First Team Star
Dec 30, 2018, 10:13 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 2 Cardiff Devils 3
admission £17-33 with booking fee, programme downloadable via internet, attendance 2025 (sellout)
5th v 2nd (with games in hand)/11
Devils back as the league favourites, and one period was just enough to win them this one. The game was a good one, with a frantic finish.
The visitors had a good start but were rocked by an Ackered thunderbolt after only 4 mins. Flames had a one on one shortly afterwards, but Devils came into the game, and by the end of the first were clearly the better team.
The second saw Devils dominate and score three goals, two disappointingly from long range. Flames, who were bad in the second period against Belfast too, improved towards the end of it, notably from a late flurry on a power-play.
They continued this in the third - an early goal from Foster through the 5-hole of the otherwise excellent GB netminder Bowns gave them the impetus, roared on by the crowd, to put the pressure on, and we had a very exciting last 15 mins, which Devils just survived. Having said that, they did hit the post twice near the end as Flames pulled their NM in search of a point.
Match started 20 mins late due to ice preparation problems.
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 Dec 30, 2018, 11:41 PM)