Flames edged out by Steelers in front of live TV. 31st January 2019


31st January 2019

Guildford Flames suffered a 2-1 home loss at the hands of the Sheffield Steelers in the Elite League at the Spectrum on Wednesday.

In a game live on Free Sports TV, and in front of a crowd of other 2,000, both sides went into the 1st period buzzer still to get on the board. Flames had the better of the opening half by outshooting Steelers 17-8, but found the visitors netminder Jackson Whistle in outstanding form.

The deadlock was broken in the second period when Eric Neiley netted on 30.19. Despite a Calle Ackered shot coming of the bar, Steelers doubled their advantage when Anthony Deluca scored on 37.58. A delayed penalty and a 6 on 5 advantage, helped Erik Lindhagen cut the deficit with 39 seconds to go in the period.

Ben Davies came close for Flames when he hit the post. With 1.35 left of the third period Guildford puller netminder Chris Carrozzi for an extra attacker, but in the end Whistle had the last word to deny Flames an equaliser with a host of fine saves, as the Yorkshire side left Surrey with both points.

Steelers netminder Jackson Whistle denying John Dunbar. Photo courtesy of John Uwins
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