UK Ice hockey round-up (w/e 15th February)

Blackburn Hawks clinched the NIHL North Moralee D1 title after defeating Sheffield Spartans.

Hawks trailed 2-0 early in the second period , but roared back to win 6-2 – Adam Brittle (left) hit a hat-trick.

Sutton Sting won 6-1 at home to Billingham Stars – Ivo Celar (2) & James Spurr (2) led their scoring. Solway Sharks triumphed 9-1 on home ice against Manchester Minotaurs.

Laidler D2 leaders Solihull Barons eased to a 4-1 victory at Nottingham Lions.

Telford Tigers NIHL secured promotion to D1 with a pair of 5-2 home wins against Nottingham and Widnes Wild.

James Parsons (2) & Paul Davies (2) were amongst the goalscorers as Deeside Dragons won 8-2 at home to Blackburn Eagles. Coventry Blaze lost 4-1 at Bradford Bulldogs, but bounced back with a 10-4 success in the reverse fixture.

Chelmsford Chieftains still lead NIHL1 South after a mixed weekend. They crashed 4-0 at Wightlink Raiders, but recovered to win 6-2 at home to Streatham Redskins. Wightlink also won 7-3 at Solent Devils.

Callum Best scored three for Streatham in their 7-3 home victory against Solent. Invicta Dynamos picked up four points on the road, winning 6-3 at Oxford City Stars and 3-2 at MK Thunder.

Jamie Line scored two for Thunder in their 5-1 success at Cardiff NIHL1. London Raiders lost 4-3 at home to Bracknell Hornets.

In NIHL2S, Peterborough Islanders won 3-2 at Invicta Mustangs. Alan Green scored four for Slough Jets as they claimed a 9-0 victory at home to Basingstoke Buffalo in the D2 Cup. Bristol Pitbulls drew 4-4 with the Islanders.

Telford Tigers edged closer to the EPL title after winning 4-1 at Bracknell Bees. Guildford Flames collected four points from their weekend double-header against Sheffield Steeldogs, winning 4-1 on the road and 5-2 back on home ice.

Manchester Phoenix lost 4-2 at Swindon Wildcats, but enjoyed better fortunes at home as they won 5-1 against MK Lightning. Milan Kostourek grabbed a hat-trick for Lightning in their 5-3 home victory against Peterborough Phantoms.

Miroslav Vantroba and Joe Greener both scored twice as Basingstoke won 5-1 at home to Bracknell and Bison followed up with a 5-2 success at Peterborough.

Teflord are through to the final of the British Challenge Cup after completing a 9-5 aggregate win against Guildford. Tigers now face Manchester who defeated Swindon 13-8 overall.

Elite League leaders Braehead Clan won 3-2 after a shoot-out at home to Hull Stingrays, but their title hopes suffered a blow as they fell 3-0 on home ice against Cardiff Devils.

Sheffield Steelers are a point behind Clan with a game in hand after picking up two victories. Steelers won 5-3 at home to Edinburgh Capitals and 3-2 at Nottingham Panthers.

Riley Emmerson hit the winner for Edinburgh in their 2-1 shoot-out success against Cardiff. The Devils had better luck at Dundee Stars as they claimed a 4-2 win.

Coventry Blaze boosted their hopes of a play-off spot with a pair of 3-2 home wins against Belfast Giants. Fife Flyers won 5-2 at home to Dundee, but Jordan Mayer’s last minute strike condemned them to a 5-4 defeat at Hull.

(Image permission: David Morrison)

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