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ICE HOCKEY LIVE: Guildford Flames v Swindon Wildcats
Updated 10:20pm Sunday 17th March 2013 in Sport
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- Guildford Flames 5-4 Swindon Wildcats (result)
- Swindon lose to newly-crown league champions on penalty shots
- Cats take a point back to Wiltshire
- Tweet using #swindonwildcats
- Reporting by NED PAYNE
They might have lost, but that was an excellent performance and Cats should take heart from it. No one would turn their nose up at a point at the Spectrum.
Huppe sends a wristshot low to Skinns' right. Guildford win the shootout 2-0. So hard on Swindon.
Hoog shoots straight at Hadfield.
David Savage slams low into the net. 1-0 Flames.
Nell fires high and wide.
Longstaff misses. Skinns saves.
What a game!
It's penalty shots.
One minute left.
Sandvik nearly deflects in from Moore!
Two minutes left.
Joe Baird hits the side of the iron from behind the goal.
Overtime has started.
Superb game. It deserves a fitting finale and it's going to get one.
It's overtime (again).
A minute left.
GOAL! Guildford 4 Swindon 4, 56.57
Guildford have been banging on the door for the best part of eight minutes and finally Plant levels the game.
Cats are not doing this the easy way, that's for sure.
Swindlehurst called again. Hooking.
Frantic stuff here at the Spectrum. Great game.
Penalty killed. Superb effort from the visitors.
Swindon just a man down now.
Skinns appeared to get plenty of stick there - literally. He's OK.
Fojtik called. Double powerplay.
Paul Swindlehurst gets two minutes for tripping. Looked harsh to me.
Just under 10 minutes left for Swindon to hang on.
GOAL! Guildford 3 Swindon 4, 48.00
An almighty scramble in front of Hadfield and Fojtik is in there swiping away. Hadfield blocks the way but the puck spills out the side and Hoog is able to tap in.
GOAL! Guildford 3 Swindon 3, 42.56, PP
And the teams are level again. Sandvik and Nell are the men with the assists and Matias Perkkio slams it home from close range. Game on.
Two minutes for Paul Dixon for hooking. Back to back powerplays.
Hadfield under siege in goal. Loris Taylor hits the post from all of two yards. So close!
Cats still on the powerplay due to Liddiard's offence don't forget.
Period three has begun.
Six minutes until period three begins.
Eight minutes until period three begins.
That's the end of period two.
GOAL! Guildford 3 Swindon 2, 39.50, PP
Nell scores with seconds left of period two. That's potentially a big goal. The assist was from Perkkio.
Liddiard gets two minutes for roughing and five plus game for resisting an official. Sandvik gets two minutes for roughing. Well that throws it wide open.
Ruckus between Henri Sandvik and Neil Liddiard. The Flames man was basically lying on top of him, which made the fight a bit limp I'm honest.
Three minutes left.
Seven minutes left of period two.
Rempel is called for cross-checking.
GOAL! Guildford 3 Swindon 1, 29.23 PP
Glorious skill from Kohut. Receives the puck from Rick Plant and races in on Skinns. Fools him with a bit of trickery and sends the puck trickling low to the netminder's left and into the net.
Hoog nearly pokes home another short-handed goal. Denied by new netminder James Hadfield, an ex-Swindon player.
Two minutes for Floyd Taylor for tripping.
Guildford back to full strength.
GOAL! Guildford 2 Swindon 1, 25.13 SH
The warning signs were there. Huppe converts from Kohut and Skinns' good work of previous moments is undone. A short-handed goal for the hosts.
Nathan Rempel fluffs his lines on a two-on-one breakout, then Skinns saves low from Curtis Huppe. Whose powerplay?
Two minutes for Jez Lundin for tripping.
Smart glove save Skinns from Kohut's slapshot.
Period two is go.
@swindonwildcats, come on lads, you can do it. Guildford are formidable but not unbeatable, you can bring those 2pts home.— @hegwighawks 17 March 2013
Here come the players.
Just over three minutes until we resume.
It was a pretty decent performance in that first period. We all know Swindon have got goals in them, it's just a matter of whether the visitors can nullify Guildford's talented set of forwards.
Guildford might be league champions, but for some reason I always fancy Swindon here more than at, say, Milton Keynes.
Period one is over.
Penalty killed. Some 18 seconds left.
Shane Moore called for roughing.
Three minutes left.
Always a good game here at the Spectrum. Guildford are very easy on the eye.
No sign of Stratford as yet...
GOAL! Guildford 1 Swindon 1, 10.01
Jozef Kohut scores against his old club. It was a fairly average effort and Skinns seemed to have it covered, but the puck made it over the line.
A reminder that Swindon have already won here this season. Very early days, though.
GOAL! Guildford 0 Swindon 1, 5.53
Beautifully done by captain Aaron Nell, who drags the puck away from his man and finishes top-shelf past Lee. Lovely goal. Assists from Jonas Hoog and Paul Swindlehurst.
Branislav Kvetan gets Jonas Hoog in a headlock. All part of the game.
Ricky Skene called for cross-checking.
Tomas Fojtik hits the iron on the side of the goal.
The game is underway.
In goal tonight are Dean Skinns and Mark Lee.
Players being introduced.
Fully confident Guildford will want to put on a show for their fans tonight. They won't be easing off just because they have won the league. And here they come.
Swindon are out on the ice.
I gather that for his age, Stratford is a fair size. In excess of six feet tall. He will wear #24 tonight.
Just for the record, Stratford only turned 16 less than a fortnight ago. He's been playing hockey since he was six and has gained junior international caps with England.
Good luck Michael Stratford making his Wildcats debut tonight. Young Talent shining through. #swindonwildcats— @slapshot6032 17 March 2013
The import sitting out tonight is defenceman Jan Melichar. There are no new injury worries.
The players have cleared the ice.
It appears that Okanagan Academy youngster Michael Stratford, 16, will be making his debut for Swindon tonight. The forward is highly-rated and it will be interesting to see how he gets on in the EPL.
The players are out and warming up.
The players are out and warming up.
Swindon are in need of momentum, and fast. This is the penultimate weekend of the season and they have only won once in the last six games. How hard can it be to beat the league champions in their own building?
Here we go with another dose of Sunday night hockey...