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Preseason Match Report: Eispiraten Crimmitschau 6 – Manchester Storm 4

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Following last nights 3-1 win against Toelzer Loewen, Manchester Storm played their final 4 Nations pre-season game last night, against Germany’s DEL2 side, Eispiraten Crimmitschau. Despite the final result, there were plenty of skilled plays, plus a great result with Storm winning three of their five exhibition games organised this Summer. Last night was an experience from start to end, with the visitors bringing a large number of travelling fans to the Storm Shelter, and they loved it!

The first period began in Storm’s favour, with them getting shots off from the go, keeping it in Eispiraten’s zone for a good few minutes, having plenty of opportunities for first blood.  The first penalty of the evening went to Basara, who received a two minute minor for high sticking at 6:45.

This is where Eispiraten saw their chances with eight seconds left of the man advantage, when Ole Oleff scored with a wrist shot in the high slot on the powerplay, assisted by Felix Thomas. Storm then had two more penalty kills, with Byers sitting a minor penalty for interference at 10:02, followed closely by Moffat at 13:56 for slashing.

Storm did everything they could to equalise, when Espiraten’s, Tobias Kircher sat in the box for slashing, giving Storm the opportunity on a one minute power play. Linsmayer got a chance on the breakaway, only to be denied by Espiraten’s netminder, Sebastian Albrecht. Storm finally managed to equalise in the final minute of play, when Byers slot backdoor, with the assist by Linsmayer. It became a fairly matched game at the end of the first, with both netminders receiving 11 shots on goal each in the first 20 minutes of play.

Credit: Mark Ferris

The second period started off with some fast-paced end to end hockey. Eispiraten’s, Patrick Pohl was the first and only man in the second period to get a penalty at 22:11, for hooking.

There were two goals during the second period. Eispiraten’s, Marrius Demmler shot top shelf at 25:54, bringing the team up by one goal, assisted by Pohl. However, it wasn’t long before Storm equalised, when Moffat slotted home with an assist from Long. There were chances for Storm, when MacMillan went two on one and tried to deke, only to be denied. 

Credit: Mark Ferris

The third period was quite unpredictable at times, with only twelve penalty minutes, scrappy goals and both teams going back and fourth like a tennis game.

Five minutes into the third period, Eispiraten’s, Rob Flick picked up a rebound, with an assist from Phillipp Halbauer. Just eight seconds later, both teams received a minor penalty for roughing, as Springer and Flick clashed. At 46:42, Eispiraten’s, Patrick McNally received a penalty for interference, giving Storm a powerplay opportunity, with 4 on 3 hockey. Both teams received penalties at 47:57 and 49:35, for too many men.

Things got exciting when Storm equalised 3-3, with a powerplay goal at 50:16, a wrist shot from the blue line by Pouline, assisted by Moffat. However, spirits were dampened when just five minutes later, Carl Hudson slotted a goal in the back of the net for Eispiraten, assisted by Flick. They struck again at 58:47 with a backdoor goal, the score standing at 5-3.

Credit: Mark Ferris

Storm used their time out in the final two minutes of the game, in order to pull Ginn and use an extra player on the ice. With less than a minute on the clock, Eispiraten’s,  Hallbauer received a penalty for delay of game, giving Storm a short power play. Ginn is pulled again, however, all hope is lost when Vincent Schlenker scored a short-handed empty net goal at 59:33 – the final score standing at 6-3, and Eispiraten fans erupting with sheer joy. 

Man of the Match for Eispiraten, went to #2 Carl Hudson, whilst Man of the Match for Storm went to #89 Ciaran Long.

The regular season begins next weekend for the Storm, with a double header against Nottingham Panthers away on the 8th September at the N.I.C, then at the Storm Shelter on Sunday 9th, 17:30 face-off.

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