Flames picked up a road table point, and led or were tied all through regulation, but in the end the Sheffield Steelers powerplay unit grabbed the extra point when they netted the winner at 62:08.
Flames got off to a quick start with Brett Ferguson connecting 86 seconds in and Levi Cable adding another at 4:48. Unfortunately for Flames, Steelers hit back just 43 seconds later through Marc-Olivier Vallerand then knotted it with a 12th minute Robert Dowd goal.
Just like the 1st, exactly 86 seconds after re-start, Jamal Watson put Flames back in front. They managed nearly the rest of the period with a lead, but just 3 seconds from the 40 minute mark, Vallerand’s 2nd of the contest sent the club’s to break with a 50/50 split of the 6 goal count ahead of a scoreless 3rd.
In overtime a Flames tripping minor to Brett Ferguson 36 seconds in put Steelers powerplay to work 4 on 3, where Vojtěch Polák secured the winner.
“The 2 things we focus on from this game is that we played very well, and that we picked up a point for the first time in quite a stretch, so all in all on the road against the league leaders, that is an outcome we’ll take for now,” offered Paul Dixon.
“It is disappointing that we got off to such a great start scoring a couple of early ones for a lead and didn’t take it to a win, but again, overall a lot we can be happy with especially the table point.”
“We have to switch gears a bit now for a Cup quarter final game at Panthers on Tuesday, but if we can keep up the effort we got today, there is no reason why we can’t come out of there in a good position ahead of leg 2.”
“We are looking forward to it, and we will be ready on Tuesday.”