Friday November 22, 2019

Carlo Fincci celebrates vs Manchester Storm

Image Credit: Mark Ferris

Carlo Finucci was the hero on Sunday night in Manchester as his two goals ensured that Fife Flyers, sponsored by Arnold Clark Mercedes-Benz, sealed a place at the PredictorBet Playoff Finals Weekend in Nottingham.

Finucci, 31, was on the opposite side last season as the Flyers failed to reach the final 4 weekend, losing out to the Belfast Giants, but Finucci was determined it wouldn't be 2 years in a row. The Burnaby native finished the 2017/18 Elite Ice Hockey regular season with a career year, scoring 30 goals and 36 assists in 62 games, 20 points more than he had in his debut season with the Flyers last season.

Following his game winning goal in Manchester on Sunday night Finucci said "Missing out last season was disappointing so it’s amazing to get the opportunity this year and reach another of our teams goals. I have heard it’s a wicked atmosphere down there so we are looking forward to soaking it all in and making the most of it."

Following the first leg tie in Kirkcaldy on Saturday, Flyers trailed Ryan Finnerty's side by 4-1, and to progress to the finals weekend, Finucci and his teammates needed to win by 4 goals, or 3 goals to force the tie into overtime.

"I couldn’t be more proud to be part of this group. Social media was full of people saying we blew it and what a disappointment Saturday was. We knew we still had 3 periods to play and the belief was always there in our dressing room. With every goal that belief got bigger and bigger and we ultimately came out on top."

47 seconds into overtime, Shayne Stockton’s face-off win saw Finucci's hold off Manchester’s Luke Moffat and fire a backhand shot beyond Manchester's netminder Mike Clemente, sending the travelling 200+ Fife fans in the crowd wild, as Fife secured their 3rd trip in 7 season to the PredictorBet Playoff Finals Weekend in Nottingham.

"The playoff weekend is similar to the NCAA hockey national tournament where it's single elimination and if you get hot at the right time anything can happen in a one off.

"Playoff time is always special and the boys took their games to another level this weekend and that is why we are going to Nottingham. We are going to have to be even better.

"That room is full of competitors and everyone feeds off each other. Guys have stepped up all season in different games and scenarios especially when we went through our injuries. We just need that little spark and then it’s pretty hard to slow us down.

"We proved people wrong all season long and we are looking forward to doing that again this coming."

Flyers face the Elite Ice Hockey League champions, the Cardiff Devils, in the Saturday afternoon game. Despite the pressure that comes with the semi-final match-up Finucci believes the pressure will mostly be on the Devils. "As a group our coaches will have us ready for Cardiff. It’s ultimately up to us players to go out there to get the job done and lay it all out on the line.

"Cardiff are the league champions and all the pressure is on them, we need to push them and play our game."


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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Elite Ice Hockey League

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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