A 2-2 draw through regulation helped the Flames to a table point, but the Flyers had the only goals in tiebreaking penalties thanks to Mike Cazzola and Danick Gauthier strikes that helped with the extra table credit and a 3-2 win.
Just 27 seconds into the evening, Evan Ritt had the Flames on the board and that slim difference remained on the clock through the end of the frame.
An early 2nd period Flames penalty was put to good use by the Flyers who levelled it at 22:16 with a Brett Bulmer strike, but the visitors edged in front again a little over 3 minutes later on a powerplay of their own through Jamie Crooks, and they nursed the lead into the final frame.
The Flames advantage held firm until shortly into the last half of the 3rd when Marcus Basara, on a powerplay, pulled Flyers level at a pair each. A bit more powerplay work for both sides as time wound down resulted in no further scoring and the stalemate went to overtime, then eventually penalties to decide the evening where Flyers secured the decision.
“The good news is that the point clinches a playoff spot so that is agenda item number 1 out of the way despite the disappointment of falling short tonight,” said Paul Dixon.
“To be honest, it is actually hard to believe that we went through 6 games with Fife and came out with a loss on each occasion. We are very closely matched teams and just on probability alone one would expect a bit of luck here and there to help even out the results a bit.”
“That is not the way it went for us, so now we have to set our sights on getting back home Sunday for our 3rd in 3 nights. It is not going to be easy to get a result against Coventry Blaze but we are going to need to figure out a way to be ready for just that task.”