Phoenix make changes

MANCHESTER, UK – MANCHESTER Phoenix have released Scott McKenzie after he struggled to find form. The 26-year-old will be replaced by Bari McKenzie who left Cardiff Devils recently. Scott has iced in 23 games this season for Manchester but only returned 14 points. Coach Tony Hand expected more production from the former Telford Tiger and made the move to bolster the attacking line as Phoenix are lagging behind in the title race. “Scott is a good lad and worked his socks off for the team,” he said. “However I felt we needed a change and, after talking to him, the upshot was that he would move back to his old club in Telford. “The whole squad and myself wish Scott all the best and hope everything works out well for him. “His replacement is an experienced player both in the Elite League and our own English Premier League. He will bring a different dimension to the team as we look to get back on track in the chase for the league title.” Bari, 26, featured for Milton Keynes Lightning as a 17-year-old before moving across the pond for a season with the Restigouche Tigers of New Brunswick in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League. Returning home he played for Belfast in the Elite League and Chelmsford Chieftains back in the EPL. He then iced for Solway Sharks where he scored an incredible 79 goals and 87 assists. Edinburgh Capitals then came calling and this season he was with Cardiff until he was axed for GB international Mark Richardson’s return from Kazakhstan. Scott will ice for Phoenix in their matches against Bracknell Bees (Saturday, 6pm) and Milton Keynes (Sunday, 5.30pm) before moving to Telford as they look to get back to winning ways. Manchester have only won two of their last seven matches. Hand added: “We have had a few disappointing results of late but I cannot fault the team for their efforts. We are playing well but not getting the rub of the green at the moment. We will just plug on, work hard in practice and the results will come. “We are struggling with a couple of injuries and once they work their way out of the system we will be ok.” To contact the autho r email: Mike.Appl eton@prohockeynews.com

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