ahead with a 2-leg quarter final against Nottingham Panthers.”

“They are a very good team, and it is a big ask to try and figure a way through them to get to the final 4, but it is a challenge we are looking forward to and we can’t wait to get started.”   

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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