BELLE VUE ACES 43
It was a case of new riders, same result for Belle Vue Aces on Good Friday. As the Kirkmanshulme outfit had their season opener against their nearest rival geographically the Wolverhampton Wolves, Wolves have been tipped by many pundits to finish bottom of the league this season as their squad isn`t as heavy hitting or powerful as past sides to don the Black and gold at Monmore Green.
MANCHESTER PHOENIX 4 – 5 TELFORD TIGERS
SHOTS ON GOAL:
Manchester Phoenix : Steve Fone 22 Shots Save percentage 77.27%
Telford Tigers: Declan Ryan 33 Shots Save percentage 87.88%
Manchester: 4 PIM , TELFORD: 4 PIM
WALES 30 – 3 ENGLAND
MANCHESTER PHOENIX 3 – 2 SHEFFIELD STEELDOGS
Well… after the Nightmare of going down 8-2 to the Bottom placed Telford Tigers Saturday evening. All thoughts switched to the Northern Derby or War of the Roses clash whatever you prefer. The White Rose of Yorkshire team Sheffield Steeldogs against the Red Rose County of Lancashire and Manchester Phoenix! Sheffield shocked the Double league winning Guildford Flames in the Champions barn winning 2-1 down there and so as we headed into the derby clash Sheffield had their tails up and Phoenix seemed like a side in disarray from the Telford thrashing.
James Archer went close but can`t reach the puck after Tom Duggan backhands puck towards him.
After all the penalties were dished out the resulting calls were for Sheffield: Greg Wood was given 2 minutes for CROSS CHECKS and Ben Morgan was given ROUGHING & on the Manchester side was Richard Bentham & Rob Schnabel all getting 2 minutes each at 4-26. Luke Boothroyd was then called for HOOKING at 4-46. The resulting power play wasn`t that great by Steeldogs as they made no headway as shots were fired over the nets and missing by a distance. Phoenix had a couple more chances but their shots as well were going wide.
Then we had another coming together in front of the nets as play was whistled a Phoenix stopped by net minder Sheffield player pushed him on top but the Manchester player stayed upright, Both sets of players came in Steve Duncombe was trying to irritate any Phoenix player into a penalty, Schnabel then entered the fray and gave a face wash to Duncombe and Schnabel called him out as Duncombe was doing everything behind the players back. So when the same was done to him big Rob Challenged him as he was British and Schnabel an Import it helped Sheffield taking another import to the penalty box and so they both dropped the gloves.
There wasn`t much time to celebrate as that man for the Steeldog Greg Wood put home from a rebound as Jaszczyk lost sight of the puck and as it came to Wood, He couldn`t force in his initial effort but he did second time and made it 3-2 at 35–49.
3RD & FINAL PERIOD
Phoenix were caught in more penalty trouble as Steve Duncombe was skating at an angle with Richard Bentham who looked like he wanted to take someone of the Steeldogs on in the entire game, both were side by side Duncombe lost control and went down looked back and Perring called the penalty on him to which he was massively frustrated which as was a lot of fans as the call was the softest all game. So he headed to the box for TRIPPING at 49-57.
Home fans were biting their nails as they urged their side to stop their bitter rivals tying the game up and shots came whistling past the net and Jaszczyk saved and covered up. In the final minute and a bit Duncombe was literally dragged off the ice by team mates as he was injured somehow in a play and the net minder Sedlar was trying to dash to the bench and bring the extra attacker on 2x he tried and the 3rd time they replaced him.
Phoenix net was like the Alamo as defenders blocked, sticks were all over and slashing the puck behind the net and trying to hold the puck against the boards it was a frantic finish. And for Phoenix the horn sounding was the best sound they`d heard as the phoenix players celebrated one Sheffield player was so frustrated he smashed his stick against the glass so hard as they were clearly annoyed by losing to their local rivals.
