Disappointment for Flames as they end weekend pointless. 30th S


30th September 2018

Guildford Flames suffered a 5-2 home Challenge Cup loss against the Cardiff Devils at the Spectrum on Saturday.

Guildford took an early lead against the Devils after Cardiff found themselves with two men in the box after Ben Blood received a tripping penalty after seventy seconds and Sean Bentivoglio an unsportsmanlike penalty at 4:43, Flames took advantage with Calle Ackered netting at 5.20 on a 5 on 3 powerplay. Devils hit back following a shot from Charles Linglet which was stopped, but Jake Morisette was on hand to bury the rebound on 8.15.

With almost seven minutes shown on the clock in the middle period when Bentivoglio slammed home a rebound to give the visitors a narrow 2-1 lead at 26.49, which Devils held on to as they closed out the period with their noses in front.

Just eleven seconds into the third period, Flames drew level through an unassisted Kevin king effort. Devils then scored three unanswered goals to wrap up victory. Mike Hedden nudges Devils in front on 44.47, with further strikes from Joey Martin at 52.10 and a shorthanded goal from Matthew Myers at 55.53 to give Devils victory.

On Sunday the Nottingham Panthers came to town to face Flames in an Elite League encounter.

The visitors came away from Surrey with a 3-2 win. Panthers opened the scoring when Jacob Doty netted after 6.32. Four minutes later the hosts were level when Kruise Reddick scored a short handed goal, with Panthers on a 5 on 3.

Luke Pither restored Nottingham’s lead at 35.29, to end the only goal of the second period.

Panthers made it 3-1 when Robert Farmer slotted home at 51.39 to give the visitors a two-goal cushion. Flames set up a frantic finish when Corbin Baldwin scored at 54.58, but despite valiant efforts for Flames to draw level it wasn’t to be and Panthers took both points on the road.

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