Sun 30 Nov - PANTHERS BEAT STORM AGAIN. In the repeat of Tuesday's fixture against Nottingham Panthers, except this time in the Express Challenge Cup, Storm lost again - this time after overtime. Mikael Wiklander opened the scoring in front of approximately 6500 fans with a powerplay goal after 9 minutes. A minute later Nottingham equalised and after another minute Wiklander scored again on the powerplay. Storm made it 3-1 with 2 minutes of the first period remaining with a goal from Craig Woodcroft. Nottingham Panthers pulled two goals back to level the game within 7 minutes of the second period to be immediately followed by a Jeff Tomlinson goal that put Storm back into the lead again. Kris Miller scored a powerplay goal two minutes later to give Storm a 5-3 lead, but Jamie Leach scored for Nottingham after 35 minutes and Storm led 5-4 at the end of the second period. With seven minutes of the game remaining, Nottingham Panthers levelled the game again with the final regulation-time goal. It took just over 30 seconds of overtime for Nottingham to score the winner and have the pleasure of "doing a Sheffield" by beating Storm twice in a week. Mikael Wiklander won Man of the Match for Storm.
Also on Sunday, in the other Express Challenge Cup tie, Ayr Scottish Eagles maintained their 100% record with a 5-3 victory at Basingstoke Bison. In the Superleague, Sheffield Steelers moved to within a point of Storm after a 3-2 overtime victory over bottom club Newcastle Cobras at Sheffield Arena. Cardiff Devils beat Bracknell Bees 3-1 to move above them in the Superleague table and they now look threatening with three games in hand on the top 3 clubs.
Sat 29 Nov - In the Superleague, Nottingham Panthers moved to the top of the table with a 3-2 victory over Basingstoke Bison. In the other game Bracknell Bees defeated Ayr Scottish Eagles 5-4 after overtime.
In a shock announcement, Rick Judson has quit Manchester Storm and returned to America. Kurt Kleinendorst is described as being disappointed. Rick was said to be unsettled in Manchester and returned to his hometown of Toledo and has now resigned for Toledo Storm.
Thu 27 Nov - In the Superleague, Basingstoke Bison moved 5th in the table after a 3-1 victory over local rivals Bracknell Bees. Meanwhile in the Express Cup, Cardiff Devils moved second with a 1-0 victory over Newcastle Cobras. This is the only time in Cardiff's history that they have been involved in a single goal game.
Following his ejection from the Storm v Nottingham Panthers game on Tuesday night, Dominic Maltais has received a 2 game ban and a £500 fine. The punishment was given after Maltais was thrown out of the game for kicking an opponent and Storm are said to not be appealing against the decision.
Wed 26 Nov - With the scores level at 4-4 after two periods, Ayr Scottish Eagles scored three unanswered goals in the third period to beat Sheffield Steelers 7-4 in The Express Challenge Cup on Wednesay night at the Centrum Arena. Ayr now lead the Express Cup table by 5 points.
Tue 25 Nov - PANTHERS DEFEAT SORRY STORM. In front of a small Tuesday night crowd of 4684, Storm were defeated in their first home meeting of the season by Nottingham Panthers. Panthers led 1-0 at the end of the first period from a Laxdal goal after 9 minutes. Stefan Ketola equalised after 24 minutes but Nottingham's ex-Storm player Jeff Sebastian put them infront again on the half hour. Dominic Maltais scored the second equaliser for Storm with three minutes remaining of the second period. Stefan Ketola put Storm ahead 3-2 on 43.55 but Dallman immediately levelled for Nottingham just 11 seconds later. Three minutes later came the sickener as Brent Bobyck saw fit to put Nottingham back in front again 4-3 and three more minutes later it was all over as Hadden made it 5-3 on 50 minutes. Storm couldn't come back in the final 10 minutes and Nottingham moved back into second place in the Superleague table.
