Around the Rinks: Giants set up title shootout weekend

Good morning, hockey fans!

After our day off yesterday, we’re back to bring you the stories and headlines doing the rounds across the country as we take a trip Around the Rinks

Belfast Giants set up a title shootout weekend as they saw off play-off chasing Coventry Blaze with a 7-2 win at the Skydome to move to within two points of Cardiff Devils with two games left to play (Belfast Telegraph, BBC NI Sport, Belfast Giants, Coventry Blaze)

Meanwhile Blaze equipment manager Steve Small has announced when he will retire from his role with the club (Coventry Blaze)

Nottingham Panthers’ Jaynen Rissling picked up a two-game ban after an incident in Fife on Sunday (Elite Ice Hockey League)

Staying with Panthers and D-man Stevie Lee is released from hospital after their road trip to Scotland at the weekend.  Details on the Nottingham Panthers site.

While Alex Guptill looks ahead to Saturday’s home game against Guildford Flames as they end their regular season campaign (Nottingham Panthers)

GB coach hails Colin Shields after the Belfast Giants winger announced his retirement at the end of the season (Belfast Telegraph)

Award season is in full flow as Dundee Stars and Glasgow Clan revealed their winners after they held their respective nights this week

Some ticket information as we head towards a critical weekend in the title race, with information from Cardiff Devils, MK Lightning and Coventry Blaze, who host the Devils, ahead of a massive couple of days.

Play-off ticket information is out there for clubs already confirmed for the quarter finals, with updates from Belfast Giants and Sheffield Steelers.

Dundee Stars have released season ticket information for next season

Here’s a chance to catch up on all the action from the weekend in our highlights round-up (British Ice Hockey)

Finally, we’ll leave the last word to Adam Keefe’s side as we go into arguably the most exciting Elite League title race in years

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