The Manchester Phoenix Community Sports Foundation (MPCSF) was created to bring sport to the whole community especially those affected by physical, emotional or economic difficulties. This season the Foundation would like to make a bigger impact by introducing the Community Champions as well as continuing to support non-profit organisations like The Heroes Project, Children in Need, Hearts & Mind Foundation and the Manchester Children's Hospital.
This season the Manchester Phoenix Community Sports Foundation aims to inspire 10,000 disadvantaged members of the community into creating their own better future by providing opportunities for role models to emerge. We are looking for partners to become our Community Champions with our outreach programme helping thousands of disadvantaged members of the public come and watch the North West's Premier League Ice Hockey Champions.
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Phoenix played their first ever home game at Altrincham with Coach Mike Thomas having all his players available for this game. Emma Pearson, Katie Hills and Vanessa Crickmore-Clarke, all unavailable last game, were present for this important game, giving the Manchester Phoenix a full 3 lines of forwards and 2 complete defence lines.
Kingston Diamonds had a great start to the game with quick offensive play from Abigail Culshaw leading to the opening goal for Kingston at 3:18. A PP opportunity for Kingston, resulting from a high-sticking call against Rachel Cartwright, was successfully converted with a beautiful back hand flick into the top corner by Abigail Culshaw for her second of the night at 6:16, just over a minute into the powerplay. Phoenix came back fighting and inspired by some great work from Stephanie Drinkwater in net, the first home goal of the season was scored by captain Charlene Chapman at 8:40 assisted by Rachel Cartwright and Leen De Decker. Phoenix quickly added another via Lucy Kirkham who's shot from close range found the back of the net at 11:01 (assisted by Emma Middleton). Kingston was kept at bay during their next powerplay opportunity after another penalty call against Cartwright for holding, but Phoenix finally succumbed to more great play from Abigail Culshaw who slotted in her third goal of the game from close range and completed a first period hat-trick at 14:04. A further PP opportunity arose for Kingston after a tripping call for Catherine Bowen-Fell, but great defensive work from Phoenix safely saw out this penalty and the rest of the period.
End of first period: PHOENIX 2 - 3 Kingston Diamonds
In the second period Phoenix came out strong and immediately created chances with an even handed effort scored by Katie Hills assisted by Amanda Williams at 21:11. This was the best start to a second period for the Phoenix so far this year, notoriously their weaker period. Quickly thereafter a powerplay opportunity arose for the Phoenix, but the extra player advantage could not be converted thanks to some great goalkeeping from the Kingston netminder. Phoenix kept on the offensive with several good efforts on the Kingston goal and eventually a great shot from Rachel Cartwright found the back of the net at 26:35. It was Cartwright who on her next shift got called for boarding. Though with their goal advantage gone, Kingston began to play a more physical game. This resulted in three quick penalties for them, but the tree-man Kingston defence held up encouraged by their solid netminder.
End of second period: PHOENIX 4 - 3 Kingston Diamonds
In the third period Phoenix kept defending their lead but another great effort from Abigail Culshaw saw her score her 4th goal of the evening for Kingston almost halfway through the third period. With the score tied so deep into the last period and the teams evenly matched, it was an anxious time for all supporters! Phoenix showed great team effort and their determination paid off with Williams scoring the game winning goal assisted by De Decker at 56:45 after some hard fought shifts. With a late penalty call on Emma Pearson for hooking at 58:43 began a nervous last minute and seventeen seconds of the game. The Kingston coach saw no other option than to pull the goalie and take full advantage of the situation in order to save their game. However, great puck handling from Katie Hills saw her keep possession of the puck after face-off and shoot a long range effort from deep within the Phoenix defensive zone into the empty net at 59:30 sealing Kingston's fate after a game in which saw Phoenix outshoot their opponents 52 - 31.
Final score: PHOENIX 6 - 3 Kingston Diamonds
MVP awards went to Abigail Culshaw of Kingston and Katie Hills of Phoenix.
Phoenix stats: Hills (2+0), Cartwright (1+1), Williams (1+1), De Decker (0+2), Chapman (1+0), Kirkham (1+0), Middleton (0+1), Drinkwater 87.1% saves
Manchester Phoenix Women would like to thank all supporters and volunteers who came out to help us and cheer us on! Next home game is Sunday 14th December 2014, face-off at 4:40PM.
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