Blaze ready to face Beliebers
After skating with global superstar, Justin Bieber for the second time this past week, and enjoying his sold-out O2 Arena gig as special guests (story), the Manchester Storm face the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze back-to-back this weekend.
Following two previous encounters in the Challenge Cup, each winning once on home ice (Storm 3-1, Blaze 3-0), this weekend will see the club’s meet for the first time in in league action.
On Saturday, Blaze travel to Altrincham (7pm face-off), before Storm make the journey to Coventry’s Skydome on Sunday (5.15pm).
- Webcast available for Saturday's game via Manchester Storm TV.
After 17 games and following a run of four defeats, Blaze find themselves bottom of the table with 11 points, whilst Manchester, who impressively beat Belfast Giants 5-1 on home ice before going down to Dundee Stars away 6-3 last weekend sit 6th having played the same amount of games collecting 17 points.
Storm will be without Patrik Valcak & Eric Neilson this weekend, both due to injury, but defensemen Dallas Ehrhardt will return to lineup after missing last Sunday’s game.
From the Manchester Storm preview:
"The teams will be looking to get a good start in Saturday’s game, not only would the first goal lay down a marker for the rest of the weekend it has also been pivotal in deciding the outcome of both games between the resepctive sides this season. In Coventry’s 17 games they have conceded first 11 times and have gone on to lose all 11 of those games. When they score first, Coventry typically go on to win the game, all 5 of their victories coming after the Blaze have scored first. The Storm have a slightly better record after conceding first in games this season, winning 2 games out of 9. Of the 8 games they have scored first, Manchester have won 5."
*Elite League fixtures only
Points: Matt Marquardt 2+8 = 10 in 17 and Josh Godfrey 4+6 = 10 in 16.
Goals: Jordan Pietrus 5+4 = 9 in 17 and Robin Bergman 5+3 = 8 in 16.
Points: Matt Bissonnette 5+12 = 17 in 14
Goals: Darian Dziurzynski 11+4 = 15 in 15
Brian Stewart (Coventry Blaze) .890 SVS% - 3.30 GAA
Mike Clemente (Manchester Storm) .906 SVS% - 3.20 GAA
Coventry Blaze PP 14.6% PP – PK 83.3%
Manchester Storm PP 20.3% – PK 84.7%
Tickets for the game on Sunday vs. Manchester Storm (5.15pm face-off).
Call 02476 630693 or visit the Skydome Arena box office.
If you can't be at the Skydome Arena on Saturday you can watch online via Clean Cut Sports: