Phoenix’s biggest test so far

Wednesday, 9th October 2013

J Davidson sponsored Manchester Phoenix face League Champions Guildford Flames in a double header next weekend.

Phoenix have made a dream start to this year’s campaign and top the league with 8 wins out of 8. However, the Flames are only 2 points behind, having lost two of their games in overtime/penalty shots.
Flames were the dominant team in the league last season, also winning the EPL Cup and making the final of the play-offs. That final was won 5-2 by Phoenix to deny the Surrey outfit a grand slam.

Flames have not made many changes to their championship roster from last season. Notable alterations however include ex-Phoenix forward Tom Duggan, returning south, and another ex-Phoenix forward, Marcus Kristoffersson, replacing the retiring Nathan Rempel.

Players to watch next weekend are British forward Rick Plant who is having a breakout season so far with 12 goals and Mr Energy himself, Tom Duggan, with 11 assists. Add the experience of David Longstaff, Curtis Huppe and Marcus Kristoffersson and you have a very formidable side.

Phoenix are on top of their game right now and will go to Guildford full of confidence after racking up 53 goals for the loss of just 10 in an 8 game winning streak.

Player/Coach Tony Hand had this to say about the weekend:

“Another tough weekend ahead. Guildford are a top side and will be a tough nut to crack. However, nothing will be decided at the end of this weekend. I always look to take something from every weekend and this one is no different. We are playing well and the whole squad are raring to go head to head with the Flames. It would be great if the fans turn out in numbers on Sunday to cheer the lads on. It makes a huge difference to them to hear the crowd get behind them.”

Everything points to a cracking weekend with the first game in Guildford on Saturday, face off 1800hrs, and the return at the Dome on Sunday with our usual face off at 1730hrs. 

You really do not want to miss these games between the top two sides in the league.