Manchester Storm 2 – 4 Fife Flyers
Three third period goals saw the Fife Flyers inflicting another home loss on the Manchester Storm on Saturday night, as the Flyers completed a double over the Altrincham based club to see the Storm remain winless since the turn of the year.
After last weekend’s losses to Sheffield it saw the Storm meeting Gardiner Conference opponents in the Fife Flyers and a team that they have had a good record against this season. Manchester came out the traps quickly and put Fife’s netminder Greg Owen under early pressure in the game.
Fife towards the second half of the period forced play in their favour and had both teams cancel each other out with their play. A scoreless first period was brought to an end and was in truth a pretty uninspiring one for the fans.
Second period saw the deadlock broke in the game, as Ryan Dingle who seems to like playing against the Storm, put home after he pulled away from his defenseman and beat Mike Clemente for a 1-0 lead. Taylor Dickin then replied for the home side as the Canadian deflected a Patrik Valcak shot and the puck found its way in the back of the net.
Manchester’s powerplay unit has gone a bit stale of late and had the home side the perfect chance to cash in on their three powerplay opportunities that came their way, but the Storm were unable to make the most of them.
In the third it saw Fife being the more clinical side in front of goal and getting some luck their way too. The go ahead goal for the Flyers was very fortunate indeed, as a pass round the boards bounced nicely off the skate of Patrik Valcak and in what would have been a too many men call, instead saw Dingle tucking it past Clemente for a 2-1 score.
Three goals in a crazy forty-six seconds spell and saw the contest being settled. Sebastien Thinel made it a 3-1 game for the visitors before Matt Bissonette brought it back to a one goal game thirty-two seconds later and hopes of a comeback was short-lived as new signing at the Kirkcaldy club in Brett Cameron made sure of the points with a fourth goal for the Flyers.
Manchester: Taylor Dickin 1+0, Matt Bissonnette 1+0, Dallas Ehrhardt 0+1, Cody Cartier 0+1, Mark Heatley 0+1, Patrik Valcak 0+1
Fife: Ryan Dingle 2+0, Sebastien Thinel 1+1, Bryan Cameron 1+1, Russ Moyer 0+2, Carlo Finucci 0+1
SHOTS ON GOAL:
Manchester: 39 Fife 22
Penalties in Minutes:
Manchester : 6 Fife : 10
Fife 3-1 Manchester
Sunday saw the sides renew acquaintances up north of the border, and saw the Fife Flyers making it double over Manchester with a 3-1 victory at the Fife Ice Arena. The visitors led after the first period of play thanks to Paul Phillips finding the back of the net, but that was cancelled out in the second period by goals from Brendan Brooks and Ryan Dingle to see the hosts taking a lead into the third.
Fife saw out the game and had Justin Fox scoring an empty netter with time expiring, but his goal put the exclamation point on the victory for the Scottish side and see the Storm continuing their search of their first win in 2017.