Match report by Yvonne Slater
Sunday saw the Bees back at The Hive for local derby action against their local rivals the Guildford Flames. The Bees went into the game at full strength whilst the visiting Flames were missing Tom Duggan, Marcus Kristofferson, Sam Godfrey and Mike Will. Netminders Alex Mettam, for the Bees, and Dean Skinns for the Flames, started the match in the respective goals. Referee Dave Cloutman took charge of the match with Andrew Cook & Amy Lack on the lines.
The home side Bees opened the first period with a clear positive attitude and a couple of big early hits from both sides showed the intentions of both teams to make the game a physical one. The first clear chance of the match went the way of the visiting Flames as Andrew Melachrino took a shot but Alex Mettam deflects the chance away from the net. Bees player/coach Lukas Smital picked up the rebound and skated cleared and fired a shot of his own across in front of Dean Skinns, in the Flames net, but the puck rebounded out to safety with no one near capitalise on. More Bees possession saw Josh Smith setup Olegs Lascenko well but his shot was caught by Skinns. James Galazzi came close with a backhand effort also. With a little over eight minutes gone in the game the first penalty of the night was called on Galazzi, for holding. The Bees dug in well however and saw off the penalty well. Only seconds after the Bees penalty expired they found themselves on a powerplay of their own as Andrew Melachrino sat out a tripping minor. The Bees piled on the pressure with the extra man, coming close through Martin Pavlicek, but the visiting Flames also saw off the advantage. The Bees were on the front foot and another penalty to the visitors saw Marek Maslonka visiting the penalty box at 15.38 for high sticks. On the resulting advantage the Bees again pressed forward and nearly broke the deadlock as Carl Thompson fired in a shot that Dean Skinns saved and Olegs Lascenko was unfortunate not to score on the rebound effort. In the final minute of the opening period the deadlock was finally broken, with forty-five seconds remaining, as Lukas Smital netted a sublime effort after a good pass from Alex Barker.
The second period saw the Bees continue where they left off with early pressure from the start. An early opportunity one on one opportunity for James Galazzi was deflected away by Dean Skinns. Marek Maslonka, for the visiting Flames, tried his luck with a shot from the point but it deflected away as it hit a Bees player. With the period only a little over two minutes old Bees defenceman Josh Tetlow incurred the wrath of referee Cloutman and headed to the penalty box on a cross-checking minor at 22.26. With the extra man the Flames applied the pressure with Jens Eriksson and Danny Meyers trying their luck from distance but the Bees stayed solid to see off the powerplay. A somewhat bizarre turn of events followed when Guildford’s Tuomas Santavuori fired a shot in on net, the goal light lights for a couple of seconds but the puck appears out in front of Alex Mettam in the Bees net and is cleared away, the Bees take the puck down the ice and narrowly miss on a good chance for Krystof Kafan. With the play whistled dead, referee Cloutman returns to the goal judge and eventually awards the Flames their first goal at 26.46 unassisted. A big hit from Josh Tetlow put a big check on Marek Maslonka at centre ice, the Flames player taking a while to get up and skate to the bench. The stepped things up a gear again and netted their second goal through a long range shot from Martin Pavlicek whose shot hits a Flames defender, who was trying to clear Lukas Smital from in front of the net, and deflects into the back of the net with a little under three minutes remaining in the second period. Late penalties on the Bees Krystof Kafan (for charging) and the Flames Jens Eriksson (for slashing) ended the period’s action.
The third period started with end to end action and with both teams creating chances. The Flames found the equalising goal after seven minutes through Marek Malsonka but the scores were not level for long as the home side Bees applied pressure from the face off and a mistake from the Flames defence gifted James Galazzi an opportunity, as the puck ended up in front of him, to which he fired home for an unassisted third goal for the Bees at 48.03. Not wanting to be outdone the Flames scored their third just under a minute later at 49.02 through Andrew McKinney to again level the scores up. Tempers frayed shortly afterward as Scott Spearing and Marek Maslonka received slashing and interference minors. James Galazzi and Jez Lundin also clashed in the dying minutes both receiving minors for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Both teams applied late pressure in search of the game winning goal but couldn’t find a way past Mettam and Skinns in the nets. With three minutes remaining in regulation time James Galazzi picked up a tripping minor and the Bees had to dig deep to kill off the penalty late on and take the game into overtime.
The five minutes overtime saw frenetic end to end action with both teams having good chances to win the game but again the netminders and defences stood firm and it would take penalty shots to separate the sides.
The visiting Flames were first up and Tuomas Sanatvuori scored. Luca Basic stepped up for the Bees first penalty and also scored. Marek Maslonka netted the Flames second with Alex Barker misses the Bees second. Jens Eriksson sealed the two points for the Flames with the third successful Guildford penalty shot.
The man of the match awards went to Alex Barker for the home side Bees and to Tuomas Santavuori for the visiting Flames.
Period scores: 1-0, 1-1, 1-2, 0-0
Bees scorers: L.Smital 1+1; Galazzi & Pavlicek 1+0; Barker 0+2
Flames scorers: Maslonka 1+2; McKinney 1+1; Santavuroi 1+0; Melachrino & Lundin 0+1
Bees PIMS: 12 (Galazzi 6; Tetlow, Kafan & Spearing 2)
Flames PIMS: 10 (Maslonka 4; Melachrino, Lundin, Eriksson 2)
Shots on Bees (Mettam): 26 (1, 11, 12, 2)
Shots on Flames (Skinns): 35 (16, 10, 9, 0)