Ian McNulty had a pair of Flames goals that had them in the lead, but a late Devils goal and another just over 4 minutes into overtime by Trevor Cox secured the 2nd Cup table point for the visitors from Cardiff.
It took Devils just 37 seconds to open when Cox tapped one in. After failing to pull even on a 9th minute powerplay despite enormous pressure and several high grade chances, Flames did bring it level not long after it expired thanks to McNulty, and the knotted score held up through the end of the frame.
A successful Flames penalty kill early in the 2nd kept the score as it was and then a Flames powerplay took just 10 seconds to put the home team in front with another McNulty strike, this one at 32:53 ahead of another successful penalty kill that closed out the session.
Less than 9 minutes from time in the 3rd, a Flames outnumbered situation backfired when Devils stole and transitioned in reverse with their own significant numbers advantage. The resulting one time blast by Brodie Reid eventually forced overtime where Cox won it.
“That’s a tough way to lose a game that was ours to win as much as it was theirs,” admitted Paul Dixon, “but I couldn’t be more proud of the way we played.”
“We played well all game and really I couldn’t ask for a lot more from everyone. Obviously, we were in really good shape up 2-1 and still getting some good chances to extend, but they were able to get that next one before we could put it away.”
“What we can’t to is lump our overall effort along with the score because it was a game where we did as much as they did to get a win, but it just fell the wrong way and we move on to Saturday in Dundee.”