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?
Following an impressive midweek performance from the Dundee Stars against the table topping Belfast Giants, they leapfrogged Manchester into 9th place (joint 8th in terms of points) which may well have set a few more alarm bells ringing in the Northern home of sport. Recent performances have lead to Finnerty running out of patience with the likes of Dylan Anderson & Brendan Brooks, whilst opting to bring in the big body of Chance Braid. This article will assess the performances of Manchester Storm’s forward group on an individual basis and predict who could be next for the chopping block if results don’t improve. Continue reading Finnerty’s Firing Squad…predicting who’s next
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.
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
This Sunday at the Guildford Spectrum a rivalry is renewed. For the first time this season, the Flames will be taking on the team beat them to the Patton Conference based on number of games won in regulation time last season after finishing level on points – The Manchester Storm.
One thing every Storm fan has been sweating over during the summer break is wether or not the league’s leading scorer would be back with us for the 2018-2019 season.
Today we got our answer.
The 28-year old British born, Canadian trained forward is the 12th signing of the Manchester Storm and is without a doubt the most important in my eyes.
When a single player records 83 points in 56 games, you want to make sure you tie that contract up quickly. Hammond was without a doubt the most instrumental player on the ice last season in the Storm push for the Patton title.
After his exploits with team GB in the world championships many believed that Hammond could return to previous club Braehead/Glasgow Clan. Thankfully he stayed where he belongs!
Head Coach Ryan Finnerty was equally ecstatic to have the leagues top man back in board:
“We are really happy to have Mike back at the club, he was a big part of our success last year. Along with his point production he also came up with some big goals in some key games. We need more of the same this year as we look to push the teams at the top”
Welcome back to the shelter Like and I hope you keep on being awesome!