A powerplay goal less than a minute into the 3rd was the winner and then the Flames added another about halfway through before capping it off with an empty netter a little more than 2 minutes from close for a 5-2 Cup win over the visiting Milton Keynes Lightning.
Just 45 seconds into the evening Michael Fine floated one to the net that eluded Chris Carrozzi for a Lightning lead. The Flames replied on a powerplay when Kevin King one timed a TJ Foster feed to bring it level. Seconds after the re-start faceoff another Lightning goal through Andreas Valdix nudged them ahead again but a couple of minutes later Ian Watters fired one under the bar to square it.
On top of a 14-6 shot advantage in the opening frame, the Flames added a 19-9 difference in the 2nd, but not a goal for them or the visitors across that 20 minute stretch and the pair of contenders, as they did 24 hours earlier, went to the last all tied up.
That changed 53 seconds into the 3rd, at the tail end of a powerplay, when Calle Ackered had the Flames in their first lead of the contest then just beyond the back half of the frame, Ben Davies doubled the gap when he shovelled in Evan Ritt’s perfect set up. At 57:37, Lighting had their net empty looking for some extra pressure, but with full possession, the home team got the puck to Jez Lundin who hammered home the final goal in the win.
“On Sunday, I thought we were a little unlucky to be just tied at 2 after a period,” said Paul Dixon.
“We unquestionably had the better chances and a sizeable shot differential that carried on from there for much of the rest of the night.”
“On Saturday we had trouble getting that breakthrough, despite similar territorial advantages, but tonight we were able to get it early in the 3rd, and then we were able to run with it from there.”
“We had a solid weekend against a team who works exceptionally hard so we are pleased to enter a full training week on the back of a couple of wins, looking ahead to a new slate of games on the horizon.”