Flames and Devils set Quarter Final date
The Guildford Flames first ever advanced round of any competition at the top flight of UK hockey will be the Challenge Cup 2 leg Quarter Final against Cardiff Devils. The clubs will come together at Spectrum for Leg 1 on Wednesday, December 20th at 7pm before the closing leg at Cardiff on Wednesday, January 10th, 7:30pm. The 2 game series winner will move on to the last 4 of the semi final round.
“It is pretty exciting, and maybe even a bit unexpected, for us to be still in the Cup competition,” said Head Coach Paul Dixon. “We are glad to be in it and we will try to put our best foot forward in terms of trying to advance to the next round.”
Spectrum’s men have 7 historical Cup claims from their British National League and Premier League membership stretches. Their most recent success was the EPL Cup championship in 2015-2016.
Devils and Flames have played twice so far this season, each in the group stage of the Challenge Cup competition with Surrey’s side taking both contests; an 8-4 home win on September 10th and a 3-2 overtime road success on October 14th. The clubs finished their respective group rounds each on 7 points from 3 wins and an extra time point across 6 games. The Devils, however, enter the quarter final as the higher seed on the basis of 3 regulation wins compared to 1 for the Flames.
“It would be a mistake for anyone to take the existing results against Cardiff and automatically project those forward to the upcoming quarter final,” Dixon added. “They have a very deep and talented club. They have not lost on many nights through 20 or so league games, and they are holding a good table position. We have a big job ahead if we are planning to move on in the competition. Whatever the outcome, we look forward to getting underway in a couple of weeks.”