2010–11 Guildford Flames season

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Guildford Flames
Season 2010–11
League EPIHL
GM/Head Coach Paul Dixon
Home Ice Rink Guildford Spectrum
League position 2nd
Premier Cup Semi-finalists
Play-offs Champions

During the 2010–11 season, the Guildford Flames participated in the semi-professional English Premier Ice Hockey League. It was the 19th year of ice hockey played by the Guildford Flames and the fourth season under Paul Dixon as head coach.

The off season saw changes at the club with 5 new roster members. Miroslav Hala became the club's first ever foreign netminder. Defenceman Joe Graham came south from the Manchester Phoenix. David Longstaff, who had spent the previous eight seasons with the Newcastle Vipers, arrived in Guildford, and he was joined by ex-Viper teammate Ben Campbell. Matt Towe made up the quintet joining the Flames for the 2010–11 season when he arrived from the Cardiff Devils.[1]

The Flames got off to their best start in five years, winning ten games on the trot, before finally suffering their first defeat for the new season, with a 4–2 loss on home ice against the Slough Jets in late October. A quick return to winning ways saw the Guildford Flames holding down a .750 winning percentage through to Christmas in the following sixteen games, suffering just two additional regulation time defeats since the opening loss. Just after the Christmas period the Flames suffered a minor setback when they lost consecutive games for the first time in the season. They won six out of their next ten games – but once again in this period suffered consecutive losses at the end of January. The Flames also suffered heartache when they lost out on a place in the Cup Final when they lost 12–9 on aggregate in their two-legged semi-final against the Slough Jets. However their fortunes would change and they ended the regular season on a twelve-game winning streak (thirteen if you include the Cup semi-final, second leg against the Slough Jets). The Flames had great momentum heading into the EPL playoffs. They drew the 7th place Swindon Wildcats in the home and away quarter final, and were able to secure a 15–5 aggregate win to advance, for the 6th consecutive season, to the finals weekend in Coventry. In the semi-final against the Peterborough Phantoms, they picked up a 6–1 win to advance to the championship game against the Milton Keynes Lightning.

In the final, the Lightning took the lead, but three Flames goals gave them a two-goal lead heading into the second period. The Lighting powerplay cut the lead to a single goal in the middle frame, and they managed to pull even with about ten minutes to play in regulation time. A Matt Towe major penalty for high sticking looked to have put the Guildford Flames firmly on the back foot, but in an ironic twist, a thwarted shorthanded breakaway by Martin Masa with less than eight minutes to go was awarded a penalty shot. The Czech forward, made no mistake, and calmly tucked the puck home for a 4–3 lead. Nathan Rempel then secured the victory with a last minute empty netter and in the process won the Guildford Flames the EPL playoff title – for the first time in the club's history.

Player statistics[edit]

Player GP G A PTS PIMS
Nathan Rempel 62 64 37 101 34:00
Matt Towe 62 22 67 89 60:00
David Longstaff 62 28 59 87 20:00
Lukas Smital 48 34 52 86 44:00
Martin Masa 58 47 32 79 71:00
Jez Lundin 61 10 45 55 90:00
David Savage 57 14 35 49 44:00
Paul Dixon 62 6 42 48 34:00
Ben Campbell 59 20 27 47 16:00
Rick Plant 62 21 22 43 46:00
Milos Melicherik 27 12 29 41 22:00
Stuart Potts 59 7 27 34 18:00
Rob Lamey 23 9 17 26 10:00
Neil Liddiard 59 5 15 20 122:00
Joe Graham 62 2 12 14 40:00
Andrew Hemmings 23 5 6 11 4:00
Mark Lee 27 0 3 3 2:00
Jeremy Van Hoof 3 0 2 2 0:00
Scott Greenfield 57 0 2 2 16:00
Miroslav Hala 37 0 1 1 8:00
Andrew Melachrino 34 0 0 0 0:00

Netminders[edit]

Netminder Mins GA GAA SHOTS SV % SO
Miroslav Hala 2179:52 113 3.109 1319 0.914 0
Mark Lee 1550:51 74 2.863 726 0.898 1
Patrick Russell 1:32 0 0.000 1 1.000 0

Results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Competition
Saturday 11 September 2010 Basingstoke Bison Away Lost 3–1 N/A Challenge
Sunday 12 September 2010 Basingstoke Bison Home Won 3–2 N/A Challenge

