Flames double up on Blaze

The Guildford Flames recorded a second straight win over the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze, prevailing 5-1 at the Spectrum on Saturday night.

Both sides opted to swap their netminder from the evening before with Eamon McAdam starting for Guildford and Nolan Kent called into action for Coventry.

Each were tested in the early going, but it took until 10.27 for the opening goal to come on the powerplay through Flames’ Ben O’Connor.

Flames Captain Brett Ferguson was to double his sides lead before the end of the first period, converting from Lewis Hook’s smart pass at 17.59.

On the buzzer Danny Kristo thought he may have got Blaze on the board, but his attempt was ruled to have not crossed the line following video review.

The Flames went 3-0 up at 26.41 when O’Connor’s shot was deflected by Owen Griffiths, wrong footing Kent in the Blaze net.

At 35.07 Blaze man of the match Alessio Luciani scored his 12th goal of the regular season on the powerplay but that was as good as it got for the away team.

With 15 minutes remaining, Steven McParland had a golden chance to seal the two-points for the Flames, but he was unable to beat Kent on a breakaway.

Shortly after, Turner Ripplinger whipped a Patrik Bajkov pass behind Kent to put the Flames 4-2 up (46.19).

Trying to find a way back into the game, Blaze coach Danny Stewart pulled Kent for the extra skater with just over four minutes remaining, but it wasn’t to be as Peter Crinella scored into the empty to net to complete a 5-1 victory for Guildford.

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