GOALS & MATCH REPORT: Storm 2-5 Edinburgh Capitals
TICKETS: The Go Goodwin’s Manchester Storm are back in action on Friday the 3rd March when they take on the Cardiff Devils. Faceoff is at 7:30pm and tickets can be ordered online, by calling the box office on 0161 926 8782, or in person at the box office!
Your Go Goodwins Manchester Storm fell short against Playoff spot rivals, the Edinburgh Capitals, as they went down 5-2 to the Scotsmen at the SilverBlades Ice Rink Altrincham this evening.
With Matt Bissonnette missing from the line-up, the Storm took to the ice with the aim of improving their position in the hunt for a playoff spot. The first period however, didn’t start the way many of the fans in the Shelter would have liked, as Karel Hromas put the visitors in the lead just 1:37 into the game, despite the Storm having numerous chances to take the lead within the opening 60 seconds.
Storm continued to battle hard to level things up, and with 10:34 to go in the period, Jack Prince blasted home for the Storm equalising goal. The pressure from Storm continued to mount, and Jack Prince grabbed his 2nd of the night, and Storm’s 200th home goal in the EIHL, thanks to a fabulous spinning assist from Darian Dziurzynski with 5:30 to go in the period. With 10 seconds to go in the period, the Capitals tied things up when Ian Schultz grabbed a goal that caught all the Storm out of position.
Despite coming out of the locker room fired up, the Storm just couldn’t find another way past Fullerton in the Capitals net. Shot after shot saw the former Braehead netminder deflect, block, and swallow every shot that came near him.
Michael DOrazio was able to restore the visitors lead with 14:39 to go in the period, when he converted home from a Garrett Milan assist, must to the delight of the travelling Capital fans. End to end hockey followed, with Storm going close on numerous occasions, but it was the Capitals Jacob Johnston who found the back of the net with 4:47 to go in the 2nd to double the visitors lead.
A furious third period followed, which saw big hits and saves being made at each end of the ice. The Storm once again found Fullerton difficult to break, as he continued to play “on his head” and stop every shot coming his way. With the clock ticking down, and the Storm down by 2, Coach Omar Pacha pulled netminder Mike Clemente with 2 minutes to go to give the Storm a man advantage. However, Pavel Vorobyev latched onto a loose puck with 1:23 to go in the game to score an empty net goal for the Capitals and seal the 2 points for the league’s bottom-placed team.
The Storm now look ahead to tomorrow’s MUST WIN game against the Coventry Blaze at the Skydome, before returning home to face the Cardiff Devils on Friday evening, F/O at 7:30pm. Tickets for this huge game can be ordered online, by calling the box office on 0161 926 8782, or in person at the box office!