The Nottingham Panthers have made a huge decision, at this critical point in the season, by deciding to relieve Rich Chernomaz of his coaching duties, effective immediately. Continue reading Breaking News: Rich Chernomaz axed by the Panthers!
Jakub Vrana, precious infant, is lighting up the NHL and we have no reason to believe he’ll stop any time soon. Everyone asked for consistency, and it was consistency that we got. While I love that Vrana’s basically a goal vending machine, a month and a half out from the February 25th trade deadline, Vrana’s success puts a lot of guillotine blades over a lot of heads (well, maybe just one very Swedish head). With Brian McLellan saying that he’s open to a player for player or salary for salary trade in the forward group before the trade deadline, it’s tough to imagine that the end of February might come and go without someone on the move.
Good thing January isn’t over yet, right?
Heading into Hogmanay there were reasons to be cheerful for Dundee Stars’ fans. The previous week they had split the points in a home and home versus Fife Flyers and held out for an impressive road win against league title challengers Belfast Giants. With a record of 12-13-8 the much coveted .500 record, that will be crucial to any playoff aspirations, seemed well within reach. A look ahead at the schedule showed another home and home, this time versus Glasgow Clan as well as a home tie with bottom of the table MK Lightning. Whether the issue was too much turkey or not is still unknown but it felt like a different team returned for the year 2019’s first three fixtures.
A dominating home performance from the Manchester Storm saw them secure only a second four-point weekend of the season, courtesy of some relentless forechecking pressure. The hosts outworked and outplayed the visiting Fife Flyers for large parts of the game and not many would dispute the result. In what was perhaps the most committed and determined effort from the Storm, a 7-4 scoreline was somewhat flattering for the Flyers, who benefited from three powerplay goals.
6 periods, 2 overtime periods, a shootout, 5 netminders and 25 goals. For fans of both teams, it was spectacular, it was dramatic, but it was equally infuriating as the offence amazed, the defence collapsed, timeouts were called, goalies were pulled and at the end of it, both the Guildford Flames and Coventry Blaze came away with 3 points apiece.
It was the third and final day yesterday of the 2019 IIHF Continental Cup. After winning their opening two games apiece, Kazakhstan’s Arlan Kokshetau and the Elite League’s Belfast Giants locked horns to see who would be the latest winners of this tournament. Prior to the Final, GKS Katowice and HK Gomel faced off earlier in a dead rubber game which would determine who would finish in third place. Here’s how it all unfolded.
The second day of the 2019 Continental Cup Final is now complete, and we now know that it will be a last day shootout to see which team succeeds Yunost Minsk as the latest winners. Two teams are left standing from the final four, and 5:00pm on Sunday night will be a battle for gold and a title. Here’s a recap of the action in Belfast on Saturday.