Grieveson does seem to have some good ideas with his player points system for a Tier 2 system and he does seem to have the backing of the EIHA and SIH with it but 8 of the EPL clubs, Basingstoke, Bracknell, Guildford, Hull. MK, Peterborough, Sheffield and Swindon have said that they will not send representatives to the IHUK meeting on Jan 25th which will discuss the proposals for Tier 2.
It isn't clear whether there will be EPL league representation in the form of interim chairman Harry Howton or whether any of the Scottish teams intend to make the meeting in Manchester though.
It will be interesting to see what comes out of it as I think it could be something Flyers would listen to
This is easily the worst Clan team to come to Kirkcaldy and if we aren't looking to beat them consistently then there is something wrong.
They are so demoralised and lacking in confidence, their D is so slow and they have a coach who only knows how to play one way-batter the opposition into submission.
They are so passive when the opposition have the puck, one man in the neutral zone, four across the blue line, any team with speed will easily get in behind them and we have that. They are also very indisciplined and our PP needs to be firing and take advantage of that
First period we were totally outplayed as the SoGs suggest and Owen kept us in it but we played how we played in Sheffield and Manchester, sit back assess the game, try to keep it tight and in it and go from there. We were given the run around at times that first period and were scrambling at times and lucky to come out of it tied at 0-0. Panthers first goal we did everything right, everybody was matched up and the puck broke to Sertich on the blue line, Paquet moved out the way so Owen could see it but the shot was low to the stick side and just too good. Second saw Nikiforuk poke the puck home when it was in the blue paint after an Owen pad save and it did look like the flood gates would open then but we worked our way back into the game and our two goals were things of beauty. Great pass from Schaber for Thinel to roof it and then speed and precision passing for a cracker of a blast from Brooks from the high slot. We started the third period on the front foot and had the better of the chances, a Sisca shot hit the top of Wiikmans glove heading to the top corner, Schaber hit the post but then we settled back into a defensive game again and were playing a really solid road game and the winner came with Nikiforuk poking the puck between Owens pads when he thought he had it.
It was a game I thought we deserved something out of but Panthers deserved the win, if that makes sense. After the first period our D was excellent, many a time we made Panthers turn at their own blue line as they had trouble getting out of their zone and into the neutral zone and had to chip the puck from neutral into our zone so they could get entry into it. Our speed troubled them and our passing was more precise and crisp and we played some really nice hockey at times, we just didn't have the puck enough and when Fox went off injured late in the third it seemed to upset our balance. For the last 10 mins we played for the point and weren't really trouble by Panthers and if we had an extra body or two we would certainly have got something from the game I feel
Owen got MoM but I thought Schaber had an excellent game on the first line centre as well as Fox, his work rate off the puck was superb and he had a couple of good scoring chances too and Finucci just wasn't able to match that when he replaced him
Yeah disappointing is the word that would sum up that game.
We got better as the game wore on but it was one of those games when everything we tried didn't come off. The shot in the second period that looked like it was in, Dingle actually scoring only for a very, very late offside whistle, Fox being set up for a one timer with a gaping net only to have his stick explode on him, Brooks being set up at the back post by Wands with a wide open net only for the puck to bobble and then the ENG that sealed it after a mi**** shot by Haines at the blue line allowing the puck to be shot the length of the ice
I don't think we deserved anything from the game though. Clemente got MoM for them but he didn't really have to work that hard for the shut out. We lost so many battles in their zone and gave them easy entry into our zone but Storm were there for the taking, they aren't a particularly impressive team but they put us under more pressure than we put them and it was defensive errors on our part that gave them the two goal lead and had us chasing the game.
Owen got MoM but again he didn't have anything spectacular to do and I thought Moyer, Paquet, Dingle and Schaber all had decent games
A bit better from Flyers that period.It looked like Brooks had pampddap the net moved in the goals but it got waved off We have had some pressure but our forecheck has been none existent and we have let get out their zone,across the neutral zone and into our zone so easily and with speed