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Double Scottish win for Flames

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Double Scottish win for Flames

Published at 9:43am 18th December 2017. (Updated at 9:48am 18th December 2017)

 It was a double win for the Flames in two away games this weekend...

They beat Braehead 5-3 on Saturday (16th December) - followed by another victory against Edinburgh yesterday, 7-2, (17th December).

Braehead Clan match report:

Ian Watters had a powerplay goal and a shorthanded goal, including the latter that kicked off 4 unanswered 3rd period strikes to erase a 3-1 deficit and start the run at a 5-3 win at Braehead Clan that was iced by a Geoff Walker empty netter 64 seconds from time. 

Watters opened the Flames account with the man advantage less than 4 minutes into the contest, but the Clan equalised quickly through Ville Hämäläinen and the period ended level at a goal each. 

The Clan took their first lead of the evening with a Mike Embach strike in the 28th minute and Landon Oslanski on a powerplay had the Scottish hosts enjoying a 2 goal cushion to begin the final frame. 

A shorthanded goal by Watters just 31 seconds into the 3rd had the Flames within a goal and Kruise Reddick a couple of minutes later pulled Spectrum’s men back to even terms. The visitors re-claimed the lead at 47:45 when Calle Ackered bagged the powerplay winner ahead of Walker’s pressure relieving counter in the game’s dying minutes. 

Assistant Coach Milos Melicherik said: 

You would have to classify that as ‘stealing one'...

"When you are behind a couple and starting the last period a man short you have not given yourself great odds, and probably normally you are not walking out of there on the good end of the score.”

“We have a group of guys who will not quit, and when we got that goal right away in the 3rd to pull within one it bolstered our belief that we could still win the night, and we kept the pressure on from there.”

“It was a true team effort from the goalie out in first making sure we didn’t fall so far behind that coming back would not be realistic, then actually turning it around and getting a win."

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Edinburgh Capitals match report:

Brennan Yadlowski began the scoring while Liam Stewart and Brett Ferguson each had a pair of goals as the Flames put the finishing touches on a perfect Scottish doubleheader weekend with a 7-2 win at Edinburgh Capitals to follow up Saturday’s success at Braehead. 

Yadlowski had the Flames in a lead during an 11th minute powerplay and Geoff Walker sent them to the break ahead by two when he cashed in another man power advantage at 14:57. 

Stewart scored back to back on each side of the midway mark to set up a 4-0 lead but a Dylan Anderson powerplay goal for the Capitals less than 5 minutes from period time pulled the home team within 3 to start the final frame. 

Unfortunately for them, they began the period shorthanded thanks to a Slew Footing Match penalty to Sergei Banashkov and Brett Ferguson made them pay for that one when he re-stored the original lead at 42:24. 

The Capitals went on to kill the remainder of the penalty, including a portion of which had a full length 5 on 3, then got a goal back with a Mike Cazzola marker shortly after returning to full strength. 

The visitors answered quickly with another Ferguson goal, again on the powerplay, at 48:46 and Ian Watters capped off the evening when he scored the 7th just over 2 minutes from time. 

 Head Coach Paul Dixon, said:

“When we were in the British National League we did the Scottish doubleheaders with regularity, but it was not all that often that we collected both wins across the weekend so this is an achievement worth noting.

“We played a good game and we were definitely the stronger team tonight, but more importantly we didn’t let the back half of the doubleheader, which is a tough journey from start to finish, get in the way of the objective.

“We don’t have much time to stop and feel good about ourselves though because we have Cardiff coming to us Wednesday for the Cup quarter final and then we are off to Manchester Friday night. 

"This is just the beginning of a very busy stretch, and it will be exciting to see how the guys are able to handle the overall challenge in front of us over the next couple of weeks.”  

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