Double defeat disappoints Dixon

Guildford Flames’ boss Paul Dixon couldn’t hide his disappointment after seeing his team lose both their fixtures over the New Year weekend.

The Flames had their four-game winning streak ended on Saturday with a 4-2 defeat at Swindon Wildcats and they followed up with a 3-1 reverse on home ice against Basingstoke Bison.

“After a very good run in which we got points from almost every game over eleven or twelve starts, it’s disappointing to go over the New Year stretch with nothing to show in back-to-back nights,” said Dixon.

“It’s not an excuse, but we had some tough circumstances losing Tuomas Santavuori early at Swindon and then Marek (Maslonka) early on Sunday.

“In addition to the defeats we clearly now have some significant roster concerns that hopefully are not as bad as they look at the moment.

“We need to use our return to a regular training and game schedule routine this week as a chance to re-set, and see where our roster is at as we prepare for Manchester and Milton Keynes.”

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