Manchester Phoenix: 32 PIM Sheffield Steeldogs: 14 PIMS
SHOTS ON GOAL:
Andrew Jaszczyk: 24 Dalibor Sedlar: 39
MAN OF THE MATCH:
Manchester Phoenix: #31 Andrew Jaszczyk Sheffield Steeldogs: #35 Dalibor Sedlar
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It`s that of year already when the Deutsche Eishockey Liga starts up to crown the Champions of Germany. Adler Mannheim and Koln(Cologne) Haie finished in 1st and 2nd respectively in the league standings. It`s also a bit of a shock that both side only have one player representing them in the Top 20 Points scorers overall, But also means that they spreaded the points out showing they ain`t just a 1 man team they are both good sides and contribute all over the ice. Koln also had the best goaltender in the league with Danny aus den Birken ranked number 1 with a save percentage of 92.9 %.
The playoffs get started this Wednesday night as the First Round of the 2013 Playoffs starts with the Augsburger Panther playing host to the Straubing Tigers and in the other first round match up it`s the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers of Nuremberg facing off against the Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg. Both matches are played in a best of -3- series before winners advance. So the winner of the Augsburger/Straubing series will face the challenge of Koln Haie in the Quarter Finals.
And winners of the other First Round clash will face Adler Mannheim, The other Quarter Final match ups sent in stone are Krefeld Penguine v ERC Ingolstadt and the reigning champions Eisbaren Berlin will face the Hamburg Freezers in their defence of the their championship.
FIRST ROUND: (best of 3 series) 13th-17th
Augsburger Panther 8 v Straubing Tigers 9
Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers 7 v Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg 10
QUARTER FINALS: ( best of 7 series) 20th March – 4th April
Adler Mannheim 1 v Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers / Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg
Krefeld Penguine 3 v ERC Ingolstadt 6
Eisbaren Berlin 4 v Hamburg Freezers 5
Koln Haie 2 v Augsburger Panther / Straubing Tigers
MORE IN DEPTH Later in Playoffs..
MANCHESTER PHOENIX 7 – 2 PETERBOROUGH PHANTOMS
Manchester Phoenix put together a fantastic display of attacking power Saturday evening as they thrashed a sorry Peterborough Phantoms 7-2 in front of yet another Sell out a crowd in the Altrincham Ice Dome. The victory meant it was the Manchester club 5th successive win in a row and puts them in good stead for the upcoming playoffs at the back end of this month.
Phoenix were still riding on a crest of a wave after their wins last weekend over the top 2 in the league Guildford Flames & Basingstoke Bison respectively. However Phoenix knew a slip up to a physical side in Peterboro would give the chasing Milton Keynes Lightning a chance to close the gap on Phoenix for 3rd spot as currently its 3 points difference.
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Peterborough have been one of the sides that have frustrated the hell out of Manchester this year as they have twice took the Phoenix to wire with penalty shots after Phoenix threw away 2 glorious leads down in Peterborough and have shared penalty shootout wins too. The last visit of Phantoms to the Ice dome resulted in a shock 4-3 victory to the East Anglian team, with them thrashing their hosts 9-4 in the last meeting between the two back on February 10th.
Phoenix started much like they had done the previous weekend as they took charge early of the game as they pressured Dan Green in the Phantoms net, peppering him from all angles. Green looked lost to be fair as the puck was coming in at all angles and his defensemen weren`t helping him either. The Phoenix forwards were looking up for it as the big crowds have certainly energised the side in recent games as they have admitted that themselves. First shot of note came from James Archer as his shot from a tight angle struck the underside of the crossbar and bounced a couple of feet away from the goal line leading to it being cleared away.
Though it didn`t take long for the ex-Phantoms forward to score against his former club as the architech of the goal was defenceman Ondrej Pozivil, The Czech D man skated round the zone breaking through attempted challenges to feed Archer and he scored from close range to give Manchester the opening goal at 4:00 with Pozivil and Tom Duggan getting assists. Peterborough were getting good chances as well ,as the defence for the hosts was forgetting its duties as the visitors had numerous break aways as both sets of defences were getting to far forward and leaving gaps at the back leading to alot of breaks outs.