Also on Tuesday, in Shannon Hope's testimonial in Cardiff, the Devils faced a Shannon Hope K9ers team. The K9ers won the game 13-12.
Sun 23 Nov - STORM SHUTOUT NEWCASTLE 6-0. For the second Sunday on the trot, the face-off was delayed for 30 minutes - this time with some problem with the ice. Rick Brebant was icing in his new number 93 and over 11,000 fans witnessed Rick Judson opening the scoring after 12 minutes. The score remained 1-0 to Storm until 27 minutes when Judson scored again to double Storm's lead. Rick Brebant scored his first goal for Storm on 35 minutes against the team that he was coaching just a few weeks ago. This was followed by a lengthy stoppage following a number of players fighting. The resulting penalties saw Brad Rubachuk (Storm) receive 5+game co, Dominic Maltais (Storm) 2 co, Trumbley (Cobras) 2 co, Lambert (Cobras) 2, McCaig (Cobras) 2+2+5+game and La Scala 5+game co. It wasn't long after that with Storm on a 5 on 3 powerplay that the fourth goal was scored by Kris Miller. It was 5-0 after 48 minutes with Stefan Ketola scoring. Ketola wrapped up the scoring on 56 minutes with the sixth goal that saw Storm cement their position at the top of the Superleague three points ahead of second placed Sheffield Steelers. Stefan Ketola won the Man Of The Match for Storm and Norton won it for Newcastle.
Also on Sunday in the Superleague, Sheffield Steelers thrashed champions Cardiff Devils 8-0. Ken Priestlay, Scott Allison and Ed Courtney gave Steelers a commanding 3-0 first period lead. Scott Allison scored again after 24 minutes to bring the score to 4-0. The third period saw further goals from Rob Wilson, Ed Courtney, Tim Cranston and Ken Priestlay and with this 8-0 win, Sheffield Steelers moved second in the Superleague table. Meanwhile at Bracknell Bees, Johnstone opened the scoring in the Superleague clash with Nottingham Panthers after 11 minutes. Knox equalised for Nottingham on 38 minutes but the third period saw two more Bracknell goals from Bucsis and Crawford (empty-net) and the Bees sealed a 3-1 win.
Sat 22 Nov - Basingstoke Bison shocked Sheffield Steelers in a high scoring game with a 10-7 win. With Sheffield's recent improved form, they had been expected to defeat the struggling Bison but it wasn't to be. Cardiff Devils travelled to Ayr and inflicted another defeat on the Scottish team after they were defeated on Tuesday at Sheffield. Cardiff won the game 7-4. Newcastle Cobras have had their good run come to an abrupt end after their visit to Lower Parliament Street to play Nottingham Panthers. The Panthers beat Newcastle 8-3 to move back into second place in the Superleague.
Due to Ayr's involvement in the Benson & Hedges Cup Final on Saturday 6 December, their game with Storm the following day has been moved back a day and will now take place on Monday 8 December with a 7.30 face-off.
Former Storm coach John Lawless is moving back from Canada to coach British League side Telford Tigers. It was expected that Lawless would remain in Canada to concentrate on his business interests and only return to the UK for a "big" job. There were rumours that he would return and coach Newcastle Cobras or Leeds Lasers when they are formed. The current Telford coach will remain at the club as assistant coach.
