Its no secret that since Ryan Finnerty took the helm in Altrincham the roster has been designed to win at home and make it uncomfortable for any vising side. The 2017/8 season saw them finish second overall, largely thanks to an impressive 20-5-3 home record, in which the Shelter became a stronghold. Despite a sluggish start to this years campaign Storm have battled back into play-off contention with a terrific January, in which they have accumulated 15 out of a possible 20 points. The reasons behind this recent upturn in results will be outlined below: Continue reading The Shelter Stronghold back?
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.
A tough and gritty home performance from the Manchester Storm was just enough to outlast the Nottingham Panthers and ensure the hosts remained within touching distance of the play-off berths. Despite the numbing temperatures in the rink, a hotly contested encounter saw Storm captain Dane Byers roll back the years with a crucial overtime winner, courtesy of a well placed penalty shot.
An old school rivalry and a sold out stadium brought in the New Year with a bang! In what was the highest ever attended game at Altrincham Ice Rink, 2,351 people managed to people squeeze themselves into the building. As the new-found discipline from Manchester, which has seen them draw just 22 PIM’s in four games, proved decisive in how the match would be decided (sorry to those baying for blood).
The hometown hero and back-up netminder for the Manchester Storm has left the club with immediate effect, which leaves the current roster with just one available netminder, Matt Ginn (excluding Jindrich Pacl who is still registered but not living in the UK). An academic outside the rink, Ryan has accepted a new role as a lecturer at the University of Northampton. Continue reading Breaking News: Declan Ryan departs!
In what could already be described as a ‘four-pointer’ (in terms of a play-off berth) between Manchester Storm and Glasgow Clan, the visitors ultimately prevailed. A road win which was largely thanks to a dominant opening stanza, which saw the Clan outshoot the hosts 17:7 and open-up a deserved two-goal advantage. Although, it must be noted the affectionately named Goonchester Storm recorded zero penalty minutes, for the first time this season. Continue reading The Boxing Day Hangover
After a weekend which saw Manchester fall to home defeats against Belfast and Cardiff , I have elected to take a different approach to the weekly round-up. So rather than run through the goals and play-by-play, I will look to marry up the poor on-ice performance and worrying drop-off in attendances. Who would’ve thought the last seasons fairytale story would be in tatters before the turn of the year? Continue reading Time to rally around Ryan!