11th SEPTEMBER 2017
Ian Watters completed a hat trick, with Flames scoring four times in the last period to collect their first ever win in the Elite League, with an 8-4 success over the Cardiff devils at the Spectrum on Sunday.
Watters scored the first of his three goals by opening the scoring at 16:35 with Brennan Yadlowski assisting. A quick reply from Cardiff’s Joey Martin less than a minute later levelled the score. Flames held a narrow advantage when Watters scored with a short handed marker on 18:07. With just over a minute played after the re-start Devils tied the game when drew Paris fired home on 21:09. Near the midway mark Flames nudged ahead once again when John Dunbar converted a Ben Davies pass, but the third time Cardiff hit straight back on the powerplay from Gleason Fournier. With 36:58 on the clock Flames retook the lead with a Rhett Rachinksi power play effort to give Flames a 4-3 lead after two periods. In the third period Flames scored four unanswered goals to put the game out of the visitors reach. Tomas Nechala started the scoring at 41:58, with Watters completing his hat-trick at 47:26. Two minutes later David Lilliestrom Karlsson netted following a 2 on 1 break. Devils pulled a goal back on 51:13 through Paris before a powerplay effort from Carl Ackered sealed Flames first win in the top league. 24 hours earlier in Belfast Flames opened their Elite League campaign with a 6-4 defeat. Despite Mikael Lidhammar scoring Flames first ever goal in the Elite League to give the visitors the opening lead, Guildford suffered a 6-4 loss to Giants.
31st AUGUST 2017
Flames have signed 27-year-old Canadian forward Brett Ferguson. The 6ft native of Vibank, Saskatchewan iced just two games last season in France during Champions League action with Gap, due to injury.
23rd AUGUST 2017
Former GB under 18 and 20 junior Sam Godfrey will fill a 23 and under slot when he spends a fourth season with the Guildford Flames.
The 23-year-old Defenceman had six assists last season in an injury shortened schedule that amounted to 37 League and Play-off games.
16th AUGUST 2017
Mike Will, a veteran of six Elite League campaigns, returns to the Flames as they enter a new era into the top flight of hockey.
The Lewis born netminder iced 1,220 minutes for Flames last season while posting a 2.80 goals against average and a 90.3 save percentage across all competitions. During the play offs, Will had a seven game record of five wins, one loss and one penalty defeat record with a 2.28 goals against average and a 92% save rate in helping Flames to the Final four weekend.
11th AUGUST 2017
Guildford Flames have expanded their roster for the forthcoming season by signing Canadian forward Kruise Reddick.
The 27-yaer-old skater spent last season with HC Vita Hasten in the Swedish Allsvenskan where he had six goals and 19 points in 52 starts.
3rd AUGUST 2017
Guildford Flames have continued their recruitment for the forthcoming season by naming another two additions to the roster.
29-year-old Swedish Forward Mikael Lidhammar has joined the club from Elite League side Dundee Stars. The 6-foot skater iced for the Stars for the past two seasons where he iced 119 times while scoring 30 goals and 51 assists. Flames have also announced the signing of Former Great Britian Under 20 Defenceman Adam Jones to their line-up. The Birmingham born blue liner qualifies for one of a trio of Under 23 slots. The 21-yaer-old spent last season at English Premier League Champions Telford Tigers where he iced 62 times with five goals and twenty points.
30th JULY 2017
Guildford Flames have made a double swoop to sign Canadian's Charles Wells and Jesse Craige ahead of the forthcoming season.
Canadian Wells, a 26-year-old forward, spent last season with French Second Division side Mulhouse, where he helped them to the League title with nine goals and 29 points from 29 starts.
Canadian Defenceman Craig, joins the Surrey based outfit from French Magnus League side Gap. The 28-year-old helped Gap clinch the Magnus League title where he iced 42 games and registered three goals and 24 points.
22nd JULY 2017
Guildford Flames will commence their first season in the top flight of British Hockey when travel to Belfast to meet the Giants on Saturday September the 9th.
In a rather challenging, but exciting start for Flames in September, the Surrey outfit will face games against league powerhouses Cardiff Devils, Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield Steelers. After Flames trip to Northern Ireland on the 9th September, Flames will welcome the current League and Cup reigning champions Cardiff Devils to the Spectrum 24 hours later in the Cup.
In all Flames will contest 62 League and Cup games in the regular season. The Elite League will be using a Three Conference format. Guildford will join Milton Keynes Lightning, Coventry Blaze and Manchester Storm in the Patton Conference. Each team will play teams in their own conference four times at home and four away, while playing outside their conference twice at home and twice away.
The Group stage of the Challenge Cup will see the 12 teams divided in to three groups of four. Flames are in Group C with Cardiff, Coventry and Milton Keynes. Each team will play teams in their own group once at home and once away. The top two in each group will advance to the quarter final stage of the competition, with two wild card teams completing the quarter final line up.
Meanwhile, Flames have announced the signing of 25-year-old Canadian forward Rhett Rachinski. The Canadian has recently spent five seasons with the University of Alberta Gloden Bears.
15th JULY 2017
Guildford Flames have added to their defensive group with the signing of Canadian blueliner Brennan Yadlowski. The 26-year-old spent the last five seasons with the University of Alberta Gloden Bears who won back to back National Championships in 2013-14 and 2014-15. Flames have also signed 25-year-old Canadian forward John Dunbar. The 5ft 8inch forward spent last season with French second League outfit Mulhouse, before returning to North America’s East Coast Hockey League where in 61 games he produced 19 goals and 50 points with Norfolk Admirals. Meanwhile the club have announced that Michal Satek and Mike Ratchuk will now not be joining the club.
6th JULY 2017
Guildford Flames have added Great Britain international forward Liam Stewart to their squad for the forthcoming season. The 22-year-old London native had 11 goals and 22 points in 57 starts last season with the Coventry Blaze. Stewart, also helped Great Britain to a Gold medal, and promotion to the next level of World Championship play, with a couple of goals and three points.
29th JUNE 2017
26 year-old Andy McKinney will ice his second stint in the top flight of British hockey, when he returns for the Flames for their opening Elite League campaign.
The winger iced 57 times for Flames last season, collecting 41 points including 18 goals.
21st JUNE 2017
Guildford Flames have added Swedish Defenceman Calle Ackered to their roster for next season.
The 26-year-old former Swedish Under 18 International, spent last season with Division 1 outfit Ostersunds IK. Ackered, scored 40 points from 39 starts for the Swedish side.
14th June 2017
Guildford Flames have landed the services of former Swedish under 17,18 and 20 national squad member, David Lilliestrom Karlsson. The 24-year-old forward iced last season for Ostersunds IK in the Swedish Division One, where he scored 14 goals and 44 points from 36 starts.
GUILDFORD FLAMES NEWS as at 8th June 2017
Guildford Flames Captain Jez Lundin will stay with the side as they enter the top flight of hockey next season. Lundin, Captain of the side for the past two seasons, has spent eight seasons with the Flames, but is new to the Country’s top division of hockey.
Guildford Flames have signed two-time Elite League All-Star Netminder, and the 2014-15 Elite League Netminder of the year, Brian Stewart. The Canadian has agreed to join Flames after spending three seasons at Coventry Blaze. Last season, Stewart iced 51 times while posting a 3.51 goals against average and a 90 save percentage.
Slovakian forward Michal Satek will once again be icing for the Flames next season. The forward who joined the Flames last December, iced 36 times for the Surrey outfit, and bagged 17 goals along with 30 assists for a 47 point haul for the club.
Ben Cambell, will be making his eighth consecutive season with the Flames after agreeing to re-sign for next seasons campaign in the top flight of hockey.
Cambell, who has already made 239 Elite League games since he arrived in Surrey from Newcastle Vipers at the close of the 2009-10 campaign, will be looking to continue his fine form from last season. The 30 year-old made 61 starts last season, while leading the club in scoring with a career high 39 goals and 76 points.
Guildford Flames have added to their rooster for the forthcoming season by adding forward Ian Watters to their line-up. The 25-year-old will make his UK debut with the Flames after spending the last four seasons with Reading Royals in the East Coast Hockey League. In 223 ECHL starts the 5ft 11 inches winger has scored 27 goals and 95 points.
Guildford Flames have secured the services of American Defenceman Mike Ratchuk, who iced 62 games for Sheffield Steelers last season, where the 29 year-old had 11 goals and 19 assists during their campaign.
Former Slovakian Under 20 National Team Member Tomas Nechala has agreed to join the Guildford Flames for their inaugural Elite League season. The 24 year-old veteran of 150 Slovak Extraleague starts spent last season with Amiens in France where he had two goals and six assists in 35 starts.
Guildford Flames have made their first Elite League signing of the forthcoming season with the addition of former GB Junior Ben Davies. The 26 year-old centre iceman comes to Surrey from Elite League outfit Coventry Blaze where he had four goals and 14 points in 39 starts. Meanwhile, the club have announced that Kevin Phillips will remain with the Flames. Phillips, iced in all 62 games last term while scoring seven goals and 21 points for the Surrey outfit.
Guildford Flames quest to reach the final of the EPL Play-Offs was ended at Coventry on Saturday afternoon after Milton Keynes Lightning completed an 8-3 victory. Despite leading on three different occasions, Lightning ran in five unanswered goals in the final ten minutes to eliminate Guildford. Two goals from Jez Lundin and a Tuomas Santavuori strike wasn’t enough for the Surrey outfit to book their place in the final. Flames will now be preparing in the off season for their debut in the new look Elite League for next season.
Guildford Flames secured their spot in the play-off final four at Coventry next weekend, after a 2-1 road victory against the Sheffield Steeldogs on Friday. Goals from Michal Satek and Andy McKinney booked Flames semi-final place, and enhanced their lead at the top of the group table to three points. Flames made it 11 points out of a possible 12 to top their group after beating Peterborough Phantoms 5-2 at the Spectrum on Sunday. Andy McKinney bagged a couple of goals in the win for the home side. Flames will now face Milton Keynes Lightning in the semi-finals of the English League Play-Offs at Coventry next Saturday.