Local newspaper The Middleton & North Manchester Guardian featured INTO THE STORM in this week's edition dated Thursday 20 November. The article is on page 14 (the Blackley Guardian page). Most of the article is quoted text from me, but there are one or two wild inaccuracies thrown in!! The photo is of me sat in my mum's house by a computer with a screenshot of Into The Storm on the screen and me holding the Storm programme in one hand (I objected but couldn't find anything else Stormy to hold!) and pretending to click with the mouse with the other hand. It is also an extremely horrendous photo I now realise! Amazingly it is the lead story on the page - obviously not much happened this week! Next to me is a story (obviously planted on purpose) waffling on about some headmaster moaning about how he lives in Lancashire not Greater Manchester (my pet hate subject!) The caption under the photo says: A stormer...that's Simon, pictured here working on the Storm web site. There are many quotes that I'm sure I never said! It says my job is an Internet programmer - that's wrong! It also says: "...used to pen the fan's perspective page in the Storm programme." I never said that!!! Apparantly the pages include a picture gallery featuring stats and figures of all the Storm players and a sound effects page full of slapshots and bone-jarring crunches. Hmmmmm....I've not heard these sound clips! They managed to get the address wrong (I said make sure it is in lowercase but they split it onto two lines even though there was loads of room so it has got an extra hyphen in. It was good to see this in the paper!!
Thu 20 Nov - In the Express Cup, Basingstoke Bison travelled to Cardiff and shocked the Devils to win 6-3. Basingstoke moved off the bottom of the table to go above Sheffield and Cardiff into 4th place.
Wed 19 Nov - Sheffield Steelers defeated Bracknell Bees 4-3 after overtime in the Express Cup. Steelers took the lead near the end of the first period. Rob Stewart levelled the scores on 28 minutes and then Ferraccioli put Bees into the lead. Cory Beaulieu, back from his suspension, equalised on 35 minutes. Tim Cranston put Steelers ahead again 3-2 before Whistle levelled the scores with three minutes remaining of the third period. The game went into overtime and with 65.17 on the clock Tim Cranston scored the winning goal. Scott Campbell got a 10 minute misconduct penalty at the end of the game. McCosh got Man Of The Match for Bracknell while Ken Priestlay won the award for Steelers. Meanwhile in the other game at Lower Parliament Street, Ayr Scottish Eagles defeated Nottingham Panthers 6-5 to go three points clear in the Express Challenge Cup table.
Tue 18 Nov - STORM DEFEATED IN MOSCOW. Manchester Storm were defeated 9-3 in Moscow in the European Hockey League. Moscow opened the scoring on 3 minutes and scored a second to lead 2-0 at the end of the first period. A Craig Woodcroft goal three minutes into the second period gave Storm hope. Moscow then turned on the pressure with four more goals to lead the game 6-1 at the end of the second period. Jim Hrivnak took over in goal at the start of the third period as Grant Sjerven was injured. Stefan Ketola scored the second Storm goal on 41 minutes but Moscow continued their dominance eventually winning 9-3 with Hilton Ruggles scoring Storm's third goal on 47 minutes. Craig Woodcroft was Storm's Man Of The Match while Mikael Wiklander and Dominic Maltais were both ejected with 5+game penalties. Jeff Tomlinson played in the game following his injury the previous week against Sheffield Steelers, but Brad Rubachuk did not.
Also on Tuesday in a match broadcast live on BBC Radio Sheffield, Sheffield Steelers were looking to do Storm a favour by beating second-placed Ayr Scottish Eagles at Sheffield Arena in a Superleague game. Tony Hand scored for Sheffield towards the end of the first period. Suspended Cory Beaulieu commentated on the game with Gareth Hampshire. The second period was scoreless but Steelers scored twice more in the first half of the third period with goals from Longstaff and Andre Malo. Ayr scored within seconds to keep the game alive with 11 minutes remaining. Steelers held out for the rest of the third period to move third in the Superleague. Tony Hand won Man Of The Match for Steelers. In the EHL, Sparta Prague defeated Bolzano 3-1 in Italy.
