Flames blunt Steelers to book passage into semi-finals. 21st december 2018
21st December 2018
Guildford Flames progressed to the semi-final stage of the Challenge Cup, after completing a 5-4 second leg victory and a 9-8 aggregate score against the visiting Sheffield Steelers on Wednesday.
In front of a crowd of over 1,900, Steelers drew first blood when Ben O’Connor scored after five minutes. Flames responded at 8.37 with a John Dunbar unassisted strike. 36 seconds later Robert Dowd restored the Steelers advantage before a Calle Ackered slap shot trickled over the line after an error from Matt Climmie on 10.05.
Another Steelers mistake let in Kruise Reddick at 15.47 to give the home side a narrow one goal lead at the end of the opening period.
Jamie Crook netted at 28.39 to give Flames a two goal advantage on aggregate. Steelers then hit back with a Tanner Eberle effort on 46.19. Josh Pitt’s strike cannoned of the post before Steelers were shorthanded with Aaron Johnson sitting down for a high sticks minor penalty. Flames took advantage with Jesse Craige fireing past Climmie on 53.53.
Steelers then made sure it would be a frantic finish to the game when Eberle bagged his second goal of the night on 57:14. The visitors pulled Climmie with two minutes to go in the hope of salvaging an equaliser, but Flames defended resolutely and hung on to book their passage into the semi-finals where they will face the Nottingham Panthers in January over two legs.