Friday November 22, 2019

Flyers make PredictorBet Finals Weekend

Fife Flyers, sponsored by Arnold Clark Mercedes-Benz, have secured their place in the PredictorBet Playoff Finals Weekend following a 6-5 aggregate win over Ryan Finnerty's Manchester Storm, having secured a 5-1 win in Altrincham Ice Rink on Sunday night.

Todd Dutiaume's side travelled south after trailing 4-1 from the 1st leg quarter final in Fife Ice Arena knowing they needed to win by 3 goals to send the tie to overtime, or 4 goals or more to secure the aggregate win.

Flyers got off to the perfect start when Danick Gauthier put Fife 1-0 early in the opening period at 4:19. Flyers pressured the Storm net but were unable to extend their lead, taking a 1-0 goal lead into the dressing room ahead of the second period.

Carlo Finucci made it 2-0 on the night, and 4-3 on aggregate, after 21:14 when his shot beat Mike Clemente in the Storm net, sending the large travelling Fife crowd wild.

Jim Jorgensen made it 3-0, 4-4 on aggregate, when his shot on the powerplay deflected in off a Manchester player, however with the Storm looking for a high stick call, referee's Neil Wilson and Stefan Hogarth reviewed the goal but after review the referee's ruled no contact from a Flyers player and the goal stood.

Mike Hammond pulled a goal back and put Manchester back in front on aggregate when he fired a shot through traffic to beat Andy Iles at 36:47.

Into the 3rd period and Liam Heelis levelled aggregate score at 46:31, putting Flyers 4-1 up on the night. With no further scoring in the third period and the aggregate score tied at 5-5, the series went into 5 minutes sudden death overtime.

Danick Gauthier and Chase Schaber had 2 opportunities inside the opening 30 seconds of OT, however it was Carlo Finucci who was to be the hero for Fife when his backhanded shot at 60:47 beat Clemente, and sealed a 6-5 aggregate win for the Flyers, securing their place in the PredictorBet Playoff Finals Weekend in Nottingham.

Flyers will play top seed the Cardiff Devils in game 1 on Satuday 7th April, face-off 1:00pm.


Game 1 - Cardiff Devils vs Fife Flyers (face-off 1:00pm)

Game 2 - Sheffield Steelers vs Nottingham Panthers (face-off 5:00pm)


Sheffield Steelers Sheffield 14 18
Belfast Giants Belfast 11 18
Glasgow Clan Glasgow 12 17
Cardiff Devils Cardiff 10 14
Coventry Blaze Coventry 13 14
Fife Flyers Fife 13 13
Guilford Flames Guildford 12 12
Nottingham Panthers Nottingham 13 11
Dundee Stars Dundee 15 7
Manchester Manchester 11 7
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The Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) is a professional ice hockey league in the United Kingdom formed in 2003. The league currently consists of 10 teams, with Belfast (NIR), Cardiff (WAL), Coventry (ENG), Dundee (SCO), Fife (SCO), Glasgow (SCO), Guildford (ENG), Manchester (ENG), Nottingham (ENG) and Sheffield (ENG).

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