UK Ice hockey round-up (games played 19th – 21st April)

Solihull Barons added the NIHL North Laidler Conference play-off title to their regular season crown after an action-packed weekend at Hobs Moat Road.

Barons reached the final with a 5-3 victory against Widnes Wild, while Slawomir Kasprzak’s overtime strike sealed a 2-1 success for Nottingham Lions against Coventry Blaze.

Solihull had the better of the early exchanges in the final, but Lions shocked the hosts late in the first period as Dan Hazeldine fired them ahead. Connor Hubbuck pulled Barons level in the second session, before Lions made it 2-1 through Kasprzak. Richie Slater tied things up after 35 minutes to set up a tense final period.

Neither side could find a winner during regulation time, while a further five minute overtime period failed to break the deadlock. Josh Bruce was the only scorer during the resulting penalty shoot-out to secure the double for the Barons.

Chelmsford Chieftains finished their 2013/14 season in style by beating Wightlink Raiders 6-3 on aggregate in the NIHL1 South play-off final. The victory completed the quadruple for the Chieftains, having also secured the NIHL1 South title, the NIHL1 South Cup and the South East Trophy.

(Image permission: Keith & Jenny Davies)

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