NEXT HOME GAME: It’s another BIG Elite League game this weekend when the Manchester Storm visit THIS SATURDAY (7:00pm face-off). Tickets are available NOW via TICKETMASTER, by calling 0844 499 1700 or direct at the Braehead Arena box office.
Glasgow’s Braehead Clan are back in Elite League action this Saturday night as they welcome the Manchester Storm to Braehead Arena. There will be many familiar faces returning to Braehead with the Storm including former Clan head coach, Ryan Finnerty.
This will be the second time this season the teams have faced off inside the Braehead Arena. The sides met in the Challenge Cup in September with the Clan coming away 7-5 winners. The Storm won the reverse fixture 4-1 but Saturday night’s match will be the first league meeting between the two, this season.
The Storm currently sit sixth in the league table, two places and nine points ahead of the Clan, and look set to book a place in the playoffs. Our Match Night Live Reporter, David Marshall (@marshalldave38), takes a look at some of the key men for the Storm:
Hammond is one of many former Clan players who now line up for the Storm. The 27-year-old Canadian has found the scoring touch in Manchester and has a very respectable return in the first half of the season.
He has notched up 47 points in the league this season, with 19 goals and 28 assists. This is, already, a point more than his total for the Clan last season where Hammond accumulated 46 points, with 25 goals and 21 assists from 43 games.
Hammond helped the Clan to the Gardiner Conference title in 2017. He scored the Storm’s opener in the Challenge Cup tie at Braehead and he will be eager to add to his impressive tally on familiar ice.
Beca was the Elite League’s highest point scorer in 2017 and was a major part of the Clan side that won the Gardiner Conference. He will be doing well to replicate that point total in 2018 but he is certainly giving it his best efforts with 41 points from 32 games, with 16 goals and 25 points.
The 31-year-old Canadian is no stranger to titles and accolades. He has picked up championship medals in the NCAA, the ECHL and also in Slovakia, with HK Nitra.
Beca was a handful for the Clan last time out in Braehead, setting up two goals before getting one of his own. He also scored in the Storm’s 4-1 win, the Clan defence will need to keep a keen eye on the former Purple Army favourite.
Up the other end of the Ice, Stanisz has been doing his part in keeping the puck out of the Storm net. The 27-year-old is playing his first season in the Elite League after two seasons in the ECHL.
Standing at 6-foot-1, the Canadian is a solid, disciplined defenseman who is not shy in chipping in with goals and assists either. From 32 games so far this season, Stanisz has 4 goals and 14 assists.
He has been on decent form so far in 2018, despite the Storm losing three of their last four games. Stanisz is on a four game assist streak and will be a big player for the visitors when they face off against the Clan on Saturday Night.