Busy Christmas period begins

Guildford's game with Sheffield Steelers in the Challenge Cup has kicked off a mammoth two-week spell of games in the Elite League (PHOTO: John Uwins)

For the next couple of weeks, ice hockey fans will have plenty of games to keep them interested over the festive period.

From today, there will be games every night until 3rdJanuary 2019, with exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

It’s a busy time for everyone concerned and for some teams, it’s a defining couple of weeks as we start to see who will show themselves to be genuine Elite League contenders and those who aren’t.

The 11 teams will play between five and eight games each in a congested spell, which began when Guildford Flames hosted Sheffield Steelers in the Challenge Cup last night.

From there, the action switches to Milton Keynes where Lightning host Cardiff Devils then on Friday, Belfast Giants take on Manchester Storm in the first of a double header before a full programme of games on Saturday night.

It’s going to be a busy one as we give you the full at-a-glance list of the Elite League fixtures for the next two weeks:

Thursday 20 December –

Milton Keynes Lightning vs Cardiff Devils (7.30pm)

Friday 21 December –

Belfast Giants vs Manchester Storm (7pm)

Saturday 22 December –

Belfast Giants vs Manchester Storm (7pm)

Cardiff Devils vs Dundee Stars (7pm)

Fife Flyers vs Glasgow Clan (7.15pm)

Nottingham Panthers vs Milton Keynes Lightning (7pm)

Sheffield Steelers vs Guildford Flames (7pm)

Sunday 23 December –

Coventry Blaze vs Milton Keynes Lightning (5.15pm)

Dundee Stars vs Nottingham Panthers (5pm)

Glasgow Clan vs Sheffield Steelers (4pm)

Guildford Flames vs Cardiff Devils (6pm)

Wednesday 26 December –

Coventry Blaze vs Cardiff Devils (6pm)

Dundee Stars vs Fife Flyers (7.30pm)

Manchester Storm vs Glasgow Clan (5.30pm)

Milton Keynes Lightning vs Guildford Flames (6pm)

Nottingham Panthers vs Sheffield Steelers (3pm)

Thursday 27 December –

Cardiff Devils vs Coventry Blaze (7pm)

Fife Flyers vs Dundee Stars (6.30pm)

Glasgow Clan vs Manchester Storm (7.30pm)

Guildford Flames vs Milton Keynes Lightning (7pm)

Sheffield Steelers vs Nottingham Panthers (7pm, Live on FreeSports)

Friday 28 December –

Belfast Giants vs Milton Keynes Lightning (7pm)

Saturday 29 December –

Belfast Giants vs Glasgow Clan (7pm)

Coventry Blaze vs Nottingham Panthers (7pm)

Sheffield Steelers vs Manchester Storm (7pm)

Sunday 30 December –

Belfast Giants vs Dundee Stars (4pm)

Guildford Flames vs Cardiff Devils (6pm)

Monday 31 December –

Glasgow Clan vs Fife Flyers (2pm)

Nottingham Panthers vs Coventry Blaze (4pm)

Tuesday 1 January 2019 –

Cardiff Devils vs Guildford Flames (4pm)

Manchester Storm vs Sheffield Steelers (5.30pm)

Wednesday 2 January –

Dundee Stars vs Glasgow Clan (7.30pm)

Fife Flyers vs Milton Keynes Lightning (6pm)

Nottingham Panthers vs Guildford Flames (7.30pm)

Thursday 3 January –

Dundee Stars vs Milton Keynes Lightning (7.30pm)

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