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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.
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.
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.
With 27 seconds left the Bison are on the powerplay as David Savage goes to the sin bin. Can they make it count.
Game now in the final minute so it does look like overtime is on its way.
Into the last five minutes and we could well be heading to overtime again.
Both teams are looking for their fourth goal of the night, but the goalies are keeping them at bay.
Bison kill the first penalty of the period on Nicky Chinn as Skinns keeps the Flames out with a couple of saves.
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.
The third period is underway
END OF THE SECOND PERIOD - Flames 3 Bison 2
Another close session and it is all to play for in the last 20 minutes.
Flames kill off their first penalty of the game, despite good pressure from the Bison.
GOAL - Flames 3 Bison 2 - Milos Melicherik (37:07)
Neil Liddiard starts the move and Kristoffersson then set-up Melicherik to score.
Joe Greener and Joe Miller go close for the Bison, while Duggan is looking dangerous for the Flames.
End to end stuff as both teams look for the go ahead goal.
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.
Puck drops for the start of the second period
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.
Bison looking for an equaliser and Hadfield has to make the saves.
GOAL - Flames 2 Bison 1 - Tomas Karpov (7:49)
Karpov with a lovely finish gets the Herd back into the game.
GOAL - Flames 2 Bison 0 - Tom Duggan (6.27)
Duggan gives the Flames the lead after a good pass from Jozef Kohut.
GOAL - Flames 1 Bison 0 - Marcus Kristofferson (4:35)
The Swedish import marks his return from injury with a nice wrist shot
Bison kill the first penalty of the game on Connolly.
Dean Skinns takes his place in the Bison net with James Hadfield in goal for the Flames as the game gets underway.
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.
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.
Welcome to this afternoon's game from the Spectrum in Guildford.
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