Crooks stars as Flames recover from deficit to take win. 2nd March 2020
Jamie Crooks completed a hat-trick as Guildford Flames rallied from 3-1 down with three straight goals in the second period to inflict a 5-4 victory over the visiting top of the table Sheffield Steelers at the Spectrum on Sunday.
It had all started oh so well for Sheffield after Marek Troncinsky netted in the third minute. Steelers lead was short lived after Crooks levelled on the powerplay with a bullet shot.
The visitors hit back with a pair of goals in the second period when Nikola Lemtyugov scored at 24:31 and Marc Olivier Vallerand on 29:05 wrestled the lead back with Steelers.
Guildford responded quickly with three goals in the space of a shade of over three minutes through a Crooks powerplay effort on 33 minutes, Braylon Shmyr two minutes later before Kruise Reddick struck 46 seconds later to put Flames in front.
With 45:12 showing on the clock Crooks bagged his hat-trick, before adding his fourth of the night to give Flames some breathing space.
There was still time for a late reply from Sheffield’s Ben O’Connor, but Flames held firm to get the win.
Head Coach Paul Dixon said after the game, “Any win we get we are happy with, but to come back here on our third game in three nights, and recover from a two goal deficit to pick up a win against the league leaders is a pretty special evening.”
Phot of Ian Watters. Credit: John Uwins