UK Ice hockey round-up (w/e 30th November)

Blackburn Hawks moved five points clear at the top of NIHL North Moralee D1 after an 8-1 victory at home to Sutton Sting.

Solway Sharks returned to winning ways with a 5-2 home success against Whitley Warriors. Sheffield Spartans triumphed 10-4 at Manchester Minotaurs.

Solihull Barons retained their unbeaten Laidler D2 record with a 7-2 win at home to Sheffield Senators – Josh Bruce bagged a hat-trick. Telford Tigers NIHL gained their revenge for last week’s defeat at Widnes with an 8-4 road success against Wild.

Stuart Parker (left) & Ivo Dimitrijevs both hit hat-tricks for Nottingham Lions in their 17-3 demolition of Bradford Bulldogs. Deeside Dragons won 9-4 at home to Coventry Blaze. James Riddoch scored a couple in Blackburn Eagles’ 7-2 success at Bradford.

Chelmsford Chieftains still lead NIHL1S after a 4-0 home win against Bracknell Hornets – Ross Brears (2) & Matt Turner (2) got the goals. Streatham Redskins enjoyed a four-point weekend, winning 9-3 at home to Cardiff NIHL1 and 8-4 at Oxford City Stars.

Invicta Dynamos are now third after a 6-1 win at London Raiders. Jaroslav Cesky scored three in Wightlink Raiders’ 4-1 home success against London. Solent Devils lost 6-4 at Bracknell and 5-4 at home to MK Thunder.

Sam Roberts scored three for Haringey Racers in their 6-5 NIHL2S home victory against Lee Valley Lions. Basingstoke Buffalo won 4-3 at Cardiff NIHL2, while Peterborough Islanders won 9-1 at Swindon Wildcats NIHL in the D2 Cup.

In the British Challenge Cup, Billingham fell 8-3 at home to Blackburn Hawks. Chelmsford lost 5-1 at Guildford Flames, Wightlink were beaten 6-0 at MK Lightning and Invicta were defeated 8-4 at home to Swindon Wildcats.

EPL leaders Telford Tigers’ winning run came to an end after a 6-5 shoot-out loss at home to Manchester Phoenix – Frantisek Bakrlik hit the winner. Basingstoke Bison lost 4-2 on home ice against Telford, but bounced back with a 5-2 win at Peterborough. The Phantoms picked up two points with a 5-4 success at home to Manchester.

Sheffield Steeldogs lost 5-4 at Swindon Wildcats, but recovered to win 5-1 at Bracknell Bees – Jeff Legue hit a hat-trick. MK Lightning won 4-1 at home to Guildford.

Belfast Giants beat Sheffield Steelers 4-3 after a shoot-out to record their first victory Elite League victory in three attempts over their title rivals this season. The defeat completed a miserable weekend for the Steelers who also lost 6-2 at Coventry Blaze.

Braehead Clan remain in the title mix after a comfortable 7-3 home win against Cardiff Devils. Nottingham Panthers won 4-0 at Hull Stingrays and 3-1 at home to Coventry. Edinburgh Capitals picked up two shoot-out victories, winning 2-1 at Dundee Stars and 3-2 at home to Hull. Dundee also fell 3-1 on home ice against Cardiff.

In the Elite Challenge Cup, Belfast won 3-2 at Fife Flyers – Calvin Elfring hit the overtime decider.

(Image permission: Peter McConnochie)

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