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Guildford Flames
Season 2008-09
LeagueEPIHL
GM/Head CoachPaul Dixon
Home Ice RinkGuildford Spectrum
League position 3rd
Premier Cup Runners-up
Play-OffsSemi Finalists
Average attendance1499

During the 2008-09 season, the Guildford Flames participated in the semi-professional English Premier Ice Hockey League. It was the 17th year of Ice Hockey played by the Guildford Flames and the second season under Paul Dixon as head coach.

During the summer Dixon worked to improve the defensive line by shipping out Dominic Hopkins and Ben Johnson, replacing them with 17 year old Steven Lee[1] whom had already played two seasons with Elite League side Hull, and bringing toughness to the team in the form of Mark Williams[2] from Romford. Other departures included fringe player Ben Duggan who was replaced by Matt Hepburn[3] from the juniors. The main talking point over the summer was the departure of long time top goal scorer Jozef Kohut[4], leaving the team with what many believed was a weak offence.

After an indifferent start to the season with 3 wins and 3 losses, it was announced on the 9th October that the Flames would travel to Slovakia and take part in an exhibition against Extraliga side Poprad in a game opened by the Queen during her state visit to the country.[5]. After a poor run of results in November and a multiple game ban for import Vaclav Zavoral, the decision was taken to sign Czech Martin Bouz.[6]. A surprise departure was the main feature of January with Mark Williams [7] leaving to pursue work commitments and to play closer to home with the Romford Raiders.

League tableEdit

Final Table

Team Pld. W OTL/SOL L GF GA Pts.
Peterborough Phantoms ** 54 38 3 13 275 166 79
Milton Keynes Lightning * 54 34 6 14 221 159 74
Guildford Flames * 54 34 3 17 230 173 71
Slough Jets * 54 31 2 21 217 179 64
Bracknell Bees * 54 30 1 23 176 148 61
Romford Raiders * 54 27 3 24 197 259 57
Sheffield Scimitars * 54 22 5 27 187 202 49
Swindon Wildcats * 54 23 2 29 157 194 48
Telford Tigers 54 17 5 32 186 245 39
Wightlink Raiders 54 14 2 38 189 321 30

[*] Secured Play-off Berth. [**] EPL League Champions

Peterborough are EPL League Champions 2008/09

Premier Cup TableEdit

Final Table

Team Pld. W OTL/SOL L GF GA Pts.
Peterborough Phantoms * 18 13 1 4 88 54 27
Guildford Flames * 18 12 1 5 80 56 25
Slough Jets * 18 12 1 5 77 51 25
Bracknell Bees * 18 11 0 7 62 44 22
Sheffield Scimitars 18 9 2 7 63 55 20
Telford Tigers 18 9 2 7 68 70 20
Milton Keynes Lightning 18 8 2 8 59 58 18
Swindon Wildcats 18 9 0 9 53 54 18
Wightlink Raiders 18 5 0 13 53 99 10
Romford Raiders 18 2 1 15 48 110 5

[*] Secured Semi Final Berth.

Premier Cup FinalsEdit

Aggregate Scores

  Semifinals Finals
                 
1 Peterborough Phantoms 6  
4 Bracknell Bees 4  
    1 Peterborough Phantoms 9
  2 Guildford Flames 7
2 Guildford Flames 5
3 Slough Jets 3  
  • Peterborough Phantoms are the EPL Cup Champions 2008/09

PlayoffsEdit

Aggregate Scores for Quarter Finals

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                           
  1  Peterborough Phantoms 10  
8  Swindon Wildcats 4  
  1  Peterborough Phantoms 4  
  4  Slough Jets 2  
4  Slough Jets 7
  5  Bracknell Bees 5  
    1  Peterborough Phantoms 5
  2  Milton Keynes Lightning 4
  3  Guildford Flames 11  
6  Romford Raiders 5  
2  Milton Keynes Lightning 3
  3  Guildford Flames 2  
2  Milton Keynes Lightning 8
  7  Sheffield Scimitars 6  
  • Peterborough are the 2008/09 EPL Playoff champions

