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ICE HOCKEY LIVE: Guildford Flames v Swindon Wildcats
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- Guildford 4-5 Wildcats
- Swindon get back to winning ways after two defeats at the weekend
- REPORTING BY NED PAYNE
Game over! Swindon have won, they didn't half do it the hard way, but they did it.
Just 35 seconds left for Swindon to hang on.
GOAL! (Guildford 4, Swindon 5, 58.36)
Guildford score a fourth and it's Kohut this time. Surely not overtime again!
GOAL! (Guildford 3, Swindon 5, 56.49)
The hosts immediately pull one back through Rick Plant. Two minutes left now.
GOAL! (Guildford 2, Swindon 5, 56.32)
Hat-trick for Nell. The Flames can't clear and the puck drops straight to Nell, who has all the time in the world to fire home.
More than 1,500 people at the Spectrum tonight. The vast majority of those look like they are going to go home unhappy. Swindon defending for their lives here.
Five minutes to play.
Swindon battled their hearts out against Basingstoke on Sunday and only got a point. They have battled even harder tonight. Two points, surely?
Flames back to full strength.
Powerplay for Cats.
Watt is back.
GOAL! (Guildford 2, Swindon 4, 50.55)
An almighty scramble in front of the net and Andy Hemmings levels. Looked like Skinns kept it out for a moment but the Flames man bundled it in. Seconds later Guildford think they have another. They haven't.
Two minutes for Nicky Watt.
It's all Guildford at the moment but the visitors are defending manfully. Skinns not seriously stretched in the last few minutes.
This might be pre-emptive, but I reckon Wildcats are going to win this game, you know.
Sublime last-ditch defending from Stevie Whitfield to block a certain goal. Just got his stick out in time.
Guildford open up in determined fashion and this could be a long 20 minutes for the visiting supporters.
Period three has begun.
8:51pm Wed 31 Oct 12
Andrew Warren says
Come on Cats!!!
GOAL! (Guildford 1, Swindon 4, 39.06)
That is a sucker punch of the highest order from Cats and it was Perkkio that put it away. Just 20 minutes to hold out but this should be theirs.
Referee Thompson chalks off a ghost goal from Lundin. Skinns is down in a heap. Considerable anger from a few of the home fans at that one.
Hoog races clear on goal and is by clearly brought down by a stick. As clear as day that one. Hoog misses his penalty shot, directing straight at Mark Lee. Great chance gone.
Skinns seems to claw it practically off his own line but there was a stick in there as well. Dramatic times, these.
If Swindon come out of the next 90 seconds two goals up they will be quite happy with that.
Paul Swindlehurst into the bin for hooking. Five on the ice for the visitors.
Cats back to five on the ice.
GOAL! (Guildford 1, Swindon 3, 30.43)
Jez Lundin immediately makes the most of the five on three powerplay as he slams into the net. Simple goal.
Joe Baird gets two minutes now and the visitors are down to four.
No joy for player-coach Paul Dixon with a slapshot on the powerplay.
Chris Jones gets two minutes for hooking.
Skinns saves comfortably from Swindon old boy Jozef Kohut. Skinns has been a very busy netminder this season, but he has had a fairly comfortable time of it so far this evening.
Wildcats have pressed the self-destruct button on these kind of occasions a few times this season. Is tonight the night where they see out a lead?
Matias Perkkio hits the pipes in trying to make it 4-0, Guildford are absolutely stunned.
GOAL! (Guildford 0, Swindon 3, 22.46)
Unbelievable. Swindon are three up at the Spectrum following a one-on-one situation and it was Lee Richardson that grabbed the goal with the assist coming from Hoog.
Curtis Huppe lifts over from a couple of yards out. Very good chance.
Penalty killed by Flames.
Second period is go.
Cracking first period. Fisticuffs, goals, plenty of speed and flair. Excellent.
There's a bit more nonsense at the final buzzer and there's plenty of needle in this EPL clash.
Handbags and Sharp was involved again. He gets 2+10 for roughing. Not sure who the Wildcats player was, impossible to tell from my angle.
GOAL! (Guildford 0, Swindon 2, 16.06)
Guildford go close but seconds later Cats are down the other end and Hoog plays a lovely diagonal pass to Nell, who taps in from all of two yards. The home crowd are stunned into silence.
Two minutes for Loris Taylor for tripping.
GOAL! (Guildford 0, Swindon 1, 6.53)
The lead lasts all of 11 seconds as the Flames completely fall asleep at the back and Aaron Nell rifles in the equaliser. Game on.
Jonas Hoog fires at goal for the first time but no cigar.
Not sure won the fight, really. Pretty decent tear-up, though.
Wow. Less than two and a half minutes in and Sam Bullas and Andrew Sharp are knocking seven bells out of each other. Nicky Watt called for Swindon to stand up for themselves in his brand new Adver column today. That's exactly what Bullas did there. It's 2+2s for both men.
Anyway, enough of that. Swindon netminder Dean Skinns has just been forced into his first save.
Apologies for the lack of pre-match updates. Let's just say the M4 and the M25 did not help matters. In fact they were horrendous.
Cats missing Kapicka Moore and Aldy Flames at full strength #swindonwildcats— @Dunster43 31 October 2012
And we're off.
Moments away from face-off here...
Welcome to Ice Hockey Live and Swindon's midweek clash against Guildford. The Wildcats will be looking to bounce back from the disappointment of two defeats at the weekend, and push their way up the EPL table.
Face-off is at 7.30pm, and all the updates will be here.