Guildford Flames lost their unbeaten 100 per cent record in their play-off group, but still managed to pick up a point, after suffering a 3-2 overtime loss to the visiting Telford Tigers at the Spectrum on Wednesday. A crowd of over 1,500 saw Flames draw first blood with a Kari Sihvonen effort inside the opening three minutes. Tigers drew level on 14:34 thanks to Doug Clarkson’s strike. Flames had good chances to retake the lead in the second period but failed to take their chances. Tigers took the lead on 34:05 thanks to Corey McEwen. A fine counter attack from Flames amounting to a goal from Michal Satek levelled the contest on 49:54. Both sides couldn’t be separated in regulation time as the game went into overtime. Tigers grabbed the winning goal inside 90 seconds of OT, thanks to Danny Rose. Despite the loss, Flames enhanced their position at the top of the group, with just two games remaining.
Flames have opened up their Play-Off Group matches with two wins. On Wednesday they travelled to the current Champions the Telford Tigers and came away with a 3-0 victory. Mike Will completed a shut out with Ben Campbell bagging a couple of goals. On Saturday Tuomas Santavuori grabbed the game winner as Flames defeated the Sheffield Steeldogs 3-2 on home ice.
Guildford Flames finished their regular season with a 5-2 victory on home ice against the visiting Sheffield Steeldogs on Saturday. Michal Satek had three goals and four points on the night. On Sunday Flames found themselves 5-2 down at one point before taking a late lead, but a pair of goals inside six minutes ensured the Peterborough Phantoms picked up a 7-6 win against the visiting Flames. The final table now means the Flames will join the Telford Tigers, Peterborough Phantoms and the Sheffield Steeldogs in the six-game play-off group. Flames will begin their Play-off title defence on Wednesday when they travel to face League Champions Telford Tigers. On Saturday 25th Flames will entertain Sheffield. 24 hours later Guildford will travel to Peterborough before hosting the Tigers on Wednesday 29th at the Spectrum. On Friday 31st Flames travel to Sheffield before their final group match at home to the Phantoms on Sunday 2nd April.
Guildford Flames completed a 4-1 victory against the Swindon Wildcats at the Spectrum on Sunday. The home side opened the scoring after 8:09 with a shorthanded goal from Danny Meyers. In the second period Flames struck after 21:18 with a Tom Duggam powerplay goal. The Wildcats pulled a goal back at the start of the third period through Tomasz Malasinski, only for further strikes from Jez Lundin(49:42) and Ben Campbell(51:51) to seal the win. 24 hours earlier Flames suffered a 4-2 loss at the hands of the Basingstoke Bison in Basingstoke.
After 25 successful seasons, Flames will for the first time in their history ice at the top level of British Ice Hockey. They will become the 12th team to be named in the Elite Ice Hockey League for next season. Meanwhile, Flames defeated the Hull Pirates 3-1 at a sold out Spectrum on Saturday.
Tuomos Santavuori had a goal and two assists as Guildford Flames defeated local rivals the Basingstoke Bison 4-3 in front of a crowd of over 1,900 at the Spectrum on Wednesday. Santavuori opened the scoring after 68 seconds before the Bison levelled through Joe Rand at 15:52. After three minutes in the second period Kevin Phillips put the home side in front only for Bison to once again level the contest with a Rene Jarolin effort on 32.37. Jez Lundin restored the home sides narrow lead with a shot which went through the legs of Bison’s netminder Tomas Hiadlovsky on 36.32. The lead lasted just 52 seconds before Ciaran Long drew Bison level. Flames went into the interval with a single goal lead when Tom Duggan pounced on a rebound 47 seconds from period time, which turned out to be the winner. Despite Bison pulling there netminder with 35 seconds to go, desperate defending ensured Flames grabbed both points on offer.
Guildford Flames completed a 3-1 victory on home ice on Sunday against the visiting Swindon Wildcats at the Spectrum,. After a goalless opening period it took almost half of the second period before the deadlock was broken. Tom Duggan put the hosts in front at 33:17, barely 21 seconds later Ben Campbell doubled the difference. The Wildcats responded in the 37th minute with a Joonas Hoog effort. Cambell added his second of the night in the third period to wrap up victory. 24 hours earlier Flames were on the wrong end of a 5-2 scoreline against the Milton Keynes Lightning.
Flames have announced the signing of Finnish veteran forward Kari Sihvonen. The 33 year-old had 15 points during a 45 game spell with Allsvenskan side Tingsryds AIF last season.
Guildford Flames suffered an agonising 6-5 over time loss against the visiting Milton Keynes Lightning at the Spectrum on Sunday. Lewis Hook opened the scoring for the visitors with a short handed marker at 12:10, but Flames responded a minute later with Jens Eriksson’s power play effort. Flames took another power play chance with both hands when Jez Lundin netted on 24:03. Michal Satek increased the home sides advantage on 29:52, only for Lightning to hit back to level the contest with a couple of goals from Blaz Emersic(31:16) and Lewis Hook on the power play at 39:13. Lewis nudged Lightning ahead inside two minutes of the third period before a Ben Campbell strike on 48:49 and Tom Duggan’s effort at 54:46 gave Flames a narrow advantage. Lightning sent the game into overtime thanks to Adam Carr scoring on 57:18. The visitors claimed the extra point on offer when Michael Farn netted at 60:41. Meanwhile, on Saturday Flames completed a comfortable 7-1 victory at Manchester against the Phoenix. Flames were indebted to seven different goal scorers on the night to seal victory.
Guildford Flames completed a clean sweep over the Bracknell Bees over the Christmas period. On Boxing Day Flames made the short trip to Bracknell and recorded a 4-2 victory with a brace from Ben Campbell. 24 hours later a near capacity crowd at the Spectrum witnessed a 7-0 victory over the Bees. Cambell added another two goals to his Christmas tally, picking up 2+2 on the night alongside Tom Duggan, who also picked up a brace, with Dean Skinns claiming a shutout.
A four goal unanswered opening period ensured Flames completed a 4-2 victory over the visiting Peterborough Phantoms at the Spectrum on Saturday. Marek Maslonka scored 2+1 with further goals from Andrew Hemmings and Tuomas Santavuori made the points safe for the home side. Meanwhile, Flames forward Marcus Kristoffersson has announced his retirement from Ice Hockey.
A brace each from Kevin Phillips and Michal Satek ensured Flames completed a 4-2 victory against the Bison at Basingstoke on Saturday.
Ben Campbell scored a second period hat trick on the way to a Flames 5-3 victory against the visiting Manchester Phoenix at the Spectrum on Saturday. Meanwhile, Flames have added Slovakian forward Michel Satek to their roster. The 30 year-old has featured for the Telford Tigers this season, where he has scored 12 goals and 30 points in 25 starts.
Five goals inside the opening 11 minutes helped Guildford Flames complete a 10-1 home success over the visiting Bracknell Bees at the Spectrum on Sunday. Marek Maslonka led the way with five goals and two assists on the night. Meanwhile, Flames have released Finnish netminder Joonas Kuusela and British defenceman Rupert Quiney.
Guildford Flames returned back to winning ways with a 5-3 victory against the visiting Peterborough Phantoms at the Spectrum on Saturday. A couple of third period goals from David Savage- 43:39 his second of the evening- and Marek Maslonka 50:03 secured the win for Flames.
Guildford Flames suffered a 4-2 loss at home to the visiting Hull Pirates at the Spectrum on Sunday. Pirates raced into a three goal lead inside the opening five minutes. Andrej Themar opened the scoring inside thirty seconds. Ugnuis Cizas made it 2-0 twenty five seconds later, before Dominic Osman grabbed a third Pirates goal at 4:49 on the power play. Guildford opened their account with a Matic Kralj power play strike on 29:18. Lee Bonner increased the visitors advantage at 42:49 before Kralj grabbed his second of the night a minute later.24 hours earlier Flames had slipped to a 5-3 loss to the Milton Keynes Kings.
Guildford Flames completed a 5-1 victory against the Basingstoke Bison at the Spectrum on Sunday. After a goalless first period, Flames hit two second half goals in the course of 45 seconds. Jens Ertksson opened the scoring at 35:41. Ben Cambell double the hosts advantage on 46:26. Within three minutes of the third period Guildford had increased their advantage to three after another strike from Campbell at 42:40. Eriksson grabbed his second of the night after 45:35. Bison eventually got on to the score sheet after 46:33 through a Jan Jarabek strike, only for Flames to end the scoring for the night through Matic Kralj's effort on 56:03. Cambell had a night to remeber, picking up 2+3. 24 hours earlier Flames lost by the odd goal, 7-6 against the Swindon Wildcats at Swindon.
Flames suffered an agonising shoot out loss against the visiting Manchester Phoenix at the Spectrum on Saturday. After sixty minutes of hockey the game was tied at 3-3. Overtime still couldn't seperate the sides. The game was eventually decided by a penalty shoot out, with the visitors grabbing the extra point after four rounds of penalties, to win the game 4-3.
Guildford Flames completed a four point winning weekend after victories against Milton Keynes and Hull. On Saturday Flames travelled to Milton Keynes to face the Lightning and came away with a 4-1 win,and in so doing became the first side to defeat the Lightning this season. On Sunday at the Spectrum a short handed goal from Flames Tom Duggan(7.34) opened the scoring. With 18.58 on the clock the Pirates levelled with a Jamie Chilcott power play goal. Withing 28 seconds of the second period Keven Phillips nudged Flames ahead. A brace from Ben Cambell inside five minutes gave Flames a three goal cushion before Ryan Watt pulled a goal back for the visitors with 30 seconds remaining of the period. Stanislav Lascek grabbed Pirates third goal of the evening(45.52), but further goals from Marcus Kristoffersson(48.14) and an empty net goal from Andrew Hemmings with 57 seconds remaining secured a welcome home win for the Flames.
Flames have realesed netminder Richard Ullberg. However they have increased their squad with the signing of 26 year old Slovakian forward Jakub Kubis. The club have also announced the signing of two more netminders to the side.Experienced British netminder Dean Skinns and 26 year old former Finnish netminder Joonas Kuusela will ice for the Flames this season.
