With Flames trailing heading to the final period, unanswered goals by Calle Ackered, Joshua Waller, and Jamie Crooks all but ensured the win before empty netters by Ian Watters and Erik Lindhagen guaranteed the 6-2 success over the visiting Nottingham Panthers.
Panthers had the only goal of the opening frame thanks to a Mark Matheson strike at 10:33.
It took until over the halfway mark for Spectrum’s men to level and that was off the stick of TJ Foster, but just 25 seconds from period time Samuel Herr wired one past Travis Fullerton to help them to the next break again ahead by a single.
Back to Back Panthers penalties in the 3rd put the Flames powerplay to work for an extended stretch and on the 2nd of the infractions an Ackered one time bullet put the home team back on even terms. 51 seconds later Waller capped an end to end rush with a high laser that put the Flames in front for good. Shortly after killing an ensuing penalty, and a little over 2 minutes from time, Crooks cruised through mid ice then fired near the top of the circles to create a bit of insurance ahead of Watters and Lindhagen deposits into the vacated cage as time wound down.
“It was great to see that kind of offensive output in the 3rd period when we were getting desperate for some scoring, but I thought we probably should have already been in front by that stage,” offered Head Coach Paul Dixon.
“We had chances earlier in the game, but also had a lot of play early in the 3rd and just couldn’t seem to connect until we finally did.”
“That is a huge win for us. Scoring has not been easy for us over the first month of the season. Hopefully we can take a lot of confidence from a game like tonight where we had to have faith in the process and wait for it to show on the scoreboard.”