Match Preview: Storm @ Fife Flyers

TICKETS: The Go Goodwin’s Manchester Storm are back in home action next Sunday, 11th December, as we take on the Belfast Giants here at the Storm Shelter! Face off is at 5:30pm, and tickets can be ordered online or by calling the box office on 0161 926 8782, or in person at the box office.

Your Go Goodwins sponsored Manchester Storm are back in action this Saturday night as we make the long trip to Kirkcaldy to take on the Fife Flyers, facing off at 7:15 pm.

The Storm are looking to bounce back after, to use Eric Neilson’s words, a ‘frustra-ppointing’ weekend where we went down twice against the Coventry Blaze. The Midlands club securing a 2-0 victory on Saturday night at the Storm Shelter, before a 6-2 win on Sunday evening in the Coventry SkyDome. Goals from Trabucco and Cartier meant Storm pulled the score back to 4-2 before an empty net goal and another late marker meant the points stayed in Coventry. Despite these results, the Storm still find themselves in 6th position in the Elite League as only 5 points separate 4th from 9th in a crowded table. Equal on points with the Storm are Nottingham and Dundee, and a Storm victory in this game would drag Fife back into this tight battle.

The Flyers secured maximum points last weekend in their only game, dispatching the Belfast Giants 3-2 in overtime. Goals from Josh Scoon, his first for over a season, and Brendan Brooks meant the game required 3-on-3 overtime. Defenceman Russ Moyer supplying the game winning goal just 31 seconds into the extra period. Fife find themselves in 4th position with 20 points, 3 behind Belfast in 3rd and 3 ahead of Nottingham, Manchester, and Dundee. Their high position in the table is mainly due to their consistency. Against the Erhardt conference teams, Fife have secured 12 points from 11 games, whilst they have 8 points from 7 games in the Gardiner conference and sit 3rd in the conference standings. Manchester, on the other hand, have taken 5 points from 6 games against the Ehardt conference teams, however they sit second in the Gardiner conference standings with 12 points from 13 games, 4 points ahead of the Flyers.

This is the 3rd meeting between the two teams this season, and in both previous games one of the netminders has secured a shutout. In Kirkcaldy in early October, the Storm came away empty-handed after a 7-0 victory for the Flyers, Shane Owen making a 41-save shutout. The teams met again in mid-November in Altrincham, with Varley, Pacha, and Dziurzynski scoring the goals in a 3-0 blanking of Fife. This time it was the turn of Mike Clemente to get the shutout, turning away 27 shots in total.

For any fans making the trip up to Fife, it is their annual christmas toy appeal and an opportunity to contribute to a great cause.

ONE TO WATCH: Russ Moyer made the move from Sheffield over the summer and has become a go-to player for the Flyers. Solid in his own end, the Ontario-native has also popped up with a few timely goals.


  • Game at the Fife Ice Arena: Rosslyn Street, Kirkcaldy, Fife, KY1 3HS
  • Doors open from 6:15pm
  • Face-off at 7:15pm
  • Tickets can be purchased online or on the day HERE – Away fans sit in block “F”
  • Live Twitter updates from the game will be via StormLive
  • Live stream for this game is available HERE
  • Storm will be in their WHITE away jerseys