Flames suffer opening league defeat to Panthers at Spectrum. 7th September 2019

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Guildford Flames suffered a 3-1 home loss at the hands of the Nottingham Panthers in their opening game in the Elite League.

Flames opened the scoring at 6.33 after Panthers Adam Deutsch was serving a minor penalty for interference, when Calle Ackered buried a Kruise Reddick pass. Shortly afterwards Guildford found themselves on a 5 on 3 powerplay opportunity but failed to take advantage as the hosts went into the buzzer at the end of the opening period with a slender 1-0 lead.

Early in the second period Nottingham drew level through William Quist. The visitors took the lead for the first time in the game after 31.21 when Jason Desantis netted on the powerplay.

Flames killed of a couple of penalties in the opening half of the third period before Nottingham made the game safe on 47.22 when Jen Jakobs fired past Travis Fullerton to claim all two league points for the Panthers.

The game itself was dominated by both netminders with Fullerton making 30 of 33 saves and Panthers Kevin Carr 31 of 32.

Head Coach Paul Dixon said after the game, “It is a shame we couldn’t have found a way to increase an early lead especially with the stretch of 5 on 3 powerplay because we had a terrific start”. He added, “This is all part of the process of coming together and we have a lot of hockey ahead. It would be preferable to get back to it immediately tomorrow night, but that is not the schedule plan so we will take a couple of days off and hit the training hard again from Tuesday to try and sharpen up for the upcoming Cardiff-Coventry pair of games”.

 

Cam Braes of Guildford Flames. Credit: John Uwins
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