Ice Hockey – UK Round-up (from Blackburn Hawks match programme 4/12/11)

Billingham Stars lost their unbeaten ENL1 North record as they fell to a shock home defeat to Nottingham Lions. Stars had made it 15 games unbeaten with a 1-1 draw at Coventry Blaze and were expected to triumph over the Lions, but goals from Michael Rose, Danny Rose (left) and Christy Johnson-Brown secured a 3-2 win for Nottingham.

Whitley Warriors closed the gap on Stars to five points with a pair of wins over Blackburn Hawks. Dean Holland scored twice for Warriors in a 5-2 road success and two goals by DJ Good helped them to a 4-2 win at Hillheads.

Sheffield Spartans moved into third place after beating Trafford Metros 6-3. Andy Turner (2), Ollie Barron, Shannon Lingwood, Shaun Wild and Will Barron scored Spartans goals.

Chelmsford Chieftains still lead ENL2 South after two home wins. They hit ten without reply against Bristol Pitbulls and followed up with a 4-1 success over Invicta Dynamos. Romford Raiders stay second after beating Wightlink Raiders 3-2 and Cardiff Devils 10-4.

Guildford Flames’ 6-2 win over Swindon Wildcats keeps them top of the EPL. Curtis Huppe (right) scored three for Flames who lead the way on goal difference from Slough. The Jets beat Bracknell Bees 7-2 – Darius Pliskauskas hit a hat-trick – and recorded an impressive 5-3 at Manchester Phoenix – Adam Calder scored twice for the visitors.

Sheffield Steeldogs lost 3-2 at MK Lightning, but beat Telford Tigers 6-4 to stay in third. Lightning are fourth after beating Peterborough Phantoms 4-2. Tom Duggan scored three for Phoenix as they won 5-1 at Basingstoke. Bison also lost to Bracknell 3-1, while Swindon won 5-2 against Peterborough.

Belfast Giants still lead the Elite League after a 6-4 win over Braehead Clan. Nottingham Panthers’ 6-1 over Hull Stingrays keeps them second. Coventry Blaze beat Dundee Stars 3-0 while struggling Fife Flyers were beaten again – 5-1 at Cardiff Devils.

(Image permissions: Danny Rose – John Knowles; Curtis Huppe – David Steadman)

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