Guildford Flames suffered a 7-4 loss at the hands of the Swindon Wildcats at the Spectrum on Sunday. Despite taking a two goal lead inside six minutes Flames conceded four second period goals as the visitors ran out winners. A brace from Marek Maslonka including a power play strike gave Flames the early advantage after just 6 minutes. The Wildcats got on the board in the ninth minute through Ben Davies. The second period belonged to the visitors as they scored four unanswerd goals. Tomasz Malasinski scored after 24:12 on the powerplay. Davies bagged his second of the night with a 5 on 3 advantage. Two further powerplay goals in the shape of Aaron Nell 32:30 and Jonas Hoog 36:24 gave the visitors a three goal cushion. Hoog scored his second of the evening at 37:54 to increase the Wildcats advantage. In the third period two power play goals from Jez Lundin 43:52 and Danny Meters 57:01 reduced the deficit only for Malasinski to claim his second of the evening to complete the scoring for the night. On Saturday Flames travelled to Sheffield to face the Steeldogs and suffered a 5-3 set back.
24 year-old Sam Waller will make his Flames debut next season. The Defenceman joins the side after spending the last couple of seasons with the Bracknell Bees.
Flames will open up their EPL campaign with a trip to Swindon to face the Wildcats on Saturday September 10th. 24 hours later Guildford will entertain Milton Keynes.
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23 year-old forward Andrew Melachrino will return to Guildford for another season. In 37 starts last season the forward had scored 10 points for the club.
Flames have added a new member to the side with the signing of 29 year-old Marek Maslonka. The Slovakian forward was previously with French side Dijon where he scored 17 goals and 28 points in 42 starts.
Andrew Hemmings will return as part of the Flames line up next season. In 467 starts for the Flames ,Hemmings has scored 57 goals and 155 points for the Surrey outfit.
Defenceman Robert Quiney will re-join the Flames for next season. Quiney, who was limited to 34 games last season due to injury, picked up five asssists for the Flames last season.
Former under 18 and 20 Jnr Great Britian member Sam Godfrey will re-join the Flames for a 3rd consecutive season.
Richard Ullberg has comitted his future to the Flames for the 2016/17 season. The Finnish netminder completed three shutouts last season. Meanwhile, 26 year-old forward Tom Duggan has signed a new contract for next season. Duggan played in all 64 games for the club last season.
Matic Krajl has agreed to sign for another season with the Flames. The 33 year-old forward picked up 64 league points last season for the Surrey outfit.
25 year-old winger Andrew McKinney has agreed a 3rd term with the Flames. The forward appeared in all 64 games during the Double Cup and Play-off winning side of last season.
Danny Meyers will be icing again for another season with the Flames. The Defenceman registered 52 points in 63 starts for the Flames last season.
Jens Eriksson will start his second season for the Flames after agreeing to return back to the Surrey outfit for next season. The Swedish forward scored 28 goals and 41 assists last campaign.
Kevin Phillips has agreed a return to the Flames for a 2nd season. The 30 year-old iced in all 64 matches for the Flames last season, hitting 12 goals.
Marcus Kristoffersson has agreed a contract that will see him ice for the Flames for a fourth season. The Swedish forward had 22 goals and 42 points in 47 starts last season for the Flames.
Ben Campbell has agreed to ice for a seventh season for the Flames. The 28 year-old made 57 starts last season, posting 19 goals and 42 points.
Flames Captain Jez Lundin will return to the Surrey club for an eigth season. The 28 year-old iced in every game for the club last season, picking up 15 goals and 53 points in total.
Guildford Flames completed the double by capturing the Play-Off title at Coventry. In the semi-final against the Peterborough Phantoms, Flames completed a 4-1 victory with goals from Tom Duggan, Marcus Kristoffersson, Janis Ozolins and Andy McKinney. In Sundays final Flames faced the Milton Keynes Lightning. Kevin Phillips opened the scoring on the powerplay at 16:23. Another powerplay effort a minute later from Matic Kralj opened up a two goal gap. Ozolins bagged Flames third of the afternoon. Lightning pulled a goal back through Frantisek Bakrlik in the second period. In the third period another Flames powerplay was converted by Danny Meyers at 51:05. Lightning cut the deficit in the 54th minute, but Flames responded seconds later through Andrew Hemmings marker. Another late Flames powerplay goal from Campbell ensured Flames secured their second trophy of the campaign, to bring the curtain down on a very successful season for the Surrey side.
Guildford Flames booked a Play Off Semi Final spot at Coventry next weekend, after overcoming the Swindon Wildcats 3-2 on aggregate in the Quarter Finals. In the opening leg at Swindon on Saturday the Wildcats held a slender 2-1 advantage. At a sold out Spectrum on Sunday, Flames opened the scoring with a Danny Meyers powerplay marker at 21:47. In the 49th minute Meyers grabbed his second of the night to nudge the Flames ahead on aggregate. There was no further scoring as Flames booked their place at Coventry next weekend.
Guildford Flames had to come from behind to record a 6-3 victory against the visiting Hull Pirates at the Spectrum on Sunday. Flames fell behind to the Pirates with two goals inside the opening five minutes. Goals from Pasi Salonen and Tommi Laine gave the visitors an early advantage. Flames hit back with three goals inside the space of two minutes through Jens Eriksson (13:31) Andy McKinney(14:36) Janis Ozolins on 15:16. Flames increased their lead with the only goal of the second period, thanks to Jez Lundin’s powerplay effort. Tom Duggan made it 5-2 in the third period, only for Nathan Salem to pull a goal back for the visitors. With just two seconds remaining Matt Towe scored an empty net goal to complete victory for Guildford.
Guildford Flames have one hand on the EPL Cup, after completing a comprehensive 9-1 victory against the Peterborough Phantoms at the Spectrum on Wednesday.
Flames went into the game as the form side in the league, after just one defeat in their last eleven games. The home side opened up the scoring at 7:30 through Marcus Kristoffersson. Flames had a great chance to double their advantage when they were awarded a penalty shot, but Janis Ozolins missed the target. At 23:01 Jez Lundin doubled the Flames advantage with a shot from the blue line, helped by an assist from Matt Towe and Kevin Phillips. The second period was dominated by Guildford. After 25:27 Phantoms lost the puck and Kristoffersson grabbed his second of the night. A bad error from visiting netminder Janis Auzins gifted Flames their fourth goal of the evening when Ozolins shot went under the body of Auzins at 27:23. There was still time for Flames to increase their advantage at 36:30 through Ben Campbell. Flames were now rampant, and added a further four goals in the third period. Jens Eriksson netted at 42:56, with further strikes from Tom Duggan 49:30, Ozolins on 54.20 and Duggan’s second of the night at 57:59. In between the Flames scoring Phantoms did score a consolation goal, on the powerplay through Marc Levers on 50:27, which was scant reward for a miserable night for the visitors. The result leaves the Phantoms a mountain to climb for the 2nd leg, with Flames strong favorites to lift their first piece of silverware this season. Despite losing 5-3 on the night 24 hours later at Peterborough, flames claimed the EPL Cup on aggregate 12-6.
A brace from Janis Ozolins ensured Flames made it nine consecutive victories after completing a 6-3 victory against the visiting Swindon Wildcats on Sunday. Flames were on the board with a short handed marker from Ben Campbell at 7:31, only for Wildcats to draw level with an Adam Harding powerplay goal on 8:52. Flames re-took the lead through Tom Duggan at 11:38. Ozolins bagged his first of the night 43 seconds later to give Flames a 3-1 advantage at the end of the first period. Andrew Hemmings stretched Flames lead by three goals after scoring at 33:37. Wildcats pulled a goal back on 35:43 through Aaron Nell. At the end of the middle period Flames held a two goal cushion. Ozolins struck at 47:27, only for Wildcats to hit back with Nell's second of the night at 52:24. There was still time for Flames to complete the scoring for the night when Jens Eriksson netted on 54:29.
A sell out crowd of over 2,000 witnessed Flames seventh consecutive victory, after defeating the Brackell Bees 4-0 on Wednesday at the Spectrum. Gregg Rockman posted a shutout as the Flames completed a comfortable victory. Flames scored a couple of goals inside three minutes to take a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period. Marcus Kristoffersson opened the scoring on 15:18, with Matt Towe giving the home side a two goal cushion at 18:23. Kristoffersson grabbed his second of the night on 27:06. The scoring was completed for the evening when Jens Eriksson netted after 43:26.
The dates for the final of the English Premier Ice Hockey League Cup have been released. Flames will host the 1st leg at the Spectrum on Wednesday March 2nd with a 8 PM face off time. 24 hours later Flames will travel to Peterborough to face the Phantoms in the 2nd leg, with a 8 PM face off time.
Guildford Flames reached the final of this seasons EPL Cup, after a 5-3 aggregate victory against the Basingstoke Bison. Leading by a single Matt Towe strike after the first leg in Basingstoke seven days earlier, Flames raced into a two goal lead inside five minutes. Jez Lundin opened the scoring in front of another huge crowd at the Spectrum after just 23 seconds. Thirty-one seconds after Bison’s Alan Lack received a minor boarding penalty, Flames doubled their advantage with a Tom Duggan powerplay goal. Tomas Karpov pulled a goal back for the Bison after 11:01. Penalty trouble again hit the Bison when Declan Balmer was sent to the box at 35:55, Kevin Phillips fired Flames into a 3-1 lead on the night with another Flames powerplay goal. The visitors pulled a goal back through Alan Lack on the powerplay. Bison started to get themselves back into the game when Flames Andy McKinney received a 5-minute slashing penalty and a game misconduct at 45:16. Bison equalized on 50:06 with a Joe Greener powerplay effort. With two and a half minutes of regulation time left Bison almost went ahead when Miroslav Vantroba’s shot came of the post. With time running out and the visitors desperate for a goal they pulled their netminder Jon Baston for the extra attacker, but Towe nicked in to score an empty net goal with 66 seconds remaining, to send Flames into the final where they will play the Peterborough Phantoms.
