A full programme of games in week 7 game day 2 on Saturday sees new Steelers’ Head Coach Tom Barrasso take is side into the derby game in Nottingham looking to make an instant impression. Elsewhere Cardiff, Glasgow, Fife and Manchester are all at home.
19:00 | Nottingham Panthers vs. Sheffield Steelers (Tickets – sold out)
New Steelers’ Head Coach Tom Barrasso finds himself straight into the thick of it as the his Steelers’ side visit league leaders Nottingham Panthers, desperate to turn around three straight losses in all competitions; while the Panthers will be aiming to show their defeat in MK last week was nothing more than a blip in an otherwise successful start.
“Our last match is over and done with, we lost, you have to learn from it and we need to play with the intensity that will be needed to beat Sheffield. They’ve just hired a new coach who is an experienced guy who has played at the highest level. I’m sure their players are going to be motivated and will want to come in here and prove to him that they’re good players and they can play as a team so I expect a really tough game but I am more interested to see how we play, and how well we bounce back after that game in Milton Keynes.” – Rich Chernomaz (Head Coach, Nottingham Panthers)
“It’s been a week of change here with a new head coach coming in. As always we are all keen to impress and show him we are better than our recent form has shown. I guess with a game against the Panthers all form goes out of the window, these games are so different to any other we play all year. Sold out buildings, great atmosphere and the desire to send your fans home happy. We are a couple of guys short but with just one game this weekend we know we have to leave everything we have on the ice.” – Jonathan Phillips (Captain, Sheffield Steelers)
19:00 | Cardiff Devils vs. Dundee Stars (Tickets)
Back from CHL duty where they narrowly lost to Swedish Champions Växjö, the Devils host a Dundee Stars side who have lost their last four league games in a row. The Devils have three straight wins in the league, as they look to keep up with the two sides above them.
“We played Dundee just a week and a half ago in Dundee where they showed great determination to come back from 2-0 down to take the game to OT. They’ve got a talented side with a never give up attitude and we know we’ll have to play to our best to get a result.” – Jake Morissette (Captain, Cardiff Devils)
“We are looking forward to making the hard trip to Cardiff and to see one of the better home teams on the road. We had a tight with Cardiff last week and we are hoping to keep the work ethic high and have a good start.” – Omar Pacha (Head Coach, Dundee Stars)
19:00 | Glasgow Clan vs. Belfast Gians (Tickets)
The Giants’ final challenge cup game sees them in Scotland, hoping to extend their lead at the top of Group A. The Clan meanwhile must win if they’re to have any hope of advancing further.
“We know how good a team Belfast are, but it’s not about that for us. It’s about how we are and if we’re on, we can compete for sure and try to keep our Challenge Cup hopes alive. It was a matter of time of time before a team of that quality hit the form they have, but in this league, anyone can beat anyone. We’re just worrying about ourselves and that we do the right things which will give us a chance. When we played them last month, it was a pretty wild game that night and it was a good game, although it got away from us a bit in the third period. There’s going to be a big crowd and we’re all looking forward to it.” – Pete Russell (Head Coach, Glasgow Clan)
“We will need to be at our best to compete with Glasgow this Saturday. Pete Russell has put together a strong Clan side with a lot of skilled players we need to be wary of. They came into our own building last month, dominated from the start and put us 3-0 down after 20 minutes. We will not be able to continue to gift teams three goal leads and bail ourselves out. “Glasgow’s rink is always a tough building to play in – I look forward to the atmosphere in there from both sets of fans. Winning is a habit and we want to build on recent results and keep progressing.” – Adam Keefe (Head Coach, Belfast Giants)
19:00 | Manchester Storm vs. Coventry Blaze (Tickets)
Separated by just a point, the sides in 8th and 6th respectively meet at the Storm Shelter where the hosts have won their last two home games straight against the Blaze.
“We look forward to hosting the Coventry Blaze for the first time this season. The Blaze have undergone a lot of changes and they come to Altrincham with a much improved roster. Danny has done a good job recruiting and they have had a good start to the season. We are looking forward to the weekend games and it is nice having the luxury of playing the same team back to back. I am sure we will pick up on the rivalry we created last season as we look to defend the Patton Conference.” – Ryan Finnerty (Head Coach, Manchester Storm)
“We have generated a quiet confidence early in the season and believe that we can play with and beat anyone, unfortunately last weekend we ran into a couple of hot goaltenders and we didn’t capitalise on our chances. This weekend, the games against Manchester are in the conference and we want to do well and win that. We’re playing in the two smallest rinks in the league, so we have got to get back to playing direct. In their barn particularly, you can’t go in there and play pretty hockey, you’ve got to play very simple, chip pucks and make quick plays. We had a bump in the road last weekend, but we’ve been working hard and have got to start putting pucks in the net.” – Danny Stewart (Head Coach, Coventry Blaze)
19:15 Fife Flyers vs. Guildford Flames (Tickets)
The day’s final game in Fife sees the Flyers host a Flames side they’ll meet tomorrow down in Surrey. It’s the battle of 4th vs 5th in the league, with the Scottish side just a point ahead going into the weekend, having played two games less.
“Our rivalry with the Flames goes way back and all of our matches have been close-knit affairs. Guildford possess a number of skilled players who are capable of breaking a game wide open at any point. They skate extremely well and are well coached. We will be looking to build off our strong performance against Sheffield last weekend and bring that work ethic and attention to detail that will be the key to our success.” – Todd Dutiaume (Head Coach, Fife Flyers)
“Fife Flyers are a good skating club, and when they beat us in our rink earlier in September they really made us pay for nearly every mistake we made. They played almost a perfect road game, combining timely offence with excellent goaltending to steal a win out of our building. On the other hand, while we had lots of shots, we maybe didn’t get enough traffic to the net to help make the shots more dangerous, and we would like to think we can improve on that when we arrive in Fife on Saturday night. We get them again at home on Sunday so over the course of a couple of games we expect both teams to set a fast pace, and hopefully over 120 minutes or more we can find success that eluded us head to head about a month ago.” – Paul Dixon (Head Coach, Guildford Flames)