This Week 12th October 2015

New Swindon Signing Carlo Finucci

New Swindon Signing Carlo Finucci

This Week was one that made you go what! Or pardon! or Say again. There were lots of goals, first victories for sides and records. That is not to mention signings, DOPS and rink improvements.

Wildcats Find Replacement

Swindon have moved quickly to replenish their squad by signing Carlo Finucci. The 28 year old Canadian joins after registering a point a game with Danish side Rungsted last season.

Big Bad Belfast

This season the Belfast Giants are quickly getting a reputation for the bad behaviour. This week Mitch Ganzak was in hot bother for a Abuse of Official following the Giants lose in Sheffield.

Goals Goals Goals

It was a scoreline that made you look twice. Coventry 8 Belfast 10. Belfast’s visit to Skydome might have featured two of the standout goalies of recent times but it was the second highest scoring game in EIHL history. Perhaps we should have expected goals with this game being the tenth occasion that the tie has hit double figures for goals scored.

Ice Dome to Get Face Lift

The project to develop the area around the Altrincham Ice Dome this week took a step forward with developer Eric Wright Construction being awarded the contract. The latest in a long line of the changes to project will see offices, shops and flats around the rink as well as a new entrance to the rink.

Olympic Qualification Gets Underway

The road to Korea is long and got underway this weekend. Bulgaria who competed in 1976 beat Georgia 9-1 in Sofia. GB will begin their attempt to qualify in Italy in February.

EIHL

The EIHL action started on Friday night with the Clan making a move towards Challenge Cup qualification. They defeated the Fife Flyers 5-3 in Renfrew to go top of their group. However the Clan are still 1 point away from qualification with 2 points separating all 5 teams in the group. In Group B Sheffield’s win over Nottingham moves them into the next round.

Coventry Blaze have been under pressure after an awful start to their away campaign. However that could be about to change with the Blaze taking 2 points in Belfast on Saturday night. On Sunday it was Belfast that got their revenge in a 10-8 victory.

Cardiff head to the top of table by handing the Steelers their first league defeat. Whilst Edinburgh’s win over Manchester lifts them up into mid table in what is still a close league table at the bottom.

EPL

Telford’s troubled run continued on Saturday night as they went down 2-1 to the Guildford Flames. With wins for Peterborough and Basingstoke on Saturday the defending champions ended Saturday 8 points adrift of the leaders. The Tigers did return on Sunday beating the inform Swindon Wildcats 3-2 in overtime.

The most dramatic game of the weekend was arguably between 2 of the top 3 in the EPL with Peterborough equalising in the last second only to win it on penalties. That kept the Phantoms at the top of the table level with the Lightning and a point ahead of Basingstoke.

Sunday was a big moment for the Hull Pirates. They picked up their first win with an overtime snipe from Tait to beat the injury hit Manchester Phoenix in Deeside.

NIHL

A special mention this week goes to the Bradford Bulldogs who got their first win since returning to the NIHL by beating the Coventry Blaze 5-2 on Saturday evening.

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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