This Week 21st September
This week was a week for tight finishes, surprises, upsets and a pretty big mistake.
The Challenge Cup continued on Friday night as the Belfast Giants hosted the Edinburgh Capitals. The Caps looked set for a famous victory until Colin Shields levelled the tie with 8 minutes to play in regulation. After 60 minutes the referee called both sides off the ice in error. Whilst it was a mistake by the referee it seems odd that neither coach pressed the issue. The overtime was rectified on Saturday when the teams met for the second time with Beech scoring with 10 seconds remaining to give the Giants the win.
Saturday night did not have the same trivialities as the Giants beat the Caps 5-2 in regulation this time in the league. The game of the night though was in Cardiff. The Clan had taken the lead in the first but it was Cardiff who then took the lead 3 times only for the Clan to peg them back. Level after regulation Doucet hit winner for the Devils 27 seconds into Overtime.
Elsewhere on Saturday it was more travel pains for the Coventry Blaze as they lost 5-0 in Sheffield and Nottingham overcame some injury issues to win 7-2 over a spirited Manchester performance. Fife came out 5-2 winners over Dundee in Kirkcaldy.
The Devils were again involved an epic encounter on Sunday as they scored 3 times in the last 15 minutes to over turn a 6-4 deficit against the Manchester Storm. There was more drama north of border in the forth derby as the Capitals came back in the third to force overtime only for Cullen to win it for the Flyers.
Coventryâ€™s Jekyll and Hyde form continued as they shut out the Nottingham Panthers on home ice to get their Challenge Cup campaign off the mark.
The final result came as Dundee beat the Clan to round off the Challenge Cup weekend. That made their group as close as it could be with all 5 teams on 4 points.
Saturday night saw some surprising results as the Manchester Phoenix went down 6-2 in Basingstoke and the Steeldogs came out 5-4 winners in Milton Keynes.
The surprise continued on Sunday with the Steeldogs making it a 4 point weekend as they beat the inform Swindon Wildcats in Sheffield. The Tigers meanwhile backed up a win in Hull with a defeat to the Basingstoke Bison.