An early goal was the only one the Flames could muster while Manchester Storm got the pair they would need to edge it 2-1 on Spectrum ice.
A little over 4 minutes into the evening Ian Watters put Flames in front when he collected a loose puck at the side of the goal and popped it in. Dallas Ehrhardt made sure the team’s were even through the frame when he replied at 9:55.
At 26:02, seconds into a powperplay, Jared Aulin’s conversion, the winner as things turned out, had Storm ahead by a single and they nursed that difference into the final frame.
Flames carried the pressure for most of the last set, and generated a few quality chances, but netminder Matt Ginn was up for them all to ensure their 2 goals would hold up for the win.
“After a win in their building that does not suit our kind of game at all, we were really set on getting out tonight and backing it up with another, but we couldn’t make it happen,” said Head Coach Paul Dixon.
“We had a lot of pressure in the 3rd period, but we have to give Storm credit for doing a masterful job of keeping us mostly to less dangerous shooting spots and when we did get into better opportunities, their netminder stoned us.”
“We don’t have time to think too much about it. We have an off day to get a skate in Friday and then we are back at it Saturday in Sheffield. It is a busy stretch, but we are glad for the chance to immediately be back in action to try and get a win.”