This Week: 13th January
This Week in British ice hockey has been all about the comeback, the upset and the title race.
The Return of the Campbell â€“ Versatile American forward Derek Campbell returned to the Elite League after starting the season with the Sheffield Steeldogs and a temporary stay with the Manchester Phoenix in the EPL. Campbell having previously iced in the EIHL with Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle and Hull joined up with the Coventry Blaze. His first act was a goal in their trip Belfast on Saturday.
As making a return to the Coventry Blaze was Bryan Jurynec. Jurynec was drafted in to patch up the Coventry bench and after some cajoling on twitter coach Paul Thompson announced that American hard guy was in fact playing for free and with borrowed kit.
Dundee Upset the Odds â€“ This weeks action on the ice got underway on Friday night as the Dundee Stars who had failed to win an away game against a top 5 team this season went to the Odyssey. But the Stars came from behind and an outstanding display from goalie Riopel gave them a win.
It is a tough loss for the Giants who lose ground on the Panthers in title race and now found themselves 6 points behind the NIC outfit. However the Panthers will be the next visitors to the O.Â
Ling the Lamp – Whilst the Giants needed a third period comeback and penalties to defeat the Coventry Blaze and the Sheffield Steelers were struggling in Fife the Panthers marched on. Hosting the Cardiff Devils on Saturday night veteran David Ling led Panthers in scoring becoming the second player this season to score 4 in a game.
Phoenix Rising in EPL Title Race â€“ After a difficult couple of weeks for the Manchester Phoenix they were once again rising. On Saturday night they put in an outstanding display to defeat then table topping Guildford 6 â€“ 1 in the Dome before dismantling bottom side Telford. With Basingstoke losing to Guildford in the Spectrum it was a set of results that saw the South Manchester side rise to within 2 points of the top of the table.
Up coming in the next week we will assessing the state of ice hockey in the northwest with the opening of the Widnes ice rink. All that leaves us with our picks for next weekâ€™s games. You can not look any further than the Nottingham Panthers matches ups against the Belfast Giants and the Sheffield Steelers. Theses games will have a massive affect on the outcome of the league title and are must win games for the Giants and the Steelers.