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PREVIEW: Clan v Guildford Flames THIS SUNDAY!

NEXT HOME GAME: Did you know? Last time #49 Brendan Brooks faced the Guildford Flames, he scored a hat-trick in less than a minute. Will we see that again THIS SUNDAY when the Flames are the visitors to Braehead Arena (6:00pm face-off)? Find out! Tickets are available NOW via TICKETMASTER, by calling 0844 499 1700 or direct at the Braehead Arena box office. 

Glasgow’s Braehead Clan will welcome the Guildford Flames to the Braehead Arena for the first time THIS SUNDAY (6:00pm face-off).

The two teams have met once previously, with the Flames coming away 8-5 victors early this season in Guildford. There is only one place and one point separating the two teams, so Sunday night’s match is sure to be an intense, hard fought affair. 

The Clan got back to winning ways last Saturday night against the Edinburgh Capitals, with a 5-2 win in Edinburgh. John Tripp’s men will be keen to keep that winning feeling going as they return to Braehead on Sunday.

Our Match Night Live Reporter, David Marshall (@marshalldave38) looks at some of the key players for Guildford who stand in the way of a Clan victory.

 

#1 John Dunbar (F)

A new addition to the league this year. Dunbar has impressed thus far with the Flames racking up 21 points including seven goals in 12 games.

Dunbar has been even more deadly as a provider with 15 assists being credited to the 26-year-old Canadian. He also picked up the EIHL Player of the Week Award on 22/10/2017.

Last weekend, Dunbar failed to get a point over the Flames’ two games against the Nottingham Panthers and the Coventry blaze and it showed as the goals dried up. The Flames suffered 2-1 and 4-1 losses respectively.

The numbers suggest that when Dunbar is on form then the Flames are far more deadly. A dangerous player that the Clan defence will do well to keep quiet on Sunday night.

 

#2 Carl Ackered (D)

The Swedish defenseman has been renowned throughout his career as a defender who brings an attacking threat and he has continued this trend in Guildford.

Ackered has accrued 11 assists and seven goals in his first 12 games in the league. His goal tally has him tied for the highest goal scorer in his team.

His assist record is where he is at his most dangerous, an extra five in the Challenge Cup gives him a total of 16 for the season so far. With his previous team, Ostersunds IK, he was the defenseman with the most assists and most points in the Swedish Division 1, the second tier of Swedish Hockey.

Getting past Ackered will be the main goal for the Clan forwards but the defence should also keep one eye on this versatile player.

 

#3 Chris Carrozzi (G)

The Italian-Canadian netminder was brought to Guildford after veteran Brian Stewart was ruled out of action with a long-term injury, the 27-year-old is now looking to make the role his own.

Carrozzi was a sixth round pick for the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2008 NHL Draft. During the 2015/16 season, Carrozzi won the Italian Supercup with Asiago Hockey 1935.

It’s not been the easiest start to life in Guildford for Carrozzi. He has a GGA of 3.33 and SV% of 89.6. He has racked up 3 wins from his first six games and will certainly be looking to add another and boost his stats at the Braehead Arena on Sunday night.