2009–10 Guildford Flames season

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Guildford Flames
Season 2009-10
League EPIHL
GM/Head Coach Paul Dixon
Home Ice Rink Guildford Spectrum
League position 4th
Premier Cup Champions
Play-Offs Runners up
Average attendance 1593

During the 2009-10 season, the Guildford Flames participated in the semi-professional English Premier Ice Hockey League. It was the 18th year of ice hockey played by the Guildford Flames and the third season under Paul Dixon as head coach.

After a disappointing season in 2008-2009, Paul Dixon decided to shake up the Flames roster during the off-season. British netminders Joe Watkins and Alex Mettam, Canadian forward Taras Foremsky, Czech forward Martin Bouz, and British forward Ollie Bronnimann all were released. British defenceman Stephen Lee also left the Surrey-based outfit after he accepted an offer from the Nottingham Panthers, however a replacement was found in Newcastle Vipers defenceman Jez Lundin. The Flames re-signed Milos Melicherik on 1 May and gave him the added responsibility of being the new head coach of the under-18 side. Nathan Rempel and Gary Clarke both joined the club. The much anticipated final import signing of Martin Masa was confirmed in August.

The club confirmed in September that the Guildford Flames had begun the season with nearly 50 more season ticket holders than ever before - approaching 600.

Team Roster[edit]

MANAGEMENT
CEO Canadian Rob Hepburn
Commercial Manager Canadian Kirk Humphreys
Financial Controller Canadian Thomas Hepburn
COACHING STAFF
Head Coach British Paul Dixon
Assistant/Equipment Manager British Dave Wiggins
Assistant Coach/Bench Coach Slovakian Milos Melicherik
GOALTENDERS
1  United Kingdom Mark Lee
30 United Kingdom Dean Skinns
FORWARDS
8  United Kingdom Rob Lamey
12 Canadian Adrian Saul
14 British Stuart Potts
16 Canadian Nathan Rempel
17 United Kingdom Ricky Plant
18 Slovakian Lubomir Hurtaj
19 British Tom Duggan
21 Slovakian Milos Melicherik
23 United Kingdom Gary Clarke
25 Czech Vaclav Zavoral
28 Czech Martin Masa
32 Czech Lukas Smital
DEFENDERS
4  United Kingdom Neil Liddiard
6  British David Savage
22 British Paul Dixon
37 British Ben Austin
44 British Nick Cross
55 British Rick Skene
82 British Jez Lundin

League table[edit]

The top eight teams progress to two-leg play-off quarter-finals (1st vs 8th, 2nd vs 7th, 3rd vs 6th, 4th vs 5th). Ties take place on 3 and 4 April with the higher seeded team given choice of home-leg date.

Team Pld. W OTL L GF GA Pts.
Milton Keynes Lightning** 54 42 2 10 218 144 86
Slough Jets* 54 37 4 13 251 145 80
Manchester Phoenix* 54 35 2 17 259 205 72
Guildford Flames* 54 35 1 18 257 172 71
Basingstoke Bison* 54 34 3 17 240 179 71
Peterborough Phantoms* 54 26 5 23 230 214 57
Sheffield Scimitars* 54 21 5 28 193 199 47
Swindon Wildcats 54 16 7 31 163 240 39
Bracknell Bees 54 18 1 35 197 286 37
Romford Raiders 54 6 2 46 147 370 14

[*] Secured a playoff berth. [**] EPL League champions

  • Milton Keynes Lightning are the 2009-2010 English Premier League champions.

Premier Cup Table[edit]

Top 4 teams progress to 2-leg semi-finals (1st vs 4th, 2nd vs 3rd).

Team Pld. W OTL L GF GA Pts.
Slough Jets * 18 13 2 3 86 51 28
Milton Keynes Lightning * 18 14 0 4 66 47 28
Manchester Phoenix * 18 13 0 5 80 61 26
Guildford Flames * 18 12 0 6 84 50 24
Sheffield Scimitars 18 10 2 6 72 67 22
Basingstoke Bison 18 10 1 7 89 64 21
Peterborough Phantoms 18 7 1 10 67 71 15
Bracknell Bees 18 5 0 13 72 106 10
Swindon Wildcats 18 4 2 12 49 88 10
Romford Raiders 18 2 1 15 48 108 5

[*] Secured Semi Final Berth.

Premier Cup Finals[edit]

Aggregate Scores

Semifinals Finals
           
1 Slough Jets 7
4 Guildford Flames 8
1 Milton Keynes Lightning 4
4 Guildford Flames 10
2 Milton Keynes Lightning 11
3 Manchester Phoenix 5
  • Guildford Flames are the 2009-2010 English Premier Cup Champions.

