John Dunbar popped the pressure valve on Spectrum with an empty net goal in the 59th minute to help secure a 4-2 home ice win over the visiting Fife Flyers.
Flames opened the scoring at 8:15 with a Jamie Crooks blast, but Flyers squared it about 4 minutes from period close through Sam Jones.
The end of the frame put the Flames to a 5 on 3 powerplay for the early part of the 2nd, and Calle Ackered took advantage for a 2-1 Flames lead. A Chase Schaber goal with an extra skater at 28:47 knotted it at 2 each, but a Kruise Reddick one time bullet at 34:27 made good on a Dunbar feed to edge into a 3-2 lead to close the 2nd.
A couple of Flyers penalties in the first half of the 3rd were a chance to build a bigger lead, but Spectrum’s men couldn’t do so. A late Flyers powerplay had them in a position to pull even but that opportunity slipped away also before they were forced into a 6 skater set late to set the empty netter stage.
Travis Fullerton made 27 saves and Adam Morrison stopped 32.
“It was certainly a relief for all of us when that empty net goal slid over the line,” admitted Head Coach Paul Dixon. “It has been a tough little stretch with a few injuries and a short bench and we have not had the results we wanted.”
“The guys really came through with a character performance and we are really happy to be starting a new training week on the back of a win.”