Guildford Flames take a slender advantage going into Wednesday’s second leg of the English Premier League Cup Semi-Final, after a Matt Towe strike with eight minutes remaining separated these evenly matched sides. At the Herd on Wednesday, it was a tale of both net minders being in outstanding form, with Flames Richard Ullberg posting 26 saves during a shutout. For the Bison, Finish Goaltender Jon Baston was solid for the Herd, stopping 19 of 20 shots faced. The deadlock was broken at 51.44 following a fine pass from Andy Melachrino who found Towe who finished with aplomb, to set up an intriguing second leg at the Spectrum on Wednesday 27th January.
Guildford Flames completed two opening victories at the start of 2016. On New Years Day the Bracknell Bees visit the Spectrum, and suffered a 7-3 loss. Flames ran in seven unanswered goals from seven different scorers. Matic Kralj opened the scoring with a power play effort at 17:33. Flames struck almost 90 seconds later through Janis Ozlins on the powerplay. Five second period strikes from Kevin Phillips, Lee Esders, Jez Lundin, Danny Meyers and Jens Eriksson put Flames firmly in control. Bracknell pulled three third period goals to reduce the deficit, but Flames ran out convincing winners. Two days later on Sunday at the Spectrum, the Swindon Wildcats were the visitors. Flames need overtime to split the sides. Guildford raced into a three goal lead in the first period thanks to a Phillips powerplay effort on 17:42 and further strikes through Tom Duggan 26:23 and Janis Ozolins at 30:32, only for Wildcats to strike backl with three goals to send the game in to overtime. Matic Kralj came up with the winner with 4:05 played in overtime to ensure Flames excellent start to 2016.
Guildford Flames inflicted a 6-3 defeat against the visiting Sheffield Steeldogs at the Spectrum on Sunday. Danny Meyers put the home side on the board at 5:18, only for Arnoldas Bosas to level the game on the powerplay at 16:40. The second period saw Flames score three times without reply. Two goals on the power play through Janis Ozolins and Lee Edsers. Marcus Kristoffersson gave Flames a three goal cushion at 38:30. In the third period the visitors struck through Tom Squires at 43:23, before a Ben Campbell strike at 54:40 restored the Flames advantage. There was still time for Bosas to grab his second of the night on the powerplay at 56:22, but Campbell nabbed his second of the game with two minutes remaining to seal another home victory for the Flames. Meanwhile, Flames have added Latvian senior national team member Janis Ozolins to the team. The 26 year-old forward joins from Latvian side HK Mogo.
Flames suffered a 4-0 loss to the visiting Milton Keynes Lightning at the Spectrum on Sunday.
Lewis Hook opened the scoring at 14:57 for the visitors. Lightning increased their lead through Leigh Jamieson at 36:23, before a brace from Bobby Chamberlain at 55:12 and 59:46 sealed the points for the Lightning. Meanwhile, Flames have announced the signing of forward Lee Edsers. The 27 year old has iced the past two seasons for Braehead Clan.
Guildford Flames completed a 3-2 home victory against the visiting Hull Pirates at the Spectrum on Saturday. Flames opened up a two goal lead, with goals from Andy McKinney after 12:28 and Matt Towe on 14:25. The visitors opened their account through Lee Bonner at 24:06, only for Jens Eriksson to hit back on 47:53. Their was still time for Pirates to pull a goal back through Pasi Salonen on 50:30, but Flames held on to record another home win.
Flames made it a winning four point weekend with victories against the Milton Keynes Lightining and Basingstoke Bison. On Sunday Flames defeated the visiting Bison 8-4 at the Spectrum. Flames raced into an early two goal lead after just five minutes, with power play goals from Kevin Phillips 3:15 and Marcus Kristoffersson on 4:34. Ciaran Long on the power play at 9: 53 got the Bison on the board, but after 16:44 a Matt Towe effort restored Flames two goal advantage. Within three minutes of the middle period, Andy McKinney increased Falmes advantage. Bison responded within 39 seconds of the third period through Tomas Karpov, who then netted a quick brace after 41:19, only for Flames to hit back with three goals, thanks to Jens Eriksson, Tom Duggan and Erik Piatak. There was still time for Bison to close the gap with Karpov's hat trick goal, a power play effort at 53;30. But the last word belonged to the Flames as Matic Kralj completed the scoring for the evening 14 seconds later to wrap up a successful weekend for Guildford. 24 hours earlier Flames completed a 4-2 road trip victory at Milton Keynes.
Guildford completed a 3-2 victory against near neighbours the Bracknell Bees on Wednesday evening, in front of a sell-out crowd at the Guildford Spectrum. A late powerplay goal from Jens Eriksson secured the points for the home side. A short-handed effort from Matt Towe opened the scoring for the Flames after 2:55. Flames doubled their advantage when they were awarded a penalty shot, which Matic Kralj converted on 19:19. The Bees stormed back in the second period with goals from Callum Fowler at 24:50 and Frantisek Bakrlik at 38:59, only for Eriksson’s late powerplay goal to send the home fans home happy.
Flames completed a narrow 2-1 victory against the visiting Telford Tigers at the Spectrum on Saturday. Matic Kralj opened the scoring after just 31 seconds of the opening period, only for Tigers to level through Jason Silverthorn after 16:52. Twenty five seconds later Marcus Kristoffersson restored Flames slender advantage. That was to be the end of the scoring as Flames held on to record another home victory.
Guidford Flames completed a 4-1 victory against the Milton Keynes Lightning at the Spectrum on Sunday. After a goalless opening period, Flames fired in four unanswered second period efforts from Marcus Kristoffersson, who grabbed a brace at 24:07 and a powerplay goal on 34:01. Jens Eriksson at 26:30 and Matt Towe on 34:31 with a powerplay effort. Lightning eventually got on the board, thanks to a powerplay goal from Leigh Jamieson on 53:02.
Greg Rockman completed a shutout on Sunday evening, as the Guildford Flames romped to a 6-0 victory against the Swindon Wildcats at the Spectrum. Erik Piatak opened the scorimng after 17:39 of the opening period. Four second period goals from Matic Kralj 23:09, Tom Duggan 25:34, Marcus Kristofferson 30:07 and Matt Towe 35:48 ensured a five goal cushion for the Flames. Kristofferson grabbed his second of the night on 43:57 to ensure a comfortable win for the Flames. 24 hours earlier Danny Meyers grabbed the overtime winner as Guildford came away win a win on the road in Sheffield against the Steeldogs 5-4 after overtime.
Guildford Flames eased to a 5-1 victory on home ice on Sunday against the Hull Pirates. Matt Towe opened the scoring for the Flames in the 15th minute. Flames extended their advantage when Andy McKinney struck around the games half way mark. Towe grabbed his second of the goal in the final minute of the first period to give Flames a 3-0 opening period lead. Hull opened their account in the 44th minute through Jonathan Kirk, only for Tom Duggan and a late Erik Piatek goal ensured a comfortable win for the Flames. 24 hours earlier, Guildford claimed a point in a 3-2 overtime loss against the Bison in Basingstoke.
Guildford Flames have completed their opening day roster with the signing of Defenceman Rupert Quiney. The 6ft 4inch blue liner, spent last season with the Telford Tigers.
Guildford Flames will open their League and Cup campaign with a road trip to face the Basingstoke Bison on Saturday 12th September. 24 hours later, Flames will welcome the League's newest side the Hull Pirates to the Spectrum. Meanwhile, Flames have signed former Guildford Junior Callum Best. The 23 year-old returns to his hometown side after a season with National League side Streatham Redskins.
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Forward, Andrew Hemmings will begin next season for a fifth consecutive season with the Flames. The Guildford Junior picked up 20 points from 53 starts last season for the Flames.
Guildford Flames have signed Slovak Centre Erik Piatak. The 29 year-old spent season 2013/14 with the Peterborough Phantoms, scoring 32 goals and 75 points. Piatak, spent last season with Gornyak Rudny in Kazakhstan.
Forward Ben Campbell will spend a sixth season with the Flames. Cambell, iced 57 times last season, with 14 goals and 50 points.
Veteran Netminder Stephen Wall will join Gregg Rockman in completing the Flames goaltender duo. Wall, iced for the Milton Keynes Lightning last season, and has been at the club for three seasons.
Andy McKinney will return back to the Flames next season, The 24 year old winger scored 15 goals and 18 assists last season.
Guildford Flames have added forward Matic Kralj to their roster for next season, The 32 year old Slovenian forward from Kazhakstan side Beibarys Atyrau has had previous English hockey experience with Newcastle Vipers in season 2009-10 and with the Coventry Blaze in 2011-12.
Marcus Kristoffersson will spend a third season with the Flames. The Swedish forward bagged 27 League and Play-Off goals last season.
Defenceman Danny Meyers will return for a second season with the Guildford Flames.
Matt Towe will return to the club next season. Towe, was the second leading points scorer for the Flames last season. In 60 games, including play-offs, he ammased 79 points.
Tom Duggan will be returning for the Flames for next season. Injury restricted him to just 39 games last season, where he picked up 42 points, including 15 goals.
37 year-old defenceman Branislav Kvetan will not be returning to the Flames line up for next season. The Surrey side have also annonced that after nine seasons Jozef Kohut will not be contracted to the club for next season.
Flames have announced that 10 year veteran David Savage will not be returning to the club for next season. Neil Liddiard and Flames Captain David Longstaff, will both be joining Savage in not returning to ice for Guildford next season.
For the first time in their history, Flames have missed out on the end of season play-offs after suffering a 7-5 aggregate loss to the Milton Keynes Lightning.
After losing to the Lightning 3-2 on Saturday night, the visitors opened the scoring at a sold out Spectrum on Sunday through Blaz Emersic at 9:20, only for Flames to respond with a Branislav Kvetan power play goal at 14:02. Lightning restored their advantage on 17: 33 thanks to a strike from Curtis Huppe. Two goals from Marcus Kristoffersson and Andy McKinney drew Flames level on aggregate, but further goals from Lewis Hook at 51:55 and a Emersic empty net goal with just ten seconds remaining booked Lightning's trip to Coventry.
Flames secured second spot in the Premier league, after a 6-3 victory against the Swindon Wildcats at the Spectrum on Sunday.