Sun 16 Nov - BACK ON TRACK WITH 8-3 DEFEAT OF BISON. Storm got back to winning ways on Sunday night at the Nynex Arena with an 8-3 victory over Basingstoke Bison. Stefan Ketola opened the scoring after 4 minutes of the game and Craig Woodcroft made it 2-0 after 7 minutes. Basingstoke pulled it back to 2-1 with 3 minutes remaining of the first period from a Conway goal. The second period was one way traffic with four unanswered Storm goals in five minutes. Stefan Ketola, Rick Judson, Jeff Jablonski and Mikael Wiklander all put Storm into a commanding second period 6-1 lead. The third period was closer as Hurley scored for Bison on 43 minutes. Dominic Maltais made it 7-2 on 54 minutes and then Conway scored a short handed goal on 58 minutes. Mike Morin wrapped up the scoring in the final minute as Storm returned to the top of the Superleague (even if they have played 3 games more than Ayr).
Also on Sunday in the Superleague, Cardiff Devils defeated Sheffield Steelers 4-3. Hodge, Sacratini and Evans put Cardiff 3-0 up in the first period. The second period was scoreless, but in the third period Sheffield came back with three goals to level the game before Matulik scored Cardiff's winner near the end of the game. Newcastle Cobras had their second consecutive victory with a 5-4 overtime win over Bracknell Bees.
Sat 15 Nov - STEELERS BEAT STORM AGAIN. Storm travelled to Sheffield Arena on Saturday night seeking revenge for the 5-2 defeat last Tuesday. Dave Morrison opened the scoring on 6 minutes to give Storm their first of four leads in the game. This one lasted only 35 seconds before Ron Shudra equalised for Sheffield. Hilton Ruggles restored Storm's lead on 11 minutes. Ed Courtney equalised on 18 minutes to make the score 2-2. The second period started with me in the queue for some fish (Nicky Chinn had eaten all the pies). I missed a goal from Dominic Maltais that restored Storm's lead again on 23 minutes. I was back for Allison's equaliser for Steelers after 31 minutes but it didn't stay level for long as the 33rd minute saw a Stefan Ketola goal that put Storm into their fourth and final lead at 4-3. The game then turned with Steelers scoring two goals from Longstaff and Plommer within 5 minutes of Storm's lead. The final period saw Storm try but not hard enough as Steelers held on in front of a bumper (for Sheffield!) 8949 crowd.
Also on Saturday in the Superleague, Ayr Scottish Eagles went to the top of the table with an 8-4 home win over Bracknell Bees. Ayr won all three periods 3-1, 3-2 and 2-1. Nottingham Panthers defeated Basingstoke Bison 3-2 after overtime. Panthers led 1-0 after the first period but Bison scored twice in the second to lead 2-1 before Nottingham levelled the game with an equalising goal in the third period to take the game into overtime. Panthers won the game in overtime to move just one point behind Storm in the table.
Manchester Storm completed the signing of ex-Newcastle Cobras player/coach Rick Brebant on Friday. He made his debut in the game at Sheffield Steelers on Saturday.
Manchester Storm have made an official complaint over the incident in Tuesday's game with Sheffield Steelers. The incident that has angered Storm's management was when Jeff Tomlinson was slashed across the hand by Corey Beaulieu resulting in a lengthy injury. About Beaulieu, Kurt Kleinendorst is reported to have said, "Vicious guys like that should not be in the game." The unprovoked slash at Jeff Tomlinson took place just after Storm had scored to go 2-0 into the lead in the first period. Referee Andy Carson simply gave Beaulieu a 2 minute penalty. Tomlinson left the ice and Steelers went on to win the game 5-2. Cory Beaulieu has since been given a 3 match ban.
Thu 13 Nov - Newcastle Cobras finally got off the mark in the Superleague on Thursday night with a 5-4 victory over Nottingham Panthers. In new coach Dale Lambert's first game in charge, Newcastle came back from 1-0 down to lead 3-1 at the half hour mark with goals from Weaver, Rautiainen and Trumbley. Nottingham levelled the scores from Neinhaus and Dallman but Pegg and Johnson put Newcastle back into a two goal lead in the third period. Nottingham scored another to make it 5-4 but they couldn't take the game to overtime and Newcastle got their first Superleague points of the season. Ayr Scottish Eagles travelled to Cardiff Devils and defeated the Superleague Champions 7-4 to move top of the Express Challenge Cup group table.
