NIHL South round-up: Chieftains make it four

Chelmsford Chieftains completed the quadruple after securing a 10-5 aggregate success against Wightlink Raiders in the NIHL1 South play-off final.

Jaroslav Cesky’s hat-trick helped Raiders to a 5-3 lead after the first leg, but Jeremy Cornish’s team had no answer to the Chieftains in the return game.

James Ayling reduced the overall deficit to one in the first period, before Danny Hammond, Olegs Lascenko and Juraj Huska made it 7-5 on aggregate by the end of the second session.

Ross Brears, Huska again and Anthony Leone added further goals in the final period to seal a 7-0 win on the night.

The victory gave Chieftains a clean sweep of D1S trophies, having already won the league title, D1S Cup and South East Trophy this season.

Cardiff Fire are through to the D2S promotion play-off final after sealing a 6-5 overall win against Peterborough Islanders.

The teams were tied 1-1 after the first leg in Peterborough and couldn’t be separated after another sixty minutes in Cardiff as they fought out a 4-4 draw.

Neither side could find a goal in overtime, but Fire won the resulting shoot-out to claim their place in the final alongside Chelmsford Warriors.

Invicta Mustangs completed their D2S fixtures with a 6-4 win at Lee Valley Lions – Artyom Grzibovskis (2) topped their scoring.

WEEKEND RESULTS

NIHL1 South play-off final

1st leg – Wightlink Raiders 5-3 Chelmsford Chieftains
2nd leg – Chelmsford Chieftains 7-0 Wightlink Raiders (agg 10-5)

NIHL2 South play-off semi-final

1st leg – Peterborough Islanders 1-1 Cardiff Fire
2nd leg – Cardiff Fire 5-4 Peterborough Islanders (SO) (agg 6-5)

NIHL2 South

Lee Valley 4-6 Invicta Mustangs

(Image permission: Steve Sutherland)

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