UK Ice hockey round-up (w/e 29th September)

Sheffield Spartans produced two excellent performances to clinch a rare four-point weekend in NIHL1 North (Moralee Conference). Ollie Barron (2) and new signing Stuart Brittle (2) led the scoring as Spartans beat Whitley Warriors 5-3, while Barron (left) was on the scoresheet again in a 3-0 win at Sutton Sting.

Solway Sharks maintained their 100% start to the season with a 7-3 success at Manchester Minotaurs. Dan MacKriel scored five in Blackburn’s 10-0 win at Telford Titans, while Craig Rogers’ late effort sealed a 2-1 victory for the Hawks over Billingham Stars in the KD Flavell & Sons Northern Cup.

In NIHL2 (Laidler Conference) Dan Söderberg-Andersson scored four in Deeside Dragons’ 10-0 win over Blackburn Eagles. Nottingham Lions drew 4-4 at Hull Jets and they followed up with a 4-3 win at home Coventry Blaze.

NIHL1 South leaders Wightlink Raiders won 7-6 at home to Cardiff Devils. London Raiders claimed a three-point weekend – winning 5-2 at home to Invicta Dynamos, before recovering from 5-1 down to draw 5-5 at Streatham Redskins. Dynamos bounced back with a 10-6 win over Solent & Gosport Devils, while Chelmsford Chieftains beat Bracknell Hornets 8-2.

Manchester Phoenix still lead the EPL after a pair of impressive shut-out victories. Phoenix followed up a 4-0 win at Swindon Wildcats with an 11-0 demolition of Peterborough Phantoms. Jozef Kohut (2) and Rick Plant (2) led the scoring as Guildford won 6-2 at Sheffield Steeldogs, and Plant scored another couple in Flames’ 6-1 home win over Swindon.

Basingstoke Bison are up to third after 6-3 and 3-2 wins over MK Lightning. Bracknell Bees lost 4-3 at Peterborough, but picked up their first points of the season with a 5-4 win at home to Slough Jets. Nathan Salem and Scott McKenzie both scored twice in Telford’s 6-3 win at Slough, but the Tigers failed to follow up as they fell 5-2 at home to the Steeldogs.

A late Matt Francis winner helped Elite League holders Nottingham Panthers to a 3-2 success over Belfast. The Giants bounced back to win by the same score at Hull Stingrays. Ryan Ginand hit a hat-trick as Coventry Blaze won 6-2 at home to Dundee Stars.

In the Challenge Cup Sheffield Steelers won 4-2 at Cardiff, but the Devils gained revenge in the return with a 4-3 success. Fife debutant Rok Pajic scored the winner as Fife Flyers beat Braehead 2-1, but Clan recovered in style with a 7-0 win at Edinburgh. Nico Sacchetti scored twice in Dundee’s 6-2 victory over the Capitals.

(Image permission: Gavin Rawson)

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