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.

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