Pacha: Brown is a ‘game changer’

Fife Flyers’ netminder David Brown has been tipped to be a star at this weekend’s Elite League play-off finals weekend.

Manchester Storm Head Coach Omar Pacha was in charge at Hull last year as Brown back-stopped the Stingrays to the showcase event.

After impressing again in a quarter-final against Braehead Clan for the second season in a row, Pacha described him as a ‘game changer’.

He said: “‘Browny’ seems to have Clan’s number and, on his day, is one of the best goalies in the league.

“I was really pleased for him to get through to the play-off finals again on the back of his displays at the weekend.

“I saw some of the games and it looked like a really intense series and, just like last year in Hull, Browny came up with the goods.

“Browny’s a game changer at times and when the players are playing well in front of him, he’ll always make that first save.”

The Flyers are set for their second appearance in the finals in three years and will play Nottingham Panthers in Saturday’s second semi-final.

“History is against Todd Dutiaume’s men, who have won only once in 14 games against the Panthers in Nottingham in the Elite League era.

But Pacha believes Brown can play a big part for Flyers and revealed the one part of his game where Panthers could find him a tricky opponent.

He said: “When David’s in the zone he’s always so focused and his confidence plays a big part.

“When he’s most confident, he’s very tough to get by and doesn’t make life easy for the opposition.

“Browny has done well for Fife, while Nottingham also have a good netminder, so I believe it will be an interesting match-up.

“Panthers certainly won’t find it easy against him on Saturday, and if he plays like he did against Braehead he’ll do well.”

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