This Week – 25th November

With the Christmas rush now on it was another busy week off ice in UK ice hockey.

Out With Old, Tis the Season – With the busy Christmas period for many clubs now approaching coaches in the EIHL have been adding manpower to their rosters. Sheffield started the signing rush off with Simon Ferguson. Ferguson comes after 225 AHL games and with reputation for the tough play. The Canadian started the year in the Austrian league with Olympia Ljubljana but only lasted 10 games. Ferguson is expected in Sheffield in around 10 days. The Steelers are not the only ones as Edinburgh add former University of Alaska versatile two way forward Curtis Leinweber. The Stars also announced a new signing prior to their game against the Steelers in American Danny Markowitz. The former Alaska Aces blueliner comes in on a 6 week trial as cover for Doug Krantz but coach Jeff Hutchins hinted that Markowitz could be added full time.

Didiomete Centre of Attention – Never far from the headlines and back in the Cardiff Devils line up Devin Didiomete was once again centre of attention. The return to the Big Blue Tent of the Coventry Blaze was always going to be a tense affair but with less than a minute on the clock Didiomete collected another match penalty for excessive roughness. As with all match penalties it will be reviewed by the league within the next 48 hours. But with the Devils currently fourth in the Elite League table shouldn’t the Cardiff faithful be asking where would they be without Didiomete’s antics and subsequent bans?

Bison Set The Pace – It has taken nearly three months of the EPL season but the Basingstoke Bison can now be declared the early frontrunners. The Hampshire outfit that recruit former Great Britain internationals Stevie Lyle and Greg Wood in the summer now have a 4 point lead at the top after a weekend in which top spot rivals the Manchester Phoenix failed to pick up a point.

 

Results

Elite League

Wednesday 21st November

Sheffield Steelers 5 Dundee Stars 4 OT

 

Saturday 24th November

Belfast Giants 9 Edinburgh Capitals 1

Nottingham Panthers 5 Cardiff Devils 0

Coventry Blaze 6 Dundee Stars 0

Braehead Clan 2 Sheffield Steelers 7

Fife Flyers 3 Hull Stingrays 2 APS

 

Sunday 25th November

Cardiff Devils  5 Coventry Blaze 2

Edinburgh Capitals 2 Sheffield Steelers 3

Hull Stingrays 6 Braehead Clan 4

 

English Premier League

Saturday 24th November

Swindon Wildcats 4 Manchester Phoenix 2

Guildford Flames 3 Telford Tigers 1

Basingstoke Bison 5 Bracknell Bees 2

Slough Jets 3 Peterborough Phantoms 1

Milton Keynes 4 Sheffield Steeldogs 2

 

Sunday 25th November

Manchester Phoenix 3 Basingstoke Bison 4

Peterborough Phantoms 2 Slough Jets 3

Bracknell Bees 4 Milton Keynes Lightning 2

Telford Tigers 1 Sheffield Steeldogs 3

 

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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