This Week 16th November

CT3ZxTGWcAQZcdyThis week has been remarkable. The action on ice though takes a back seat as we remember those in Paris and it was amazing to see teams and more so the fans pay their respects.

Change of Goalie in Hull

This week Dominic Osman brought back Hull goaltending favourite Martins Raitums to the Pirates after spells in Kazakhstan and Romania. Though the Hull coach seemed to think Raitums may have been at higher level referring to the Kazakh league as the KHL.

Compensation For Steelers Fans

This week Steelers owner and EIHL Chairman Tony Smith caused controversy in the EIHL board meeting in negotiating a £100 compensation package for those fans that travelled and attempting to claim 2 league points for the Steelers following the cancellation of their game in Belfast.

16 Goal Stalemate Gives Brad his Day

It was an incredible night in Braehead when the Steelers game in. There were 16 goals and 5 changes of the lead before a Chris Lawrence (who else) scored the winning penalty shot for the Steelers. However the scoreline was one thing but the real story is young British goalie Brad Day. Having taking over from Tyler Plante when he was injured in the game against Cardiff and back stopping the cup game with Manchester was passed over for the start in favour of new cover signing Marek Pinc. But Day entered Saturdays game with 7 minutes remaining and kept a clean sheet and only allowed 1 goal in the shootout. It was a performance finally got him the start against the Nottingham Panthers even if it did only last 30 minutes.

Elite League

The Cardiff Devils sounded out their credentials as title contender as they beat the Belfast Giants at home on Saturday and producing a dominating display over the Manchester Storm to leapfrog the Giants and move up to second place on same place as the Nottingham Panthers. The Panthers also producing 2 dominating displays over the Blaze and the Steelers to take to the summit of the table.

At the foot of the table there were important wins for the Manchester Storm and Coventry Blaze to keep them in touch with the playoff places.

Premier League

It was not a good weekend for the MK Lightning. An over time loss to the Guildford Flames on Saturday was backed up by a loss to the Bracknell Bees on Sunday. There loss though is the Peterborough Phantoms gain. 2 points in their only game over the Steeldogs brings them back level on points with the Bison. The Bison were the suffers of a shock defeat to the Hull Pirates in regulation. It was the new Hull’s side first win in regulation.

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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