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2006-2007
 

The continuity appeared to sit well with the club as they opened the league campaign with a win in Milton Keynes before reeling of 4 consecutive victories over   A single player switch meant the club opened the 2006-2007 season with the entire EPL championship team in tact, with the exception of the addition of former Flames Jr standout Rob Lamey in place of Nick Cross who made the decision to retire in the summer of 2006.  Over the course of the summer, the Flames made the fewest roster changes in the club's history.  For the first time since 2000-2001 the Flames entered the new campaign as the reigning champions, having picked up the EPL title during their inaugural season in 2005-2006.Bracknell and Wightlink to win their Cup group, securing a place in the Premier cup semi finals. 
 

The Flames followed a 3-2 home win with a 4-3 win in   With the return of Jozef Kohut and Joe Watkins the club took on Milton Keynes Lightning in a 2 leg aggregate Cup final.  Things were not all gloom and doom, however.  on the tie break, while Sheffield finished the bridesmaid with Bracknell taking league honours.rdtied with the Jets who won 3th place, a spot from which they would never recover, ultimately finishing 4rdHowever, following the short upswing, a string of 4 consecutive league defeats, including back to back losses to joint league leaders Bracknell Bees and Sheffield Scimitars, moved the Flames from league contender to 3  The Flames collected a couple of league wins before advancing to the Premier Cup finals with a nailbiting 8-7 overtime aggregate win over Slough Jets in the semi finals.  The roster moves initially appeared to be just the solution.  In an effort to bolster the line up, Nick Cross was coerced out of retirement and the club negotiated a deal to bring Robert Sobala from Solihull to take over for Kohut who appeared to perhaps have a more long term injury than first thought.  The club followed that loss with just a single league point on a doubleheader home and away weekend against Romford Raiders.  A 7-1 defeat on home ice against Slough Jets began the roller coaster affair.  Unfortunately, the second half of the season proved to be more up and down, eventually seeing them removed from the EPL throne.  All this despite injuries to starting netminder Joe Watkins and top goal getter Jozef Kohut.  against the then table topping Sheffield Scimitars.thThrough October, the Spectrum side had won 6 of 8 league games and, by the turn of the year from 2006 to 2007, had found their way to the top of the league table thanks to a massive 3-1 win on home ice on December 30Milton Keynes to hoist the Club's 10th trophy, and the first cup title since grabbing the ntl Christmas Cup early in the new millennium.  Once again, though, the good was followed by the bad.   Just prior to the Cup final, Sobala returned to Poland with an injury that ended his season, and Milos Melicherik, the club's leading point getter, left leg 2 of the Cup finals with a knee injury that took him out of the line up for the remainder of the league campaign and the entire playoff group stage.  As one of only two teams eyeing a 'double', the Flames turned to the group playoff round in the hope that a strong showing over the 3 most intense weekends of the season would secure a place at Coventry Skydome and the playoff finals event.  
 

Though the club did drop their two final group games to   Despite trailing the Bracknell Bees 3-0 halfway through the opening playoff game, the Flames rebounded with 6 goals in the last 24 minutes of play to win the game 6-4 before adding 3 additional playoff wins in the first 4 outings.  Those hopes were fulfilled thanks to 4 consecutive wins to open the playoffs.Milton Keynes, the Spectrum side had already, with a weekend to spare, locked up top spot in their group, and a ticket to the finals event.
 

Having drawn the league's second seed, Sheffield Scimitars in the semi final, there would be no easy road to the final, but some late heroics by Rick Plant, who scored the game tying goal with just over 10 minutes to play and then repeated the effort with 18 seconds of overtime remaining, secured a 5-4 Flames win and a place in the final against the league champion Bracknell Bees.  Unfortunately for the Flames, this would be the Bees year as they got the best end of the bargain on a 3-2 score to add the playoff title to their league crown, leaving the Flames to ponder 2007-2008.

League Table

 Team

GP

W

T

OL

L

GF

GA

PTS

Bracknell  44  33  7   219  113  70 
Sheffield  44  32  10  195  106  66 
Slough  44  29  2   11  203  140  62 
Guildford  44 29  3   11  198  125  62 
Milton Keynes 44  28  14  186  131  58 
Peterborough  44  25  13  228  167  56 
Swindon  44  22  22  192  178  44 
Chelmsford  44  20  21  194  184  43 
Romford  44  14  25  175  230  33 
Solihull  44 31  142  235  21 
Telford 43 8 0 1 34 131 229 17
Wightlink 43 3 0 1 39 93 326 7
  • Overtime Loss (OL) awarded 1 point
Cup Table

 Team

GP 

OTL 

PTS 

GF 

GA 

Guildford* 4 4 0 0 0 8 29 7
Bracknell 4 2 2 0 0 4 20 10
Wightlink 4 0 4 0 0 0 9 41

*Clinched Semi Final Berth

SEMI FINALS (2 Leg aggregate goal)

Leg 1 at Slough: Flames 5 Jets 4
Leg 2 at Guildford: Flames 3 Jets 3 (OT)
(Flames win semi final 8-7 on aggregate)

FINAL (2 Leg aggregate goal)

Leg 1 at Guildford: Flames 3 Lightning 2
Leg 2 at Milton Keynes: Lightning 3 Flames 4
(Flames win 7-5 on aggregate)

Trophy: Premier Cup

Playoffs
Group A GP  OL  GF  GA  PTS 
Guildford*x     6 0 22  17 
Bracknell* 6 0 32  19  
Milton Keynes    17  18 
Chelmsford  15  32 

Group B GP  OL  GF  GA  PTS 
Peterborough*x  28  21  10 
Sheffield*  17  18  
Slough 6 27  17 
Swindon  6 17  33 

* - Clinched Playoff semi final berth in Coventry
x - Clinched first place in Table

PLAYOFF SEMI FINALS

Flames 5 Sheffield 4 (OT)
Flames advance to finals

PLAYOFF FINALS

 Bracknell 3 Flames 2
Bracknell win playoffs

Player Stats

 Player GP G A P   PM
Milos Melicherik 52 26 67 93 104
Jozef Kohut 41 43 30 73 195
Rick Plant 62 23 48 71 109
Ollie Bronnimann 58 30 36 66 94
Rob Lamey 59 25 35 60 42
Paul Dixon 59 12 46 58 66
Vaclav Zavoral 54 28 30 58 291
Stuart Potts 54 21 31 52 32
Marian Smerciak 61 17 31 48 154
Neil Liddiard 62 8 27 35 138
Andrew Hemmings 52 10 10 20 8
David Savage 51 12 8 20 48
Rick Skene 55 4 11 15 100
Robert Sobala 13 5 5 10 16
Nick Cross 16 3 6 9 44
Chris Wiggins 54 4 5 9 62
Ben Duggan 57 5 3 8 24
Robert Young 55 1 5 6 8
Ben Johnson 62 0 4 4 24
Stan Marple 6 2 0 2 39
Joe Watkins 47 0 2 2 22
Adam Hyman 19 1 1 2 8
Russ Plant 4 0 1 1 4
Tom Annetts 24 0 1 1 0
Simon James 12 0 1 1 2
Tom Horton 0 0 0 0 0
Matt Colclough 0 0 0 0 0
Michael Varcoe 1 0 0 0 0
Ben Austin 58 0 0 0 2

Goaltender  Mins GA GAA Shots SV% SO
Joe Watkins 2640:52 121 2.748 1503 0.919 3*
Tom Annetts 1109:00 51 2.759 532 0.904 1*

*Tom Annetts and Joe Watkins shared a shutout


 

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