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Flames split weekend

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Guildford Flames logo Michal Satek had a goal and an assist and Mike Will conceded only a late pair as the Flames scored 2 goals in each of the 1st and 2nd periods to collect a 4-2 home win over the Peterborough Phantoms. At Telford on Sunday, the Flames pulled close after falling behind 3-0, but ultimately the deficit proved too large as the Tigers went on to a 4-2 win.

Michal Satek against Peterborough (Phantoms #2 Tom Norton).  Satek had a goal and a couple of assists across the weekend. Photo by John Uwins.In a dominant opening frame in the weekend opener the Flames territorial advantage paid off with a couple of goals when a Jez Lundin powerplay marker at 7:42 and a David Savage wrister at 9:51 had them up a deuce through 20 minutes. It was the same again in the middle frame with a Marek Maslonka strike at 26:58 and a Satek powerplay goal in the 36th minute that sent the Flames to the 3rd in command at 4-0. Inside the final 5 minutes the Phantoms broke Will’s shutout bid with an Edgars Bebris powerplay goal, and 5 seconds from time he added another, but that was as close as they would come before the evening timed out.

On the road, Doug Clarkson and Jason Silverthorn each found the target in the 1st period to put the Tigers in a 2-0 lead at the break. The home team went 3 goals to the good with an early 2nd period Jonathan Weaver strike. A pair of replies in quick succession near the midway mark by Ben Campbell and Maslonka made a game of it at 3-2, but a late 3rd period powerplay marker by Rick Plant ensured a full comeback would be denied.

“I thought we played a very strong game especially in the 1st period where they (Peterborough) could barely get it out of their own end,” said Paul Dixon. We advanced on them in the 2nd period as well, and maybe relented a bit in the 3rd especially when they scored a couple of late ones to make the score look closer. Despite that, it was a very strong outing that we can be really pleased with. At Telford it is a shame we did fall behind because aside from that significant issue, we had a good effort in the final couple of periods, and we could have won the hockey game. We might see them in the playoffs, and if we do we need to believe we can beat them, but we also need to be prepared to play them very tight from the off to ensure we are not trying to recover a deficit for most of the evening. Overall it was a good weekend of play, and we look forward to a productive week of training as we continue to ramp it up for the playoffs.”

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