Flames opened the scoring within two minutes through David Longstaff, only for Swindon to draw level with a Sam Bullas goal at 7:06. Goals from David Savage and Matt Towe in the course of two minutes gave Flames a two goal cushion. Wildcats responded with a double strike inside twelve seconds, including a powerplay goal, to leave the contest level at 3-3 after two periods. Flames put the game to bed with three un-answered goals in the third period, thanks to a Tom Duggan powerplay effort on 46:02, another strike from Towe at 53:39 and a Marcus Kristoffersson goal with one minute remaining.
A late David Longstaff strike in overtime secured Flames a 4-3 O.T victory against the Milton Keynes Lightning at the Spectrum on Sunday.
The visitors drew first blood through Blaz Emersic's strike on 16:40. Flames responded with three un-answered goals through Jozef Kohut, Marcus Kristoffersson and a short handed goal from Andy McKinney. Lightning responding with third period goals from Lewis Hook and Milan Kostourek, to send the game into overtime. With a penalty shoot out looking the likely outcome to settle the game, up popped Longstaff with the winner at 4:25.
A brace from Jez Lundin, and further strikes from David Savage, Danny Meyers, Roman Tvrdon and Andy McKinney ensured Flames secured a 6-2 win against the Swindon Wildcats on home ice on Saturday.
Guildford Flames suffered a 4-0 defeat against the Telford Tigers at the Spectrum on Saturday.
Tigers raced into a two goal lead inside the opening five minutes with Jason Silverthorn opening the scoring at 2:27 and Rick Plant adding a second on 4:27. A Peter Szabo power play goal after 38:36 increased the visitors lead, with Blahosav Novak completing the scoring on 42:36.
Despite letting an early goal in, Guildford defeated the Milton Keynes Lightning 6-4 at the Spectrum on Sunday.
Blaz Emersic opened the scoring after 4:16, only for Flames to draw level on 11:09 through Tom Duggan, scoring his first goal since returning from a long injury. 52 seconds later a David Savage powerplay goal edged Flames ahead. Three minutes later Marek Curilla levelled for the visitors, only for Andy McKinney to give Flames a 3-2 lead after the first period. Ross Bowers drew Lightning level on 27:57, but Jozef Kohut's powerplay effort nugded the home side in front. On 38:38 Matt Towe gave Flames a two goal cushion. Still Lighning weren't finished as Milan Kostourek scored an unassisted goal on 44:56. With Lightning pulling their netminder, an empty net goal from David Longstaff with just 22 seconds remaining ensured a home win for the Flames. Earlier on Saturday Flames beat the Sheffield Steeldogs 5-1 in Sheffield.
Flames suffered a narrow 4-3 loss to the Basingstoke Bison on Sunday at the Spectrum.
Guildford were two goals up inside the opening six minutes thanks to a brace from Roman Tvrdon, only for the visitors to reply with four unanswered goals inside eight minutes through Ciaran Long, Cameron Wynn, Aaron Connolly and Joe Rand. Flames pulled a goal back after 45:22 from Andy McKinney, but it wasen't enough as the Bison went home with all two points.
Meanwhile, Guildford have announced the dates of the Cup Semi Final. Flames will host the first leg against the Telford Tigers on Wednesday February 4th, with an 8 pm face off. The second leg will be at Telford a week later.
A Vladimir Kutny goal inside the last minute earned Flames a point against the Sheffield Steeldogs at the Spectrum on Sunday, only for the visitors to claim the extra point with a Tom Squires tie breaking penalty in the shoot out.
Janis Ozolins got Sheffield on the board after 32:55, only for Roman Tvrdon to level two minutes later. Ozlins restored the visitors advantage after 44:06, but a late strike from Kutny with only 37 seconds remaining sent the game into overtime. 24 Hours earlier Flames completed a 3-1 road trip victory against the Swindon Wildcats, to stretch their winning streak to seven games.
Flames had to come from three goals down to record a 4-3 overtime win against the Bracknell Bees at the Spectrum on Boxing Day.
Finding themselves 3-0 down after 42 minutes Flames responded with goals from Roman Tvrdon, Vladimir Kutny and Branislav Kvetan, to send the game into overtime. With 4.26 played of overtime Matt Towe struck the winner for the Flames.
Flames completed a 3-1 League and Cup victory against the Bracknell Bees at the Spectrum on Saturday.
James Galazzi opened the scoring for the Bees on 28:01 on the powerplay. Vladimir Kutny opened his Flames account on 36:48. Just under two minutes later a Danny Meyers powerplay strike gave Guildford the lead for the first time. Roman Tvrdon's empty net goal, and first for the club, with only two seconds reamining ensured Flames grabbed the win.
Guildford have added 33 year old Slovakian forward Roman Tvrdon to their roster. The former NHL draft pick of the Washington Capitals, played nine times for the Caps.
The Flames have released Canadian Owen Fussey. Fussey, iced in 26 games this season, and scored 17 goals along with eight assists.
Guildford have released Curtis Huppe. The forward joined the club in 2011-12 . The club have replaced Huppe with Slovakian forward Vladimir Kutny. The 29 year old winger began this season in Norway, but has spent the bulk of his senior career in the Slovak Extraleague, scoring 132 points in 333 games.
Flames completed a 4-3 victory on home ice against the Manchester Phoenix on Saturday.
Phoenix opened the scoring on 23.13 through Ben Wood. Flames responded with four unanswered goals, thanks to Curtis Huppe 35:56, Jozef Kohut 38:20, Branislav Kvetan 51:40 and Andy McKinney at 49:09. Despit Phoenix pulling two power play goals back through Shaun Thompson and Tony Hand, flames hung on to record a win.
Guildford Flames completed a 5-3 victory against the Peterborough Phantoms at the Spectrum on Sunday.
The deadlock was broken in the second period when Owen Fussey opened the scoring after 28:33 for the Flames. A David Longstaff power play goal doubled the home sides advantage, before Andy McKinney made it 3-0 28 seconds later. The visitors then produced a stunning fightback with three unanswered goals. A Danny Meyers power play goal on 52:41 restored the Flames advantage, before a Curtis Huppe empty net goal made sure of the points for Guildford.
Guildford completed a 6-3 League and Cup victory against the visiting Basingstoke Bison on Sunday.
Flames raced into a three goal lead inside the opening period, thanks to a brace from Owen Fussey and a David Longstaff effort. The second period was dominated by the Bison as they managed to get themselves back into the game with two goals from Joe Greener and a goal from Joe Rand, but three further unanswered goals in the third period from Jez Lundin, David Savage and Andy McKinney, including two powerplay goals, secured the victory for the Flames. Twenty four hours earlier, Flames suffered a 3-2 loss in Milton Keynes against the Kings.
Guildford recorded a 5-1 victory against the Peterborough Phantoms at the Spectrum on Sunday in the League.
Despite the Phantoms opening the scoring on 10:22 on the power play, Flames responded with five unanswered goals from Jozef Kohut at 17:58 on the power play, Marcus Kristoffersson at 25:55, Danny Meyers 35:45, David Savage on the power play at 52: 33 and Matt Towe at 53:22. On Saturday Flames were on the road to face the Swindon Wildcats, and came away with a 5-2 victory.
Guildford slumped to a 7-1 defeat on home ice at the Spectrum on Saturday against the Telford Tigers.
Dan Davies opened the scoring for the Tigers after 5: 06, only for Owen Fussey to level 90 seconds later. On 10:17, Tigers on the power play went ahead through Jason Silverthorn. Telford then procceded to run in five unanswered goals to run out comfortable winners.
Flames registered a 6-3 victory against the Manchester phoenix at the Spectrum on Sunday.
Bobby Chamberlain netted in the 8th minute for the Phoenix, but Flames hit back with a goal from Ben Campbell to level the game. In the 16th minute Owen Fussey gave the Flames a slender goal advantage after the first period. Just 43 seconds into the second period Campbell grabbed his second goal of the goal, short handed to give the Flames a two goal cushion. Phoenix hit back on the power play with Michal Psurny after 21:09. Two goals in the course of two minutes through Danny Meyers and Matt Towe put Flames 5-2 up, only for Adam Walker to pull a goal back for the Phoenix on the power play. Fussey notched his second goal of the night on the power play after 41:19 to complete the scoring for the night. On Saturday Flames picked up a penalty shoot out win against the Bison in Basingstoke by 2-1.
Guildford Flames completed a comprehensive 9-0 victory in the Cup against the Wightlink Raiders at the Spectrum on Sunday.
Matt Towe opened the scoring for the Flames, on the power play after nine minutes. Tom Duggan netted on 16:07 before Towe grabbed his second of the game. In the course of four second period minutes Flames had increased their lead to five with goals from Andy McKinney and Andy Hemmings before Duggan, on the power play grabbed his second of the game. Danny Meyers scored the only goal of the third period on 55:08. Netminder James Hadfield completed a shut out for Flames.
24 hours earlier Flames picked up a single league point for an overtime loss against the Phantoms in Peterborough. Tom Duggan was on the board for the Flames in the second period.
It was a mixed weekend for the Guildford Flames, after completing a 4-2 victory against the Swindon wildcats in Swindon on Saturday, Flames suffered a 4-2 loss to the Wildcats on Sunday at the Spectrum.
Jez Lundin scored the only goal of the first period just before the fifth minute. Branislav Kvetan doubled the Flames advantage in the second period, only for Henri Sandvik to pull a goal back for the Wildcats. A power play goal from Tomasz Malasinski in the 36th minute drew the visitors level. Further goals from Lee Richardson a minute from the end of the second period nudged the Wildcats in front. On 45:01 a powerplay goal from Aaron Nell was enough to condem Flames to their first league defeat of the new campaign.
Guildford Flames opened up their League campaign with a 5-3 victory on home ice against the Milton Keynes Lightning.
Grant McPherson gave the Lightning the lead in the first period. A few seconds later David Longstaff's power play goal levelled the contest. In the 26th minute a power play goal from Branislav Kvetan nudged the Flames ahead. In the 29th minute a Marcus Kristoffersson goal gave Flames a two goal cushion. Ben Campbell made it 4-1 to the Flames at the end of the second period. With less than a minute played in the third period Curtis Huppe made it 5-1 to the Flames. Despite the visitors scoring a pair of goals in the course of a minute late on, Flames held on to record their opening victory of the season.
