Thursday, 29 March 2012

Flames two thirds of their way to the treble

Guildford Flames added their second trophy of the season to the club's fit-to-burst trophy cabinet with a strong 6v2 ownership of the Sheffield Steeldogs - making it 12v5 on aggregate.

More than 2,000 were at the Spectrum for the match, including a vociferous contingent from Yorkshire, and despite going down a goal after just 55 seconds, the home side never looked like losing.

The Premier Cup triumph made it a memorable fortnight for the club, which wrapped up the league title in style earlier this month and now heads to the play offs as hot favourites to make it three pots from three.

It is the first time the Flames have recorded a multi-trophy season since the halcyon days of 2000-2001 and last night the outfit displayed some of the attacking prowess and teamwork which has made the current campaign such a memorable one.

David Longstaff notched inside five minutes to tie it on the night and his goal was added to by the ever-impressive Jozef Kohut who gave the Flames the lead on the night and a four goal cushion overall.

Steeldogs bogeyman Andre Payette did his best to agitate a bout of glove-dropping, but despite skate-strutting around the Flames' home ice offering out anyone who was unlucky enough to get within barking distance, there were no takers. More is the pity. Sticking one on the chins of people like Payette should be considered a priority. The Sheffield number seven is the epitome of the player you love he plays for you and hate if he doesn't.

But, give him his credit, he did at least try and stoke some fire in his side's collective belly. It was worth a go.

The only time when the Flames looked remotely troubled was when a string of penalties saw them drop to three on five, but they held out - much to the chargrin of the travelling support.

Paul Dixon made it three in the middle, Matt Towe added another before the Steeldogs pulled one back shortly before the end of the second.

All that was left was for the Flames to cut loose, share some ice time and see out the final third, while their visitors embarked on a face saving damage limitation exercise.

Nathan Rempel and Jez Lundin rounded things off with well taken strikes and another highly professional and well executed sixty minutes of Flames dominance.

Roll on the play offs.

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