This Week 26th January
This week has been both bad and good for some depending on which team you support.
Challenge Cup Semi Finals Set
The first semi final was set some time ago and so it was thought the second one. Braeheadâ€™s win in Coventry had set the Clan up for a formality on home ice in the second leg but the Blaze produced the shock of the cup. It was the British core of Venus, Tait and Griffin that turned the tie around. It was 3-1 Blaze after 60 minutes that gave the Blaze a first victory in Renfrew but it also set up overtime and then penalties. Jerome Tendler and Ben Arnt sealing a semi final with the Cardiff Devils.
Clan Chances Looking Up
The Braehead Clanâ€™s league hopes took another turn for the better on Friday night and this time without playing a match. The Nottingham Panthers win in Belfast halted the Giants progress in recent weeks. A win on Saturday was most welcome too but a defeat in Nottingham on Sunday perhaps shows that the Clan have some way to go to be installed as the outright favourite.
It was not all bad though with a loss for the Cardiff Devils on home ice on Sunday and it could have been even better. In the game of the night the Fife Flyers edged out the Belfast Giants on penalties in a yo-yo game that saw 5 changes in the lead.
Blaze Win Crucial Match Up
Coventry may be becoming a team a last as on Sunday night with their backs against the wall trailing 1-0 to bottom side Dundee the Blaze fought back to lift themselves clear of the Stars. There is still long way to go but the Blaze could sneak a playoff place.
Wildcats Look to Strengthen After Shock Exit
The Swindon Wildcats were shocked this week with the news that import Henri Sandvik has left the club. However Ryan Aldridge has made a fantastic signed this late in the season in Tomas Kana. Kana arrives having iced 6 games with the Colombus Blue Jackets in the NHL as well as with Springfield and Syracuse.
Ice hockey in Ireland actually has a long history but recent times it has fell on hard times most because of the lack of a permanent rink in the republic. A petition now has been started to get public funding for a new rink and we would urge everyone to sign it. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/national-ice-arena-for-ireland
Hawks Announce 25th Anniversary Game
The Blackburn Hawks this year celebrate 25 years in the sport. To celebrate a special game will take place at the Blackburn Arena feature players past and present including Bobby Haig and Steve Moria.