Match Preview: Storm @ Fife Flyers
TICKETS: The Go Goodwin’s Manchester Storm are back in action on Sunday 15th January as we face the Braehead Clan in EIHL action. Faceoff is at 5:30 pm 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 sponsored Manchester Storm are back in action this Sunday, taking on the Fife Flyers in the second of the weekend’s ‘Home and Home’ series at the Fife Ice Arena, facing off at 6:30 pm.
The teams met last night at the Storm Shelter, the game ending in a 4-2 win for the visiting Flyers. Tonight gives the Storm the opportunity to overturn last night’s result and stay in the chase for the conference title.
Flyers-Storm games so far: This is the third trip the Storm have made to Kirkcaldy this season, and both previous games have ended with one team getting shutout. The first meeting between the sides resulted in a Shane Owen 41-save shutout, and a 7-0 victory for the Flyers. Scoring came from a Dingle and Fox double, with Paquet, Moyer, and Stockton pitching in with goals. The second trip up for the Storm was a happier affair, as they secured a 2-0 victory in Fife. Cody Cartier getting the game-winning goal and Darian Dziurzynski scoring an empty-net goal to make sure. Mike Clemente stopped all 33 Flyers shots that evening.
Special Teams: The Flyers have an improved special teams when playing at home, scoring on 18.2% of their powerplay opportunities and succeeding on 87.8% of their penalty kills. Away from home, the Storm are 13.7% on the powerplay, and 81.3% on the penalty kill.
Form: Storm have won 3 of their last 5 away games, while Flyers have won 2 of their last 5 home games.
Battle of the netminders: The games this weekend see two of the league’s top netminders in action. Prior to the weekend, Mike Clemente had the 4th best save percentage in the league with 91.6%, 0.6% behind Flyers’ Shane Owen in joint first. Owen had also faced the most shots in the league (1,010) and made the most saves (931), while the Storm defense had been a bit more stingy giving up 865 shots this season, Clemente saving 792 of them.
One to watch: Russ Moyer was part of the title-winning Sheffield squad last season, and has continued to show good form this season. He has been impressing at both ends of the ice, and has contributed to the scoring as well.
MATCH DETAILS FOR SATURDAY:
- Game at the Fife Ice Arena: Rosslyn Street, Kirkcaldy, Fife, KY1 3HS
- Doors open from 5:30 pm
- Face-off at 6:30 pm
- 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