This Week 24th November

This week saw some comings and goings as well as the action on the ice in a difficult week for some clubs.

 

Blaze Part Company with Lefebrve

This season was not how it was meant to be for the Coventry Blaze. Paul Thompson’s legacy as coach was a memory and Marc Lefebrve was the man to take over after Matt Soderstrom’s doomed spell in charge. Lefebrve though has not found the winning feeling in the Blaze dressing room and left the club this week.

Coaching duties at the weekend fell to Steven Goertzen (for the second time in his EIHL career) and veteran Mike Egener. It was not a good start with a heavy home defeat to Cardiff on Saturday but Goertzen led the way on Sunday with 2 goals as the Blaze pick up a point.

 

Giant Continental Adventure

Belfast’s European adventure will not continue into the new year. The Giants secured a 2 wins in the semi final but missed out on qualifying for the Superfinal by a single goal. It was a tense Sunday though as the results over weekend left the Giants needing a win over Polish Champions HK Sanok; Adam Keefe sealed that 5-3 in the last seconds with an empty net goal. That left the Giants needing anything but a 1 goal win by Belarus’ Grodno over hosts Angers. Angers where already through but neutralised the third period.

Grodno and Angers will be joined by Kazakh side Yertis Pavlodar and German outfit Fischtown Penguine Bremerhaven at a venue to be announced on 9th – 11th January.

 

Steelers Lay A Marker

The Sheffield Steelers faced a defining point in the title race. On Friday and Saturday they faced the Braehead Clan in Renfrewshire. A 2-0 win on Friday moved the Steelers to the top of table ahead of the Clan. It was a marker that does outline the Steelers creditials as a championship contender.

You can not rule out the Clan yet though. They have been good so far and a win on Saturday over the Steelers more than keeps them as possible contenders. What could be telling is that the Steelers will not visit the Braehead Arena again in the league this season.

 

Devils Sneaking Under Radar

The Cardiff Devils have been unassuming this season. However this past week they have lit up the eyes of the EIHL. A 8-3 win on Saturday over the Blaze was followed by a 10-0 demolition of the previously inform Edinburgh Capitals. The challenge and proof will be if the Devils can carry the form into their next game against Braehead.

 

Buffalo Snowed In

We don’t often feature the NHL in this article but the snow in Buffalo gave an exception. Sabres Patrick Kaleta was forced to miss Tuesday’s game as he was snowed in and it was recorded officially on the game sheet.

 

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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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