Playoffs[edit]

Aggregate Scores for Quarter Finals

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                 
1 Milton Keynes Lightning 8
8 Swindon Wildcats 10
4 Guildford Flames 5
8 Swindon Wildcats 2
4 Guildford Flames 8
5 Basingstoke Bison 2
2 Slough Jets 2
4 Guildford Flames 1
2 Slough Jets 7
7 Sheffield Scimitars 2
2 Slough Jets 2
3 Manchester Phoenix 1
3 Manchester Phoenix 6
6 Peterborough Phantoms 5
  • Slough Jets are the EPL Playoff Winners 09/10

Results[edit]

Legend:   Win (2 points)   Loss (0 points)   Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

September[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Competition Man of the Match
12th Swindon Wildcats Away Lost 4-3 Not Reported Challenge Nathan Rempel
13th Swindon Wildcats Home Won 8-1 1,586 Challenge Jez Lundin
19th Milton Keynes Lightning Away Lost 3-2 1,128 League/Cup Mark Lee
20th Basingstoke Bison Home Lost 3-2 1,364 League/Cup Dean Skinns
26th Slough Jets Away Won 4-3 (OT) Not Reported League/Cup Dean Skinns
27th Swindon Wildcats Home Won 4-2 1436 League/Cup Tom Duggan

October[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Competition Man of the Match
3rd Romford Raiders Away Won 6-2 Not Reported League/Cup Tom Duggan
4th Slough Jets Home Won 4-2 1,355 League/Cup Dean Skinns
7th Sheffield Scimitars Away Won 7-3 346 League/Cup Martin Masa
10th Romford Raiders Home Won 6-0 1,738 League/Cup Mark Lee
17th Basingstoke Bison Away Won 5-4 1,003 League/Cup Dean Skinns
18th Sheffield Scimitars Home Won 8-1 1,520 League/Cup Tom Duggan
24th Slough Jets Away Lost 6-2 Not Reported League
25th Bracknell Bees Home Won 4-2 1,512 League/Cup

November[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Competition Man of the Match
1st Peterborough Phantoms Home Lost 5-3 1,157 League/Cup
7th Swindon Wildcats Away Won 5-2 Not Reported League/Cup
8th Basingstoke Bison Home Won 3-2 1,319 League
14th Milton Keynes Lightning Home Lost 3-1 1,841 League/Cup
15th Peterborough Phantoms Away Lost 3-2 451 League/Cup
21st Milton Keynes Lightning Away Lost 7-1 1,165 League/Cup
22nd Swindon Wildcats Home Won 9-2 1,148 League
28th Basingstoke Bison Away Won 6-5 (SO) 1,026 League
29th Slough Jets Home Won 4-2 1,226 League

December[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Competition Man of the Match
6th Sheffield Scimitars Home Lost 8-4 1,849 League
12th Manchester Phoenix Away Lost 5-1 850 League/Cup Lubomir Hurtaj
19th Peterborough Phantoms Home Won 9-1 1,642 League
20th Bracknell Bees Away Won 11-5 1,115 League
26th Bracknell Bees Home Won 10-2 1,628 League
27th Sheffield Scimitars Away Won 4-0 404 League Mark Lee

January[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Competition Man of the Match
1st Swindon Wildcats Home Won 3-1 1,868 League
2nd Swindon Wildcats Away Won 5-2 820 League
3rd Basingstoke Bison Home Won 4-1 1,438 League
9th Romford Raiders Home Won 6-2 1,416 League
16th Manchester Phoenix Home Won 9-2 1,573 League/Cup
17th Manchester Phoenix Away Won 8-7 (SO) 1,473 League
23rd Basingstoke Bison Away Lost 4-3 1,187 League
24th Milton Keynes Lightning Home Lost 4-2 1,577 League
30th Manchester Phoenix Home Won 6-3 2,123 League
31st Romford Raiders Away Won 10-1 Not Reported League

10th @ Bracknell was postponed to 18 February due to adverse weather conditions.

February[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Competition Man of the Match
6th Manchester Phoenix Home Lost 4-1 1,487 League
7th Peterborough Phantoms Away Won 7-6 (OT) Not Reported League
13th Romford Raiders Home Won 7-1 1,913 League
14th Manchester Phoenix Away Won 6-2 1,192 League
18th Bracknell Bees Away Won 4-3 (OT) Not Reported League
20th Sheffield Scimitars Away Won 7-6 (SO) 353 League
21st Slough Jets Home Lost 4-1 1,568 League
25th Slough Jets Home Won 4-2 1,348 Cup Semi-final (1st leg)
27th Slough Jets Away Lost 4-1 Not Reported League
28th Milton Keynes Lightning Home Won 4-2 1,638 League

