It was a tough start to 2013 for Ryan Aldridge and his men as they fell to their second defeat of the week at the hands of Guildford, writes George Royle.
Both teams looked sloppy in a dull first period that ended goalless.
The deadlock was finally broken 15 minutes into the second period as Canadian Nathan Rempel fired the home side into the lead. Nicky Watt responded just a few minutes later to give the Wildcats a deserved equaliser.
Late in the second period, David Longstaff gave the Flames a 2-1 lead, leaving the game nicely poised.
Swindon came out firing in the last period, but despite lots of pressure, Mark Lee was looking unbeatable in the Flames net, saving 17 shots in the final period.
With just a few minutes left in the game, Swindon pulled goalie Dean Skinns to get an extra skater on the ice. However, Longstaff bagged his second of the game as he scored into the empty net to give Guildford the win and confirm his place at the top of the league's point-scoring tally.
Despite the disappointing result, it was great to see the Wildcats dominate their opponents in the third period. They simply lacked the clinical touch.