First Team Star
Jan 28, 2018, 10:40 PM
Location: South Hampshire
Team(s): Hants/Middx/Sussex Non-League, Brentford, THFC, Eastleigh, SC Freiburg
Re: [HantsLondoner] Where are you going - where did you go? ICE HOCKEY
Guildford Flames 3 MK Lightning 2
admission £16-75 with booking fee, programme downloadable via internet, attendance 1735
7th v 11th/12
Another meeting of the two new teams to the Elite this season, the visitors started well but have faded badly recently, Flames started slowly but have clearly overtaken MK now.
Good atmosphere, tremendous game, one of the best I've seen in the UK, a great comeback from Flames in the third, but a nasty ending to the match.
Very different to the other Flames games I've seen this season, too. This one was 60 mins of fast and furious hockey, with both teams going for it. A bit like a Solent Devils game but of a much higher standard. They've played each other a few times this season and it's clear there is no love lost between them.
MK were up for it from the off and it looked like Flames were a bit caught out by their opponents playing a similar style to theirs, only with more intensity. The visitors had the better of the first period, scored a decent goal after 6 mins which was disallowed after a long look at the VAR - looked as if the goal had been kicked off just before the puck went in (2 mins delay of game for NM Carrozzi). But Lightning did score after 13 mins on the powerplay.
In the second the pace didn't relent, Flames improved slightly, but as last week against the Giants, they seemed reticent to shoot when in a good position. There was a five minute spell mid-period which was continuous end-to-end hockey - superb - ended by a goalmouth scuffle and some handbags. The visitors were still dangerous on the break and went two up near the end of the period from a rebound.
Flames found some more energy from somewhere and reduced the deficit early in the third - the comeback was on. Then halfway through the period defenceman Phillips equalised from the blue line and two mins later Ackered ran down the left and beat NM Pacl (who was only brought in yesterday, making his debut in a shock win over Sheffield) to put Flames into the lead. A couple of Lightning penalties delayed their response but Flames couldn't finish off a 5 v 3 and for the last five mins they were under great pressure, but just held out.
The final four seconds saw a scramble in their D; as the hooter went for the end of the match the visitors went into meltdown and there were several fights on the go at the same time. Penalty king of the league Matt Nickerson was involved in two of them, and as the ref was taking him off he lashed out at a spectator (who, to be fair, had been goading him), not doing him much damage but unfortunately a lady spectator nearby did get injured, so there will be repercussions there - hopefully more than the two match penalties he received at the time.
If you're going to/been to a Hampshire Premier League match, I'd really appreciate you filling in a questionnaire - available in the Groundhopping/General section, or just PM me for a copy. Thanks.
(This post was edited by HantsLondoner on Jan 28, 2018, 11:38 PM)