A crazy 7 goal opening period saw the Flames fall behind by a pair before Ian McNulty had 2 of his Hat Trick goals on either side of Turner Ripplinger’s first as a pro to capture a lead they would not give up during a 7-3 win over the visiting Dundee Stars.
Just over 2 and a half minutes in, Alexandre Ranger had Stars in a lead. Ian Watters replied 17 seconds later. A Stars powerplay goal at 6:59 re-stored their early advantage and Sebastian Bengston put them in front by a pair at 10:54, but 3 straight Flames replies had the home team ahead by the break. At 13:31 McNulty cut the deficit and Ripplinger’s first with the club 18 seconds later squared it. Just 32 seconds from period time McNulty’s 2nd of the contest had his team ahead for the first time.
Flames added to their lead at the 29 minute mark through Levi Cable, and the scoring stalled until the last 64 seconds of the night when McNulty completed his 3 goal evening into an empty net before Jordan Cownie scored the 7th past a once again guarded cage 31 seconds from the end.
“It was certainly an ugly start to the evening, not just getting behind but some very sloppy play,” explained Head Coach Paul Dixon.
“That was a tough spot to put ourselves in but credit to the guys for not falling apart, and putting that behind them because they were able to shrug it off and go right back at Dundee to drag us back into the game.”
“We certainly were not perfect from there but much improved, and Kevin made some key saves in the 3rd to help us hold onto to what felt like a slim 2 goal lead for most of that time before the last couple that put it away for us.”