This Week 16th December

It has been a week in the UK where journeys have made all the headlines. Players making journeys home, team buses not making the journey and coaches wishing their team hadn’t made the journey.

2 out for the Devils: With the NHL seemingly on the brink of starting the 2012/13 season there has been a number of departures across Europe as players head back to North America in anticipation of an announcing. With Nottingham’s Anthony Stewart already heading home the Devils waved goodbye to Paul Bisonnette. The Phoenix Coyotes man had made quite an impact in the EIHL adding numerous goals to his reputation as a hard man. Also leaving the Devils the line up was Devin Didiomete. Both players will leave a lasting impression on the EIHL although you must feel that the social media antics of the later will mean that his impression is a rather sower one.

Edinburgh Capitals Streak it Hot: The often ridiculed Edinburgh Capitals have been winning over many this week as they followed last weekend’s victory over the Sheffield Steelers with a win in Nottingham. The Capitals have put many of their doubters to bed with by proving it isn’t all about the money. A lesson they hammered home to Panthers owner Neil Black with a win over his other team the Braehead Clan on Sunday night.

Steelers Not Going Anywhere: With players coming and going across the leagues the Sheffield Steelers found themselves going nowhere on Sunday morning. The team bus broke down on the long trip to Dundee leaving the team stranded and the game postponed.

Premier League Fixture Farce: The English Premier League iced just two games on Saturday as a gap in the fixture list left 8 teams sat at home. Despite this gap and the GB team taking Manchester Phoenix head coach Tony Hand to Latvia in February, the club, the league and the EIHA failed to reschedule any fixtures and leaves the title chasers facing two away games without a head coach and a player. It is again as if the governing body did not know that the national team would be playing in Olympic Qualification.

Nottingham Panthers Move 4 Clear: The Nottingham Panthers overcame a first period deficit to send a message to their opponents the Belfast Giants and the stranded Sheffile Steelers that they are eager to break the curse. A resounding 6 – 1 win for the Panthers moved them 4 points clear of the Belfast Giants who have a game in an hand but it will be the margin of the victory rather than the gap at the top that will please Neilson and the Panthers faithful. Heading into the Christmas period with a lead at the top is no bad thing and Corey Neilson will be drawing on this victory to spur his team on to the New Year.

 

Results

Elite League

Wednesday 12th December

Nottingham Panthers 1 Edinburgh Capitals 2

 

Friday 14th December

Belfast Giants 4 Cardiff Devils 1

 

Saturday 15th December

Sheffield Steelers 3 Dundee Stars 1

Cardiff Devils 5 Braehead Clan 1

Hull Stingrays 1 Nottingham Panthers 3

Coventry Blaze 6 Fife Flyers 3

 

Sunday 16th December

Nottingham Panthers 6 Belfast Giants 1

Dundee Stars P Sheffield Steelers P

Edinburgh Capitals 5  Braehead Clan 2

Fife Flyers  4 Cardiff Devils 2

 

English Premier League

Saturday 15th December

Guildford Flames 3 Bracknell Bees 2 APS
Slough Jets 2 Basingstoke Bison 6

 

Sunday 16th December

Sheffield Steeldogs 4 Basingstoke Bison 6

Peterborough Phantoms 5 Bracknell Bees 4

Milton Keynes Lightning 5 Slough Jets 4

Telford Tigers 2 Swindon Wildcats 3

 

 

 

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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