ResultsEdit

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

SeptemberEdit

DateOpponentVenueResultAttendanceCompetitionMan of the Match
20thBracknell BeesHomeWon 4-11,737League/CupJoe Watkins
21stRomford RaidersAwayWon 8-2Not ReportedLeague/CupN/A
27thSwindon WildcatsAwayWon 3-2Not ReportedLeague/CupN/A
28thWightlink RaidersHomeLost 4-61,157League/CupPaul Dixon

OctoberEdit

DateOpponentVenueResultAttendanceCompetitionMan of the Match
4thMilton Keynes LightningAwayLost 6-5 (OT)1,093League/CupLukas Smital
5thTelford TigersHomeLost 3-41,538League/CupLukas Smital
11thSheffield ScimitarsHomeWon 3-2 (SO)1,249League/CupJoe Watkins
12thPeterborough PhantomsAwayWon 7-3526League/CupJoe Watkins
15thPeterborough PhantomsHomeWon 4-2945League/CupJoe Watkins
18thSlough JetsAwayWon 6-5649League/CupLukas Smital
19thWightlink RaidersHomeLost 4-51,424LeagueStephen Lee
24thHK Aquacity ŠKP PopradAwayLost 6-54,500ExhibitionN/A
25thBracknell BeesHomeWon 1-01,542LeagueNick Cross
26thTelford TigersAwayWon 4-3 (OT)675League/CupRick Plant

NovemberEdit

DateOpponentVenueResultAttendanceCompetitionMan of the Match
1stSlough JetsHomeLost 2-31,308League/CupLukas Smital
2ndSlough JetsAwayLost 5-6 (OT)320LeaguePaul Dixon
8thSwindon WildcatsAwayWon 6-3754League/CupLukas Smital
9thSwindon WildcatsHomeWon 4-21,568League/CupNeil Liddiard
15thSheffield ScimitarsAwayWon 7-4364League/CupRick Plant
16thMilton Keynes LightningHomeLost 2-41,161League/CupDavid Savage
19thRomford RaidersHomeWon 6-21,016League/Cup Alex Mettam
22ndWightlink RaidersAwayLost 5-4509League/Cup Stuart Potts
23rdTelford TigersHomeWon 4-21,368League Alex Mettam/Mark Williams
29thRomford RaidersHomeWon 7-21,238League Martin Bouz
30thBracknell BeesAwayWon 4-0Not ReportedLeague/Cup Joe Watkins

DecemberEdit

DateOpponentVenueResultAttendanceCompetitionMan of the Match
6thMilton Keynes LightningAwayLost 2-5809LeagueN/A
7thSheffield ScimitarsHomeWon 4-31,568LeagueLukas Smital
14thPeterborough PhantomsAwayLost 2-4542LeagueJoe Watkins
26thBracknell BeesAwayLost 1-2910LeagueDavid Savage
27thPeterborough PhantomsHomeWon 6-5 (OT)1,623LeagueLukas Smital
28thTelford TigersAwayWon 5-4Not ReportedLeagueOllie Bronnimann

JanuaryEdit

DateOpponentVenueResultAttendanceCompetitionMan of the Match
1stBracknell BeesHomeWon 4-11,753LeagueMartin Bouz
3rdSlough JetsAwayWon 7-3751LeagueJoe Watkins
4thSlough JetsHomeLost 5-31,421LeagueNick Cross
11thWightlink RaidersHomeWon 7-21,552LeagueNeil Liddiard
17thRomford RaidersHomeLost 3-41,535LeagueStuart Potts
24thSwindon WildcatsAwayLost 2-4902LeagueLukas Smital
25thSwindon WildcatsHomeWon 8-22,124LeagueVaclav Zavoral
31stWightlink RaidersAwayWon 6-5 (SO)560LeagueLukas Smital

