Cam Braes scored in the 47th minute to put the Flames ahead for good then a Calle Ackered follow up and John Dunbar’s 2nd of the night into an empty net lifted the Flames to a 4-1 home win over Manchester Storm.
Each team tried out the powerplay in the opening frame and the Flames held a 13-8 shot advantage but neither side could punch one over the line thanks to Storm’s Matt Ginn and Travis Fullerton at the Flames end holding off all attackers through 20 minutes.
The clean sheet ended in quick succession for both sides when Dunbar pushed the home team in front at 24:30 during a delayed penalty, but Adam Hughesman replied just 81 seconds later to square it at a goal each which stood on the clock at the close of the 2nd.
At 46:04 Braes netted the winner then a 53rd minute Ackered strike put up the insurance and Dunbar’s deposit into a vacated cage a little over a minute from time closed out the win. Fullerton made 18 saves while Ginn was good on 24 of 27 pucks sent his way.
“We are truly delighted to have picked up the win and the 2 points,” said Paul Dixon.
“I thought we did a good job of staying patient against a team that really made it difficult for us, and in the 3rd period getting pucks and traffic to the net to finally get some of them to take.”
“Last time they were here we didn’t have a night that we could be pleased with, and I thought we did a much better job this time around of making sure we could leave the rink happy with not only a win but the things we did to make it happen.”