Long term Flames forwards Milos Melicherik and Stuart Potts will have coaching roles rather than on the playing roster for the forthcoming season. Melicherik will still maintain his assistant coaching role with the senior team, but will also be coaching the junior outfit as well.
Potts, will be full time bench coach, alongside head coach Paul Dixon for the senior side.
Ben Campbell will be icing for Guildford once again next season. The 27year-old forward iced 54 times for the Flames last season, scoring 13 goals and 21 assists.
Jozef Kohut, will once more be icing for the Flames, for a ninth season. Injury limited the Slovak forward to 40 games last season, but still finished up the season with 56 points.
Guildford Flames will get their season underway with two challenge matches against the Basingstoke Bison. Flames travel to the Bison on Saturday September 6th, and 24 hours later will make their home debut against the side from Hampshire.
From September 13th, the League and Cup campaign will start with the nine team English Premier League, joined in the Red Touch Media Cup competition by National League sides, Wightlink Raiders, Invicta Dynamos, Chelmsford Chieftains, Solway Sharks, Blackburn Hawks and Billingham Bombers.
The English Premier League will consist of 48 games, with three home and away games against the other eight clubs. Flames will also be in the Southern group of the Cup along with Basingstoke, Bracknell, Milton Keynes, Swindon, Wightlink, Invicta and Chelmsford.
For a complete list of all Flames fixtures, take a look at the Guildford Flames official site
Former NHL and Great Britian National team forward Owen Fussey has signed for the Flames.
The 31 year-old Canadian has three years of British hockey experience. Fussey, played for the Coventry Blaze for two seasons 2010-2011 and 2011- 2012.In 94 games across both seasons he scored 107 points, including 61 goals.
Neil Liddiard will return to the Guildford Flames for a 12th season. The 36 year-old defenceman has scored 49 goals and 186 assists in 656 career appearances.
Andrew Hemmings has re-signed with the Flames. The forward iced 61 games last season, scoring six goals and eight assists
Former Great Britian under 18 and 20 defenceman Sam Godfrey has joined the Guildford Flames for next season. The 20 year-old has joined the Surrey club from the Swindon Wildcats, where he scored one goal and nine assists in 51 games.
Jez Lundin will be back once again next season in a Flames shirt. The 26 year-old defenceman will be spending his 6th season with the club. Injury limited Lundin to 42 gmaes last season, picking up 15 points.
After five seasons away from the Surrey based outfit, Ollie Bronnimann will once again be icing for the Flames next season.
Bronnimann, has been icing for the Bracknell Bees for the past couple of seasons scoring 27 goals and 52 points. The forward last played for Guildford in the 2008-9 season picking up 32 points.
Guildford have retained both netminders James Hadfield and Gregg Rockman for next season.
Branislav Kvetan will once again ice for the Flames next season. The defenceman will be starting his fourth season for the Surrey side. Kvetan, scored 23 goals last season, along with 50 points for the Flames.
David Savage has agreed to remain with the Flames for his eighth full season. The 25 year old scored 34 points last season, and in total has 106 goals and 279 points.
Guildford have retained the services of Marcus Kristoffersson for the forthcoming season. Kristoffersson, the clubs leading goalscorer last season with 53 points in his debut season for the Surrey club, really showed his true colours with a sparkling second half of the season.
Tom Duggan has agreed a new deal with the Flames. Duggan, had a fine season picking up 23 goals, along with 68 points for the Flames.
Great Britian veteran Danny Meyers has joined the Flames for next season. The 31 year old defenceman has signed from Elite League side Sheffield Steelers. Meyers, has previously starred with the Nottingham Panthers where he iced for over 300 games in six seasons.
Myers has recently featured for Great Britian in the World Championships in Lithuania back in April.
After two years with both Belfast and Braehead, Matt Towe has agreed a return to the Guildford Flames.
The Sheffield born player iced 58 times for Braehead last season, and scored 17 goals and 18 assists. The Forward spent two seasons with the Flames during 2010 and 2012. In 109 games he scored 37 goals and 139 points.
With the brand new Hockey season a few months away, Guildford have already begun to prepare for next season with several changes in personnel. Already leaving the Flames are, Ricky Skene, Andrew Sharp, Dean Holland, Nicky Watt, Martin Opatovsky and Mark Lee.
Good news for Flames fans is that Curtis Huppe will be returning back to the Club, for a fourth season. Huppe, who was troubled by injuries last season, in making just eight appearances for the club, is on a very strict conditioning programme and regimen for the Summer. The 35 year old has already ammased over 100 points for the Flames.
Guildford Flames were eliminated at the Semi Final stage of the Play Offs by the Basingstoke Bison 5-2 at Coventry on Saturday.
Three second period goals was the difference between the sides. Marcus Kristofferson and Branislav Kvetan were on target for the Flames as they missed out on the final.
Guildford Flames have secured a Semi Final berth at Coventry next weekend, after a 7-6 aggregate win against the Telford Tigers at the weekend.
In the first leg at Telford on Saturday it ended in a 4-4 tie, so it was all to play for at a packed Spectrum on Sunday. The only goal of the opening period fell to Jozef Kohut to edge Flames ahead. In the second period Timo Kuuluvainen levelled for the Tigers. Tom Duggan restored Flames slim advantage at 33:42, but in the 47th minute Joe Miller levelled for the visitors with a short handed effort, but wilh just under nine minutes remaining of the third period David Longstaff scored for the Flames to send them to Coventry for the ninth consecutive season.
The Flames had to come from two goals down to overcome the visiting Sheffield Steeldogs 5-2 at the Spectrum on Sunday.
Greg Chambers opened the scoring for the Yorkshire side after 25:22 on the powerplay. A few minutes later Steve Duncombe doubled their advantage. Flames responded with a powerplay goal of their own from Marcus Kristofferson. In the third period a powerplay goal from Martin Opatovsky drew Flames level. David Longstaff put Guildford in front for the first time in the match, Opatovsky's second of the evening gave the Flames a two goal cushion, and With Sheffield pulling their netminder it was left to Melicherik to score a shorthanded empty net goal to wrap up the win.
Guildford picked up three out of a possible four points on offer in their two weekend games against the Milton Keynes Lightning at the weekend.
On Saturday the Flames travelled to Milton Keynes and suffered a 7-6 penalty defeat. On Sunday at the Spectrum the home side were two goals up inside the opening five minutes thanks to Opatovsky and David Longstaff. Lightning reduced the deficet with a power play goal after 16:53 from Lascek. Two minutes later Kristoffersson gave the Flames a two goal cushion. Leigh Jamieson reduced the lead to a single goal after four minutes of the second period, but another strike from Kristoffersson restored the two goal lead. Kristoffersson completed his hat trick with a short handed effort, but Lightning responded with a Tom Carlon power play goal. Blaz Emersic pulled the visitors within one goal at 35:44. In the third period Flames made the game safe with goals from Nicky Watt and Opatovsky.
Guildford completed a three point weekend after a 2-1 penalty shootout defeat against the Slough Jects in Slough on Saturday, but had better luck with a 4-1 home victory against the Swindon Wildcats on Sunday.
Marcus Kristofferson gave Flames an early lead, before Henri Sandvik levelled for the Jets in the ninth minute. Milos Melicherik restored Guildford's lead in the second period. A power play goal from Kristoffersson after 33.34 extended the home sides lead. David Longstaff stretched the lead in the 35th minute as Flames sealed a comfortable home victory.
Flames returned back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory against the Peterborough Phantoms at the Spectrum on Wednesday evening.
David Savage opened the scoring for the Flames in the 9th minute. Martin Opatovksy doubled the Flames lead with a powerplay goal in the first period. peterborough had to wait until the third period before they got on the board, when Marcel Petran scored for the visitors on the powerplay, but Guildford held on to record a welcome win.
GUILDFORD FLAMES 6 BASINGSTOKE BISON 3
Aggregate 9 -11
English Premier Cup 2nd Leg Wednesday 5th February 2014
Peter Moore at the Guildford Spectrum
Guildford came agonisingly close to pulling of a sensational comeback, thanks to a four goal last period and a hat trick from Branislav Kvetan. Going in to the game the Flames had to claw back a five goal deficit and came within a whisker of doing so.
Due to the Flames ever growing injury list, Defenseman Kvetan was pushed up to the forward line, and how he revelled in this role. It was a valiant attempt by the Surrey side on the night, and they came within a goal with less than a minute to play, only for the Bison to score an empty net goal.
The Flames were first on the board with a Milos Melicherik blue line slap shot after 16.17. Cameron Wynn drew the visitor’s level after James Hadfield spilled a shot from Michael Wales and Wynn was on hand to tuck away the puck on 17. 25. Kvetan scored the first of his three goal haul at 27.12 to restore Flames slender lead. Tomas Karpov pulled the visitor’s level on 29.01.
Flames restored their lead when Marcus Kristofferson scored at 43.02. Kvetan bagged his second of the night three minutes later to give the Flames a two goal cushion on the night, and added his third on the powerplay at 58.23. With just 40 seconds remaining a Nicky Watt powerplay strike saw his side trailing on aggregate by a single goal. Flames pulled their netminder, only for Kurt Reynolds to shoot into the empty net with just 32 seconds remaining, as Bison booked their place in the final.
Guildford have strengthend their line up due to continuing injury problems, by signing forward Martin Opatovsky, who has played nearly 800 pro games. The Slovak has played most of his hockey in the Slovak Extraleague where he has scored 104 goals and 230 points.
A near capacity crowd saw a very entertaining game of hockey on Sunday, which the Flames lost by the odd goal. The Tigers took the lead shortly after three minutes through Scott McKenzie, David Savage drew the Flames level with just four seconds reamining in the first period. Danny Rose then restored Telford's lead in the second period. Tigers increased their advantage in the 45th minute with another strike from McKenzie, before Branislav Kvetan pulled a goal back at 53:22. Despite strong pressure from the Flames tigers closed the game out to record a road win.
