A couple of early Flames goals put them in an aggregate lead that would be more than enough to advance to the Cup semi final round after a 3-2 leg 2 win on home ice over Fife Flyers that secures a 6-3 score across the 2 game set.
Late 1st period goals by Steven McParland and Ryan Tait extended Flames aggregate lead to 5-1, closing the opening set with a 2-0 lead on the night.
At the 33 minute mark, Austin Glover made it a 3 goal spread, but Kyle Osterberg’s reply for Fife at 34:15 pulled one back and the 3-1 game score meant Flames enjoyed a 6-2 series combined count through 40 minutes.
In the 3rd, Flyers had the only marker when Vitalijs Pavlovs was on target inside the last 10 minutes on the powerplay, but it was a cosmetic adjustment to the game score and the overall aggregate final.
“We are obviously pretty happy with the 2 games we played, getting a win in each of them and putting ourselves into the next round,” said Paul Dixon.
“Last season we did not have a good opener in the Cup semi final and we all remember that and really wanted to be in it again to get another crack.”
“We have to quickly get back to focus on league action coming up with Nottingham this weekend, but the Cup means a lot to us and we are looking forward to being in with the last 4 teams in that competition.”