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Match Preview: Storm vs Steelers

PRE-SEASON TICKETS: The Go Goodwin’s Manchester Storm are pleased to announce that tickets for our 2017 pre-season games against the Sheffield Steelers & Coventry Blaze are now available to purchase. Tickets can be ordered online by clicking here, by calling the box office on 0161 926 8782, or in person at the box office.

This Sunday night is Hockey Night in Manchester as your Go Goodwins sponsored Manchester Storm are back on home ice, facing off against the Sheffield Steelers at 5:30 pm in a pre-season exhibition game.

It’s a day of firsts at the Storm Shelter, the first chance for the Storm fans to see their new look team on home ice, the first time the new jumbotron is used in anger, and the first time the Storm are wearing special Manchester Pride jerseys. The one-off game worn jerseys go on sale at midday on Monday.

The sides faced off last night at the Sheffield Arena, with the Steelers raising their playoff banner before the game. Storm got the scoring underway through Matt Bissonnette, with Hammond and Beca grabbing the assists. Steelers tied it up thanks to Mathieu Roy, before Andreas Valdix got his first of the evening to make it 2-1 to the Yorkshire side. Beca grabbed a goal in the second period to make it 2-2, combining well with Matt Bissonnette again. The Steelers then jumped ahead 4-2 through Valdix and Fretter. Ashley Smith got his first appearance for the Storm, replacing Mike Clemente at the beginning of the third, while Brad Day went into the Steelers net. Steelers got another goal in the third period, before Chris Auger got his first 2 goals in pre-season to make it 5-4 to the Steelers, which is how the game ended.

One of the biggest positives during this pre-season has been the instant chemistry between the two Matts, Beca and Bissonnette, and Mike Hammond. This line has combined for 4 goals already this pre-season, 2 goals against both Coventry, in mid-week, and Sheffield last night. Early signs are this line could be a lethal combination this coming season.

One to watch: Andreas Valdix picked up 2 goals last night, and returns to the Steelers after missing a substantial part of last season to injury. The Swedish forward put up over a point a game last season and has continued his good form into this pre-season.

MATCH DETAILS:

  • Doors open from 4:30 pm
  • Face-Off at 5:30 pm
  • SOTB this evening is a #Pride #37 Jay Rosehill jersey
  • 50/50 & “Chuck A Puck” will also be running! Buy your tickets from sellers around the rink!
  • Tickets for the game can be bought from HERE
  • Webcast for the game can be found & ordered HERE
  • Storm will be in our Limited Edition #Pride jerseys
  • The Station Hotel, official pub of the Storm, will be open pre & post game!
  • There is NO free ice skating post game

PRE-SEASON TICKETS: The Go Goodwin’s Manchester Storm are pleased to announce that tickets for our 2017 pre-season games against the Sheffield Steelers & Coventry Blaze are now available to purchase. Tickets can be ordered online by clicking here, by calling the box office on 0161 926 8782, or in person at the box office.