Kris Kasjanovs scored the game winner in the final minute of overtime on Pride Night as the Fire welcomed back fans to Ice Arena Wales for the first time in 2022.
On Sunday night Fire celebrated Pride in support of the first EIHA Pride Week as we proudly stand with the LGBTQ+ community. Fire welcomed back fans to the rink for the first time this year and what better way to share the message that hockey is for everyone.
Fire pressed early in the game and finally opened the scoring late in the period when Kris Kasjanovs put the puck in the back of the net at 16:48, but Chelmsford answered back just minutes later when Sam Austin equalised the score at 18:22.
The second and third periods saw chances for both sides to get the go ahead, but after 60 minutes of action the score was tied at one a piece taking the game to overtime. With just 57 seconds left in overtime it was Fire that got the extra goal as Kris Kasjanovs scored the game winner for his second of the night.
Kris Kasjanovs picked up Man of the Match on the night with a brace and Fire claimed the 2 important points in the league.
Netminder James Whiting finished the night with a solid performance stopping 57 of the 58 shots faced for an impressive 98.82% save percentage.
Check out the game highlights presented by Standing Room Only on Radio Cardiff 98.7FM with commentary by Ollie Hampson. Chris O’Brien also caught up with Head Coach Mark Cuddihy following the win.
Video: Charlie Skinner | Photos: James Assinder