Moralee Conference play-off weekend

The English Ice Hockey Association (EIHA) and Dumfries Ice Bowl have announced details for the inaugural NIHL Moralee Conference Play-off Weekend.

Dumfries Ice Bowl will be the setting over the weekend of 12-13 April, 2014, where the top four sides from the Moralee Conference table will battle for play-off supremacy. The weekend will also include the NIHL Moralee Conference Awards in association with ProHockeyNews.com.

Saturday 12 April will see the first semi-final, featuring NIHL North champions Solway Sharks versus the fourth placed team at 1pm. The teams finishing second and third in the standings will meet in the second semi-final at 4.30pm.

The Awards ceremony will take place in the rink bar from approximately 8.00pm. The two semi-final winners will then meet in the Moralee Conference Play-off Final on Sunday afternoon at 2.00pm.

EIHA Director and NIHL North manager Charles Dacres said: “We are looking forward to the play-off weekend and are grateful to Dumfries Ice Bowl for hosting this event. The NIHL North play-offs have been hotly contested over the past two seasons, and now in a weekend format I’m sure the intensity will be heightened even further.

“Fans of all teams in the conference are invited to join us in Dumfries for the weekend, which we hope will become a fixture in the NIHL North calendar for future seasons.”

Stuart Biggar, Facilities Manager at Dumfries Ice Bowl, added: “Dumfries and Galloway Council are committed to bringing the best sporting events to the area, and we are delighted to be hosting the NIHL Moralee Conference Play-off weekend in April. The Ice Bowl will have hosted its third IIHF World Championship by the time the play-offs come around and the staff are committed to giving the World Championship service to the event.

“Dumfries Ice Bowl has established itself over the past two years as one of the homes of hockey in the UK with our NIHL team, Solway Sharks, the IHUK Prospects camps, SIHA conference training and of course the u18 women and u20 & u18 men’s IIHF World Championships.

“We look forward to welcoming the four teams and supporters from all over the League in April to enjoy the hockey at the Ice Bowl, but also to see what Dumfries & Galloway has to offer our visitors. You’ll arrive as our guest and leave as our friend.”

Weekend tickets are priced at £25 covering all games or £10 per game, and are available online via Ticketweb.

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