The FiFab Fife Flyers welcomed back Manchester Storm to Fife Ice Arena 2 weeks after their last visit to the auld barn which saw Flyers secure a 4-2 victory over their Gardiner Conference rivals. Manchester travelled to Kirkcaldy on Saturday night as part of a 3 game Scottish road trip, having played Braehead Clan on Friday evening.
It was a frantic opening period as both teams looked to get on the score sheet in the opening minutes of the game. Flyers had an early opportunity as they went on the powerplay when Manchester's Taylor Dickin was sent to the penalty box for tripping at 3:43 but Flyers were unable to punish the Storm with the man advantage.
Shortly after Manchester returned to full strength they found themselves on the powerplay with Josh Scoon being sent to the penalty box for tripping and on the resulting powerplay it was Flyers who took advantage when Brendan Brooks pounced on a loose puck and shot down the ice on a breakaway and buried his shot beyond Mike Clemente in the Manchester net at 6:30.
Flyers had more opportunities to extend their lead in the opening period but were unable to find their way passed Clemente in the Manchester net.
Flyers doubled their lead at 28:08 when Bryan Cameron found Chase Schaber at the net to make it 2-0 to Fife Jack Prince got Manchester on the scoreboard at 29:44 when he picked up a rebound in front of Shane Owen to make it 2-1.
The biggest talking point of the game came just after the halfway point when Manchester's Eric Neilson was ejected from the game after an altercation with a member of the crowd.
Manchester tied the game up just beyond the half way point when Cody Cartier got himself on the score sheet to make it a 2-2 game going into the 3rd period.
Flyers got themselves back in front early in the 3rd period when Sebastien Thinel continued his fine form with a finely taken goal at 40:15 to make it 3-2 to Fife.
Manchester's Darian Dziurynski tied the game up once again when he scored on Shane Owen at 52:43 which saw the game head into overtime.
2 penalty calls in quick succession on Manchester during overtime saw Fife go on a 2 man advantage powerplay and it was Ric Jackman who stepped up to the hero when he fired shot from the blueline passed Mike Clemente and seal a 4-3 win for Flyers.
FINAL SCORE: Fife Flyers 4 Manchester Storm 3 OT
Fife Flyers Scoring:
Brendan Brooks (1+0), Chase Schaber (1+0), Sebastien Thinel (1+1), Ric Jackman (1+0), Russ Moyer (0+2), Bryan Cameron (0+2), Justin Fox (0+1)
Fife Flyers Man of the Match:
49: Brendan Brooks
Manchester Storm Scoring:
Jack Prince (1+0), Cody Cartier (1+0), Darian Dziurzynski (1+0), Mark Heatley (0+2), Trevor Johnson (0+2), Paul Phillips (0+1), Matt Bissonnette (0+1)
Manchester Storm Man of the Match:
71: Mark Heatley
Shots on Goal:
Shane Owen: P1 - 8, P2 - 10, P3 - 15, OT - 0 Total = 33
Mike Clemente: P1 - 11, P2 - 13, P3 - 11, OT - 2 Total = 37
*Qualified for playoffs ^ EIHL Champions