PREVIEW: Storm @ Fife Flyers

TICKETS: Your Go Goodwin’s Manchester Storm are in Elite League Playoff action on Sunday the 1st April 2018 at Planet Ice Altrincham! Tickets can be ordered online, by calling the box office on 0161 926 8782, or in person at the box office.

The PredictorBet playoffs get underway this Saturday for your Go Goodwins sponsored Manchester Storm with a trip to Kirkcaldy to take on the Fife Flyers in a 7:15 pm faceoff.

Although injuries and a tough schedule put a premature end to the Flyers’ title challenge, they did comfortably secure the Gardiner conference title, eventually winning by a 10-point margin, and their playoff spot. A run of 4 wins in their final 10 games saw the Flyers finish on seventh place and give them a playoff encounter with the second-placed Storm. The matchup means that at least one conference winner will not make the final-4 weekend in Nottingham.

Although league form goes out of the window when the playoffs come round, the Storm do hold the advantage in the regular season meetings, winning 3 of the 4 meetings. At Kirkcaldy, the series is split 1-1 with the Flyers winning comfortably 6-2 in early-January and the Storm winning 5-2 in early-March. Top scoring for the Storm has been Mike Hammond with 4 goals and 1 assist in the 4 games. Ciaran Long, Dane Byers, Scott Pitt, Luke Moffatt, and Matt Beca each have 4 points against the Flyers. The Flyers have 4 players equal on 4 points against the Storm, Jim Jorgensen, Peter LeBlanc, Shayne Stockton and Liam Heelis top scoring against the Storm.

The Flyers ended the season missing Evan Bloodoff, Ian Young, and netminder Andy Iles to injury. There’s no news yet as to whether any of these will be coming back from injury, however Jordan Marr has been playing well in nets recently with a 89.4% save percentage in his 19 games this season.

One to watch: Carlo Finucci ended the regular season with 27 goals from 55 games, making him the Flyers’ top goalscorer this season.

MATCH DETAILS FOR SATURDAY:

  • Game at the Fife Ice Arena: Rosslyn Street, Kirkcaldy, Fife, KY1 3HS
  • Doors open from 5:15 pm
  • Face-off at 7:15 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 PredictorBet Playoff away jerseys

TICKETS: Your Go Goodwin’s Manchester Storm are in Elite League Playoff action on Sunday the 1st April 2018 at Planet Ice Altrincham! Tickets can be ordered online, by calling the box office on 0161 926 8782, or in person at the box office.

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