Friday November 22, 2019

Image Credit: Mark Ferris

Image Credit: Mark Ferris

Carlo Finucci’s overtime winner helped complete what seemed an unlikely comeback as they dumped Manchester Storm out of the PredictorBet Play-offs in dramatic fashion.Carlo Finucci’s overtime winner helped complete what seemed an unlikely comeback as they dumped Manchester Storm out of the PredictorBet Play-offs in dramatic fashion.

After losing Saturday’s first leg 4-1, the Flyers had a mountain to climb to overcome the three-goal deficit, but did that and more to book a place in next week’s Nottingham finals.

Mission one was to get the first goal on the board and Flyers did that inside the opening five minutes when Danick Gauthier found himself free to tuck away the first.

Matt Beca went close with an effort, which was denied by Andy Iles’ shoulder then Dan Correale’s backhanded chance forced a save by Storm goalie Mike Clemente.

Goal number two followed in the early stages of the second when a one timer from Finucci flew into the Manchester net and what seemed unlikely on Saturday, started to look likely.

Jim Jorgensen got the third and the goal to tie aggregate when his slapshot found its way over Clemente’s stick and into the home net.

Towards the end of the middle period, Manchester dealt a blow as Mike Hammond’s shot came off a stick and ended up behind Iles and Storm had edged in front once more.

The tie was still far from over and once again, Todd Dutiaume’s side showed their determination to score again and lead 4-1 on the night, but be tied at five on aggregate.

A wrist shot from Liam Heelis found its way into the roof of the net and the dream was still on as the clock ticked down on the third period.

Nerves were frayed, fingernails chewed as the game moved into overtime with only one goal needed to settle the tie.

And it was Fife that bagged it as Finucci came up with the goods to send the Kirkcaldy side to their third play-off finals in five years,

It left Manchester gutted, but not completely disheartened as a season where they won the Patton Conference and finished second in the league, come to something of an abrupt end.

For Fife, they’re on the road to Nottingham again,


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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