Overtime solved nothing after a 3-3 home tie with Dundee Stars so penalties were the order of the evening where a trio of Stars tiebreakers against a single Flames reply delivered a 4-3 defeat to Surrey’s men.
Across the opening set, neither team could find any scoring success and the 2nd frame began still with a couple of bagels on the board.
Flames got things started shortly into a powerplay at 26:19 when Kruise Reddick had the home team in a 1-0 lead. At 34:36 a Ben Davies steal ended up behind Stars netminder Pontus Sjogren for a 2-goal difference, but a pair of Stars replies inside the period’s last 5 minutes by Matt Marquardt and Brian Hart had things level to start the 3rd.
Shortly into the last session, Evan Ritt found Joshua Waller for an in close shot that didn’t find the spot but Evan Janssen stuffed home the goal line rebound to put Spectrum’s men back in front. The differential remained on the board until the 56th minute when Charles Corcoran levelled it at 3 and sent the evening to Overtime and then penalties.
During tiebreakers Marquardt and Craig Garrigan were resisted by a Jamie Crooks answer but Jordan Kelsall had the final dart to grab a visitor’s win.
“We didn’t have the same kind of game we had Saturday night at Nottingham, and Dundee showed some real character to bounce back from a couple of goals down to knock us over in the end,” said Paul Dixon.
“We would have liked to have made it a top 4 finish. That wasn’t to be, but it has been a successful season and we are looking forward to next weekend when we will need to be at our very best to give ourselves a chance to get to the last 4 of the playoffs.”