Guildford had a mixed set of results over the weekend, suffering a 6-3 home loss to the Peterborough Phantoms, but gaining revenge 24 hours later with a 3-2 victory. On Saturday Flames found themselves 3-0 down to the Phantoms. Jozef Kohut and Tom Duggan reduced the deficet, only for Luke Ferrara to net for the visitors. Curtis Huppe pulled a goal back, only for Peterborough to strike twice more in the final period.
Guildford will face the Basingstoke Bison in a two leg semi final in the Premier Cup. The first leg will be at Basingstoke on Wednesday 29th January with a 7.45 face off, and the return leg with the Bison will be at the Spectrum a week later on Wednesday 5th February with a 8.00 face off.
Flames completed a four point maximum haul at the weekend with wins over the Sheffield Steeldogs and the Slough Jets.
On Saturday Guildford travelled to Sheffield and came away with a 2-1 win. Sunday evening at the Spectrum saw the Jets come to town. Andrew Hemmings opened the scoring for the Flames after 2 minutes. Duggan then doubled the Flames advantage to leave them 2-0 up at the end of the first period. In the 44th minute David Savage put away a powerplay goal. Andrew Sharp completed the scoring for a comprehensive Flames victory.
A last minute goal from Tomas Karpov, secured a dramatic victory for the visiting Basingstoke Bison at the Spectrum on New Years Day.
With the game less than five minutes old, Marcus Kristoffersson put the Flames into an early lead.Tom Duggan made it a two goal advantage before Karpov pulled a goal back. The Bison levelled early in the second period through Ciaran Long, but on 38 minutes Milos Melicherik put the home side back in the lead, only for Andrew Melachrino to level into the third period. With the contest heading for overtime, up popped Karpov to grab the game winner with just 20 seconds remaining.
Guidlford completed a 4-3 home victory against local rivals the Bracknell Bees on Boxing Day.
David Savage opened the scoring after 19 mins with a powerplay goal, only for Scott Spearing to level after 37:07. Just under a minute later Jozef Kohut restored the Flames lead. In the 3rd period Lukas Smital levelled for the Bees shortly at the start of the period. 35 seconds later Dean Holland nuged the Flames ahead. 20 seconds later David Longstaff gave the Flames a two goal cushion. In the 53rd minute Bracknell pulled a goal back through Pavel Strycek, but Flames held on for a vital win.
Guildford made it a winning four point weekend with away victories at Milton Keynes and Peterborough.
Despite the Flames having a depleted side, the two wins moved Flames back to the top of the Engliosh Premier League. On Saturday at MK a brace from Paul Dixon and goals from Andrew Hemmings and David Longstaff secured the points. Sunday, goals from Josef Kohut, David Savage, David Longstaff and an overtime winner from Kvetan capped a maxium points haul from the weekend.
Guildford suffered a 2-1 defeat against local rivals the Bracknell Bees at a sold out Spectrum on Saturday evening.
In a close, tight affair it was Guildford who were on the board first after 3:30 with a Jozef Kohut power play goal. Bees were quick to reply when Tony Redmond netted 16 seconds later. After a goalless second period, Lukas Smital scored the game winning goal after 47:25. Flames frustration amounted to Branislav Kvetan receiving a 5 + game penalty for checking to the head with seven minutes remaining. Despite late Flames pressure, it was the Bees fans who were signing at the end, after recording just their seventh win of the season.
Guildford moved to the top of the Premier League, after a 4-2 victory over the Manchester Phoenix on Sunday.
At the Spectrum on Sunday Branislav Kvetan opened the scoring at 3:32. James Archer levelled for the Phoenix less than a minute later. It remained 1-1 until the final period when after 86 seconds Kohut netted. Kristoffersson made it 3-1 for the Flames after 48:04. The Swede then bagged his second goal of the night a couple of minutes later to give Flames a 4-1 lead. Phoenix pulled a goal back late in the game through Frantisek Bakrlik, but in the end Flames held on to record a magnificent win. 24 hours earlier Guildford travelled to Telford to face the Tigers and came away with a 6-3 win.
Guildford claimed all four points on offer, with back to back wins against the Swindon Wildcats over the weekend.
On Saturday Flames travelled to Wiltshire and came away with a 5-2 victory. On Sunday at the Spectrum Marcus Kristoffersson opened the scoring half way through the first period. Sam Bullas levelled for the visitors. Swindon took the lead through Smith, only for Guildford to score three quick goals, thanks to Branislav Kvetan on 31 minutes, Melicherik on 34 minutes and Kohut 38 seconds later. Rick Plant added Flames fiith goal in the 44th minute. Kristoffersson's brace came on 46:15. Wildcats pulled a goal back shortly afterwards. That was the end of the scoring as Guildford claimed another home win.
After a weekend that saw the Flames grab a victory over the Telford Tigers on home ice, but suffered a reverse at Basingstoke the following night, Guildford faced off against the Peterborough Phantoms on Wednesday at the Spectrum, and managed a 3-2 victory.
Guildford opened the scoring with both sides down to 4 men when Marcus Kristoffersson scored in the 16th minute. Tom Duggan gave the Flames a two goal cushion, and with the second period coming to a close with just 57 seconds remaining David Longstaff hit a pwerplay goal to give the Flames a commanding 3-0 lead. But within the opening minute of the third period Will Weldon scored for the Phantoms. Marcel Petran scored on the powerplay at 49:26, but Flames clung on to record a victory.
The top two in the Premier league went head to head at the weekend, with both sides winning on home ice.
On Saturday at the Spectrum Mark Lee stopped a penalty shot with 5 minutes remaining to ensure Flames pulled of a 3-2 victory over the Manchester Phoenix. On Sunday in Manchester the Phoenix got their revenge with a 7-4 victory over the Flames.
It was a mixed weekend for the Flames with the end result of three points with back to back games against the Basingstoke Bison.
On Saturday Flames travelled to Basingstoke and came away with a 3-2 win with goals from Curtis Huppe, Branislav Kvetan and Marcus Kristofferson.
24 hours later at the Spectrum it was the Flames who were on the board as early as the 3rd minute through Jozef Kohut. Bison responded with a shorthanded goal from Joe Greener, before Rick Plant restored Flames lead. Ben Campbell made it 3-1 at 23.55, but Bison pulled a goal back a minute later through Rand. Basingstoke were on the front foot quickly at the start of the third period with two goals in the space of 21 seconds from Greener and Melachrino had the Bison in front for the first time in the game. However Plant pulled a goal back on 48.48 to force overtime.
No side could come up with the winner in overtime, so it was down to a shootout. It took six rounds of penalty shots, with Doug Sheppard bagging the winner for the Bison.
With a total of eight powerplay goals over the weekend, Flames secured back to back wins.
On Saturday Guildford secured a 6-2 victory at Sheffield Steeldogs, helped by a brace from Rick Plant.
On Sunday Guildford took the lead against the visiting Swindon Wildcats through a Tom Duggan powerplay goal. Flames doubled their advantage 55 seconds in to the second period with a Jozef Kohut powerplay goal. Further goals from Ben Campbell, Andrew Hemmings and a Rick Plant powerplay goal extended the lead by five. Plant then bagged another goal to leave Flames with a six goal cushion after two periods.
The final period contained just one goal which fell to the visitors in the 42nd minute when Aku Pekkarinen scored on the powerplay.
Late goals in both weekend games earned Guildford a three point haul at the weekend.
On Saturday Flames travelled to Milton Keynes to face the Lightning, with late goals from Ben Campbell and Milos Melicherick forced overtime, before Tom Carlon netted for a 5-4 Lightning overtime win.
On Sunday evening at the Spectrum the crowd were treated to a goal fest. Sheefield opened the scoring with a short handed effort from Lubomir Korhorn in the third minute, Rick Plant pulled Flames level. Steeldogs regained the lead, only for a Plant powerplay goal to level the game. David Savage put the Flames 3-2 up in the 17th minute. The visitors levelled after 26:10, only for Paul Dixon to restore the Flames advantage.Shortly after the start of the 3rd period Lee Haywood levelled the scores at 4-4. Lloyd Gibson then gave the visitors the lead, but with less than ten minutes remaining a brace from Joseph Kohut restored Guildford's lead once again.That lead was short lived as Greg Chambers drew Steeldogs level, but it was Kohut's night as with less than a minute remaining he fired in his hat trick goal, and the winner for the Flames in spectacular fashion.
The Flames opened up their title defence with back to back wins over the weekend.
On Saturday at Slough Rick Plant scored four goals, including three in the space of 14 minutes. Marcus Kristoffersson bagged a pair in a five goal win.
On Sunday at the Spectrum Jez Lundin opened the scoring for the Flames inside two minutes, a power play goal from Jozef kohut doubled their advantage. Bees replied with a Lukas Smital short handed effort to leave the Bees trailing by a single goal at the end of the first period.
Kristoffersson claimed the only goal of the second period to give Flames a two goal cushion. Jan Bendik scored for the visitors at 45:23, but Flames responded a minute later through Ben Campbell. With just under two minuts remaining Scott Spearing pulled a goal back for the Bees. The visitors pulled their netminder for the extra skater, but David Savage scored to give Guildford a winning weekend.
Guildford faced local rivals the Basingstoke Bison in a double header weekend of challenge matches.
On Saturday Flames suffered a 2-1 defeat at Basingstoke, with Marcus Kristoffersson scoring the Flames goal. On Sunday goals from Branislav Kvetan and Ben Campbell secured a 2-1 victory.
Guildford continue their build up to the forthcoming season, with the announcement that Ricky Skene will return to the club for another season.
The 31 year old iced in every match last season for the Flames.
Flames are continuing their build up to the new season, with the announcement that both Andrew Sharp and Dean Holland have signed one year contracts with the club.
The reigning League and Cup Champions the Guildford Flames will open up the new season with a challenge weekend against the Basingstoke Bison. Flames will visit Basingstoke on Saturday 7th September, and 24 hours later the Bison will visit the Spectrum on the 8th.
League and Cup action will commence the following weekend, when the Flames will begin the defence of their title with a trip to face the Jets at Slough on Saturday 14th. Bracknell will visit the Spectrum on Sunday 15th for the first of many local derbies against the Bees.
