Weekend Roundup: Null Point

This weekend just gone saw your Go Goodwins sponsored Manchester Storm take to the ice against the Fife Flyers on the Saturday, before heading over the hills to Sheffield, to take on the Steelers on Sunday.

On Saturday the 24th, the Go Goodwin sponsored Manchester Storm welcomed the Fife Flyers for the first time to the Storm Shelter. Dressed in special pink jerseys, as part of the “Pink The Rink” theme to help raise money for The Christie, the Storm took to the ice a defenceman down, as latest signing Richard Birzinsh was awaiting some final paperwork being signed off. The Fife Flyers opened the scoring in the game with just short of 10 minuets gone in the 1st period, thanks to a snipe from Danny Stewart, who was also celebrating becoming the Elite Leagues all-time appearance record holder for an import player. Fife doubled their tally 10 minutes later while on the PP, as Ryan Dingle slotted home for the visitors. The Storm however came back, with less than a minute to go before the end of the 1st, as Patrik Valcak scored his 5th of the season. The second period got underway, and the Flyers were keen to put this game to bed. With just over 3 minutes gone in the 2nd, Fife doubled their lead once again, this time thanks to a goal from Kyle Haines. The Storm continued to push hard to find the back of the net, but the Flyers netminder, David Brown, was stopping everything coming his way. The third began much the same as the second, and 2 minutes into the period Shayne Stockton scored goal number 4 for the Flyers. Cheered on by the packed arena, the Storm continued to try and break past Brown. Finally, after 8 minutes of play in the third, British defenceman Davy Phillips slotted home to give the Storm a fighting chance. Not 3 minutes later, Matty Davies, the Storm Captain, poked home with goal number 3 for the Manchester Storm. The noise inside the Storm Shelter was incredible, as the players looked to get the equalising goal. Despite their efforts, the final buzzer sounded after 60 minutes of play and the Manchester Storm fell one short. Final Score, Manchester Storm 3-4 Fife Flyers.

Sunday the 25th, saw the Go Goodwin sponsored Manchester Storm headed over the hills to rivals, the Sheffield Steelers. The Steelers were coming off the back of a 4-1 defeat away to the Belfast Giants, and were certainly looking in one direction – win at all costs. They started the game extremely strong, going 1-0 up after 30 seconds. The Storm then had to weather a full 10 minutes of non stop attack from the Sheffield team, and finally the Steelers broke through the Storm defence, allowing 3 goals in just under 2 minutes. end of the first period, Steelers 4-0 Storm. The Storm came out of the locker room flying into the second. And while serving a penalty, the Storm were able to score a beauty of a short handed goal thanks to Coach Omar Pachas first of the season. Cheered on by the 50+ travelling fans, the Storm then continued to mount the pressure, which paid off just over a minute and a half later as Matt Sisca, on his own, scored one of the best goals this season. Having halted the deficit the Storm pushed and pushed, and the Steelers seemed un able to deal with the relentless force that Storm were showing. just shy of 10 minutes gone in the period, Vinny Scarsella scored of a Davies pass to reduce to the Steelers lead to 1. Luke Salazar, scoring his 9th of the season, sent the away fans (and those watching and following at home) into hysteria as the Manchester Storm had just scored goal number 4, and the equaliser, with 8 minutes left in the second period. The come back however, did not have a fairytale ending as the Steelers were able to score goal number 5 later in the second. With no goals scored in the third, the final result was Sheffield Steelers 5-4 Manchester Storm.

This week the Manchester Storm are back at home, as they take on the Sheffield Steelers this Wednesday 28th Oct (19.30pm Face Off), with children and students admission lowered for half term holidays to £5.00. The Storm remain at home to take on the Edinburgh Capitals on Saturday the 31st Oct – with Halloween being the theme! Fancy dress is encouraged and there are prizes for the best dress fans!