Last weekend was a real roller coaster of emotions for the Belfast Giants. From being on the cusp of Continental Cup glory, the Giants suffered heartbreak in the worst way possible: a penalty shootout loss. But there’s always a bounceback around the corner, and this weekend gives Adam Keefe’s men the best chance of erasing that unlucky loss out of their systems. However, it will not be far from easy.
This morning the Sheffield Steelers announced the first of the replacements set to arrive in the House of Steel after the departures of Matt Climie, Stefan Della Rovere and Justin Buzzeo. The latest arrival is Croatian international, Tom Zanoski as coach Tom Barrasso looks to rebuild this season’s roster for an end of season flourish.
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My late father was a man who shared many pearls of wisdom to me. He would advise anyone who sought his opinion on this and that. One of the things he taught me was to give it all and put it on the line even if things are sometimes against you. I think you can apply that to whatever sport you play, it was certainly something I applied in the years I played competitive Sunday League football. That was a harsh reality.
Hockey is no different.
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.
The poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote a poetic narrative called “The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner” in 1798. It is probably one of the best poems I’ve actually read, and is a masterpiece of English Literature. So what does this have to do with hockey I hear you ask? Well it concerns a curse that befalls someone, and a certain French-Canadian has had his own curse: one he was so willing to end.
This weekend just gone, the Belfast Giants faced their latest challenge as they bid to win their first EIHL crown since 2014. Their opponents were Tom Barrasso’s Sheffield Steelers, whom they had shared a double header series in the House of Steel last month. Which side would finish out on top in the latest instalment between these two hockey heavyweights?