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Flames secure playoff position at Milton Keynes

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Flames secure playoff position at Milton Keynes

Published at 9:56am 12th March 2018. (Updated at 3:19pm 12th March 2018)

The Flames secured their play off position at Saturday's game (10th March) - despite losing 6-5 to Milton Keynes. 

Less than three minutes into the game, Kevin King wasted little time setting the lead for Lightning. 

At 7:25 a goal from Francis Verreault-Paul doubled the difference, but Guildford's Calle Ackered on the powerplay cut the deficit back to a single just 40 seconds later. 

Still in the first half of the opening period Kruise Reddick continued the offence putting the teams at an even score. 

But during a Lightning powerplay, Denny Kearney put them back in the lead - however, another Reddick goal in the period's final quarter squared it at 3.

Flames secured an advantage at the break with a strike just seconds from close from Ian Watters.

The one goal difference carried on into the third period with no scores in the second. 

In the final period, Lightning tied it with a Lewis Hook strike and with just over 10 minutes remaining a second goal from Kearney had Milton Keynes back in the lead.

With little time left, and Flames' goalkeeper Chris Carrozzi on the bench for an extra skater, Watter's second goal of the match forced extra time. 

The additional period came and went without a goal - leaving the decision to penalties where a success  by Kearney secured the win for the home team. 

“That 1st period must have been pretty entertaining for the fans,” concluded Assistant Coach Milos Melicherik.

“As coaches it was not exactly how we would plan it out but we did a good job of getting ourselves back in it when we were in a bit of trouble early, down by a couple.”

He continued: "The opportunities were there to take both points, but we just couldn’t make it happen tonight, and on some occasions that is just the way it goes.

“On the other hand, despite all that, we found ourselves down a goal with a couple of minutes remaining and we managed to do enough to keep the conference chase alive, and seal up a playoff berth in our very first top flight season, so that outcome had a lot of positives and we now look ahead to Coventry tomorrow night.”

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