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Flames drop game at Basingstoke but bounce back for home ice win on Sunday

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Guildford Flames logo Mike Will turned aside all but 1 shot, and the Flames had 4 different goal scorers combine for a pair of even strength markers as well as a shorthanded and a powerplay strike to deliver a 4-1 home win over the visiting Swindon Wildcats. Unfortunately, 24 hours earlier, despite special teams goals by Michal Satek and Jens Eriksson that helped the Flames take a lead halfway through the game, a pair of Bison replies in the back half of the 2nd and another late in the 3rd went unanswered the rest of the way during a 4-2 defeat at Basingstoke.

Tom Duggan carrying the puck against Swindon.  The Flames forward had the winner on Sunday when his powerplay one timer found the back of the Wildcats net.  Photo by John Uwins.Joe Rand had the Bison in front when he bagged the only goal of the opening frame less than 5 minutes in. Early in the 2nd, Satek turned the tables on a Bison powerplay when he netted shorthanded to knot the score at a goal each and Eriksson converted a powerplay at 27:11 to give the visitors their first and only lead of the evening, but it didn’t last long. Aaron Connolly brought the Bison back to even terms in the 33rd minute before a Dan Davies powerplay goal had the Herd holding a 3-2 advantage through 40 minutes. Rand’s 2nd of the evening inside the final minute, also on the powerplay, completed the scoring.

In victory, Danny Meyers had the Flames opener when he added the weekend’s 2nd shorty for his side a little over 8 minutes into the contest to secure a 1-0 Flames lead through the 1st period. Mirroring Saturday’s game, Spectrum’s men followed up with a powerplay goal when Tom Duggan one timed a Tuomas Santavuori feed to double the difference 78 seconds into the middle frame; a tally that remained on the board to start the 3rd. Just seconds into the final set, Tomasz Malasinski cut the Wildcats deficit in half when his quick wrister eliminated the shutout bid. The Flames stormed back with a couple more, however. A Jez Lundin knuckler from the blueline got past Stevie Lyle at 49:42 before Ben Campbell extended the lead to 4-1 just over 2 minutes later. An ensuing Flames penalty put the Wildcats powerplay to work, and down by 3 already, they removed Lyle from the goal to work with a 6 on 4 manpower advantage but the penalty expired and normal serviced resumed for both clubs with no scoring at either end the rest of the way.

“The visit to Bison was a real local derby evening,” said Paul Dixon. “It was intense and ill-tempered and clearly a game that both teams wanted to win. After we got the lead, they really turned it up a bit, and they were able to go to the 3rd in front, and we just couldn’t get it back from there. We were solid on Sunday, and fortunately were able to get a lead that we were able to hang onto for the rest of the night. In the 3rd period, despite them cutting their deficit a bit, we really dominated and were able to get a lot of good opportunities to put the game away. It was a playoff style weekend, and there were a lot of good signs that we are ready to play the kind of hard-nosed, gritty game that will be required when the playoff round gets underway.”

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