Owen Griffiths had a pair of goals, including the 3rd period winner, and Brett Ferguson iced it with an empty netter seconds from time to secure a 4-2 cup win on home ice over Coventry Blaze.
Just under 8 minutes in John Dunbar stole a puck at the Flames blueline and turned around 2 on 1 where he delivered to Owen Griffiths who tapped in the opener and the Flames held that difference to period close.
Early in the 2nd, Blaze got it back through Charles Corcoran and then a little over halfway Justin Hamonic zipped a wrister past Travis Fullerton to set the visitors in front. Spectrum’s men squared it with less than a minute to play in the frame when Cam Braes buried a perfect Calle Ackered 2 on 1 delivery just after the Flames returned to full strength.
Flames took the lead back at 45:30 when Owen Griffiths took delivery in tight and slipped the puck under Jamie Phillips then late in the game, Blaze playing 6 skaters, Brett Ferguson netted into the vacated net to guarantee the win.
“Let’s start on the positive which was getting the win,” said Paul Dixon. “We need the Cup points to keep pace for a quarter final spot, and well done to the guys for gutting this one out and making that happen.”
“Having said that, we certainly did not have a great night if we look through the 60 minutes. When we tied it late in the 2nd, it was actually flattering to us that we were tied and we were lucky to be in a position where another goal would put us in front.”
“We have had other times when we left the rink thinking we ought to have won and didn’t so maybe this is part of evening out the laundry at the end of the day. We will certainly look where we can improve, but go home happy that despite not having our best night we managed to work our way through to a win.”