Around the Rinks – 14 Dec 18

Good morning, hockey fans!

It’s the last one of the week and we’re making it a good one for you to take you into the weekend as Christmas approaches, not to mention another weekend of action up and down the country.

Let’s not waste any time and crack on…

One trophy will be given out tonight in the NIHL as Peterborough Phantoms host Sheffield Steeldogs in the Autumn Cup Final second leg, with the game finely poised at 2-2.  James Ferrara, the Phantoms captain is hoping to fulfil a dream (Peterborough Today)

The EIHA have set the scene for tonight’s game as excitement builds for what’s sure to be a terrific occasion for both teams.

To get you in the mood for the second leg tonight, here are the highlights from that first game a week past on Wednesday:

Ahead of tonight’s game with Dundee Stars, Nottingham Panthers’ Dylan Richard talks about his early impressions at the club and what to expect when Omar Pacha’s side come to town (Nottingham Panthers)

Team-mate Mark Hurtubise also gave his thoughts on the game for Panthers Radio, via the Nottingham Panthers website

Dundee Stars’ Jordan Cownie discusses the club’s recent successful run as they look ahead to a tricky three-game weekend in England as well as the personal accolades he’s picked up recently (Dundee Stars)

Sheffield Steelers are looking at bring in a replacement to cover for the absence of David Phillips, currently out for a number of weeks through injury (Yorkshire Post)

Plus, Eric Neiley, recently returned from his spell at Milton Keynes Lightning, is also out for Steelers for six weeks after picking up a “freak football-style” injury (Sheffield Star)

Glasgow Clan are looking ahead to their next home game on Saturday when league leaders Belfast Giants return to Scotland for their latest away trip (Glasgow Clan)

Giants coach Adam Keefe looks ahead to those weekend trips to Glasgow then on to Manchester Storm on Sunday as they look to cement the top spot some more (BBC Sport NI)

How a member of the Giants squad is keen to make a bigger impact for his team (Belfast Telegraph)

How a signing made in a café led to great days for Fife Flyers (Fife Today)

Youngster Buesa glad to be back after injury spell (Fife Today)

Test your knowledge of the rules by trying the EIHA‘s excellent #TeamStripes quiz

Basingstoke Bison looking to preserve unbeaten home record ahead of another busy couple of games in the NIHL this weekend (Basingstoke Gazette)

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