Basara makes Debut for Fife

Fife Flyers will be aiming to get back to winning ways when they play the Coventry Blaze in Kirkcaldy on Saturday night. The Blaze are the 1st team the Flyers will face after Fife’s 8 game Elite League winning streak was ended by a 7-2 drubbing away in Cardiff last Sunday.

Coventry head into Fife having won only two of their last 5 matches. The Blaze come into tonight’s game sitting fifth in the Elite League table with 11 points from 9 games. They are 7 points behind current League leader Nottingham Panthers but, Danny Stewarts men have played 6 games less than Nottingham.

Making his home debut tonight is Canadian forward Marcus Basara following his release from Manchester Storm earlier this week. Basara initially joins Fife on a tryout contract following news received this week regarding Chase Schaber’s injury, which will see him out for the foreseeable future.

Marcus Basara

“We have picked up Marcus Basara who had recently been released from Manchester. He will be here on an initial tryout with the aim of staying beyond that period.

“He has a big frame and a good skill set, he skates well and on our big ice should be an asset to his game. Something that he may not have had an opportunity to show on Manchester’s smaller ice pad.

“We want to thank the directors for supporting this swift move in difficult circumstances.”

Assistant Coach Jeff Huchins

Chase Schaber
Chase Schaber

“Chase was injured during the Nottingham game on the weekend. The results have come back and they aren’t great, he will be out for a significant amount of time.

“He is an important player for us and this is a blow to the promising start we have had this season. He will work hard with the medical team to get back asap. In the meantime we have brought in cover for him.

Assistant Coach Jeff Huchins

Coventry Blaze starting net minder Miika Wiikman still remains out injured. Fortunately for Blaze they have managed to secure a replacement in 34-year-old Miroslav Kopriva a 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild, Kopriva has also played in the KHL, AHL and ECHL during his pro career and has represented the Czech Republic at both senior and junior level.

Key Players Fife Flyers
Fife Flyers #50 Shane Owen

Owen recently picked up EIHL Player of the Month for September.

Fife Flyers #80 Paul Crowder

Paul Crowder is the Flyers top points scorer on 22 points so far in the League this season.

Key Players Coventry Blaze
Coventry Blaze #90 Tim Crowder

Tim Crowder is Coventry’s joint top Point scorer along side team mate Alex Nikiforuk on 11 points.

Coventry Blaze #22 Alex Nikiforuk

Alex Nikiforuk is Coventry’s joint top Point scorer along side team mate Tim Crowder on 11 points.

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