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2022-2023
 

2022-2023, for the first time since the pandemic impact on seasons and rosters, Flames were able to once again recruit with a bit of continuity by retaining 10 players that were with the club the year prior, while adding a remaining roster of new faces.  Canadian Taz Burman and American Eamon McAdam signed on to share the with net Adam Long who was the only returnee at the position from the previous term.  On the blueline GB national team stalwart Ben O’Connor headlined the off season work while Canadians Bradley Lalonde and Jordan Klimek joined fellow returning countrymen Alex Yuill, Kyle Locke and Mike Crocock.

Up front, Flames Captain and joint leading point getter from 21-22 Brett Ferguson was re-united with Ian McNulty who was back after his part at the top of the club’s points list.  Returning also were Canadians Tristan Frei, Turner Ripplinger, and Levi Cable as well as GB national team skater Rob Lachowicz and fellow Brit Owen Griffiths. Newcomer Morgan Clarke-Pizzo rounded out the domestic roster contingent, but he was later joined by Zach Milton who arrived on a 2-way contract with Basingstoke Bison.

In an effort to add some firepower, American forwards Ryan Tait and Peter Crinella, as well as Canadian, and Italian national team member, Daniel Tedesco each transferred from their previous engagements while Swedish forward Sam Marklund made his debut outside his country of birth.  Johan Eriksson, also from Sweden, began the campaign in Flames gear but was later released and his spot filled with American skater Logan Fredericks which completed the roster that would close out the campaign. 

Though back-to-back early season defeats to start the league campaign may have suggested otherwise, it turned out to be a roster capable of competing for the top of the table evidenced by a first place position for more than half of the campaign and still in with a shout at a league title right to the final weekend of play.  After opening with defeats, Spectrum’s men went on an 8 game League and Cup winning run and proceeded through September and October to collect 14 wins from their first 20 games.  By the 1st of January, Flames had lost just 4 league games in regulation, were sitting in 1st place in the table, and had advanced to the Cup Quarter final where they defeated Coventry Blaze over a pair of nights to make a Semi Final appearance.  Unfortunately, a 2-1 win over Belfast Giants in the 2nd semi final leg could not overcome a 4-0 home defeat in the opening game as Spectrum’s men bowed out of the competition at that point.  Despite that disappointment, the club remained at or near the table top throughout the remainder of the schedule and finished in 2nd place with 82 points, just 2 points off the league lead and well over 20 more than any previous Elite version of the side while cracking the top 4 for the first time since joining the league in 2017-2018.

Unfortunately, the playoffs did not follow the league success with Flames falling 4-1 at Nottingham Panthers in game one of the aggregate goal quarter final, meaning a 5-3 win on home ice the next night was a goal short of advancement with Panthers stealing a 7-6 combined win to eliminate Flames from playoff contention. 

League Table
Team GP W L OTW OTSOL GF GA PTS
Belfast* 54 37 11 4 2 231 120 84
Guildford 54 31 12 9 2 209 159 82
Sheffield  54 32 13 4 5 190 129 77
Cardiff  54 29 14 6 5 192 142 75
Coventry  54 25 15 8 6 200 161 72
Manchester  54 20 28 2 4 163 203 48
Nottingham  54 15 28 6 5 149 191 47
Glasgow 54 13 34 2 5 134 203 35
Fife  54 12 34 2 6 118 193 34
Dundee 54 11 36 2 5 142 227 31
*League Champions
 
Challenge Cup Group C Table

 Team GP W L OW OTSOL GF GA PTS
  Coventry*  8  4   2 0  2  28  25  10
  Guildford*  8  3   4 1  0  28  29  8
  Cardiff*  8  3   4 1  0  24  26  8

*Clinched Quarter Final Berth

Quarter final

Game 1:  Guildford 5 Coventry 0
Game 2:  Coventry 3  Guildford 4
(Guildford win 9-3 on aggregate)

Semi final

Game 1: Guildford 0 Belfast 4
Game 2: Belfast 2 Guildford 3
(Belfast win 6-3 on aggregate) 

Cup Champions: Belfast Giants

Playoffs

Playoff Quarter Finals: 

Game 1: Nottingham 4 Guildford 1
Game 2: Guildford 5 Nottingham 3
(Nottingham win 7-6 on aggregate)


Playoff Champions: Belfast Giants

Player Stats
      Player GP G A P PM
Daniel Tedesco 67 36 55 91 30
Brett Ferguson 66 23 53 76 98
Ryan Tait 68 35 40 75 6
Peter Crinella 67 27 37 64 16
Ben O'Connor 68 12 47 59 38
Sam Marklund 65 25 29 54 71
Ian McNulty 63 23 25 48 78
Bradley Lalonde 63 13 31 44 28
Robert Lachowicz 68 9 20 29 10
Jordan Klimek 68 7 21 28 25
Logan Fredericks 33 9 14 23 12
Owen Griffiths 68 5 14 19 43
Mike Crocock 66 7 11 18 26
Kyle Locke 65 5 11 16 60
Turner Ripplinger 43 7 6 13 26
Levi Cable 31 2 10 12 8
Tristan Frei 34 2 10 12 16
Alex Yuill 67 2 9 11 30
Johan Eriksson 18 5 6 11 2
Morgan Clarke-Pizzo 26 1 0 1 4
Zack Milton 7 0 0 0 0
 
Netminder MINS SOG GA Save % SO GA.AV
Eamon McAdam 2457 1323 124 90.65% 1 3.03
Taz Burman 1618 747 72 90.36% 3 2.67
Adam Long 0 0 0 0.00% 0 0.00

 

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