This Week 23rd March

This week it all came to a head as the EIHL and EPL seasons came to a close.

 

Sheffield Steelers Crowned Champions

The Sheffield Steelers took the 2015 EIHL crown in a dramatic 2 games over the weekend. On Friday night Sheffield went to Nottingham and the arch rivals were not for handing the advantage to the Steelers. Panthers went into a 2 goal lead before being pegged back to 2-2. A scramble in front of the Panthers goal lead to Roy poking home the winner with 13 seconds left in OT.

Not for doing it the easy way the Steelers again had to come from behind on Saturday against fellow chasers Cardiff. A Steelers win would be enough for them to take the title but the Devils scored first through Hudson. Dowd then equalised in the second before Jeff Legue, scorned in the summer, netted mid way through the third to win the title.

 

Panthers claim Erhardt Title

The Nottingham Panthers took the Erhardt title on Saturday night with the Cardiff Devils loosing in Sheffield.

 

Clan Make CHL Birth

The Braehead Clan secured second place in the EIHL and a spot in the CHL next season with a nailbaiting victory over the Fife Flyers. With Cardiff winning in the BBT the Clan needed to win their game. It was Stefan Meyer’s third period goal that edged for the Clan to send them to CHL in August.

 

Tigers Make it a Double

The Telford Tigers made it a double of trophies on Thursday night by lifting the British Challenge Cup. The Tigers defeating the Manchester Phoenix to make it 2 trophies from 2 this year and keep the grand slam alive.

 

Flames extinguished by Ice Problems

The end of the EPL season has been somewhat stinted by the game between the Flames and the Tigers on Saturday being abandoned with the Tigers leading 2-1. A crack in the ice could not be repaired and the decision was made to end the game. With the teams places for the playoffs already set it is unlikely the game will be replayed.

 

Playoff Brackets Set

Next weekend is the playoff quarterfinals for both the EIHL and the EPL. The match ups are.

 

EIHL

Cardiff Devils – Belfast Giants

Nottingham Panthers – Coventry Blaze

Braehead Clan – Hull Stingrays

Sheffield Steelers – Fife Flyers

 

EPL

Telford Tigers – Sheffield Steeldogs

Guildford Flames – MK Lightning

Basingstoke Bison – Manchester Phoenix

Swindon Wildcats – Peterborough Phantoms

 

Ryde Arena Given Temporary Reprieve

The fate of the Ryde Arena on the Isle of Wight is still in the balance but it will be open for 3 more weeks before the final decision is made.

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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