BBC's teletext service, Ceefax, is to expand on Monday 17 November to include regional pages. The North West Sport pages (page 390) will include Manchester Storm previews, news and reports.
Manchester Storm are reported to be about to sign ex-Newcastle Cobras player coach Rick Brebant. Rick was relieved of the coaching post at the Cobras a week ago but was continuing to play. He attended Storm's game with Steelers on Tuesday with a view to joining Storm. He is said to be thinking the move over. Rick Brebant is a 34 year old Canadian who has been in the UK for ten years and was voted Player Of The Year in 1991.
Wed 12 Nov - Ayr Scottish Eagles travelled to Bracknell Bees in the Express Challenge Cup and won 4-2. Bucsis opened the scoring for Bracknell on 7 minutes but Steer equalised just before the first period break. Ayr scored two goals in the 29th minute from Montanari and Steer to lead 3-1. Brant pulled the score back to 3-2 on 34 minutes. The third period saw just one further goal - Purdie scored for Ayr with 10 minutes of the game remaining.
The Manchester Evening News reports that Kurt Kleinendorst should have completed the signing of a new player - expected to be a forward - in time for the Sheffield game on Saturday. He describes the new man as "a complete player".
Tue 11 Nov - MISERABLE STORM DEFEATED BY STEELERS. With just about the best media live coverage Storm have received for a Superleague game, they threw away a 2-0 lead to go down 5-2 against arch-rivals Sheffield Steelers at the Nynex Arena. SKY TV were broadcasting the game live and both BBC GMR and BBC Radio Sheffield were broadcasting full radio commentary to Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire. It all seemed so easy in the first period as Brad Turner opened the scoring after 10 minutes. Mikael Wiklander scored the second of what seemed like it would be many, on the powerplay after 17 minutes. Suddenly as the second period was in full swing a disasterous 3 and a half minutes saw Sheffield Steelers score Ed Courtney score twice and Tony Hand get a goal. Suddenly Storm were losing and not looking like they could rectify things. The third period saw Storm attempt to get back into the game, but they couldn't manage to score. With four minutes remaining Tim Cranston got a fourth goal for Sheffield and Ed Courtney scored an empty net goal which was also his hat-trick goal. Most of the 7092 left disappointed, but at least there is still chance of a quick revenge as the two teams meet - with far less media spotlight - at Sheffield this coming Saturday.
Sun 9 Nov - STORM BEAT CHAMPIONS CARDIFF 4-2. Storm moved back two points clear in the Superleague with a great 4-2 win over the Superleague Champions in Cardiff. Hilton Ruggles, Dominic Maltais, Craig Woodcroft and Jeff Tomlinson all scored for Storm while Ian Cooper and Steve Thornton scored Cardiff's goals.
Also on Sunday, in the Superleague, Ayr Scottish Eagles defeated Sheffield Steelers 5-4 to move back into second place in the Superleague. Mike Ware gave Steelers and early lead but Ayr came back with goals from Woolf (2), Groleau, Byram and St. Pierre to lead 5-3 after two periods. Steelers got a goal to bring the score to 5-4 but they couldn't get the equaliser and Ayr were victorious for the second time in two days. Newcastle Cobras travelled to Bracknell Bees and suffered a 6-2 defeat - their eighth straight Superleague defeat. Bracknell's goals were scored by Stewart (2), Ferraccioli, Brant, McCosh and Burke with Lascala and Brebant scoring for Newcastle.
