Dundee’s Fine Home Form Continues

Competition: Elite League. Date: November 18, 2016. Match: Dundee Stars 5 Coventry Blaze 1. Venue: Dundee Ice Arena.

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Match Report:

An impressive 5-1 victory over Coventry Blaze on Friday night saw the Dundee Stars continue their formidable run of home form at the Dundee Ice Arena.

It took just 71 seconds for Justin Faryna to open the scoring and give the Stars an early lead, as Kevin Hart made it 2-0 in the second period. Hart is also in fine form himself, having now scored four goals in as many games.

With Dundee firmly in control of the match, they displayed their dominance with a further three goals in the final period of the game. Scott Brannon, Félix-Antoine Poulin and Vinny Scarsella all scored within the space of seven minutes to put the result of the game beyond all doubt.

Ross Venus converted a late consolation penalty shot for Blaze, but the points were well deserved for Dundee, which took them above Coventry in the Elite League table.

Attendance: 950.

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First Shutout for Clemente as Manchester Climb

Competition: Elite League. November 20, 2016. Match: Manchester Storm 3 Fife Flyers 0. Venue: Altrincham Ice Arena.

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Match Report:

Manchester Storm goaltender Mike Clemente earned his first Elite League shutout, as Manchester climbed to fifth in the table following a 3-0 home victory against Fife at the Storm Shelter on Sunday evening.

The only goal of the first period came courtesy of Connor Varley, who beat Flyers’ goaltender Shane Owen in the thirteenth minute thanks to a Mario Varley-Trabucco assist.

Leading by example, player-coach Omar Pacha doubled Storm’s advantage seven-and-a-half minutes into the second frame, with Varley-Trabucco then scoring his second goal of the night.

Having assisted Varley-Trabucco’s second goal, Darian Dziurzynski completed the victory with a goal of his own just under two minutes from time, firing the puck into an empty net as Fife attempted to find a way back into the game with an extra skater.

The result leaves Fife 4th in the Elite League, only three points ahead of Manchester in 5th. Fife’s next Elite League game sees them host 8th place Braehead Clan on Saturday 26th November.

Attendance: 1,048.

MacDougall Hat-Trick Inspires Edinburgh

Competition: Elite League. Date: November 20, 2016. Match: Edinburgh Capitals 8 Coventry Blaze 2. Venue: Murrayfield Ice Rink.

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Match Report:

Edinburgh secured a convincing 8-2 Elite League victory against Coventry at Murrayfield on Sunday evening thanks to a Taylor MacDougall hat-trick.

MacDougall opened the scoring and his own account after six-and-a-half minutes, before Great Britain Under-20 international Tyler Plews doubled Edinburgh’s advantage three minutes later to give the Capitals a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

Coventry captain Jordan Pietrus’ power play goal got Blaze on the board in the 29th minute, but MacDougall’s second goal of the game restored Edinburgh’s two-goal lead less than two minutes later.

Edinburgh then went on to further extend their lead before the second break, with MacDougall turning from goalscorer to provider to set-up Matt Tipoff to score a short handed marker. Yevgeni Fyodorov then converted with the man advantage, after Blaze’s Ashley Tait had been penalized with a two minute penalty for slashing.

Jared Staal beat Coventry goaltender Brian Stewart with less than five minutes remaining in the final frame as the goals continued to flow, before MacDougall completed his hat-trick. New Coventry signing Barry Almeida scored his first Blaze goal before the end, but Staal’s second of the night ensured a six-goal margin of victory for the Capitals.

The result leaves Coventry bottom of the Elite League table with 11 points. Edinburgh meanwhile sit in 9th place, also with 11 points, but with three games in-hand over Coventry.

Attendance: 657.

League Leaders Cardiff Edge Braehead

Competition: Elite League. Date: November 20, 2016. Match: Cardiff Devils 4 Braehead Clan 3. Venue: Cardiff Arena.

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Match Report:

Elite League leaders Cardiff rounded-off a successful four-point weekend with a narrow 4-3 victory over rivals Braehead Clan at Cardiff Arena on Sunday evening.

Mike Hammond gave the Braehead the lead after five minutes, but Guillaume Doucet’s equaliser ensured that the Devils went into the first intermission on level terms.

The visitors again took the lead six minutes into the second period, this time through Craig Peacock, but a resilient Cardiff again drew level, with Devils defenceman  Josh Batch beating Clan goaltender Gary Russell to leave the game tied at 2-2 after 40 minutes of play.

It took Doucet less than 90 seconds into the final frame to get his name on the scoresheet again, with his second of the night quickly followed up by Devils’ Joey Martin to make it 4-2.

A late Scott Pitt goal to make it 4-3 set up a nervy finish, albeit a brief one though, as Cardiff saw out the remaining seconds of the game to claim victory.

The defeat leaves the Braehead Clan sitting in 8th place in the Elite League, with their next League match coming against 9th place Edinburgh Capitals on Sunday 27th November at Murrayfield Ice Rink.

Attendance: 2,981.

An A-Z of Ice Hockey Terminology: Part 2 (N-Z)

Like with every other sport, there is a unique culture that surrounds Ice Hockey. Those who are involved in the sport, from the players to the fans, create a community that is as dedicated to their sport as any in the world.

As a result of this relationship, a unique corresponding ‘hockey slang’ has developed between players and fans to describe hockey-specific things and events that take place during a game.

In part two of this glossary of must-know ice hockey slang, you will find some of the most common terminology used in the sport, continuing from N to Z;

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N –

Neutral Zone Trap: A defensive strategy focused on preventing the opposing team from proceeding with the puck through the neutral zone (the area between both blue lines) and attempting to take the puck from the opposing team.

O –

Overtime: An extra session of play added on after the full regulation time has concluded in order to resolve a match. The team to score in overtime wins the game.

P –

Power Play: A power play occurs when one team has more players on the ice than the other team as a result of penalties assessed to the shorthanded team.

Q –

Quick Whistle: A stoppage in play that occasionally occurs when an on-ice official’s view of the puck is obstructed while the puck is obstructed while the puck is still moving or playable, but the official stops the play with a whistle. The official will whistle the play “dead” with the puck still visible to others.

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R –

Ragging The Puck: When a player keeps possession of the puck in order to waste time, usually by circling back towards their own goal and avoiding opponents.

S –

Slapshot: A slapshot is a hard shot, usually with a big wind up, wherein the player bends his stick on the ice and allows the energy stored in bending the stick to launch the stick forward.

T –

Top Shelf: The upper area of the goal, just below the crossbar  and above the goaltender’s shoulders.

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U –

Unnecessary Roughness: Also called ‘roughing’, this is a two minute (minor) penalty that is a judgement of the referee. An unnecessary or excessive use of force.

V –

Video Goal Judge: An off-ice official who reviews a goal by video instant replay.

W –

Wrist Shot: A shot that involves using arm muscles (especially those in the wrist and forearm) to propel a puck forward from the open-faced, concave part of the blade of a hockey stick.

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Z –

Zone: One of the three areas of the ice as divided by the blue lines. There are three zones; the attacking zone, the neutral zone and the defensive zone.