SKATER HOCKEY: Flames only manage one win at South West opener
SWINDON Flames Seniors managed just one win at the first round of the BiSHA South West Senior League at Dorcan Leisure Centre.
After Cardiff Panthers saw off Oxford Blues 17-2 with former Swindon player Will Crowder scoring five goals, Flames took to the field against Sprint Raiders.
Swindon were three up at one point during the first period with Luke Barrington bursting forward for his goals.
But after Swindon missed a number of chances, Raiders pulled level at the end of the first break.
The second period cost Swindon dear as Raiders scored four times without reply before they were outshot 5-3 in the final period to slump to a 12-6 defeat.
Swindon’s second game saw them rattle up a comfortable 16-5 win over derby rivals Oxford Blues with Ben Moody and Craig Davies scored four goals apiece while Barrington notched another hat-trick.
Flames then faced Cardiff Panthers, who had beaten Sprint Raiders 9-3 previously, and Swindon were eventually outshot 12-8.
Cardiff didn’t have it all their own way however with Swindon storming to a 3-0 lead before Panthers came back to tie the period 4-4. The second period saw Cardiff edge 9-8 in front going into the final period before Panthers clinched victory with three unanswered goals in the final period.
The final game of the day saw the Sprint Raiders claim a comfortable 13-3 win over the Oxford Blues.
Swindon Flames Juniors enjoyed a ding-dong battle with derby rivals Oxford Hurricanes with both sides having to settle for a draw.
Swindon side started well and took the game to Oxford with Haydn Lee setting up Will Harding for the first goal after four minutes.
Oxford battled back immediately as Josh Hickman scored with a fierce long shot which found the bottom corner.
Two goals in 20 seconds saw Oxford take the lead before Harding set up Liam Coleman to pull a goal back midway through the first period.
With just under four minutes of the first period remaining, Harding then brought the sides level but soon after incurred a minor penalty which saw Oxford retake the lead.
Harding brought Swindon level again five minutes into the second period with Coleman putting Flames in front soon after.
Despite Oxford running into penalty trouble, Josh Hickman brought Oxford level just 12 seconds after coming out of the sinbin.
With two minutes remnaining Oxford edged in front again as Hickman rounded Swindon netminder Jake Silvester to get the go-ahead goal only for Lee to rescue a draw for Swindon with 80 seconds remaining.
Swindon Flames are always looking to recruit new members at all levels but especially for the newly formed Pee Wee (Under 12) team. Training is held weekly at the Link Centre on Saturdays from 10am-11:00am under the guidance of GB ice-hockey coach Mark Beggs.
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