Flames survive late Blaze fightback to hang on for win.1st Dec.2019
An opening four goal salvo from Guildford paved the way for a narrow 6-5 victory over the visiting Coventry Blaze, despite the visitors staging a late fight back at the Spectrum on Saturday evening.
With less than two minutes on the clock, Flames opened the scoring on a powerplay when Brett Ferguson’s pass found Ben Davies who netted. After 6:20 Guildford doubled their advantage when Ian Watters was on hand to slot home. Less than a couple minutes later Blaze replied with a Luke Ferrara powerplay effort, but another Flames powerplay goal midway through the period restored their two-goal cushion. With 42 seconds remaining of the opening period T.J Foster scored to give Guildford a 4-1 lead at the end of the opening twenty minutes.
With less than five minutes after the re start, Andrew Johnston clawed a goal back for Coventry, before Jordan Rowley’s first goal in Flames colours gave Guildford a three-goal lead. Ferrara begged his second of the night at 36:09 to give the visitors some hope going into the third period.
Inside the final ten minutes, Blaze pulled to within a single goal when John Curran had a simple tap in. A shade over three minutes were left when Blaze had a wonderful chance to draw level when Jordan Abt had to sit out a two-minute minor. Blaze pulled their netminder to add to the tension, but the home side held on to record a narrow win.