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Flames Pick Up First Win In 2019

The Guildford Flames picked up their first 2 points of 2019 with a closely fought win in overtime against the MK Lightning – A game which could have so easily gone the other way.

The Flames were far from their best but restricted MK to just 5 shots in the first period, however, following what looked to be a good penalty kill, the defence let Golovkovs skate through the middle of the ice to give MK a 1 goal lead going into the first break.

The second was a different story, and MK should have been out of sight on the scoreboard. Following a big 5-on-3 penalty kill, MK piled on the pressure. Chris Carrozzi pulled off a couple of excellent stops, but there was nothing he could do as MK hit the bar, and another 2 efforts hitting Carrozzi’s right post. It was the Flames who picked up the only goal of the period though, as Jordan Abt fired home a Kevin King rebound with just 3:34 left in the 2nd.

Guildford Flames Josh Waller Patrick Killeen
Credit – GuildfordFlames.com/John Uwins Photography

Into the third, and there were changes for the Flames as TJ Foster replaced Evan Janssen on the first line, but it failed to provide the change of momentum the Flames needed. Despite the Flames powerplay unit looking ineffective, they did finally manage to score with just over 10 minutes left on the clock and with just 2 seconds left on the man advantage, as the puck fell nicely to Davies; who converted from a tight angle. MK deservedly equalised with under 4 minutes to go through Baillargeon, sending the game to overtime for the first time this season at the Spectrum.

After an edgy start to the overtime period, fortune again favoured the Flames as TJ Foster was caught in a 2-on-1 situation which MK failed to capitalise on. Following a line change and a Flames attack, John Dunbar was then caught on ice, unable to change on the fly as MK pressed for the winner. Ferguson forced a turnover from Wallace and a very tired Dunbar picked up the loose puck, took it the length of the ice, lifted it over a sprawling Armstrong and Ackered fired home to tie up the points.

What was key to MK’s success in shutting down the Flames was their discipline in defence. They maintained their formation and didn’t let the Flames set up on the point. In contrast, the Flames found themselves chasing the puck into the corners, leaving at least 1 player with half the zone to himself at times. On another night against another team, the Flames would have been on the end of a heavy scoreline.

Another area of concern for Dixon will be the faceoff circle. Uncharacteristically, the Flames struggled all night and found themselves chasing shadows on numerous occasions. Overall – A much needed, but arguably, lucky 2 points for Guildford. MK will be very disappointed to have lost, but do go away with a very well deserved point.

Guildford Flames Logo

There is both good and bad news for the Flames going into next week. The good being that they will be able to get a full week of training in for the first time in a few weeks. The bad news is that the U20 world championships start next Sunday, which means that both Josh Waller and Richard Krogh will be leaving for the week – They will miss at least 3 games. Whilst both Watters and Ritt trained on Friday, it remains to be seen how likely it is they will be restored to the lineup when Coventry come to town. The worst case scenario? Flames will be down to just 2 full lines.

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An Uphill Climb

The Milton Keynes Lightning are surprising a lot of people in a very short space of time. After a very big news fortnight, the Lightning are bouncing from one result to another with far more positives than negatives.

As was reported earlier in the week, the club announced the departure of Head Coach

MKL announced Lannon as joint player/coach this week – Photo Credit: Tony Sargent

Doug McKay and, in the same press release, the announcement that both Tim Wallace and Ryan Lannon would be overseeing the coaching duties.
Earlier this week, the Lightning then announced that top forward Eric Neiley would be returning to the Sheffield Steelers. Much to many fans’ disappointment, the vibe seemed to stay positive. The club also held a public Q&A session with owner Graham Moody, Tim Wallace and Ryan Lannon. In that session, Moody made the announcement that both Wallace and Lannon would be remaining player/coaches for the remainder of the season.
All excellent news as far as Lightning fans are concerned.

MKL nettie Patrick Killeen – Photo Credit: Tony Sargent

After tallying four points out of a potential six last week, Lightning fans seemed eager to find out what would happen as it was a tough one to face. Nottingham made the trip to Milton Keynes and then the Lightning traveled to Cardiff on Sunday.
The Panthers brought their big guns to Planet Ice MK on Saturday. With such a big team with so much history behind them, maybe some thought this game would be a write off for the home side. Apparently not though. With a full house, the Lightning gave their all. Fans after the game commented on how well the team played and how much passion was infused in them. A better sight than that of just a few weeks ago. Despite the loss at the end of the game, there were definitely some happy fans leaving the rink after the game.
On Sunday night, the Lightning faced reigning Elite League Champs Cardiff in South Wales. After a tough night the night before, it was unclear which way the result would go. Would it be another zero point weekend but with maximum effort? Apparently not. After being a goal down after forty minutes, the Lightning forced overtime with a minute remaining in the final period. Georgs Golovkovs hammered the winner home in the sudden death overtime period meaning a hard earned and well-deserved two points was on its way back to Milton Keynes.

However, with Dundee also claiming a victory over Fife, it does mean that the Lightning are still at the bottom of the table for the time being. With the halfway point of the season in sight, a lot can change between now and the end of the season. If the Lightning continue on their current path, maybe the road ahead won’t be as downhill as many have assumed it would be.
There are plenty of positives to come in Lightning’s season, that’s for sure!

You can read the full article regarding Lightning’s new coaching arrangements here