Regular season[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Competition
Saturday 18 September 2010 Bracknell Bees Home Won 6–3 League-Cup
Sunday 19 September 2010 Sheffield Steeldogs Away Won 7–3 League-Cup
Friday 24 September 2010 Swindon Wildcats Away Won 6–3 League-Cup
Sunday 26 September 2010 Swindon Wildcats Home Won 8–1 League-Cup
Saturday 2 October 2010 Slough Jets Away Won 6–2 League-Cup
Sunday 3 October 2010 Basingstoke Bison Home Won 3–2 (OT) League-Cup
Saturday 9 October 2010 Peterborough Phantoms Home Won 4–2 League-Cup
Saturday 16 October 2010 Telford Tigers Home Won 8–3 League-Cup
Sunday 17 October 2010 Milton Keynes Lightning Away Won 5–1 League-Cup
Saturday 23 October 2010 Basingstoke Bison Away Won 7–6 League-Cup
Sunday 24 October 2010 Slough Jets Home Lost 4–2 League-Cup
Wednesday 27 October 2010 Bracknell Bees Home Won 6–2 League
Saturday 30 October 2010 Manchester Phoenix Home Lost 3–1 League-Cup
Sunday 31 October 2010 Manchester Phoenix Away Won 4–3 League-Cup
Saturday 6 November 2010 Swindon Wildcats Away Won 6–1 League
Sunday 7 November 2010 Sheffield Steeldogs Home Won 4–0 League-Cup
Saturday 13 November 2010 Bracknell Bees Away Won 9–5 League-Cup
Sunday 14 November 2010 Milton Keynes Lightning Home Lost 2–1 (PSO) League-Cup
Saturday 20 November 2010 Manchester Phoenix Home Won 5–1 League
Sunday 21 November 2010 Slough Jets Away Won 7–3 League
Saturday 27 November 2010 Telford Tigers Away Won 4–3 League-Cup
Sunday 28 November 2010 Telford Tigers Home Lost 5–4 (OT) League
Saturday 4 December 2010 Peterborough Phantoms Home Won 5–2 League
Sunday 5 December 2010 Swindon Wildcats Away Won 3–2 League
Saturday 11 December 2010 Manchester Phoenix Away Lost 4–3 League
Sunday 12 December 2010 Peterborough Phantoms Away Won 7–3 League-Cup
Sunday 19 December 2010 Telford Tigers Away Won 5–3 League
Sunday 26 December 2010 Bracknell Bees Home Won 8–3 League
Monday 27 December 2010 Bracknell Bees Away Lost 4–2 League
Saturday 1 January 2011 Swindon Wildcats Home Lost 5–3 League
Monday 3 January 2011 Sheffield Steeldogs Home Won 8–1 League
Saturday 8 January 2011 Sheffield Steeldogs Away Won 8–3 League
Sunday 9 January 2011 Milton Keynes Lightning Home Lost 5–0 League
Saturday 15 January 2011 Manchester Phoenix Home Won 2–1 (OT) League
Sunday 16 January 2011 Manchester Phoenix Away Won 5–4 League
Saturday 22 January 2011 Basingstoke Bison Away Lost 5–2 League
Sunday 23 January 2011 Slough Jets Home Lost 5–3 League
Saturday 29 January 2011 Milton Keynes Lightning Away Won 6–3 League
Sunday 30 January 2011 Basingstoke Bison Home Won 5–3 League
Sunday 6 February 2011 Peterborough Phantoms Away Lost 6–3 League
Wednesday 9 February 2011 Slough Jets Away Lost 8–4 Cup Semi-final, First Leg
Saturday 12 February 2011 Milton Keynes Lightning Away Won 4–2 League
Sunday 13 February 2011 Slough Jets Home Lost 6–5 League
Saturday 19 February 2011 Peterborough Phantoms Away Won 6–4 League
Sunday 20 February 2011 Sheffield Steeldogs Home Won 5–1 League
Saturday 26 February 2011 Sheffield Steeldogs Away Won 3–1 League
Sunday 27 February 2011 Peterborough Phantoms Home Won 6–1 League
Wednesday 2 March 2011 Slough Jets Home Won 5–4 (Slough Win 12–9 on agg) Cup Semi-final, Second Leg
Saturday 5 March 2011 Slough Jets Away Won 6–4 League
Sunday 6 March 2011 Basingstoke Bison Home Won 7–6 (OT) League
Saturday 12 March 2011 Basingstoke Bison Away Won 5–4 League
Sunday 13 March 2011 Milton Keynes Lightning Home Won 7–3 League
Saturday 19 March 2011 Bracknell Bees Away Won 6–5 League
Sunday 20 March 2011 Swindon Wildcats Home Won 6–1 League
Saturday 26 March 2011 Telford Tigers Home Won 3–1 League
Sunday 27 March 2011 Telford Tigers Away Won 7–5 League

Play-offs[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Notes
Saturday 2 April 2011 Swindon Wildcats Away Won 6–2 Quarter-final, First Leg
Sunday 3 April 2011 Swindon Wildcats Home Won 9–3 Quarter-final, Second Leg
Saturday 9 April 2011 Peterborough Phantoms SkyDome Arena Won 6–1 Semi-final
Sunday 10 April 2011 Milton Keynes Lightning SkyDome Arena Won 5–3 Final

League table[edit]

Team Pld. W OTL L GF GA Pts.
Manchester Phoenix** 54 42 4 8 258 156 88
Guildford Flames* 54 42 2 10 263 168 86
Slough Jets* 54 40 1 13 245 170 81
Basingstoke Bison* 54 33 8 13 230 195 74
Milton Keynes Lightning* 54 31 2 21 219 160 64
Peterborough Phantoms* 54 27 7 20 214 191 61
Swindon Wildcats* 54 19 4 31 190 242 42
Sheffield Steeldogs 54 15 2 37 136 237 32
Telford Tigers 54 10 4 40 168 298 24
Bracknell Bees 54 10 3 41 180 295 23

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

  • Manchester Phoenix are the 2010–2011 English Premier League champions.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History 2010–2011". Guildford Flames. Retrieved 15 January 2012.