UK Ice hockey round-up (w/e 4th November)

Solway Sharks remain top of NIHL1 North after winning 7-0 at Telford Titans – Adam Reynolds scored two. Billingham Stars also beat the Titans 4-0 – Michael Bowman scored twice, but fell to a shock 5-4 home defeat to Blackburn Hawks – Chris Arnone (left) bagged a brace. Trafford drew 3-3 at home to Sutton Sting – new Czech import Tomas Hnilica scored two on his debut for Metros. DJ Good’s late equaliser gave Whitley Warriors a 4-4 at Sutton.

Nottingham Lions are still unbeaten in NIHL2 North after a 6-1 win at Sheffield Senators – Ollie Betteridge hit a hat-trick. Deeside Dragons won 4-1 at Hull Stingrays, while Solihull Barons beat Blackburn Eagles 9-1 – Andy Whitehouse scored a couple.

Chelmsford Chieftains are the new leaders of NIHL1 South. Four goals from Gary Clarke helped them to a 9-1 win at MK Thunder and the followed up with a 6-3 win at Streatham Redskins – Danny Hammond scored two. Romford Raiders kept their 100% league record intact, winning 4-3 at Cardiff Devils and 14-1 at home to Bracknell Hornets – Juraj Huska grabbed three. Invicta Dynamos beat Wightlink Raiders 3-2 – Peter Vaisanen scored twice. Vaisanen also hit a hat-trick as Dynamos won 11-0 at Bracknell in the NIHL South Cup, while Wightlink crushed Slough Jets 21-3.

Basingstoke Bison moved to the top of the EPL after a four-point weekend. Joe Miller (2) & Doug Sheppard (2) led the scoring as Bison beat Slough Jets 6-2, and they followed up with a 2-1 shoot-out success in the reverse fixture – Jaroslav Cesky got the winner. Manchester Phoenix picked up a point in a 5-4 shoot-out loss at Peterborough Phantoms, but bounced back in style to beat Sheffield Steeldogs 9-1 – Joachim Flaten (2) & Ciaran Long (2) were amongst the goals.

Bracknell Bees won 5-3 at Telford Tigers and completed an excellent weekend with a 4-3 win at home to Guildford Flames – Lukas Smital got the winner. Aaron Nell scored three as Swindon won 5-4 at Guildford, but the Wildcats also suffered a pair of losses to MK Lightning – 6-3 on home ice and 3-0 in the return. Peterborough Phantoms lost 4-2 at Sheffield, but recovered to beat Telford 7-2 – Luke Ferrara hit a hat-trick.

Belfast Giants had a mixed week in the Elite League. Two goals from Robby Sandrock helped them to a 5-1 win at home to Fife Flyers, but they fell 5-4 in overtime at Coventry Blaze – Brad Leeb got the winner. Giants gained revenge over Blaze on Sunday with an 8-5 victory – David Phillips & Noah Clarke both scored twice. Nottingham Panthers beat Edinburgh Capitals 10-0 and followed up with a 5-4 overtime success against Braehead Clan – Bruce Graham got the winner.

Paul Bissonette scored on his debut for Cardiff as the Devils won 7-5 at Braehead, but the Welsh outfit failed to follow up at Edinburgh losing 4-2. Sheffield Steelers won 4-3 after overtime at Dundee Stars – Tylor Michel got the winner. Fife Flyers beat Edinburgh 2-1, but lost 3-2 at Hull Stingrays. In the Challenge Cup Sheffield beat Coventry 7-2 – Colin Shields scored three – and won 4-3 at home to Nottingham – Tom Sestito got the overtime winner. Cardiff fell 4-3 at home to Hull.

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