CITY (4-2-3-1)HART,ZABALETA, OTAMENDI, MANGALA, KOLAROV,TOURE, FERNANDINHO, NAVAS,DE BRUYNE, NASRI,AGUEROBOJAN,ARNAUTOVIC, AFELLAY, SHAQIRI,IMBULA, WHELAN,MUNIESA, WOLLSCHEID, SHAWCROSS, BARDSLEY,HAUGAARDSTOKE (4-2-3-1)Manchester City’s Barclays Premier League challenge faltered at Newcastle on Tuesday. Sergio Aguero scored a controversial opener he appeared offside but conceded an equaliser, by Vurnon Anita, and are now 12 points behind leaders Leicester City with four games and 12 pointsavailable left to play.However, Stoke City arrive on the back of a poor run which has seen them lose their last two games while conceding eight goals, including last Monday’s 4-0 home thrashing by title-chasing Tottenham.And away from home they have scored just 18 goals. However, when they met City in December at the Britannia Stadium they won 2-0 with a brace from Marko Arnautovic, a win sufficient to topple Manuel Pellegrini’s men off the top of the Premier League.It was the first time Stoke had scored more than one goal in a Premier League game against City. However, last season, Stoke won 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium with a goal from Mame Diouf.That shock win ended a run of six Premier League visits without a win or a goal. In those previous six visits, Stoke had conceded 15 goals, including three on four occasions.City’s home record is not as impressive as in recent campaigns. They have lost five games, more than at any time since the 2008-09 campaign (six), with two to go there. But they have scored 41 home goals, the most in the Premier League.The home side recalled Vincent Kompany at Newcastle while Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna undergo tests for this game and ahead of next week’s Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.Stoke, meanwhile, miss Jack Butland, Glen Johnson, Jonathan Walters and Marc Wilson through injury while Erik Pieters serves the second of a two-game ban for collecting 10 yellow cards.
The Flyers showed they were the team to beat as the tournament progressed, going undefeated all the way to the finals, where they met the Peace River Mustangs, a team they consider one of their greatest rivals.The fast pace began with the Mustangs opening the scoring late in the first period. However, the Flyers were determined to even the score, as Noah Lang made a nice pass through the crease to Eric Melnyk, who buried the puck to bring the score to 1-1 as the first concluded.The Flyers found themselves trailing again in the second, as Peace River scored first to jump to a 2-1 lead. However, the Flyers weren’t discouraged by the lead, responding once again, as Devan Minard scored top shelf after a nice setup pass from Chase London.- Advertisement -Despite getting themselves into penalty trouble in the third, the Kinsmen Flyers’ penalty kill stood tall in Peace River, as the team survived countless penalties, not allowing their opposition to score with the man-advantage.With 1:09 left in regulation, Devan Minard got hauled down while on a breakaway, resulting in referees awarding the Kinsmen Flyers a penalty shot. With the potential game-winner on his stick, Minard skated at the net with a head of steam, shooting the puck bar-down, sending the bench and fans into a frenzy of cheers, and providing the Flyers the eventual game winner..The victory was twice as sweet, considering the Kinsmen Flyers had yet to defeat the Mustangs this season.Advertisement