When young Brit, Declan Balmer bravely dropped the gloves with Panthers captain Guillaume Lepine the Shelter instantly believed again. The midweek comments made by Ryan Finnerty “we will work our way out of this [losing streak] the old school way” evidently had an impact on the blueliner, whose effort clearly boosted the home bench. By the time Balmer returned to the ice Storm had scored twice and the home fans were buoyant. In a hugely entertaining encounter, which was witnessed by a significantly larger crowd than in midweek (kudos to the Panthers travelling supporter who filled at least two blocks), Storm’s losing streak came to an abrupt end.
A clinical road performance from the Nottingham Panthers helped maintain the frosty feelings in Altrincham. Despite the early pressure applied by the hosts, six unanswered goals all but secured the visitors a deserved place in the semi-finals. The words of coach Finnerty could still be ringing in the Storm players ears after this home effort… Continue reading Bah Humbug in the Shelter
An equalising goal from Danick Gauthier, with just 50 seconds left in the game, would ultimately cost Manchester the chance for a first win since November 17th. The overall matchplay was a significant drop-off in quality, compared with last week’s enthralling home encounter with Cardiff, as Fife were more than happy to sit-back and absorb the Storm attacks. The decision to play a cagey road-game was vindicated in overtime as the two points headed back to the Kingdom and ensured the looming sense of acrimony in Altrincham would remain for a while longer. Continue reading One timeout and two points squandered
After the recent departure of Jindrich Pacl, Storm Head Coach Ryan Finnerty has moved quickly to add another import skater in the form of Chance Braid. The young Canadian forward has mostly recently played in the Czech second tier for HC Benatky nad Jizerou, before deciding to make the switch to Manchester and the EIHL. Continue reading Breaking News: Chance Braid signs for Manchester Storm
Last years top two produced an entertaining match, in a typically hard fought encounter at the Shelter, in which Cardiff would ultimately be victorious. The see-sawing battle had plenty of goals, penalties and attacking flair. This was most certainly a game that any hockey fan couldn’t help but enjoy, even if Planet Ice forgot to turn the radiators on in numbingly cold watch.
It is now over 15 years since Gary Cowan was forced to put the original Manchester Storm into receivership, and perhaps the perfect opportunity to reflect upon the great former players that have donned the infamous Storm jersey. This article will outline an All-Star squad and comprise solely of players from 1995-2002, vintage you could say…but definitely one for old school hockey lovers! Plus it might help distract you from the Black Friday madness…
Perhaps one of the Elite Leagues most popular and charismatic goaltenders, Jindrich Pacl, has decided to return home. His move back to the Czech Republic will see him take up the post of Goaltender Youth Development. After only one league start in nineteen encounters, you can understand this decision.