Phoenix draft in Wall and Moore

Friday, 7th November 2008

With starting netminder Stephen Murphy away with the Great Britain national team in Poland, Manchester Phoenix have moved to bring in stand-in netminders Stephen Wall and Jacey Moore.

Twenty-seven year old Wall, originally from Newcastle is the regular number one goalie for the Peterborough Phantoms in the English Premier League while 32-year old German-born Canadian Moore has recently played in the bmibaby Elite League with the Edinburgh Capitals.

Phoenix travel to Sheffield on Saturday for a 7.00pm face-off against the Steelers and Stephen Wall will start between the pipes before Jacey Moore takes over in the return game on Sunday when the Steelers arrive in Altrincham for a 5.30pm face-off.

Phoenix GM Andy Costigan stated, “Originally, our wish was to bring in Stephen Fone from the Coventry Blaze, but that move was blocked by the Steelers. We asked the league for an accommodation in respect of losing Murph to the national team, but they said we could only bring in a goalie from an Elite League club in the event of injury, not national team duty. The crazy thing is that both Wall and Moore have considerably more ice time under their belts this season than the guy we wanted.

Costigan added, “Stephen Wall and Jacey Moore are both pumped up for the weekend, they both see it as an ideal opportunity to make a statement of their ability. And if their performances match their enthusiasm at playing for the Phoenix, we’ll be in for a very interesting weekend.”

Goalie Stephen Murphy after a GB training session

Murphy: Called up to play for Team GB

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