|Deeside’s James Parsons (#5) celebrates his goal|
Solway Sharks opened up a six point lead at the top of NIHL North Moralee Conference with a 5-1 win at home to Whitley Warriors. Billingham Stars lost 4-2 at Blackburn Hawks, while Jamie Spurr’s empty netter capped a 4-2 win for Sutton Sting at Manchester Minotaurs.
Laidler Conference leaders Deeside Dragons are five points clear after a 2-1 win at home to Nottingham Lions – Mike Jones & James Parsons got their goals. Solihull Barons beat Widnes Wild 14-0 and Hull Jets won 4-2 at Sheffield Senators – Jamie Cobley hit a hat-trick.
In NIHL1 South Streatham Redskins played their first game in their new rink and drew 3-3 with Bracknell Hornets. Invicta Dynamos slipped to an 8-5 defeat at Cardiff Devils, but bounced back in style with a 15-5 NIHL South Cup success against MK Thunder – Andy Smith (4), Juraj Huska (4) & Marek Nahlik (3) led their scoring. Also in the Cup Wightlink Raiders beat Streatham Redskins 13-5 and they followed up with 5-3 win at home to Chelmsford Chieftains in the South East Trophy. In NIHL2 South leaders Slough Jets beat Oxford City Stars 5-3.
EPL leaders Guildford Flames surprisingly lost 2-1 at home to Bracknell Bees, but they recovered to crush Sheffield Steeldogs 10-2 – Rick Plant scored three. Manchester Phoenix beat Basingstoke 6-1 – Frantisek Bakrlik hit a hat-trick – but Bison picked up a win with a 6-0 victory at home to Peterborough Phantoms.
MK Lightning enjoyed a four-point week beating Telford Tigers 3-0 and Peterborough 8-4. Jonas Hoog grabbed the winner for Swindon Wildcats in their 4-3 success at Slough. The Jets completed a miserable weekend losing 6-2 at Bracknell. Adam Walker’s goal secured a 1-0 win for Telford at home to Swindon.
Belfast Giants remain top of the Elite League after a pair of 3-2 wins at Coventry Blaze. Braehead Clan are up to second after 7-4 & 4-0 successes against Fife Flyers. Two goals for Jeff Legue helped Sheffield Steelers to a 4-1 win at home to Dundee Stars, but they failed to follow up as they fell 3-1 at Cardiff Devils. Hull Stingrays lost 4-1 at home to Cardiff and 5-3 at Edinburgh Capitals.
Nottingham Panthers put up a spirited display in the Third Round of the Continental Cup. Panthers opened with a 4-3 loss to Toros Neftekamsk (Russia), before producing an excellent performance to win 2-1 against Yertis Pavlador (Kazakhstan). They met Asiago (Italy) in the last game needing a win in regular time to reach the Super Final but were edged out 3-2.
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