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Flames 4 – 2 Steelers

Flames 4 – 2 Steelers

Sheffield Steelers were on the wrong side of a 4-2 score line on Sunday night as the Guildford Flames took the two points at the Guildford Spectrum.

Early penalties against Marek Troncinsky and Brendan Connolly were a result of the fast-paced start from the hosts, similar to the game the night before in Sheffield.

It would be on the second power play that the Flames took the lead, Jamie Crooks finishing off the play at 09:04.

The lead would be doubled 57 seconds later, with Ian Watters getting the final touch on a Calle Ackered blast (10:01)

A shaky few minutes was settled down with a power play of the Steelers own, despite not scoring, there were plenty of opportunities to get a good look on goal.

However, the Flames would punish the missed opportunities and go three-nil ahead. Cam Braes skating over the Steelers blue line before letting a shot go that took a ping off the bar on its way in (13:52)

Despite what the score line said the game was much closer than the three goals and Eric Meland re-directed a Davey Phillips one-timer past Travis Fullerton in the Flames net to claw one goal back. 3-1 at 14:25.

Heading into the second period and the Steelers were dealt a big blow for the rest of the game when Marco Vallerand was ejected from the match for cross-checking.

This would put the Flames onto a five-minute power play and they would score just the once to make it 4-1 at 30:03. (Kruise Reddick from Ackered)

Aaron Fox rallied his side and the loss of Vallerand seemed to spur the side on.

A handful of chances forced Fullerton into good saves but it seemed like none would get past the netminder.

That was until Anthony DeLuca was found in space at the back door and he dropped to one knee to snipe a one-timer past Fullerton to make it 4-2. (39:30)

With everything still to play for heading into the final frame, the third period was a cagey encounter.

As the Steelers pushed hard to close the gap by another goal, Travis Fullerton stood tall behind a solid defensive line for the Flames.

Paul Dixon’s side managed the game professionally to close out a 4-2 home win and split the weekend series between the two sides

Final score: Flames 4-2 Steelers

 

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