The Flames bagged a couple of goals in each period and Chris Carrozzi made 31 saves as the Flames completed back to back wins with a 6-3 home ice success over the visiting Milton Keynes Lightning.
At 5:32, on the tail end of back to back powerplays, John Dunbar counted the opener for the Flames when his pass effort was re-directed into the net by a Lightning skater. Late in the frame, it was the visitor’s turn with the extra man, and they moved the puck quickly before finding Robbie Baillargeon in front and he sniped a high shot past Carrozzi to level it at a goal each. Ian Watters, however, ensured the Flames would lead through 20 minutes when he tipped in a Dunbar feed at 18:10.
Just before the game’s midway mark, a giveaway by Lightning netminder Patrick Killeen went to TJ Foster whose shot on the empty net hit the bar, but Brett Ferguson was on top of the rebound and he pushed it over the line for a 3-1 lead. A little over a minute later, Jamie Crooks extended the difference to 3 when his high shot counted the Flames 4th, but Andreas Valdix cut the deficit back to a pair when he tapped home a reply at 30:49.
A couple of shifts into the final set, a Crooks quick release from prime shooting position re-stored the 3 goal spread, but a 48th minute powerplay, and Baillargeon’s 2nd of the evening, had Lightning within a pair once again. Unfortunately for the travellers, the night would belong to the home team and a final strike by Evan Janssen with 4 minutes remaining closed the lid on the Flames win.
“The big difference compared to the night before was simply scoring output,” concluded Paul Dixon.
“For the 2nd night in a row I think we were the better team, and with dominant territorial play and shot count we converted a lot more to get a more comfortable win.”
“These were a couple of really important wins, and now we need to find a way to get some rest ahead of Sunday’s visit by Cardiff Devils.”