Ola Bjerkevoll reviews a busy period for Guildford ice hockey.
The Guildford Flames have had a mixed time over the winter, as they look to latch onto a playoff spot in the Premier Ice Hockey League. After victory over Manchester Phoenix, the Flames lost to Hull the next day.
The next weekend delivered the same sequence of results with a win on Saturday and a loss on Sunday, against Basingstoke and Telford respectively. At Christmas the Flames found a good patch of form with two 4-2 wins, one 5-2 win and a 7-0 thrashing of Bracknell that saw the Flames rack up a four-game winning streak.
In the last match of 2016, the Flames went to Swindon and lost four. Inevitable jokes came about the players perhaps having a bit too much fun at the New Year’s party as they lost 3-1 to Basingstoke on the first day of 2017.
Then followed a varying run of results with a 7-1 beating of Manchester before a 6-5 overtime loss to Milton Keynes. Then they played the reverse fixtures from last week and started with Manchester at home where the goals came hard and fast in a massive 11-5 victory before again losing to Milton Keynes in a 5-2 reverse.
January ended on a positive note for Guildford with three wins in a row and the last game was a blistering 7-4 win over Hull.
The Flames will be looking to capitalize on that good run of form in the hunt for a playoff spot in March.