I can't agree with Andi, I thought the 2 Semi's were good and felt Dundee pushed Cardiff for most of their game until they run out of gas, thought Scarcella looked really good and did well to come back from the thunderous check on the boards he got. The Final was awesome, the best game of hockey I have ever seen and as stated elsewhere the fitness Sheffield showed was unbelievable, some of the hits from Bordeleau were huge when he got his limited shifts, I'm sure some of the Steelers D had sore skeletons on the Monday. The 3/4 game is total nonsense and put the only tick in the negative column for me over the week-end (again), my tuppence worth would be to have the teams that don't make the final quartet down and have a skills competition that way it would involve all the supporters which is something they try to do anyway with all the team name checks done over the 2 days, perhaps even a few signing sessions arranged to have more interaction with the people who make the whole week-end happen .............the fans, I think the NHL could learn our mob a thing or twelve how to treat the paying public.
Ronnie, you have misinterpreted my post and I can see why. Meant Belfast v Dundee utter keech. Only part of the whole weekend that I didn't enjoy was 3rd/4th game.
Belfast Dundee utter keech. Waste of time. The final was superb. 95 minutes on the clock when Sheffield scored. Cardiff run out of steam. Two really good teams and excellent entertaining hockey for most of the game. Made up for the farce that is the third and fourth place game.
At a request I have been asked to edit this to this Storm lost £100,000 last season despite getting a loan of £60,000 from the league which was then written off by the league. They then tried to bribe the Storm to stay in our conference with the £30,000. Scottish teams said no and Storm walked out saying that they would resign Flyers, Capitals and Stars all said that they would resign as they didn't want to be used as a subsidy for another team. Dundee will be announcing their future soon
Best team won both games. Dundee worked hard but were outplayed in the end. Belfast were disappointing and couldn't find a way through Steelers excellent defence. Empty net goal in both games. First game more entertaining.
Well beaten by a pretty good Giants team, who were better than Flyers in every department. Our ten shots on goal in the first 40 minutes sums it up. No complaints with the result. Lots of complaints with our power play. It has been woeful for nearly all season and tonight looked like the worst in the league. Wouldn't keep many of that squad next year. Only Owen, Dingle and Moyer would be worth re-signing. And how about Jackman as coach? Reckon we need to improve our off ice professionalism too as the whole organisation has the feel of amateur hour. The best part of the off ice stuff is Stirlingflyers game night updates. Absolutely superb.
Another frustrating night where Flyers only turned up for part of the game, and some didn't turn up at all. Decent first period, but Stars were superior in all departments and deserved their lead. The second was woeful, with Dundee so far on top it was embarrassing. A better start to the third but as soon as Stars got number six Flyers's interest level dropped again. We were out worked all night and never matched Dundee physically. Agree with nm1 that Schaber, Finucci and Wands had good games. If Fox and Sisca put in as much effort as Carlo and Isaacs their contribution much be noticeable. Too often this season too many players have taken the night off. Not good enough.
Great effort and a well deserved win for Flyers. Clan were on top to start the first period but Flyers took control and deserved to be ahead after 20 minutes. Good evenly matched second period with decent hockey from both teams. Much the same in the third but Flyers just edged it. No failures in blue white and gold. Moyer, Jackman and Schaber were excellent. Good performances from Muir and Wands once again. Full marks to Finucci for stepping up when Owen got run. Thinel, while not the fastest, is by far the best passer on the team. Finucci escaping punishment for defending Owen showed the level of the refereeing tonight. Pavel had another howler tonight with him missing or ignoring many offences on both sides. At last a 60 minute performance of hard work and skilful hockey from Flyers. Great atmosphere tonight which goes to show that Flyers fans appreciate effort and will back the team all the way with lots of noise.
Good result but another ugly game. Over eight minutes to get first shot on goal, outskated for most of the time and outworked by Caps. There were positives though. Good to see Chad Smith proving that he belongs in the line up and on the ice. Worked hard and put some of the "bigger" names in the side to shame with his back checking efforts. Fair play to Tommy Muir too for standing up to Schultz and holding his own against a much bigger opponent. Dingle was his usual self and Owen kept us in the game in the first. The refereeing was poor once again, with some soft calls for both sides and on two occasions the ref seemed to be influenced by the home fans when making calls. Overall, happy with the four point weekend.
Lacklustre is being kind. First period was scrappy and 1-1 was about right. Flyers came out flat in the second, scored against the run of play and spent the rest of the period giving the puck away. Much of the same in the third. Only seemed to waken up in the last few minutes. Caps deserved their win. They looked as if they wanted the win, while once again Flyers had much more passengers than workers. Very few successes tonight. Owen had some excellent saves but was left exposed again and again. Wands and Muir looked steady and Smith didn't look out of place in his few shifts. No atmosphere yet again in the rink. The crowd was flat and well over half of the home support bailed out as soon as the empty netter was scored. Yet another disappointing frustrating night.
Great result and a great hard working performance from Flyers against one of the leagues better teams. No failures in Flyers lineup and outstanding performances from Brooks in particular, Schaber and the often frustrating Sisca. Once again Wands played a solid error free game. Went home happy with the result and more so the effort. Wish this team turned up every week.