In the closing game of a double at Belfast Giants, Flames lost the handle on a 4-1 lead, but persevered in overtime with a John Dunbar goal that helped Spectrum’s men with a 5-4 win over the reigning league champions.
As they did Friday night, Flames jumped out to a lead, this time through Ben Davies who had the lone strike at 12:20 on a powerplay and the visitors went to break up by a single.
Less than 2 minutes into the middle set Jamie Crooks had Flames up a pair and he made it a 3 goal spread in the 28th minute. Shortly after that Curtis Hamilton cut Giants deficit, but a powerplay strike by Ian Watters at 32:20 closed 40 minutes with the visitors back in a 3 goal lead at 4-1.
At 47:05 Jordan Smotherman kicked off the comeback when he brought Giants within a pair. Patrick Mullen made it a single goal difference a couple of minutes after that. Flames held firm to the slim lead until a last minute Brian Ward powerplay goal for Giants forced an extra frame and Dunbar’s chance to secure the extra point.
“I think that might be the first time we have won in this building so, if my memory is correct, that is quite a quite a result for us,” admitted Paul Dixon.
“I don’t think we should be happy that we lost the grip on a very big lead or allowing them to deliver the kind of sustained pressure that they had for the 3rd period which allowed them to get so many opportunities to get back into it.”
“It was great that we were able to stay with it in overtime and eventually get a bounce that allowed us a great opportunity with 2 very skilled players who made sure to make the most of it for a win.”
“Another big night Sunday when we get back home, and we will try put in a 60 minute effort against Sheffield Steelers.”