Eventually it caught up with Phoenix the lapses of defending, As Tom Norton hit a pass up ice to Tom Carlon and the forward skated 1 on 1 towards Jaszczyk in the Phoenix nets. Carlon tried to beat the young nettie but his effort was saved but only as far as the trailing Ondrej Lauko who joined late on the play and tapped home the rebound to make the score 1-1 after 9:02.
Then the big crowd was treated to a good old fashioned punch up as Andy McKinney and Greg Pick dropping the gloves straight from the restart, Both combatants got a couple of punches in and then both were trying to steady themself while still swinging McKinney just seemed to push him and Pick went backwards falling down and the linesman got in to separate them both. Both received 2+2 for ROUGHING at 9:05
The game wasn`t the most prettiest to watch at times, But was bit “hung ho” as both teams seemed to play a game of bring everyone forward and forget about defending, this was never more evident than at 11:54, as Phoenix broke away with Pozivil starting the breakout with Tony Hand, Hand quick pass through the gap came to Michal Psurny and he fired the puck past Green to make it 2-1. James Neil then took a trip to the box for HOOKING at 14-17 and from that resulting power play the guests tied the game as Ondrej Lauko again scored to make it 2 – 2 at 14-38 with James Ferrara and Tom Carlon helping out on the goal. Period came to an end after a crazy kind of period of hockey with the scores tied at 2. Second Stanza started with Phoenix going on the penalty kill early as Bari McKenzie was called for HOLDING at 20 -35 giving Peterborough the chance to take the lead, But Phoenix killed the penalty off successfully. Phoenix retook the lead as Psurny & Joachim Flaten worked well together to set up Ondrej Pozivil goal as Flaten pass cross to the back post was put home by the Czech Republic native with the goal coming at 25-54.
Tom Duggan then sat 2 minutes for HOLDING timed at 29-58. Phantoms had a mini patch of pressure on the Manchester goals as Ziedens and Glowa had chances, Will Weldon tried his best to score when there was a scramble in front of Jasczcyk ,But his effort was him kicking it goalwards and being stopped by the defencemen and netminder too. Manchester held firm though on the powerplay and were tightening up significently at the back. Joe Graham was called soon after Duggan penalty as he was called for HOLDING THE STICK at 30-14. Bari McKenzie scored for Phoenix to make it 4-2 as Archer and Duggan combined for Bari to score on the power play at 35-31.
Joe Graham then made his 2nd trip to the box for CLIPPING as he went to block a shot but took out a Phoenix player in the process at 39-45. 3rd & final period started with Phoenix scoring a power play goal as Peterborough were still killing off the penalty on Graham from at the time, Bari McKenzie took his goal tally to 2 for night as Tom Duggan passed him the puck in the slot and it beat Green making the score 5-2 with James Archer grabbing an assist too on the goal at 41-31.
Michal Psurny scored his 2nd of the game as well with Tony Hand assisting on the goal as Phoenix were running riot now making it 6-2 at 44-07. The heads of the Phantoms had well and truly dropped by now, As it was noticable that a few players were just skating around for the sake of it and not fully interested as the game was out of reach and they didn`t look like pulling a comeback out this time. James Archer didn`t want to be left out of the 2 goal club either , So after some great work by the 2nd line with McKenzie and Duggan all working the corners & boards and recycling the puck down low in the Phantoms zone . The puck came to Archer and his shot from the Phantoms face off circle somehow found a gap and went in past Green who was in complete disbelief over how it went in the net.
The contrasting emotions on the bench were so obvious as one side was smiles and back slapping was going on and the other was of despair and resignation of the game. Phantoms called a timeout which resulted with Phoenix making a goaltender change with 15 mins left as Jorge El-Hage came into the game to standing ovation from the home fans. The Rochdale native made some great saves and looked sharper between the pipes and made a few good saves too. Phoenix came out and played great hockey and put on a clinic as Peterborough couldn`t deal with the home side as they camped in Phantoms zone for majority of the 3rd. Peterboro had a few chances but El Hage was equal to them all. Manchester then got called for a ICING INFRACTION at 54-37 and then Ben Wood made the journey to the box also as he knocked the stick out of the Peterboro hands and so sat for SLASHING at 55-56 , Both penalties were killed off by the home side and then with only 45 seconds left in the game Greg Pick was called for SLASHING at 59-15 and time was play out with a big cheer as the Phoenix keep up their recent winning streak.
