After falling behind by 4 goals, and down 3 less than 2 minutes from time, the Flames scored 3 times in 33 seconds, including the completion of an Ian Watters Hat Trick to force overtime before TJ Foster completed the amazing final stretch and a Flames 6-5 win at Coventry Blaze.
The opening set was inside the last 3 minutes before Blaze popped a couple of goals to head to break up by a pair. Shawn Pauly kicked off the scoring with a powerplay goal at 17:36 and Tim Crowder doubled their lead 59 seconds from period close.
Blaze strikes by Jake Hansen, shorthanded, and Ben Lake a little more than a minute apart early in the 2nd had them in command at 4-0, but powerplay replies by John Dunbar and Watters just ahead of and just behind the halfway mark had the visiting team just 2 goals off the pace to start the 3rd.
A little less than 8 minutes into the final frame, Lake’s 2nd of the contest looked like the game was out of reach, but Watters 2nd powerplay goal of the evening less than 2 minutes out began the unlikely reply. Calle Ackered added another just 16 seconds after that before Watters registered his 3rd of the night, also with an extra man, with a minute and 10 on the clock. In the extra frame, Foster bagged the winner at 63:21 to complete the Hollywood ending and the capture of both points.
“Well, I doubt anyone saw that one coming as time was ticking away and looking at a 3 goal deficit,” admitted Head Coach Paul Dixon.
“I always say we have a group of believers in our room and they will never just roll over, but this was an unbelievable outcome of the attitude this group always takes.”
“If we could do it on purpose we would have headed into the last couple of minutes already up by 3 or 4, but I do have to credit them for perseverance and keeping faith in each other right to the end to allow some extremely good fortune to come our way.”
“Even tying the game and guaranteeing at least a point would have felt like we rescued the weekend, but going home with a win compared to what would normally be the outcome of that situation certainly puts us in a good frame of mind heading to Cardiff on Wednesday night.”