Phoenix ready for Stingrays, Vipers and Blaze challenges

Thursday, 4th October 2007

Manchester Phoenix take on the Hull Stingrays at the Silver Blades Ice Dome in Altrincham on Thursday night, and will hope for a good result to take them into their two games at the weekend.

The Stingrays arrive in Manchester without new signing Finnish defenceman Jani Virtanen and looking to bounce back after losing at home 4-1 to the Newcastle Vipers last weekend.

Phoenix coach Tony Hand noted, "Hull will smarting after losing in front of their home fans and we'll have to be alert throughout on Thursday night. We're playing well though and it should be an interesting encounter."

Phoenix travel to Newcastle on Sunday to take on the Vipers in the Challenge Cup having won their opening game in the competition 3-0 last Saturday over the Edinburgh Capitals, before Sunday's home game against the league-leading Coventry Blaze.

Phoenix were unlucky to lose in Coventry last Sunday, but did become the first team this season to take a point off the Blaze on their own ice. The game ended 2-2 in the regulation sixty minutes, but the home side took the second point with the game-winning goal inside the last minute of sudden death overtime.

Thursday evening face-off against the Hull Stingrays is 7.45pm, while Sunday's game against Coventry is a 5.30pm start. Tickets are still available for both games priced at £15 for Adults, £9 for Concessions and £5 for Children aged 5 to 16.

Tony Hand

Tony Hand is expecting an interesting game against the Stingrays

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