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PHOENIXAndrew Jasczcyk Shots faced :15 86.67% / Jorge El Hage shots Faced: N/A
PHANTOMSDan Green Shots faced: 28 85.71%
PHOENIX : 14 PHANTOMS : 10
MAN OF THE MATCH: PHOENIX: #86 Bari McKenzie , PHANTOMS : #23 Tom Carlon
MANCHESTER PHOENIX 6 – 2 BASINGSTOKE BISON
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LAST MINS OF GAME!
MANCHESTER PHOENIX 4 – 3 GUILDFORD FLAMES
Yet again the old cliché for the Manchester Phoenix and Semi finals can be used when it comes to the EPL CUP at least as it was another case of “Always the bridesmaids, never the bride”, As that’s is now 4 consecutive seasons Phoenix have reached the semi finals and lost out each time & also now 2 years running to the Guildford flames. Coming into the game it looked a difficult task beating the flames by 3 to take the tie outright, but by all means do-able as both sides had 3 wins a piece in the drawn league series between the 2 Pyro named sides.
The 6-4 loss to the Flames in Guildford in the 1st leg was a bit of a 2 way thing the bad side the Phoenix were short benched as they had a few players missing compared to the Flames big bench and missing your starting netminder is the biggest problem you have in the EPL unless you have 2 netminder of the equal quality and ability like some teams can afford to do. Manchester are one of the teams not in the position to able to do that and that is why the chase for the league title slipped away along time ago.
The positive way to look at it was they lacked depth in the line up and still kept it close enough for a possible turn around in the 2nd leg so with that, 3 periods played 3 left to go and the winners awaiting Slough Jets in the final.
The 1st period started off a bit cagey as neither side were doing much shooting as play was mainly in neutral ice or the defences were on top of the forwards at both ends. Guildford game plan was to play a patience waiting game and break on the counter and take the chances that fell their way.
Manchester were just hoping the Flames gameplan backfired and that they could tire them out from defending most of the game.
Eventually after the feeling out of both teams Phoenix came alive and mainly the 3rd line of James Archer, Tom Duggan and Bari McKenzie, those sparked the home side especially McKenzie as seemed a different player than the one we`ve seen since he arrived before christmas. Both him and Duggan were by far the 2 best Phoenix players on show as the two smallest players were like terriers snapping at the ankle of the Guildford players & refusing to give up lost causes.
James Archer first took aim at Mark Lee at the Flames goal as his shot was turned away and faced a few more shots as Phoenix were the team on top with a majority of possession in the period. David Savage was called at 3-57 for TRIPPING & Neil Liddiard was called for hooking down Duggan at 8-07 meaning another Phoenix powerplay which was a decent one. The puck was being rotated around by the home side & seeing some player movement which was dragging the Flames players out of position was working. So when Tony Hand skated round the net into a free position and unmarked the pass came to him from the blue line cross ice but he fanned on his shot, with it just reaching the side of the net at snails pace.
Typically against the run of play Guildford took the lead as Flames were attacking in the Phoenix end the puck came to Curtis Huppe and the sniper cut in with some good stick work as he avoided the defenseman and wristed one past Jaszczyk to make it 1-0 on the night and 7-4 on aggregate and the goal seemed to deflate the whole rink as the goal went in as the large Flames contigent celebrated the goal, assists on that goal were given to David Longstaff & Jez Lundin at 12-46. The remainder of the period was Guildford taking control abit more as Phoenix seemed certainly flat after that goal went in. Only other action of note was a INTERFERENCE call on Branislav Kvetan at 16-34.
