Jordan Hedley is no stranger to the world of British Ice Hockey. He’s been playing since he was just a little boy and has already got quite an extensive resume to his name.
The Guildford Flames have won their first ever Elite League trophy after recording their second straight win over the Manchester Storm this weekend, capping a superb week for the Surrey side following their progression to the Challenge Cup final mid-week against the Nottingham Panthers.
Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded his 18th career shutout as the Lightning beat the Canadiens 3-0 to close out the homestand in yet another dominating week in Tampa.
The Lightning kicked off the week with a 6-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday – A game which was dominated by Nikita Kucherov, who picked up 4 points.
On Thursday, Kucherov set his own franchise record, as he became the fasted Bolt in history to hit 90 points in a season with yet another 4 points in the demolition of Dallas. But the talking point was Vasilevskiy, who tied the franchise record for most shutouts (17).
Then just 2 nights later, Vasilevskiy recorded the 6th ever consecutive team shutout against the Habs. The others?
- November 23rd – 25th 2001
- January 26th – 28th 2006
- January 18th – 19th 2008
- January 25th – February 1st 2011
- December 31st – January 2nd 2018
The 3-0 shutout was the 6th of the season for Vasilevskiy, and his 18th in his Bolts career, moving him past Ben Bishop for the most shutouts in franchise history.
Speaking about the record after the game, Vasilevskiy said: “Yeah, its cool… Bish is an unbelievable goalie, and I’m pretty proud to be number one.”
Steve Stamkos: “I think he’s gotten better as the seasons gone on. I thought coming back from that injury, he wanted to get dialled in right away. You just see his work ethic in practice. You see his preparation for games, he’s just so competitive. He wants to make every single save. It’s obviously fun to be part of because it makes our job easier to go out and just have to get one.”
But it doesn’t stop there – Stamoks picked up 2 assists in the game, which means that the Bolts are the first team since the 95/96 Pittsburgh Penguins to have 3 players score 70+ points within the first 60 games of a season: Stamkos (71), Point (75) & Kucherov (94).
For the Bolts, it’s 5 wins on the bounce, and points out of their last 9 games. Next up are back-to-back road games against the Blue Jackets & the Flyers.
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Sheffield Steelkings won the first ever Kings Cup with a dramatic 3-2 Overtime win against France’s Para Ice Hockey HCCA Dahu 63 in front of around 200 spectators at IceSheffield on Sunday evening; with around 150 more watching a live stream.
Following the break-up of the EPIHL (the former second-tier) in British ice hockey, the NIHL has attempted to fill the void, with varying degrees of success. This article will canvas five of the best available young talents in the league and make a case for them to make the jump. Continue reading NIHL: Is anybody EIHL ready? (Part 1)
When Corey Neilson announced to the EIHL that he was leaving the Nottingham Panthers at the end of the 2017-18 season, few knew where the tall Canadian would end up next. However, the man from Oromocto has popped up abroad to improve on his coaching abilities and this article focuses on how he is doing so far with six rounds of the regular season left to play before the end of season play offs kick in. Continue reading The Boy’s Doing Good: Corey Neilson profile
The past 10 Challenge Cup finals have been contested by Cardiff, Nottingham, Sheffield and Belfast. But last night, the Guildford Flames became the first team outside the ‘big 4’ to reach the Challenge Cup final since the Manchester Phoenix in 2009, following an 8-3 aggregate win over the Nottingham Panthers.
Taking a 5-2 aggregate lead into the Motorpoint Arena and missing Evan Ritt and Evan Janssen, the short benched Flames held their own in an end-to-end opening period which saw Guildford looking to draw the Panthers down ice to then break on the counter attack. Carrozzi pulled off important stops to keep the scores level at the break.
Alex Guptill almost gave the Panthers the perfect start to the second period, but Carrozzi stood firm once more and with 28:32 on the clock, an odd man rush saw Foster pass to King, who went high glove side on Garnett to give the Flames a 1 goal lead on the night. Rattled, the Panthers we caught out again just 5 minutes later when Ian Watters doubled the Flames lead to increase their aggregate lead to 5 goals. Justin Kovacs managed to get the Panthers on the scoreboard leass than 2 minutes later, re-directing a Hughes shot, but the Panthers struggled to maintain the momentum they had in the first period.
The Panthers needed 4 goals in the final period to force overtime, but they looked beaten as they came out for the final period. They picked up more penalty minutes (6) than shots, as they registered just 4 shots on target. Mark Hurtubise picked up a high sticking minor with just 4 minutes left on the clock, and just after the Panthers killed that penalty, Luke Pither picked up a high sticking double minor – A penalty which saw the Flames put the icing on the cake as Jamie Crooks fired past Garnett with 41 seconds left to give the Flames a 3-1 win on the night, and an 8-3 win overall.
Flames Head Coach Paul Dixon: “This is not only a great moment for this club, but also for every player here who has helped be a part of a first for us.
“Every athlete wants to be in a position where they are going for silver, and we have a chance to now be in a one off game to do just that.
“Getting out of the 1st leg at home with a good lead was key for us. We were able to play tonight with a little less pressure and a lot of confidence that we could do what needed to be done to get into the final.
“We have to get our head back into league play shortly, but we will definitely enjoy the feeling of our accomplishment and will be looking forward to the trophy game next month.”
Panthers Head Coach Rick Strachan: “The game plan was to wear them down and the last 10 minutes of the first period they couldn’t even get out of their zone, and I thought we were in a very good position.
“They scored a couple of goals off a couple of mental mistakes and individual breakdowns which put us behind the 8-ball then for the rest of the game, I hate to say it, but they outworked us. They wanted it more and they outworked us.”
The final will be contested at the Viola Arena in Cardiff on Sunday, 10th March with a 4pm faceoff. Tickets are available HERE (fan seating map pictured below)