Ian Watters had the first and last goals, while Robert Lachowicz and John Dunbar had singles in between, as the Flames built a 3-0 lead and went on to a 4-2 win over the visiting Glasgow Clan.
With a little over 6 minutes on the 1st period clock, Flames went in front when Watters put one away from in close and his effort survived video review to remain on the board. 87 seconds from period time, Flames ensured they would go to break 2 goals to the good thanks to a Lachowicz deflection off a Jake Bolton shot.
Just under 5 minutes into the middle frame, Dunbar had Flames in a 3 goal lead, but a late reply by Colton Yellow Horn brought Clan within a pair to start the 3rd.
Seconds after killing a Flames early period powerplay, Clan were within a single thanks to Guillaume Gauthier, but about halfway through the set, Ian Watters restored the 2 goal difference that would stand as the final tally.
“I thought we played well, forechecked well and had a lot of possession to be able to get enough chances to win,” said Paul Dixon. “We have played a lot of good games recently and we were able to carry that into tonight.”
“Having said that, we do need to recognize the challenging situation to Clan. The normal travel issue for the long journey is always there when North plays South at either end of the map, but they also have the added weight of really just starting now. By that measure, they are coming into games well behind other teams in terms of game action, so when we account for that we realize how well they have done to already be in with some points, and how much improvement we are going to see from them in games to come.”
“We are glad to have taken the game tonight from them, but we a very happy to see Clan finally back in action and can’t wait to see how we get on with them as we progress through the season.”