A regulation shutout at both ends of the rink, Kevin Lindskoug turning aside 41 shots while Rok Stojanovich blocked 32, secured a table point before Sheffield Steelers got the extra thanks to a Daine Todd goal with just 14 seconds remaining in 3 on 3 overtime to take a 1-0 win on Spectrum ice.
A couple of opening period powerplays for the Flames and a 17-11 shot advantage through the 20 minute set made no difference to the score as the teams went on break sharing a scoreless draw.
A new period had the same outcome with each team forced to kill a penalty but again Lindskoug at the home end, with 11 more stops, and his position opposite Stojanovic, with 10, remained perfect on every bit of rubber that came their way.
Anyone who thought the scoring pattern would change in the 3rd was disappointed, but a Flames penalty just 4 seconds from period close set up an interesting start to overtime with Sheffield starting the tiebreaker enjoying a 4 skater to 3 manpower advantage. Flames killed that off to keep their hopes alive, but Todd’s decider seconds from penalties ensured a 3 point weekend would be the Flames consolation outcome.
“We have to look at a 3 point weekend and be reasonably happy with that, but it sure is disappointing to do so many things well for so much of the night, and come away with a loss, despite a point earned,” explained Head Coach Paul Dixon.
“We had a lot of the play tonight, especially in the first 2 periods. We were getting to pucks and created some good chances, but also did a good job of limiting a super talented side when they were on the way into our zone.”
“Sheffield definitely turned the ice a bit for a good long stretch in the 3rd where they got a lot of their best opportunities, then being short to start overtime we never really had a chance to get ourselves set up to create any real threats to ending the game ourselves.”
“With a bit of better luck we definitely worked hard enough to have a better fate, but we’ll take the point and be able to head into training in positive frame of mind as we look ahead to our next challenge.”