Around the Rinks – Fri 15 Feb 19

Good morning, hockey fans!

It was a breathless night of action in the Challenge Cup, but here’s what happened along with other news you may have missed.

Last night was dominated by Challenge Cup action as we discovered just who would be making the trip to Cardiff on Sunday 10th March and it was Belfast Giants and Guildford Flames who booked their places. (Cardiff DevilsBritish Ice Hockey)

In Belfast, they overcame a 2-1 deficit to win 6-3 on the night over Glasgow Clan, to win 7-5 on aggregate on the night.  Match reports from various sources (Belfast Giants, Glasgow Clan, BBC NI Sport, Belfast Telegraph)

In Nottingham, Guildford Flames made history as they reached their first ever final in an Elite League competition as they took care of the Panthers in their meetings, winning 8-3 on aggregate after a 3-1 second leg success. Match reports from various sources (Nottingham Panthers, Guildford Flames)

DOPS finally delivered their verdict from what happened at the Fife Flyers-Manchester Storm game on Sunday, with bans for players on both sides (British Ice Hockey)

Fife Flyers forward Bari McKenzie says there is no place for what went on after the game on Sunday (Fife Today Sport)

Just three weeks after adding him to their roster, Sheffield Steelers have moved on Latvian D-man Silvestrs Selickis (Sheffield Star)

Belfast Giants coach Adam Keefe reckons his team’s involvement in the Champions Hockey League next season can increase ice hockey’s profile in Northern Ireland (Belfast Telegraph)

Manchester Storm announced two signings as they swooped to sign Sam Zajac of Whitley Warriors and Basingstoke Bison’s Liam Morris on two-way deals (Manchester Storm, British Ice Hockey)

But Zajac’s deal with Storm led to his club, Whitley Warriors posting a statement to clear up any confusion (Whitley Warriors)

Milton Keynes Lightning announced the release of their experienced defenceman Ryan Lannon (MK Lightning, British Ice Hockey)

Dundee Stars’ Francois Bouchard talks about his season ending injury with Stars TV:

Back to the Challenge Cup semi finals and we’ve got post game reaction from the game between Nottingham Panthers and Guildford Flames, with Rick Strachan and Paul Dixon

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