This Week 23rd September
This week discipline matters hit the headlines across the leagues but it was the results as well that caught the eyes.
Watt and Sharp Still await fate
Slough Jets Ryan Watt and Guildford Flames Andrew Sharp both missed their teams games this week as the EIHA disciplinary panel failed to come to a decision. Watt and Sharp were both handed match penalties for their involvement in a brawl last weekend. It was during the brawl that Sharp is filmed kicking out at a Jets player on the ice.
Dundee Still On Top
The Dundee stars again made headlines for their early season play. A first trip to one of last seasons top 3 came up with a defeat but after averaging less than 2 goals a game against the Giants in all meetings the Stars hit home 3. The Stars lead at the top was extending on Saturday night though as they routed the Cardiff Devils 7-0.
Deja Vu for Hand
It was a case of Deja Vu for Tony Hand as the Manchester Phoenix player coach scored from inside his own half during his sides away game in Slough. Hand also scored from inside his own half of the ice in the same fixture last season. The Phoenix won the game and held on on home ice for the 4 point weekend and maintained their 100% record.
Doug Christiansenâ€™s reign as the head coach of the Sheffield Steelers has not had the best start. On the opening weekend his side lost the home opener to rivals the Nottingham Panthers. The Panthers on Saturday night did the cup double with a win in the NIC. Aside from those defeats in the league the Steelers lost in Scotland to the Dundee Stars and on Sunday at home on penalties to the Braehead Clan. That leaves the Steelers with just 1 league win and 1 cup win this season.
Nottingham Panthers 2014 Champions?
The conspiracy theorists of the EIHL crawled out this week as the EIHL press release previewing the Continental Cup labelled the Panthers as the 2014 Champions.
Next weeks EIHL sees the Belfast Ginats head to the NIC for the first time but also look out for the Dundee Stars. Their fine start to the season will be under threat as they head south to face the Blaze. A win in the Skydome could be sign of where they could finish come March.
In the EPL the Milton Keynes Lightning and the Basingstoke Bison meet in back to back games. The Bison have started with a 3-1 record but both sides will want wins to signal their intent in the league. But Sheffield and Telford on Sunday is also a key game early in the season that come April could decide who is in a playoff spot.
Finally in the NIHL watch out for the Midlands clash in the Laidler Conference. The Nottingham Lions and the Coventry Blaze meet for the second time in 2 weeks. The Blaze comfortable winners on the last occasion.