March[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Competition Man of the Match
4th Slough Jets Away Lost 5-3 482 Cup Semi-final (2nd leg)
6th Peterborough Phantoms Away Lost 5-2 467 League Tom Duggan
7th Milton Keynes Lightning Home Lost 3-2 926 League Tom Duggan
13th Swindon Wildcats Away Lost 3-2 960 League Martin Masa
14th Sheffield Scimitars Home Lost 4-3 (OT) 1,929 League
17th Milton Keynes Lightning Home Won 6-1 1,576 Cup Final (1st leg)
20th Bracknell Bees Home Won 7-1 1,728 League
21st Bracknell Bees Away Won 8-6 Not Reported League
24th Milton Keynes Lightning Away Won 4-3 1,067 Cup Final (2nd leg) Gary Clarke
27th Peterborough Phantoms Home Lost 4-3 1,748 League Milos Melicherik
28th Romford Raiders Away Won 9-4 Not Reported League Jez Lundin

April[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Competition Man of the Match
3rd Basingstoke Bison Away Won 6-0 1,428 Play-off Quarter-final (1st Leg) Martin Masa
4th Basingstoke Bison Home Drawn 2-2 2,136 Play-off Quarter-final (2nd Leg) Mark Lee
10th Swindon Wildcats SkyDome Arena Won 5-2 2,200 (Est.) Play-off Semi-final Gary Clarke
11th Slough Jets SkyDome Arena Lost 2-1 2,200 (Est.) Play-off Final Neil Liddiard

Points for the 2009/10 season[edit]

Final Points Standings

Name Pld. Goals Assists Points Pims PP SH GW OT EN
Martin Masa Czech 59 46 38 84 104 9 4 5 1 0
Lukas Smital Czech 58 30 48 74 50 4 3 3 0 0
Nathan Rempel Canadian 55 40 28 68 46 4 4 7 1 0
Rob Lamey British 62 21 46 67 44 3 0 4 0 0
Milos Melicherik Slovakian 35 20 37 57 22 5 0 3 1 0
Rick Plant British 57 25 29 54 24 2 1 1 0 1
Jez Lundin British 62 11 38 49 134 4 1 0 0 0
Stuart Potts British 62 13 33 46 16 1 0 4 0 0
Gary Clarke British 52 28 16 44 98 3 1 4 0 0
Tom Duggan British 58 12 26 38 68 1 0 2 0 1
Paul Dixon British 59 6 32 38 44 3 0 1 0 0
Neil Liddiard British 62 4 25 29 118 0 0 0 0 0
Lubomir Hurtaj Slovakian 15 13 15 28 16 0 0 1 0 0
Adrian Saul Canadian 15 7 16 23 4 2 2 1 0 0
David Savage British 47 8 7 15 10 2 0 1 0 0
Ben Austin British 61 0 4 4 16 0 0 0 0 0
Rick Skene British 44 0 3 3 68 0 0 0 0 0
Andrew Melachrino British 15 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
Dean Skinns British 42 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Matthew Passmore British 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Christian Cole British 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Patrick Russell British 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nick Cross British 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Scott Greenfield British 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vaclav Zavoral Czech 6 0 0 0 18 0 0 0 0 0
Mark Lee British 29 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0

Goaltender Stats 2009/10[edit]

Final Standings

Name Mins Pld. GA GAA Shots Saves Save % SO Record (W-L-OTL-T)
Mark Lee British 1558:05 58 2.223 770 712 92.46 3 (18-6-1-1)
Dean Skinns British 2175:15 129 3.549 1138 1009 88.66 0 (21-13-0-0)
Patrick Russell British 8:38 0 0.000 4 4 100 0 (0-0-0-0)
Christian Cole British 2:40 0 0.000 1 1 100 0 (0-0-0-0)
Matthew Passmore British 0:00 - - - - - - (-)
Empty Net 7:41 1 7.83 1 - - - -

Special teams[edit]

Penalty Shots 09/10[edit]

Final Standings

Skaters[edit]

Name Shots Goals Pct. %
Martin Masa Czech 4 2 50
Nathan Rempel Canadian 2 1 50
Tom Duggan British 1 1 100
Lukas Smital Czech 1 0 0
Gary Clarke British 1 0 0
Adrian Saul Canadian 1 1 100

Goaltenders[edit]

Name Shots Saves Pct. %
Mark Lee British 5 4 80
Dean Skinns British 7 6 85.7

End of Season Awards[edit]

The traditional End of Season Awards dinner was held on Monday 29 March 2010. The following awards were given out:

Most Sportsman like - #19 Tom Duggan/#37 Ben Austin

British Player of the year - #82 Jez Lundin

Players Player of the year - #28 Martin Masa

Top Point Scorer - #28 Martin Masa

The GIHSC (Guildford Ice Hockey Supporters Club) Voted the following:

Supporters British Player of the year - #19 Tom Duggan

Supporters Player of the year - #28 Martin Masa

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