Loss Ends Great Stand
It couldn't last forever.
Roman Turek's improbable run as the feel
good story of Stampede City had to come to an end sometime.
And it did, a mere minutes short of the
franchise record for consecutive shut out minutes set by Fred Brathwaite
just last season.
A record may be lost, but fan admiration
was surely not as Roman Turek turned in another solid effort in closing
off the Flames three game homestand to start the season on the right
That's right ... an October start not attached
to the ritual doom and gloom normally associated with the Halloween
An overtime loss to the Coyotes on the
night gives the Flames a 2-0-0-1 record to start the season; five points
in three home games.
Five on five the game was a scoreless
tie, with all the damage done on with the man advantage.
The Flames opened the scoring in the
first period when Dean McAmmond notched his first as a Flame on the
powerplay. Scott Nichol with his first point in uniform of his home town
team, and Toni Lydman added assists.
The Coyotes tied the affair in the second
period when the pint sized Danielle Breire evened McAmmond's powerplay
goal with a man advanted strike of his own.
The goal came six and a half minutes into
the second period ending Roman Turek's Calgary shut out string at
146:37, just shy of a Flames' record.
The third period was scoreless before
Teppo Numminen notched an additional powerplay goal, just 28
seconds into the overtime period.
The loss was surely disappointing to the
Flames having out shot the Coyotes 12-7 in the third but coming up
empty, but the season opening homestand was a great success nonetheless.