Flames Strike Savage Blow

Ola Bjerkevoll sees Guildford earn a fully merited victory.

The Flames beat the Phantoms 5-3 at the Guildford Spectrum on Saturday after scoring twice in the third period. Two goals from David Savage and one each from Ben Campbell, Tom Duggan and Marek Maslonka helped the Flames to the win.

Darius Pliskauskas opened the scoring for Peterborough after just three minutes with a long range shot during a Phantoms’ powerplay. Refusing to be outdone by his counterpart The Flames’ Campbell smashed a shot along the ice and into the back of the Peterborugh net behind goaltender Janis Auzins.

Just half a minute later Jez Lundin skated down the left side of Peterborough’s half, went behind the net and laid the puck off to Savage who hit it first time in between the legs of Auzins for his first of the night.

Six minutes after that, during a Flames powerplay, Peterborough won a drop in their own half and Wehebe Darge used his speed and strength to counter and break away from Matic Kralj. Trough on goal Darge made no mistake and by using a fake shot was able to slot the puck around Flames goalie Dean Skinns who was flailing around hoping to get a touch to the puck, but to no avail.

Breakaway

In the 2nd period all the action came in the dying minutes. Skinns had to make a save on a shot from Sam Towner’s breakaway and the Flames were lucky not to get a man sent off with a two-minute suspension for a high stick or hooking.

Then, with less than two minutes to play in the period, Tuomas Santavuori received the puck behind the Phantoms goal and sent a millimetre-precise pass onto the stick of Duggan who took a second to aim before sneaking the puck into the lower right hand corner.

The Flames were hoping they could hang onto the lead until the end of the period but the Phantoms wanted it otherwise.

During a 4 on 4 play Marc Levers bounced a long shot off the wall behind the Flames goal before reacting faster than the Flames defence to pounce on his own rebound and lifting it over Skinns’ outstretched pad and into the goal ensuring that the final period would start even.

Remarkable

Guildford started the third period best and Tom Duggan made the Phantoms’ goalie pull out his very best save as he slid past three opposition players and sent away a shot that looked destined for the top corner but Auzins got his hand up with remarkable reaction time to snap the shot out of the air with his glove.

After three minutes of play Maslonka decided to follow Lundin’s path from earlier in the game as he went behind the Peterborough net and laid off a pass to Savage who, much like earlier, hit the puck first time and sent it through Auzins legs.

Peterborough threatened again as the first goalscorer of the night, Pliskauskas, sent a snapshot towards Skinns who couldn’t quite get his feet closed in time and the shot almost slid into the goal behind him but he managed to throw himself around and catch the loose puck before Pliskauskas could get there.

At the halfway mark of the period Maslonka suddenly found himself through on goal from a Duggan pass and he made no mistake alone with Auzins and slotted home the final goal of the night to seal the win for the home side.

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