FebruaryEdit

DateOpponentVenueResultAttendanceCompetitionMan of the Match
1stMilton Keynes LightningHomeWon 5-41,336LeagueTerry Miles
8thBracknell BeesAwayWon 4-3 (OT)N/ALeagueOllie Bronnimann
14thPeterborough PhantomsAwayWon 4-2493LeagueN/A
15thSlough JetsHomeLost 3-21,634LeagueJoe Watkins
19thSlough JetsHomeDrawn 1-12,057Cup Semi-Final (1st Leg)David Savage
21stPeterborough PhantomsHomeWon 5-31,551LeagueBen Austin
22ndSheffield ScimitarsAwayLost 5-4627LeagueN/A
25thSlough JetsAwayWon 4-2702Cup Semi-Final (2nd Leg)N/A
28thWightlink RaidersAwayLost 3-2 (SO)582LeagueStuart Potts

MarchEdit

DateOpponentVenueResultAttendanceCompetitionMan of the Match
1stMilton Keynes LightningHomeLost 4-21,442LeagueMilos Melicherik
7thTelford TigersHomeWon 4-11,923LeagueRob Lamey
8thRomford RaidersAwayLost 3-2382LeaguePaul Dixon
14thTelford TigersAwayWon 5-3450LeagueN/A
15thSheffield ScimitarsHomeWon 4-21,332LeagueTaras Foremsky
18thPeterborough PhantomsHomeWon 4-31,347Cup Final (1st Leg)Rick Skene
21stMilton Keynes LightningAwayWon 4-3 (SO)965LeagueNick Cross
22ndSwindon WildcatsHomeWon 6-11,252LeagueDavid Savage
26thPeterborough PhantomsAwayLost 6-4 (Lost 9-7 on Agg)N/ACup Final (2nd Leg)Unknown
28thSheffield ScimitarsAwayWon 4-2757LeagueUnknown
29thRomford RaidersAwayLost 8-6N/ALeagueOllie Bronnimann

AprilEdit

DateOpponentVenueResultAttendanceCompetitionMan of the Match
4thRomford RaidersAwayWon 6-4N/APlay-off Quarter-final (1st Leg)Lukas Smital
5thRomford RaidersHomeWon 5-1 (Won 11-5 on Agg)2,126Play-off Quarter-final (2nd Leg)Rick Plant
11thMilton Keynes LightningSkyDome ArenaLost 3-2 (SO)N/APlay-off Semi-FinalOllie Bronnimann

Points for the 2008/09 seasonEdit

Final Standing

Name Pld. Goals Assists Points Pims PP SH GW OT EN
Milos Melicherik Flag of Slovakia 57 22 56 78 40 5 3 6 1 0
Lukas Smital Flag of the Czech Republic 59 31 45 76 80 5 3 5 0 0
Taras Foremsky Flag of Canada 53 33 37 70 78 6 2 4 0 0
Rob Lamey Flag of the United Kingdom 60 25 34 59 20 4 0 3 0 0
Rick Plant Flag of the United Kingdom 55 19 34 53 79 0 1 5 1 0
Stuart Potts Flag of the United Kingdom 61 10 37 47 43 1 1 1 0 0
Ollie Bronnimann Flag of the United Kingdom 60 21 18 39 16 2 1 3 0 0
Paul Dixon Flag of the United Kingdom 57 7 30 37 32 3 0 0 0 0
David Savage Flag of the United Kingdom 61 17 19 36 102 6 0 0 0 0
Vaclav Zavoral Flag of the Czech Republic 46 14 18 32 215 2 1 2 0 0
Martin Bouz Flag of the Czech Republic 26 12 15 27 32 0 0 3 1 0
Nick Cross Flag of the United Kingdom 29 13 11 23 74 3 0 0 0 1
Neil Liddiard Flag of the United Kingdom 58 7 17 24 96 1 1 0 0 0
Steve Lee Flag of the United Kingdom 56 11 12 23 61 4 1 2 0 0
Terry Miles Flag of the United Kingdom 50 5 16 21 26 0 0 0 0 0
Rick Skene Flag of the United Kingdom 52 3 11 14 80 0 0 0 0 0
Mark Williams * Flag of the United Kingdom 30 1 3 4 62 0 0 1 0 0
Ben Austin Flag of the United Kingdom 61 1 3 4 16 0 0 0 0 0
Matt Hepburn Flag of the United Kingdom 38 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Callum Best Flag of the United Kingdom 35 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Watkins Flag of the United Kingdom 54 0 1 1 6 0 0 0 0 0
Andrew Sumner Flag of the United Kingdom 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alex Mettam Flag of the United Kingdom 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

