After falling behind late in the 2nd, Flames rallied immediately with a pair of quick replies including the first of a hat trick on the night for Peter Crinella as Spectrum’s men recorded a 5-2 win at Dundee Stars.
The visitors had the only goal of the opening frame thanks to Logan Fredericks in the 13th minute and they held that edge through the end of the set.
It took just 60 seconds of the 2nd for Dundee to level when former Flame Johan Eriksson was on target to make it a goal each. They went ahead at 35:42 off the stick of Drydn Dow, but a pair of Flames replies 58 seconds apart by Crinella and Daniel Tedesco immediately after the Stars go ahead put Flames up 3-2 to begin the 3rd.
Crinella’s 2nd offered a bit of breathing space less than 3 minutes from time and then with Stars using an extra skater to try and reel the game back in, Crinella added another into the gaping cage to close out the result.
Flames netminder Taz Burman turned away 27 of 29 shots against Brython Preece in the Stars net who stopped 33 of 38.
“I thought we were pretty good value for the win other than a stretch in the 2nd period when maybe we got off our game a bit,” explained Paul Dixon.
“It is a long journey and you do not want to head home empty handed so credit to the guys for hanging in there and finding a way to get the desperately needed points.”
“Now we have to get home and get ready for Sheffield Steelers in yet another high stakes game, and hopefully we will be on form to give ourselves a chance at success.”