Storm shoot down the Stars to get back to winning ways

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A late Darian Dziurzynski goal sealed victory for the Manchester Storm as they overcame a battling Dundee Stars side to win 4-2 at the Altrincham Ice Arena this past Saturday. It saw the Stars making their third trip to Altrincham this season and had the home side looking to pick vital point in the league after their eventful Scottish triple header last weekend up in Scotland.

Manchester found out late week from the Elite League’s disciplinary panel over the actions of player Eric Neilson last weekend up in Fife, after the Storm player was involved in an altercation with a Fife fan in Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss up in Kirkcaldy. The result was a 3-game ban and saw Neilson forced to sit out the second of his three game ban


Photos by Aaliyah & Mark Ferriss of All Sports Photography

Dundee had the opening shot in the game with the Storm beginning to then put the visitors under some early pressure as the Stars played their part too in a fast paced game. Mike Clemente in the Manchester nets made a couple of good saves early doors, before Joey Sides netted the opening goal of the game and it all came from a poor clearance in the Manchester zone. With the hosts trying to clear the puck away it saw the Dundee man collecting it near the blue line and then his quick release beat the netminder to get his side on the board.

Manchester then got back on level terms though a rocket from Paul Swindlehurst, as the former Stars man ripped one past Joe Fallon in the Dundee goals to get the Storm back in the game at 1-1. Second period saw the home side taking a 2-1 lead through Mario-Valery Trubucco at 4:09, when the Canadian forward tapped home at the front of the net from a Patrik Valcak pass across goal and saw Trubucco putting home.

Minutes later it saw Adam Harding making it a 3-1 game for the Storm, after a quick break up ice saw Jack Prince playing the puck forward for Mark Heatley and his lovely back-handed pass came towards the Welsh-forward for Harding to finish off and have the home side in firm control of the contest at that point. Those two goals in the second period seem to cost Dundee looking back, but the Stars were never gave up and pushed for goals to get them back in this conference clash.


   Photos by Aaliyah & Mark Ferriss of All Sports Photography

As play moved to the third period, it seemed like the next goal would be a pivotal one in the game and if Manchester scored it would be game over but if Dundee struck it would make things very interest for the remainder of the period. With that being said, it did see the visitors opening the third period up on the power play and saw Joey Sides scoring his second of the night at the 41:27, as his redirected shot from a low Kevin Bruijsten shot left Clemente helpless to prevent the goal and give the Stars hope trailing by a goal with 18:33 left to play.

With the teams playing end to end hockey in a very tight game, it saw Dundee at times trying not to get caught out when going on a rush when in attack. Storm’s fourth goal of the game came something out of nothing in truth by Darian Dziurzynski, as Manchester went up ice through Paul Philips and after the defenceman made a lay-off pass for Dziurzynski in the Dundee zone, it saw the Canadian firing his shot low through the legs of Fallon who was partially screened by Patrik Valcak on the goal at 54:23 and that was effectively the game.

With less than two minutes to go in the contest it saw Dundee head-coach Marc Lefebvre pulling his goalie for the extra attacker and saw chaos ensue around the Storm goals from the following face-off but did see the home side keeping them out. Manchester had a couple of attempts shooting at an empty cage, but the puck would not find its way into the Stars net. Storm held on for the win and opened their weekend with an important two points ahead of their trip to Murrayfield on the Sunday night, as they face the bottom placed team the Edinburgh Capitals.

Match Stats:

STORM:  Adam Harding 1+0, Mario Valery-Trubucco 1+0, Darian Dziurzynski 1+0, Paul Phillips 0+2, Jack Prince 0+1, Cody Cartier 0+1, Matt Heatley 0+1, Matt Bissonnette 0+1, Patrick Valcak 0+1 

STARS:    Joey Sides 2+0, Kevin Bruijsten 0+2,  Joey de Concilys 0+2


Storm:  Mike Clemente   SOG:  38-40 ( 95.0%)     STARS:  Joe Fallon    SOG:  30/34  ( 88.2%)

Penalty Minutes:

Manchester  8 PIMS –   1-4 Powerplay (25.0%)

Dundee 8 PIMS  –   2-4 Powerplay  (50.0%)                     


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