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3 goals in 33 seconds for Guildford Flames

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Published at 4:51pm 3rd December 2018. (Updated at 5:03pm 3rd December 2018)

Sunday night saw the Flames come back from a tough weekend...

After falling behind by 4 goals, and down 3 less than 2 minutes from time, the Flames scored 3 times in 33 seconds, including the completion of an Ian Watters Hat Trick to force overtime before TJ Foster completed the amazing final stretch and a Flames 6-5 win at Coventry Blaze.

The opening set was inside the last 3 minutes before Blaze popped a couple of goals to head to break up by a pair.  Shawn Pauly kicked off the scoring with a powerplay goal at 17:36 and Tim Crowder doubled their lead 59 seconds from period close. 

Blaze strikes by Jake Hansen, shorthanded, and Ben Lake a little more than a minute apart early in the 2nd had them in command at 4-0, but powerplay replies John Dunbar and Watters just ahead of and just behind the halfway mark had the visiting team just 2 goals off the pace to start the 3rd.

A little less than 8 minutes into the final frame, Lake’s 2nd of the contest looked like the game was out of reach, but Watters 2nd powerplay goal of the evening less than 2 minutes out began the unlikely reply.  Calle Ackered added another just 16 seconds after that before Watters registered his 3rd of the night, also with an extra man, with a minute and 10 on the clock.  In the extra frame, Foster bagged the winner at 63:21 to complete the Hollywood ending and the capture of both points. 

“Well, I doubt anyone saw that one coming as time was ticking away and looking at a 3 goal deficit,” admitted Head Coach Paul Dixon.

“I always say we have a group of believers in our room and they will never just roll over, but this was an unbelievable outcome of the attitude this group always takes.”

“If we could do it on purpose we would have headed into the last couple of minutes already up by 3 or 4, but I do have to credit them for perseverance and keeping faith in each other right to the end to allow some extremely good fortune to come our way.”

“Even tying the game and guaranteeing at least a point would have felt like we rescued the weekend, but going home with a win compared to what would normally be the outcome of that situation certainly puts us in a good frame of mind heading to Cardiff on Wednesday night.” 

Kruise Reddick gets one in the back of the net for Flames

On Saturday it was a tough night on home ice for the Flames had them behind by 7 goals with more than a period to play, and the visiting Nottingham Panthers moved on to deliver an 8-3 defeat to Spectrum’s men. 

Less than 5 minutes into the contest, former Guildford Jr. skater Brett Perlini opened the Panthers account and Tommy Hughes doubled the gap inside the back half of the frame.

Early in the 2nd Ollie Betteridge collected a loose puck on a scramble near the net and fired past Travis Fullerton to make it a 3 goal difference.  The one-sided score extended from there with another Betteridge strike at 27:12, and an Alex Guptill follow up shortly thereafter moved the teams 5 goals apart.  In the 35th minute, Marek Tvrdon widened the chasm to a 6.  With Mike Will taking the net in relief of Fullerton at that stage, Mark Hurtubise made it 7 against no reply at 37:05.  The Flames finally countered with one of their own when Kruise Reddick slammed home a John Dunbar feed 100 seconds from break.

Luke Pither got that one back at 43:33, but Calle Ackered on the powerplay and Erik Lindhagen after that pulled it a bit closer and gave the home fans a bit of cheer before the close of the evening. 

“No question, that was a tough night for us,” explained Paul Dixon.

“We didn’t have it tonight and the Panthers came at us with everything they had right from puck drop.”

“One might look at the score and wonder about the goaltending, but that was not the problem.  This was not about 1 or 2 guys not performing their best, this was a loss as a group.”

“I don’t think we have had a game quite like that since we joined this league. It is a difficult situation for athletes when you get to a point where there is still a large part of game left and you know you are facing a deficit that is too big to realistically recover.”

“All you can do is try to play hard, and we showed a bit more in the 3rd, and managed to get a bit of offence so on a night with a lot of negatives, we can find something to hang onto”

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