Sat 8 Nov - DISAPPOINTMENT AS STORM CRASH OUT OF B&H CUP. Storm lost 4-2 at Ayr in the 2nd Leg of the B&H Cup semi final at the Centrum Arena on Saturday night. In front of approx. 2500 fans and quite a few of us watching back at The Arches (the game was live on SKY with full commentary broadcasted on BBC GMR), Storm went behind after 5 minutes from a goal from Jeff Hoad. After 12 minutes Ryan Kummu and Hilton Ruggles picked up where they left off last time with a bit of a fight - both got a 2 minute minor. After 15 minutes Storm levelled the game with a goal from Mike Morin. With just over a minute left of the first period Jeff Hoad scored again and Ayr were gaining confidence. The end of the first period saw an evacuation of the Arena after a fire alarm, which was a false alarm. The second period got underway a little late and it wasn't good news for Storm as Montanari made it 3-1 to Ayr. Mikael Wiklander pulled it back to 3-2 on 28 minutes and with more than half the game remaining, everyone was still confident that Storm would come back and win. Two minutes later Ruggles and Kummu started again with Ruggles getting a 2+2 for roughing and Kummu 2+2 (roughing) +2 (unsportsmanlike conduct). The third period saw Storm attempt to equalise but they just couldn't do it. The netminder was pulled in the dying seconds but Purdie scored an empty net goal with 8 seconds remaining to condemn Storm to a semi final defeat by 8 goals to 6 on aggregate. Storm must immediately forget this game as they travel to Cardiff on Sun 9th and then face Sheffield Steelers on Tuesday 11th with this game also featured live on SKY TV and BBC GMR will be broadcasting full commentary from the Nynex Arena as well.
Also on Saturday, in the Express Challenge Cup group games, Bracknell Bees beat Basingstoke Bison 5-2 in Basingstoke. In the other game, Cardiff Devils travelled to Nottingham Panthers and won 3-2.
Thu 6 Nov - Newcastle Cobras did their best to upset Cardiff's seamingly certain path to the B&H Cup Final in the second leg semi final tie at Newcastle Arena. After the first period Newcastle had pulled the 6-2 first leg score back to 6-5 with three unanswered goals. However Cardiff kept them at bay for the rest of the match and McEwan scored after 34 minutes to give them a two goal lead once more. Newcastle pulled their netminder in the final minute and Malulik scored an empty net goal. Cardiff were defeated on the night 3-2 but went through to the B&H Cup final 8-5 on aggregate.
For reasons best known to themselves, Ogdens Entertainments Ltd decided that the page that I write in the programme for them for nothing is no longer required. I don't know whether they didn't like what I wrote or whether they were just bored of it. They are of course well within their rights to do whatever they want, but I would have expected to at least have been fully informed as to what exactly I had done to upset them (if anything). I can only now pass on my apologies to all the teams and features that I had promised to include. If those that were preparing information to be sent to me (particularly Guelph Storm in Canada) can still send over the info, I'll try and see that it gets featured somehow anyway. Incidentally, I know that many people have been complaining about the match programme just about everywhere on the Internet - the two main points of complaint were the ridiculous lack of programmes for most games (I have made two official complaints about this, and received two letters back both promising to investigate further...surprisingly enough I'm still waiting). The other point of complaint from fans was about articles from a regular programme contributor, something that I have purposely not commented upon because I know the amount of work that goes into producing enough material for every home game. I am also aware that there have been official complaints about this made to Ogdens and people have been leaving their opinions on the Manchester Storm Message Forum on Into The Storm, something that they are perfectly entitled to do on a publicly accessible forum like that. When the debate has run its course I shall print and pass the batch of messages to Ogdens and they can take note of them if they wish. If you have any comments on the subject, either leave your message on the Forum or e-mail me direct and I shall pass everything on. Let me know if you wish to write anonymously. Of course, you can always write to Ogdens themselves and make your points to them directly.
