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MATCH PREVIEW: Storm vs Guildford Flames

TICKETS: The Go Goodwin’s Manchester Storm welcome the Guildford Flames on the 10th February 2018 at 7pm, here at Planet Ice Altrincham in Elite League action! Tickets can be ordered online, by calling the box office on 0161 926 8782, or in person at the box office.

Your Go Goodwins sponsored Manchester Storm return to the Storm Shelter this Saturday 10th February for a huge Patton conference clash against the Guildford Flames that faces off at 7:00pm.

The Storm and the Flames have moved into first and second in the Patton conference, opening up a bit of a gap between themselves and the Lightning and Blaze who occupy third and fourth. The Flames still have a number of games in-hand over the other sides, and sit in second with 18 points from just 13 games. The Storm are 5 points ahead of the Flames, having played 17 games in total. A win for either side would be massive in their quest for the conference title.

The meetings between the sides this season have all ended in favour of the home side; Storm winning their 3 games at home and the Flames winning the solitary match at the Spectrum. The Flames have the slight edge, gaining a point in Altrincham earlier this season. Mike Hammond, Matt Beca, and Dane Byers have top scored for the Storm against the Flames. Hammond has scored 4 goals and 5 assists in the 4 meetings, Beca and Byers have 7 points each. 6 of Byers’ points have been assists. John Dunbar leads the Flames in scoring, with 1 goal and 6 assists, while defencemen Calle Ackered and Jesse Craige have grabbed 6 and 5 points, respectively. In nets, Mike Clemente has saved 101 Flames shots, conceding 15 goals for a goals against average of 3.72 and a 87.1% save percentage. Chris Carrozzi has started 3 games against the Storm, making 77 saves with a 86.5% save percentage and a goals against average of 4.02. Brian Stewart is now back from his long-term injury, and has been sharing the starting role with Carrozzi recently.

Both sides are coming into the game after a 4-point weekend, Storm beating Coventry and Sheffield, scoring 16 goals in the process, while the Flames beat the Lightning and the Blaze. Storm beat Coventry 9-1 on Saturday at the Storm Shelter before beating the Steelers 7-5 away. EIHL player of the week Dane Byers picked up 7 assists over the weekend, in addition to 3 goals. The Flames beat the Lightning 5-2 on Saturday and followed this up with a 7-4 victory over Coventry on Sunday. John Dunbar picked up 7 points over the weekend, scoring 2 goals and assisting on 5.

One to watch: After a 7-point weekend John Dunbar comes into the game continuing his early-season form that sees him second in the league’s pointscoring charts, with 18 goals and 44 assists from 39 games.

MATCH DETAILS:

  • Doors open from 6 pm
  • Face-Off at 7 pm
  • SOTB is #27 Linden Springer
  • Stick Raffle is #27 Linden Springer
  • Match Sponsor is On IT Recruitment
  • 50/50 & “Chuck A Puck” will also be running! Buy your tickets from the OSC under Block 113
  • Tickets for the game can be bought from HERE
  • Webcast for the game can be bought HERE
  • The Station Hotel, official pub of the Storm, will be open pre & post game!
  • There will be FREE post-game ice skating & skate hire thanks to Planet Ice Altrincham!

TICKETS: The Go Goodwin’s Manchester Storm welcome the Guildford Flames on the 10th February 2018 at 7pm, here at Planet Ice Altrincham in Elite League action! Tickets can be ordered online, by calling the box office on 0161 926 8782, or in person at the box office.