UK Ice hockey round-up (w/e 3rd March)

Stevie Moore grabbed Sharks’ fourth against Telford

Solway Sharks are just one win away from their first NIHL1 North title after extending their unbeaten run to 29 games. Sharks twice came from behind to beat Telford Titans 4-2 and they followed up with a 3-1 win at Blackburn Hawks.

Billingham Stars also secured a four-point weekend – beating Coventry Blaze 8-2 and Whitley Warriors 4-1. Titans edged nearer to safety with a 4-1 home win over Sheffield Spartans.

Nottingham Lions moved nearer to the NIHL2 North title after a 13-2 win at Blackburn Eagles. Solihull Barons kept their promotion hopes alive with a 16-2 victory over the Eagles, while Sheffield Senators remain in the hunt despite only drawing 2-2 at Hull. The Stingrays followed up with a 7-6 win at Fylde Flyers.

NIHL1 South leaders Chelmsford Chieftains neat Invicta Dynamos 7-3 – James Ayling hit a hat-trick. Two goals by Juraj Huska helped Romford Raiders to a 6-4 win at home to Wightlink, though the IOW outfit stayed in the title picture with an 11-1 win over MK Thunder. In the NIHL South Cup Chelmsford beat Slough Jets 21-0.

Guildford Flames edged nearer to retaining their EPL crown with a 7-1 win at home to MK Lightning – Curtis Huppe (2) & Jozef Kohut (2) led their scoring. Joe Rand’s shoot-out winner helped Basingstoke to a 5-4 success over Slough Jets, but Bison followed up with a 6-2 defeat at Manchester – Michal Psurny scored twice for Phoenix. Tomas Fojtik hit the shoot-out winner as Swindon Wildcats won 5-4 at Slough.

Lloyd Gibson scored twice for Sheffield in their 6-4 win at Swindon and they followed up with a 6-3 home win over Telford Tigers – Steeldogs’ Lubomir Korhon scored three. MK Lightning beat Peterborough 4-3 and the Phantoms completed a miserable weekend with a 4-0 defeat at Bracknell Bees. Scott McKenzie’s hat-trick helped Telford to a 5-2 success over the Bees. Guildford will play Slough in the final of the EPL Cup after they beat Manchester 9-8 on aggregate.

Elite League leaders Nottingham Panthers enjoyed a successful road trip to Scotland with a trio of wins. Panthers won 4-1 at Dundee Stars and followed up by crushing Fife Flyers 10-2. The completed their six-point haul with a 6-1 win at Edinburgh Capitals – Matt Francis scored three. Belfast Giants stay in the title mix after two wins over Cardiff Devils – 5-4 & 5-0. Brent Patry’s shoot-out winner helped Edinburgh to a surprise 3-2 win at Sheffield Steelers.

Two Adam Henrich goals helped Coventry to a 4-1 win at home to Dundee and Blaze secured their second win of the week with a 3-2 victory at Cardiff. Hull won 2-1 at Braehead Clan after a shoot-out and 3-1 against Fife back on home ice. Clan slipped to another defeat – 3-0 at Dundee.

The Panthers secured their place in the Challenge Cup final after a 9-4 aggregate success over Belfast Giants. They await the winners of Braehead and Sheffield with the Steelers holding a 4-2 lead from the first leg.

(Image permission: David Morrison)

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