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Match Report: Storm win 15 goal thriller against the Coventry Blaze!!!

TICKETS: The Go Goodwin’s Manchester Storm get their season underway, as they host the Braehead Clan in the Challenge Cup on Sunday, 3rd September, here at SilverBlades Ice Rink Altrincham! Tickets can be ordered online by clicking here, by calling the box office on 0161 926 8782, or in person at the box office.

Wednesday night action at the #StormShelter saw your Go Goodwins Manchester Storm come away with a 8-7 overtime win against the Coventry Blaze, in their final exhibition game of the 2017 pre-season.

The Storm started the 1st period well, causing plenty of problems for the Coventry defence. Brython Preece in the Blaze net kept the Storm out of the net, despite the pressure! However, it was the Coventry Blaze who took the lead via Ben Lake, as he scored with just over 7.30 gone in the period, against the flow of play!

The Storm continued to pile shots on the Blaze goal, and seemed to get their opening goal of the evening via Luke Moffatt – but upon review by the ‘Goal Line Tech’, was waved off by the officials. The fans didn’t have to wait long after this however for the next goal, as Matt Stanisz grabbed the equaliser with 5:20 left in the period.

The scored were not tied for long however, as the Blaze’s Vallerand was able to slot home with a lovely short-handed goal with 3:07 left in the period. Just over a minute later, the scores were once again tied up, as Captain Jay Rosehill grabbed the Storm’s 2nd of the night. The period wasn’t yet over as the Blaze grabbed the final goal of the period, as Lake beat Mike Clemente in the Storm net almost exactly the same way as he did for the Blaze’s opening goal!

41s into the second period, ‘Goal Line Tech’ was once again used to show Lake had indeed scored his hat-tirck goal, as he slotted past Declan Ryan, who replaced Clemente for the 2nd period, through the 5 hole to double the Blazes lead. The play flowed end to end, with both sides taking penalties, and neither side able to capitalise upon it. With 8:44 to go in the period, Gerard Hanson cut the Blaze’s lead in half with a fantastic effort that just slipped past Preece in the Coventry net! 14 seconds later, the Storm had tied the game up, as Nate Fleming was able to grab the home sides 4th! The Storm were able to take the lead for the first time in the game, when Ciaran Long grabbed the 5th goal for Storm, 1:24 to go in the 2nd. The period was far from over however, with 30s to go in the period, Pietrus was able to tie things up with the Blazes 5th goal of the night.

The third period saw the Storm go behind early on, with the Blaze grabbing a power play goal via Ryan Dingle going over the shoulder of Declan Ryan with 16:21 to go in the 3rd. Bissonnette levelled thing up minutes later, going through the back door, before Dingle grabbed his 2nd of the night, who once again slotted past Ryan to put the Blaze 7-6 up. 6:37 to go in the 3rd, and with the Storm on a 5-on-3 power play, Mike Hammond launched a rocket into the roof of the Blaze net. The period came a close all square at 7-a-peice, meaning 5 minutes of sudden death overtime followed.

The Blaze had the first chance of the over time, but went wide, before storm counter attacked, with 30s gone, and the crowd cheering them on, Mike Hammond launched the puck past Preece to give the Storm their 8th goal of the night, and an over time win!

The Storms attention now turns to Saturday night, when they travel north of the boarder to Glasgow, where they will take on Coach Finnerty’s previous team, the Braehead Clan, before returning home to face them at the #StormShelter on Sunday, 3rd September (F/O at 5:30pm).

TICKETS: The Go Goodwin’s Manchester Storm get their season underway, as they host the Braehead Clan in the Challenge Cup on Sunday, 3rd September, here at SilverBlades Ice Rink Altrincham! Tickets can be ordered online by clicking here, by calling the box office on 0161 926 8782, or in person at the box office.