Ice Hockey Superleague's Director of Sport, Richard Boprey, has issued a directive to all eight Superleague Club Coaches clearly stating ISL's determination to stamp out stick offences, and advising the Coaches that the Referees have been instructed to deal with these offences most severly. This follows an incident which occurred in the game between Cardiff Devils and Sheffield Steelers on October 18th 1997. The ISL Disciplinary Committee ruled that Sheffield's Mike Ware will receive a fine of 250 pounds for dangerous stick play. Ware was also given a warning as to his future conduct. This supplementary discipline relates to a two-handed slash on an opponent which happened shortly before he sustained a facial injury requiring approximately 40 stitches. At the time of the incident Ware was given a 2 minute penalty which was served by a team-mate due to his own condition requiring medical attention.
Tue 4 Nov - Nottingham Panthers moved into second place in the Superleague with a 9-3 victory over Bracknell Bees. The first Panthers goal came after just 47 seconds from Randall Weber. Other goals were from Laxdal (2), Leach (2), Nienhuis (2), Knox and Morgan.
Sun 2 Nov - STORM BEAT COBRAS TO MOVE 2 POINTS CLEAR. In front of just under 3500 fans at Newcastle Arena, Storm inflicted the 7th straight Superleague defeat on the Cobras and moved two points clear at the top of the table. Mikael Wiklander opened the scoring after 11 minutes to put Storm 1-0 up. There was no more scoring until Stephen Cooper, playing up front in place of injured Brad Rubachuk, scored to make it 2-0 after 32 minutes. Just a minute later Mike Morin increased the lead to 3-0 and Storm look set to win convincingly. On 37 minutes Weaver pulled a goal back but Wiklander scored again three minutes into the third period to make the score 4-1. Lascala scored a minute later to give Newcastle some hope at 4-2 and Lambert scored on 55 minutes to set up an exciting end to the game with the score now 4-3. Storm scored the fifth straight away with Jeff Jablonski scoring and Dave Morrison's last minute empty net goal gave Storm a well deserved 6-3 victory.
Also on Sunday, Sheffield Steelers were defeated by Bracknell Bees 3-2 in the Superleague. Steelers went in front after a Tim Cranston goal on 10 minutes. Pellerin equalised on 16 minutes and Whistle put Bees into a 2-1 lead 6 minutes into the second period. Tim Cranston scored again to level the scores after 36 minutes and the scored remained level until just before the end of the game. To celebrate Bracknell's 10 year anniversary, Chris Brant scored the winning goal with just over a minute remaining. Steelers puller Greco but could not score and Bracknell had a memorable 3-2 win. Meanwhile Bracknell's rivals Basingstoke Bison were also having a good day with a 4-2 defeat of Cardiff Devils at the Playground. Hurley scored the only goal of the first period to give Bison a 1-0 lead. Little made the score 2-0 before Cardiff came back to level the score with goals from McEwan and Noble. Basingstoke wrapped the game up though with goals from Conway and Stefan to inflict a rare defeat on Cardiff.
Sat 1 Nov - Cardiff Devils defeated Newcastle Cobras 6-2 in the first leg of the B&H Cup semi final in Cardiff. Steve Thornton opened the scoring for Cardiff on 17 minutes on a double power play before going on to take a 3-0 lead. Newcastle pulled the game back to 3-2 with goals from Randy Smith and Brett Stewart but Cardiff scored three more unanswered goals to win 6-2 and set up what should be a straight-forward second leg in Newcastle on Thursday. Nottingham Panthers got the Express Cup underway with a thrashing of Sheffield Steelers at Lower Parliament Street on Saturday evening. Panthers opened the scoring after just 18 seconds from Laxdall and there was no way back as Nottingham ran riot. Carpenter, Adey and Leach made it 4-0 by the end of the first period. Laxdall scored the only goal of the second period and Panthers led 5-0. Dion Del Monte briefly gave Sheffield hope at 5-1 but Nottingham finished off the floundering Steelers with four more goals from Morgan, Bobyk, Knox and Webber to win the game 9-1.
Kurt Kleinendorst has confirmed that a new player will arrive in Manchester ahead of the December 15th transfer deadline. He will apparantly add physical presence to the squad.
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