An early goal set the Flames in front, but they couldn’t find another in the more than 56 minutes that followed and eventually fell 4-1 at Sheffield Steelers.
Ian Watters got the visitors off to a good start a little over 3 minutes in, but John Armstrong levelled for the home team at 14:41 and that was how the 1st period ended up.
Flames successfully killed a couple of penalties in the first half of the middle frame, but Steelers finally jumped into a lead when Brendan Connolly had the final touch for a 2-1 edge through 40 minutes.
Each team traded penalties early on in the 3rd, but another Flames foul inside the back 10 set up Steelers 3rd of the night on the powerplay when Marc-Olivier Vallerand extended their lead 51:59 and his 2nd of the contest, again with the extra man, in the 57th minute completed the evening’s offence.
“Probably the big takeaway for us is that we took too many penalties,” observed Paul Dixon. “That is a good hockey team and they don’t need any help from us and when you spend what is the equivalent of a whole period shorthanded it is hard to imagine another outcome other than defeat.”
“We are back at it tomorrow night when Fife drop in at Spectrum and the best way we can tuck this one behind us is to make some adjustments and come out with success at home.”
“That is our objective obviously, and I know this team will be ready to have a strong effort to try and close the weekend better than it started.”