Altogether there will be 54 league matches, each team will play each other six times, three at home and three away. The first home and away league games against each team will serve as cup matches.
Jozef Kohut and James Hadfield, have both agreed to another season at the Spectrum.
Rick Plant will be returning back to the Guildford Flames for a 15th year. Plant, has iced an incredible 824 matches for the Flames, and has scored 710 points for the Flames.
Jez Lundin has agreed to stay with the Guildford Flames for a fifth season. The 25 year old scored nine goals along with 22 assists last season.
Defenceman Neil Liddiard has re-signed for the Flames for next season. Liddiard, will be returning back to the Flames for the 11th season.
Guildford have signed Swedish forward Marcus Kristofferson.
The 34 year old has joined the Flames from French side Mulhouse. Kristofferson has played in this country, when he iced for the Manchester Phoenix in the 2010-11 season.
Milos Melicherik will ice once again next season for the Flames. It will be his 11th season at the Spectrum.
Tom Duggan, has returned back to the Flames for the forthcoming season. The 23 year old last iced for the Flames in the season 2009-10. For the past three seasons Duggan has been playing for the Manchester Flames.
Branislav Kvetan has agreed to join the Flames for another season. The 35 year old will be icing for the Flames for his third season.
Ben Campbell will be re-joining the Flames for next season.
The 26 year old scored 19 goals and 44 points for the Flames last season.
Stuart Potts will be icing once again for the Flames next Season. The forward will become just the fourth player in the history of the club to ice for a 10th season.
Curtis Huppe will return back to the Guildford Flames next season. The Canadian forward will be returning back to the Surrey club for a third season. The 34 year old finished second in Flames club scoring for last season with 98 points, including 59 goals.
Flames Captain David Longstaff will be back next season for the Flames, completing his fourth season for the Surrey club.
Longstaff, had his best season for Guildford when he scored 38 goals and 79 assists to top the club points total last season.
The Guildford Flames suffered agony in their quest for the treble, as they suffered a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Manchester Phoenix in the final of the Premier League play-off final on Sunday.
On Saturday Guildford had proggresed to the final after completing a narrow 3-2 win over the Milton Keynes Lightning.
Guildford advanced to the Play Off Semi Finals, after defeating the Peterborough Phantoms 11-3 on aggregate over the weekend.
Flames won the first leg in Peterborough 4-1, and completed the victory with a home 7-2 win on Sunday.
Guildford will now play the Milton Keynes Lightning in the semi final on Saturday at Coventry.
Flames concluded their League Season with a win and a loss over the weekend. On Saturday Guildford travelled down to Swindon to face the Wildcats, and came away with a 5-3 win. On home ice Sunday, Flames suffered a 5-4 defeat at the hands of Slough.
Guildford will face the Peterborough Phantoms in the quarter final of the play offs. The first leg will be at Peterborough this Saturday 30th, with the return leg at the Spectrum on Sunday 31st.
Guildford made it a week to rememer when they lifted the League Cup, with a 5-3 win on the night over the Slough Jets at a packed Guildford Spectrum on Wednesday evening. Flames were overall aggregate winners by 9-5.
Guildford have been crowned League Champions for the second season running, after claiming a point during a 2-1 0vertime loss to the Sheffield Steeldogs at Sheffield on Saturday.
Twenty four hours later Flames returned back to winning ways when they defeated the Swindon wildcats 5-4 at the Guildford Spectrum.
Guildford will take a two goal advantage going into next Wednesday's second leg of the Cup, after gaining a 4-2 victory at Slough on Wednesday night.
Flames raced into a three goal advantage inside the first 18 minutes, before the Jets fought back to reduce the deficit.
Despite taking the lead through David Longstaff early in the first period, Flames went down to a 6-3 defeat at Peterborough on Wednesday evening.
Guildford Flames will go after their first ever back to back Cup title when they face the Slough Jets in a two legged final.
Flames will travel to Slough for the first leg on Wednesday March 13th, and will return for the second leg at the Spectrum on Wednesday March 20th with a 8 pm face off time.
Guildford Flames advance to the Cup Final, despite losing 4-3 at Manchester on Saturday. A brace from Nathan Rempel enabled the Flames to reach the final with a 9-8 aggregate win over the Phoenix.
Guildford are now just three points away from securing the club's first ever back to back trophy win after a comfortable 7-1 victory at the Spectrum on Sunday over the Milton Keynes Lightning. Flames scored seven unanswered 2nd period goals in just over eight minutes.
Guildford moved eight points clear at the top of the table after a four point weekend. On Saturday Flames came away from Milton Keynes with a 3-2 win. Goals from Dixon, Kohut and Huppe sealed the points. On Sunday on home ice Flames defeated the Slough Jets 4-3. Two goals from Huppe and a goal apiece from Dixon and Rempel secured a winning weekend for the Flames.
GUILDFORD 7 MANCHESTER 1
English Premier League Wednesday 20th February
Peter Moore at the Guildford Spectrum
Guildford Flames extended their lead at the top of the English Premier League to four points, after a convincing victory over the Phoenix at a sold out Spectrum on Wednesday evening.
A Curtis Huppe hat- trick, and a brace from Rick Plant ensured a vital league win for the Flames.
The Phoenix drew first blood at the Spectrum when Richard Bentham opened the scoring at 10:16. Flames drew level at 17;14 with the first of Huppe’s hat trick to send the sides in level at the end of the first period. It took just 14 seconds for Flames to edge ahead in the second period thanks to Huppe. Eight minutes later Branislav Kvetan’s long range shot beat El-Hage between the pipes to make it 3-1 to the Flames. Guildford were beginning to get well on top in the middle period, and their dominant spell brought due rewards when Rick Plant scored a fine wrap around goal to extend Flames advantage.
Huppe completed his hat-trick on the power play with a screamer of a shot that surprised El-Hage with 39:29 showing on the clock, to end an excellent period for Guildford with four unanswered goals. There was still time for David Longstaff to grab a goal on 43:05, and Plant bagged his second of the night on the power play with 55:22 played.
This was a commanding performance from Flames, it was also one of their games in hand, and has sent a marker to the rest of the sides in the division, that they certainly aim to hold on to their top spot in the league.
With five consecutive league victories, Flames will be looking to keep their fine run going when they visit Milton Keynes this Saturday 23rd and welcome the Slough Jets to the Spectrum on Sunday 24th.
GUILDFORD 7 BRACKNELL 6 after o.t
English Premier League Saturday 16th February
Peter Moore at the Guildford Spectrum.
In a pulsating local derby, David Savage produced the overtime winner to seal victory for the Flames in front of a crowd of 1,855 in Guildford on Saturday.
Guildford were on the front foot as early as the first minute when Bees net minder Tom Annetts failed to hold on to a shot from Andrew Hemmings and Curtis Huppe was on hand to tuck away the puck after only 53 seconds.
Bracknell drew level after 12.40 through Lukas Smital, only for the Flames to quickly restore their lead through a Branislav Kveetan slap shot from the blue line. Huppe’s second of the evening, on a 5 on 3 power play, doubled the Flames advantage on 15.52. Bees pulled a goal back on the powerplay through Martin Masa a couple of minutes later.
The visitors squared the contest in the second period at 27.27 through Smital. Dean Holland quickly replied back for the Flames just over a minute later. The Bees once again levelled the contest at 4.4 through Shaun Thompson after 35 minutes. A fine individual effort from David Longstaff at 43.33 and a Neil Liddiard goal within the course of 35 seconds gave Guildford a two goal cushion. Bracknell clawed their way back into the game once again with a Thompson effort on 54.16. With Huppe serving a two minute minor for holding, and with only a minute remaining in the third period, Bees took their net minder of for an additional attacker, and it paid off when Pavel Strycek struck to send the game into overtime.
With just over three minutes of overtime played, David Savage struck the winner to send Flames top of the table.
On Sunday the Flames moved two points clear at the top of the table, after a 4-2 victory at Manchester against the Phoenix. Goals from Huppe, Melicherik, Longstaff and Kvetan sealed a fine win.
Flames made it a four point wekend with victories against Manchester and Slough at the weekend.
Flames completed a 7-4 home win against the Manchester Phoenix on Saturday. David Longstaff opened the scoring after three minutes into the game. Phoenix replied, only for Branislav Kvetan to net a powerplay goal halfway through the second period. Milos Melicherik opened a two goal cushion less than two minutes later. Longstaff's second of the night had Guildford in command at 4-1. Phoenix pulled a goal back, only for Curtis Huppe to increase Flames lead. Phoenix then responded with a couple of goals, but Jozef Kohut scored with less than two minutes from time, then added another into an empty net to secure the win.
At Slough, Rick Plant opened the scoring, Paul Dixon converted a 5 on 3 powerplay. Jets pulled a goal back, but Flames responded quickly through David Longstaff. Longstaff added a second, Dean Holland extended the lead to 5-1. Jets scored again with 80 seconds remaining, to complete the scoring.
GUILDFORD FLAMES NEWS
The Flames 12 game winning run came to an end on Sunday, with a 2-1 loss to the Milton Keynes Lightning.
24 hours earlier Flames visited Sheffield, and came away with a 5-3 victory. Goals from Jez Lundin, Dean Holland, David Longstaff, Ben Campbell and Curtis Huppe secured the points for the Flames.
This coming Saturday 9th February the Manchester Phoenix are the visitors to the Spectrum, with a 6 pm face off. 24 hours later Flames travel to Slough to face the Jets with a 6.30 face off time.
Guildford will take a two goal advantage to Manchester in March when they face the Phoniex in the second leg of the Cup.
A brace from David Longstaff, and goals from Rick Plant, Milos Melicherik, David Savage and Jozef Kohut ensured the flames were successful by 6-4 at the Spectrum on Wednesday.
After suffering a defeat in Milton Keynes on Saturday, Flames returned to winning ways with a 7-4 victory over the Telford Tigers on Sunday at the Spectrum.
On Saturday Flames went down to a 2-1 defeat against the Lightning, with Curtis Huppe scoring the Flames goal. Huppe was on hand for the Flames on Sunday with a couple of goals.
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