Northern Cup format confirmed for 16/17

EIHA/NIHL Press Release

Four teams will compete in the NIHL Northern Cup this coming season. Defending the Cup from last season Billingham Stars will go against Blackburn Hawks, Solway Sharks and Whitley Warriors in a four team round robin.

Each side will play the other twice home and away with the side finishing on top of the standings at the end of the competition winning the Cup.

Per NIHL Rules of Competition, Cup games will be played to a conclusion with overtime and penalty shots if necessary to separate a tied score after sixty minutes of play.

Teams will receive 3 points for a regulation time win, 2 points for an overtime/shootout win, 1 point for overtime/shootout loss and 0 points for regulation time defeat.

Whitley Warriors will have the first home and away league meeting with the other sides ‘double up’ as a Cup game. Should the game end in a tie for League points the match is a draw however overtime and penalty shots will be needed to settle the Cup result.

Cup fixtures will be shown on the club websites – www.billinghamstars.co.uk, www.blackburnhawks.com, www.solwaysharksihc.co.uk and www.whitleywarriors.net – and on EIHA fixtures live in the coming days.

ENDS

Buidling Craftsmen Dumfries sponsored Solway Sharks can confirm their NIHL Northern Cup games as follows:

Whitley v Solway 11/9/2016
Solway v Blackburn 24/9/2016
Billingham v Solway 25/9/2016
Solway v Billingham 22/10/2016
Solway v Whitley 29/10/2016
Billingham v Solway 30/10/2016
Blackburn v Solway 26/11/2016
Solway v Billingham 14/1/2017
Solway v Whitley 21/1/2017
Blackburn v Solway 11/2/2017
Whitley v Solway 19/3/2017
Solway v Blackburn 25/3/2017

The full updated fixture list will be online later this weekend.  Details of further player signings will come over the weekend followed by information on 16/17 Season Ticket packages.

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