Ian Watters had a 4 goal night and the Flames scored 6 unanswered in the final 2 periods on the way to an 8-2 Cup win at Milton Keynes Lightning.
The Canadian forward opened the Flames account 77 seconds after faceoff, but Tim Wallace replied for Milton Keynes before the frame hit the halfway mark. Kruise Reddick had the visitors back in front with a 14th minute goal, but a Lightning answer on the powerplay through Clay Anderson just 12 seconds from period time took the teams to break level at 2 apiece.
Watters’ 2nd of the contest less than 5 minutes into the middle set put the Flames in front for good. 3 goals in less than 3 minutes had Surrey’s men in command from just beyond the game’s midway mark. Evan Ritt made it a 2 goal difference at 30:23. Reddick’s 2nd on a powerplay at 12:35 and a follow up by Evan Janssen at 13:03 had the Flames holding a 6-2 margin through 40 minutes.
Watters completed his hat trick a little over 5 minutes into the 3rd then added the 4th a couple of minutes later to complete the result.
“We played a very, very solid 60 minutes tonight,” said Head Coach Paul Dixon.
“We had good control of the game and, with MK working with a short bench because of injuries, we were able to use our speed and wear them down more than might normally be possible.”
“We are very happy to have secured a couple of Cup points away from home, particularly in light of the style of game we played and the effort we got from the entire group.”