PREVIEW: Stars vs Swindon

In the NIHL, with both the cup and league competitions, there’s a lot difference between the sides who we know, and ones that we don’t. There’s some teams like Cardiff for example, who we haven’t played a match against and sides like Swindon, who we’ve already seen twice this season in the cup competition. With that in mind, you’d like Stars would have a solid understanding of the Wildcats heading into tomorrow’s game, but the truth is slightly more complicated than that.

The Wildcats have so far could be described as being inconsistent, but solidly improving. Starting this this season they went unbeaten in their first three league games, including an massive 5-3 win against Chelmsford, another young team that have improved this season.

But as quickly, as the Wildcats looked to be putting themselves in for as serious challenge up at the top of the table, they crashed to three defeats in four games including a 2-1 home defeat to Lee Valley Lions where ex-Oxford Shannon Taylor managed to talk his way into an ejecting after having a disagreement with the officials.

But after this, Swindon have rebounded and won their last two games in the league beating Peterborough 6-1 before beating the highly fancied London Haringey Racers in a 7-1 drubbing.

Leading the way this year for the Wildcats is 16 year old Glenn Billing, who signed for the Wildcats from Romford earlier on this season. Despite his young age, Billing is averaging over two points a game and is without a doubt one of the best young players in the entire National Ice Hockey League.

Elsewhere, Daniel Sullivan is having a standout season in the points, with 14 points from 8 games in the league, and the Swindon born player is certainly having a standout season.

For the Stars, they will be looking to make it five wins in a row and could go 2nd with a win, but with Chelmsford taking on Lee Valley, the Essex outfit could find themselves top of the league by 8pm tomorrow should they win at home. If Stars don’t win then 4th place Bristol could leapfrog the Stars with a win away at Basingstoke, also on Sunday evening.


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