Travis Fullerton made 29 saves and the Flames scored just enough on home ice to collect a 2-1 Cup win over Cardiff Devils.
A Flames powerplay in the 7th minute struck first when Jordan Rowley set up a Jamie Crooks bullet from the top of the circle for the lead. Devils hit back on a powerplay of their own at 17:22 with a Mike McNamee strike and the teams went to break level at a goal each.
In the middle frame, a delayed penalty to Devils put the Flames 6 skaters to 5 where Griffiths bagged the winner at 36:02 then a scoreless 3rd helped the home team claim the win and top spot in the Cup group.
“Firstly, obviously we are thrilled with the result to stay in the top of the Challenge Cup group,” confirmed Head Coach Paul Dixon.
“Travis played an outstanding game and when we were under a great deal of pressure we were able hold strong against a really good team and do a lot of little things to limit what they were able to do in our end.”
“We will play them again tomorrow night and obviously after a loss they are going to be fired up to play us again at home and we are going to need to be ready.”
“For Kruise, he got hit in the ear with a puck and he actually was going to come back in, but we made a decision to ensure he was going to get attention to see where we are at. The full force of the shot hit him in the head, and it is better to be safe with that kind of thing than to let him decide to go back out there. We don’t have an update yet, but we were glad to see him get up and off under his own power and that makes us hopeful that it will be relatively short term.”