An emotional night at the Storm Shelter proved good things do happen to good people, when Mike Hammond scored the game-winner against the visiting Guildford Flames. This game might not have been one for the purists with a fractious opening stanza particularly difficult to enjoy, but it will certainly live long in the memory for the home supporters for one simple reason… Continue reading There’s only one Mike Hammond
The Cardiff Devils have added to their defensive ranks with the signing of 6’1” blue liner Drew Schiestel, after he spent time with EBEL side Medvescak Zagreb and Lørenskog of Norway.
Schiestel joins the Devils following their four-point weekend with wins over the Nottingham Panthers and Dundee Stars, and bolsters a defensive unit that has seen a couple of blows with the loss of Andrew Hotham over the summer, as well as Tom Parisi and Ben Blood leaving the side since the start of the new season.
Following the eventful midweek game that saw the Milton Keynes Lightning stun the Glasgow Clan, four players have been handed bans by the Elite Leagues Department of Player Safety.
The game which was televised live on Freesports (and met with great reaction for the entertaining game and introduction of referees wearing microphones) saw seven goals and 122 penalty minutes, including two players thrown from the game.
Following the eventful part of the second period, DoPS has released its verdict.
The Peterborough Petes survived a scare against the Owen Sound Attack, eventually taking a 4 – 3 win in overtime with a little help from Liam Kirk who assisted on the game winner.
Kirk was impressive throughout the game, and was unlucky not to see his name on the scoresheet in regulation.
Coming into the game, Kirk was placed on the teams second line alongside winger Cameron Butler, and centreman Erik Čermák, who was the Petes other Import Draft selection this year.
Panthers confirm signing of 2011 Detroit Red Wings draft pick forward.
Nottingham Panthers have confirmed another signing, in the form of winger Marek Tvrdon from Klagenfurther AC 2 of Austrian league AlpsHL.
Tvrdon was a round 4 #115 pick for Detroit back in 2011. He’s no stranger to the EIHL having spent time here last season with the Edinburgh Capitals where he played 15 times scoring 15 points.
Tvrdon also has experience playing in the AHL with Grand Rapids Griffin and has spent the majority of his hockey career, main at junior level, playing for Justin Kovacs former team, HK Nitra, in his home town. He has played for his nation at international level with both the U18 and U20 sides. He has also played a couple of seasons in the ECHL with Toledo Walleye, 4 games in the KHL with HC Slovan Bratislava and 1 season in the VHL.
His most productive season in professional hockey came in 2011/12 with Vancouver Giants in the Canadian Western Hockey League (WHL) where he played 60 games, scoring 31 goals and 43 assists, an impressive grand points total of 74.
Panthers fans may be concerned that he has already played with two different teams already this season, however if he hits the ground running and puts the effort in he will be revered by the gold and black faithful.
Rich Chernomaz has stated that Tvrdon has been brought in to assist on the power plays and that he has a position in mind for him.
It’s not been confirmed whether he has been brought in to replace one of the roster or whether his inclusion is due to current injuries to Kevin Henderson and Jon Rheault. Fans have been concerned with the lack of consistency shown recently and some have called for a change.
Is Tvrdon the answer? It remains to be seen only time will tell as they say.
“Let’s Go Panthers”
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After dismantling Cardiff Devils, the defending champions, 8-1 in their own arena will anybody stop Belfast this season? The table toppers are 15-1-0 since the beginning of October and that record its even more impressive which you consider the current fixture run, ten away games in a row. After a brief return home for the Continental Cup this week (which they could see them pick-up their first piece of silverware this season), the Giants will be back on the road for another seven straight. As a result, this group of players were rightfully called road warriors by Head Coach, Adam Keefe, in a recent interview. Moreover, this time on the road appears to have bonded a largely new group and could well make them the team to beat this year. Continue reading Belfast Giants: The Road Warriors