Dunbar and Flames looking forward to cup first leg

January 22, 2019 7:00 pm

John Dunbar and his Guildford Flames team mates have been going through an inconsistent patch over recent weeks in the Elite Ice Hockey League, but on Wednesday night have the chance to take step closer to making the club’s first ever EIHL final.

The team host Nottingham Panthers in the Challenge Cup Semi-Final first leg, hoping that it can be a chance to get back to the form they enjoyed in the earlier part of the season. “We’re looking at this game as a clean slate. I think all the guys are looking forward to taking a little break from the league and trying to get to a final,” said the Flames forward. “It’s a different format of course with aggregate scoring, but you just go out to try to win each period. Hopefully we have something to take to Nottingham next week.”

Flames’ Head Coach Paul Dixon has said in recent post-game interviews that he believes his team have just missed a little bit of luck. “I would agree with that to an extent, but everyone in our locker room knows that we have to keep doing things for the whole game. We have to make sure we pick up these wins in overtime and not lose them,” said Dunbar. “A little bit of luck is also part of it, but we all also know that nothing will happen if we don’t keep working hard and concentrating on our game.”

While Guildford have won in Nottingham this season, the Flames have lost three times at home to the Panthers. “We’ve had some good games again Nottingham,” continued the forward who has 13 points in eight Challenge Cup games. “It would be huge for us to get to a final in only our second EIHL season. I don’t want to cling on to that so much, but as we did well in our first, but to be two games away from a final is massive and everyone is looking forward to it.”

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