[*]No Longer On Active Roster

Goaltender Stats 2008/09Edit

Final

Name Mins Pld. GA GAA Shots Saves Save % SO Record (W-L-OTL-T)
Alex Mettam Flag of the United Kingdom 460:00 19 2.478 219 200 0.913 0 6-1-0-0
Joe Watkins Flag of the United Kingdom 3232:21 169 3.132 1895 1726 0.911 2 32-17-4-1
Empty Net 7:47 3 - 3 - - - -

Special teamsEdit

Final

  • Powerplay 42 for 204 - 20.6%
  • Penalty Kill 241 for 293 - 82.3%

Penalty Shots 08/09Edit

Final

SkatersEdit

Name Shots Goals Pct. %
Martin Bouz Flag of the Czech Republic 5 4 80
Lukas Smital Flag of the Czech Republic 7 2 28.6
Taras Foremsky Flag of Canada 4 1 25
Vaclav Zavoral Flag of the Czech Republic 3 0 0

GoaltendersEdit

Name Shots Saves Pct. %
Joe Watkins Flag of the United Kingdom 21 14 66.6

End of Season AwardsEdit

The traditional End of Season Awards dinner was held on Monday 30 March 2009. The following awards were given out:

Most Sportsman like - #37 Ben Austin

British Player of the year - #8 Rob Lamey

Players Player of the year - #8 Rob Lamey

Top Point Scorer - #21 Milos Melicherik

The GIHSC (Guildford Ice Hockey Supporters Club) Voted the following:

Supporters British Player of the year - #8 Rob Lamey

Supporters Player of the year - #77 Taras Foremsky

Team RosterEdit

MANAGEMENT CEO Flag of Canada Rob Hepburn Commercial Manager Flag of Canada Kirk Humphreys Financial Controller Flag of Canada Thomas Hepburn

COACHING STAFF Head Coach Flag of the United Kingdom Paul Dixon Assistant Coach Flag of Slovakia Milos Melicherik Assistant/Equipment Manager Flag of the United Kingdom Dave Wiggins

GOALTENDERS 30 Flag of the United Kingdom Joe Watkins 31 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Mettam FORWARDS 8 Flag of the United Kingdom Rob Lamey 12 Flag of the United Kingdom Matt Hepburn 14 Flag of the United Kingdom Stuart Potts 17 Flag of the United Kingdom Rick Plant - Captain 18 Flag of the United Kingdom Callum Best 19 Flag of the United Kingdom Terry Miles 21 Flag of Slovakia Milos Melicherik - Alternate Captain 25 Flag of the Czech Republic Vinnie Zavoral 32 Flag of the Czech Republic Lukas Smital 44 Flag of the United Kingdom Nick Cross 47 Flag of the Czech Republic Martin Bouz 76 Flag of Canada Taras Foremsky 91 Flag of the United Kingdom Ollie Bronnimann DEFENDERS 4 Flag of the United Kingdom Neil Liddiard - Alternate Captain 6 Flag of the United Kingdom David Savage 22 Flag of the United Kingdom Paul Dixon 24 Flag of the United Kingdom Mark Williams 37 Flag of the United Kingdom Ben Austin 45 Flag of the United Kingdom Steve Lee 55 Flag of the United Kingdom Rick Skene

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. [1] Official Release, Published Summer 2008
  2. [2] Official Release, Published Summer 2008
  3. [3] Official Release, Published Summer 2008
  4. [4] Official Release, Published Summer 2008
  5. [5] Official Release, Published October 9, 2008
  6. [6] Official Release, Published November 19, 2008
  7. [7] Official Release, Published January, 2008
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