MATCHDAY LIVE - Guildford Flames v Basingstoke Bison

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  • Score: Guildford Flames 3 Basingstoke Bison 4
  • Marcus Kristoffersson and Tom Duggan gave the Flames a 2-0 lead, before Tomas Karpov hauled the Herd back into the contest before the first buzzer.
  • Ciaran Long level things up early in the second period, before the Flames take the lead again from Milos Melicherik.
  • Andy Melachrino scored the first goal of the final session to tie the game again, before Karpov nets the winner 20 seconds from time.

6:39pm

END OF FINAL PERIOD: Flames 3 Bison 4

A great win which sends the Herd to the TOP OF THE LEAGUE.

A great way to start 2014 lets hope it is the Bison's year.

It also completes a clean sweep of victories at the Spectrum in the league this season.

 

6:34pm

GOAL - Flames 3 Bison 4 - Tomas Karpov (59:40)

Karpov nets on the powerplay from close range and the Flames call a time-out and pull their goalie, but cannot forced an equaliser.

6:31pm

With 27 seconds left the Bison are on the powerplay as David Savage goes to the sin bin. Can they make it count.

6:29pm

Game now in the final minute so it does look like overtime is on its way.

6:24pm

Into the last five minutes and we could well be heading to overtime again.

6:20pm

Both teams are looking for their fourth goal of the night, but the goalies are keeping them at bay.

6:16pm

Bison kill the first penalty of the period on Nicky Chinn as Skinns keeps the Flames out with a couple of saves. 

6:06pm

GOAL - Flames 3 Bison 3 - Andy Melachrino (44:13)

The former Flame strikes with an excellent finish from a Karpov pass to tie the game again.

6:00pm

The third period is underway

5:47pm

END OF THE SECOND PERIOD - Flames 3 Bison 2

Another close session and it is all to play for in the last 20 minutes.

5:43pm

Flames kill off their first penalty of the game, despite good pressure from the Bison.

5:40pm

GOAL - Flames 3 Bison 2 - Milos Melicherik (37:07)

Neil Liddiard starts the move and Kristoffersson then set-up Melicherik to score.

5:33pm

Joe Greener and Joe Miller go close for the Bison, while Duggan is looking dangerous for the Flames.

5:24pm

End to end stuff as both teams look for the go ahead goal.

5:16pm

GOAL - Flames 2 Bison 2 - Ciaran Long (23:33)

Good early pressure pays off as Long scores close in, for his sixth goal in his last four games.

5:09pm

Puck drops for the start of the second period

5:03pm

END OF THE FIRST PERIOD: Flames 2 Bison 1

As the Bison did on Sunday against Sheffield they have come back from 2-0 down to trail by just one goal at the break.

Fingers crossed they achieve the same result.

4:44pm

Bison looking for an equaliser and Hadfield has to make the saves.

4:38pm

GOAL - Flames 2 Bison 1 - Tomas Karpov (7:49)

Karpov with a lovely finish gets the Herd back into the game.

4:34pm

GOAL - Flames 2 Bison 0 - Tom Duggan (6.27)

Duggan gives the Flames the lead after a good pass from Jozef Kohut.

4:25pm

GOAL - Flames 1 Bison 0 - Marcus Kristofferson (4:35)

The Swedish import marks his return from injury with a nice wrist shot

 

4:18pm

Bison kill the first penalty of the game on Connolly.

4:11pm

Dean Skinns takes his place in the Bison net with James Hadfield in goal for the Flames as the game gets underway.

4:09pm

The Bison have won on their last two visits to Guildford and currently lead the league series 4-1 and this is the final league meeting this season.

Both Kurt Reynolds and Joe Rand are missing from the Bison line-up, but hope to be back for the home game with Manchester on Saturday.

4:08pm

After leaders Manchester Phoenix's 7-2 loss in Coventry against the Milton Keynes Lighting.  The Bison only need to pick up a point in Guildford to go top. So fingers crossed.

 

4:02pm

Welcome to this afternoon's game from the Spectrum in Guildford.  

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