Ice Hockey – UK round-up (from Blackburn Hawks match programme 12/02/12)

Whitley Warriors have closed the gap on Billingham Stars at the top of ENL1 North. Goals from Jamie Tinsley (2), DJ Good and Shaun Kippin helped them to a 4-3 win over Trafford Metros. Billingham’s lead has beeen cut to three points after their 4-2 loss at Trafford Metros.

Blackburn Hawks are now third after a 6-2 win at Telford Titans – Rick Hughes (left) scored four – and a 5-0 win at home to Solihull Barons. Telford are fourth after beating Sheffield Spartans 4-2. Nottingham’s Joe Wightman scored twice as the Lions moved out of the relegation zone with a 4-0 win against Coventry Blaze.

Solway Sharks moved a step closer to the ENL2 title with a 14-3 success at Fylde Flyers – Nathan Salem (4), Bob Chalmers (2) and Adam Reynolds (2) led the scoring. Second placed Sutton Sting strengthened their promotion bid, beating Bradford Bulldogs (14-1) and Sheffield Senators (5-1). Hull Stingrays fell to a surprise 6-5 loss to the Senators but recovered to beat Fylde 3-1.

Romford Raiders remain top of ENL1 South after beating Bristol Pitbulls 9-1. Chelmsford Chieftains stay second after a 7-1 victory at Streatham Redskins. Wightlink Raiders beat Bracknell Hornets 11-7, while Cardiff Devils beat Slough Jets 6-1 to keep up their push for a top four finish. Ryan Ellis scored six as Invicta Dynamos beat Streatham 13-5.

Guildford Flames have a six point lead at the top of the EPL. Jozef Kohut grabbed the winner as they beat Slough Jets 5-4 after overtime and they followed up with a 4-2 win over MK Lightning. Manchester Phoenix are up to second after a 3-1 success over Lightning and a 6-3 win at home to Swindon Wildcats.

Darius Pliskauskas (right) scored a hat-trick as third-placed Slough beat Basingstoke Bison 3-0, while Sheffield Steeldogs stay fourth after beating Peterborough Phantoms by the same score. Bison closed the gap on fifth placed Lightning to one point with a 5-4 win over the Wildcats. At the foot of the table Bracknell Bees beat Telford 1-0 and the Tigers completed a miserable weekend, losing 8-6 at home to Peterborough – Maris Ziedins scored four for the visitors.

Elite League leaders Belfast Giants are seven points clear after a pair of wins. The beat Cardiff Devils 4-1 and followed up with an impressive 4-2 win against Sheffield Steelers. Nottingham Panthers stay second after a 6-2 win over Dundee Stars, while Sheffield are two points behind in third after beating Hull Stingrays 3-0.

(Image Permission: Darius Pliskauskas – Chris Turner)

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