Second period was carrying on from the first period as the game was cracking to watch as the game was competitive and with the Flames up by 3 goals on aggregate the game could have just fizzled out, But it didn`t as both team were still going for as it showed when Guildford Nathan Rempel and Phoenix Rob Schnabel dropped the gloves to face off. The fight didn`t last long at all as the build up was longer than the actually fight as Schnabel slipped when he lost his edge as he avoided Rempel hook, both of them picked up 2+2 penalties for ROUGHING at 23-36. Milo Melicherik was called shortly after for SLASHING at 25-17.
The fight seemed to slightly ignite the home side abit as Phoenix scored through a Ondrej Pozivil goal, As Duggan worked it well to Pozivil who then layed it off to James Neil who was going past him in the other direction and he picked out Pozivil who slotted home from close range to make it 1-1 at 25-36. Then a powerplay goal came quickly after as Michal Psurny scored to give Manchester the lead at 26-01 with assists going to Tony Hand and Joachim Flaten to make the overall score 7-6 to Guildford at this stage.
Melicherik was back in the box again for HOOKING at 27-54 putting the Phoenix back on the powerplay again, but they couldn`t make of it before Luke Boothroyd brought down a Flames player HOOKING him at 28-27. The Flames were then on a short powerplay and made use of it as Melicherik did something positive for the away side as his pass to Longstaff went to Rempel who quickly shot past Jaszczyk in nets as he was clueless as to where the puck was. The score was now 2-2 and 8-6 on agg with the goal coming at 30-02.
Milos Melcherik then headed back to the box for the 3rd consecutive time for HIGH STICKS as his hit on Duggan was very high as Andy McKinney was angry with the actions that at 30-27. Phoenix powerplay produced one real effort as Hand effort at the side of the goal was aimed too high and hit the plexi behind the nets. James Archer then visited the penalty box as he was called for INTERFERENCE at 35-10. The faceoffs situations were getting ridiculous as Guildford were taking ages to get ready and causing delays and retakes after retakes, leading to the ref to take action as Huppe was messing around and Referee was sick and tired of the antics and so gave the forward 2 minutes for DELAY OF GAME at 37-59.
The 3rd period, Phoenix upped their game abit as they were a bit sloppy at times in the second period and tried to push one last time for the final 20 minutes. As it seemed Phoenix had lost there way abit in the second compared to first period. Manchester retook the lead as James Archer quick release shot beat Lee in nets to make the score 3-2 at 42-26 with Bari McKenzie & Tom Duggan who were the most effective line all game for the home side and the crowd was right behind them now as the momentum switched back to Phoenix again.
As Phoenix were defending as hard as they could and seemed to be shutting the Flames down David Savage noticed the movement of Nathan Rempel so his pass up ice was latched onto by the Flames forward and he pulled the young keeper out of position and slipped it home to tie the game again at 3-3 coming at 50-44. Then the killer for Phoenix was Andy McKinney & Richard Bentham both picking up 10 minute MISCONDUCT penalties each at 51-03 as Phoenix were short benched and now losing 2 bodies for the rest of the game was a massive problem.
Rempel then got penalized for HOOKING at 51-32, Then Guildford received a team penalty for ICING INFRACTION as they changed illegally putting the Phoenix on the Powerplay and it lasted all of 7 seconds as Hand won the faceoff, Pozivil fed Michal Psurny and he hit it high in the net for 4-3 lead with over 4 and half minutes goal timed 55-19. But sadly it wasn`t to be as the time ran out on yet another agonising EPL Cup run.
Flames played a good game while defending the 2 goal lead and made for a great advert for EPL hockey as always between the 2 sides. The Surrey based side now face Slough Jets in the final, While for Phoenix this would have to be used to start the momentum as we head towards the Playoffs at the end of the month.
SHOTS ON GOAL:
PHOENIX: Andrew Jaszczyk 21
FLAMES: Mark Lee 34
PHOENIX: 28 FLAMES: 22
SCHNABEL v REMPEL ..”fight”