With a 46-19 shot advantage and territorial advantage throughout the evening, Flames could only find a way through for a single while the visiting Glasgow Clan made the most of limited offensive zone time to collect a 3-1 win on Spectrum ice.
Against a 17-6 shot differential, Clan had the only goal of the opening frame when Nolan Laporte connected on the powerplay at 17:37.
In the back had of the middle set, Flames had extended powerplay time to help them to a 15-5 shot count, including nearly a minute of 5 on 3, but couldn’t draw level before they were forced to kill a late period penalty of their own to ensure they went to the 3rd only a goal off the pace.
At 45:54, they finally square it off the stick of Ian Watters, but with fewer than 8 minutes remaining a kneeing major to Mac Howlett put Clan on the powerplay for a 5 minute run. Flames managed to kill 4 minutes and 22 seconds before Clan finally broke through with the winner by Tim Shoup and Mathieu Roy added insurance shortly thereafter to guarantee the visitor’s win.
“There is not all that much to say when you think you played a very good game, totally dominated puck time and play in their end, way ahead on the shot count, and end up only scoring once,” said Paul Dixon.
“Our only flaw was special teams where we couldn’t score on some great powerplay opportunities and whilst we did an excellent job on that last long penalty kill, we couldn’t dispose of the last 40 seconds or so to get back to even skaters and go down the final stretch still level.”
“Guys are going to have to deal with going away tonight very frustrated. There’s no question they should be going home on a win but they are going to have to process an outcome that doesn’t at all reflect what went on for 60 minutes.”
“We are back on the ice Monday for training and 3 games next week starting Tuesday at home and we need to find a way to convert games to wins when they are games we should be winning.”