After more than 45 minutes of scoreless hockey, the Fife Flyers bagged a pair, then added an empty netter to follow up the Flames late deficit cutting single during a 3-1 defeat of the travelling Surrey side.
A 14-10 shot advantage for the visitors in the opening frame did not translate to any measurable gain on the scoreboard as both Travis Fullerton for the Flames and Shane Owen for the Flyers backed their teams to the break with the score exactly as it was when the evening began.
In the middle period, the shots were a little tighter; slightly in favour of the home team, but the closest thing to scoring was a washed out Flames shorthanded marker and a cancelled powerplay strike which closed 40 minutes still with zeros on the board.
The Flyers finally cracked their goose egg just over 5 minutes into the 3rd when Paul Crowder nudged them into the lead and Bari McKenzie added the insurance at 51:58. Ian Watters pulled the Flames within a single at 55:48, but a Brett Bulmer goal into the vacated cage just over a minute out anchored the final result.
“Obviously that is not an ideal way to start a road doubleheader,” admitted Paul Dixon.
“We had some chances and could have been in front, but we didn’t get the breaks we needed to take a lead and then when you are leaving it to the last 15 minutes or so, it doesn’t take much to put you in a really bad spot.”
“We don’t have a lot of time to feel sorry for ourselves, so we have to get on the road, get some food and find a way to be ready to go for an early start tomorrow at Nottingham to see if we can pick up table points before heading home.”