Watt brace hands Jets final date

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EPL ICE HOCKEY PLAYOFFS:

First semi final:

Guildford Flames 2 Slough Jets 3

A Ryan Watt double ended Guildford Flames' chances of a treble as Slough Jets progressed into Sunday's EPL Playoff Final.

He got a vital touch on Doug Sheppard's shot with less than five minutes to go to send his team through.

Up until then, the Flames looked to be in control despite the game being tied at two apiece.

The League Champions weathered the early loss of Mark Lee to race to a 2-0 lead.

James Hadfield replaced the netminder in goal after he got tangled up with a teammate after just 35 seconds.

Both sides passed up early powerplays then Jozef Kohut blasted the Flames ahead on 8:51.

It was a very simple finish as Greg Chambers and Milos Melicherik worked the puck around the net for his 26th of the season.

And four minutes later Jez Lundin doubled the advantage with a class goal from distance.

Kohut was stoned by Gregg Rockmann early in the second before Hadfield did the same to Adam Calder and Aaron Connolly.

Darius Pliskauskas then tested him from distance.

But the pressure was building and on 33:36 Slough finally got a lifeline.

Pliskauskas and Dan Davies were involved, getting the telling feeds to Watt who made no mistake.

Slough came out in the third period and immediately upped the ante. Two shots were turned aside and then Aaron Connolly fired a superb lifting effort from the left to level it up.

And they went ahead after Guildford had most of the possession.

Soaking up a number of Flames' chances, the Jets got sustained pressure in their opponents' zone and Watt was on hand to tap in Doug Sheppard’s' shot with less than five minutes to go.

Adam Calder and Melicherik had an altercation as the game reached its closing stages and both went to the bin, but that moment couldn't inspire Guildford's double winners to one last big effort.

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