Flames kick off playoffs on home ice Saturday, April 6th v Glasgow Clan

The Guildford Flames ice hockey club will take on Glasgow Clan home and away in the 2 Leg aggregate goal Playoff Quarter final starting Saturday, April 6th, 6pm, at Spectrum.  The teams will close the elimination weekend on Sunday at Glasgow; a pair of games which ultimately determines who advances to the Final 4 group at Nottingham April 13th and 14th. 


The pairing was set on the last night of the regular season schedule at home to Dundee Stars where penalties were the order of the evening when a trio of Stars tiebreakers against a single Flames reply delivered a 4-3 defeat to Surrey’s men. 


Across the opening set, neither team could find any scoring success and the 2nd frame began still with a couple of bagels on the board.


Flames got things started shortly into a powerplay at 26:19 when Kruise Reddick had the home team in a 1-0 lead.  At 34:36 a Ben Davies steal ended up behind Stars netminder Pontus Sjogren for a 2-goal difference, but a pair of Stars replies inside the period’s last 5 minutes by Matt Marquardt and Brian Hart had things level to start the 3rd


Shortly into the last session, Evan Ritt found Joshua Waller for an in close shot that didn’t find the spot but Evan Janssen stuffed home the goal line rebound to put Spectrum’s men back in front.  The differential remained on the board until the 56th minute when Charles Corcoran levelled it at 3 and sent the evening to Overtime and then penalties.


During tiebreakers Matt Marquardt and Craig Garrigan were resisted by a Jamie Crooks answer but Jordan Kelsall had the final dart to grab a visitor’s win.   


“We didn’t have the same kind of game we had Saturday night at Nottingham, and Dundee showed some real character to bounce back from a couple of goals down to knock us over in the end,” said Paul Dixon.


“Glasgow are a very skilled side, with top end mobile, puck moving defenceman and it is a big ask to get past them over 2 legs.”


“In every other part of the schedule we have made improvements on last season and we really want to lock down a spot at Nottingham and we are going to focus a week of hard training on that objective.” 


Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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