This Week – 2nd December

This week we at the Altrincham Ice Dome in south Manchester as the Phoenix host the Jets. The temporary which is now into its seventh year is looking as permanent as ever but with the recent player – fan incidents at Cardiff’s similar rink it was interesting to note the addition of a temporary barrier to deny fans access to a stairway which leads close to where the players come off the ice.

The Phoenix had lost their last 3 and were 6 points behind EPL leaders Basingstoke. It was clear that Tony Hand was keen to stop the rot as he clocked up regular ice time. Despite this and having the most of the puck possession the Phoenix struggled to create shots and ultimately 2 lucky bounces and good finish allowed the Jets into the game and pick up the extra point in the shootout.

Elsewhere it was a busy week as teams juggled new personal and the EIHL’s infamous disciplinary committee went to work again.

More in at the Clan – The Clan began the week by adding two new signings. Forward Jesse Schultz is added whilst the Clan also add Nottingham Panthers defenseman Martin Tuma on a two week trail. Conspiracy theorists though should note that Tuma was missing from the Panthers line up for their trip to Belfast on Friday night but was injured in the Clan’s first match against the Hull Stingrays.

The Sheffield Steeldogs completed their rejig of their lineup with the signing of Lubomir Korhon. The Czech forward joined the Steeldogs for the weekend defeats to Slough and Bracknell.

No More Penalties – Devin Didiomete avoid yet more time on the pine after the EIHL disciplinary committee chose to downgrade his match penalty to 5 plus game for misconduct. However the twitter star did not make mention the decision or thank the committee with whom he is surely on first name terms with by now.

It wasn’t quite a penalty free week for the disciplinary committee as Coventry Blaze coach Paul Thompson picked up a fine for comments made to fans during their match with Cardiff Devils on Sunday night.

Richardson back with the Devils – After moving to Kazakhstan during the off season Mark Richardson has returned to the Devils. The GB international had impressed for VHL side Arlan Kokshetau but returns to the welsh capital for family reasons. No with only GB internationals Robert Dowd and Ben O’Connor plying their trade on the continent the EIHL has made no statement over the import quota.

This Week On Twitter – This week on twitter in a change to the Devin Didiomete show it was the Sheffield Steelers fans making the headlines. Several voiced their distain and called for head coach Ryan Finnerty to be sacked following the Steelers home defeat to the Cardiff Devils. That opinion continued into Sunday with fans suggesting that Finnerty should leave immediately should the team lose in Cardiff, as they could not afford to lose more ground in the league. That was until voice of Steelers Dave Simms pointed out that Sunday’s match up was in fact in the Challenge Cup for which Sheffield has already qualified for the semi-finals.

 

Results

Elite League

Wednesday 28th November

Coventry Blaze 5 Edinburgh Capitals 2

Thursday 29th November

Hull Stingrays 2 Braehead Clan 7

Friday 30th November

Belfast Giants 2 Nottingham Panthers 3 APS

Saturday 1st December

Braehead Clan 4 Hull Stingray 3

Sheffield Steelers 2 Cardiff Devils 3

Dundee Stars 4 Coventry Blaze 3 APS

Sunday 2nd December

Coventry Blaze 5 Braehead Clan 1

Nottingham Panthers 5 Dundee Stars 1

Edinburgh Capitals 6 Hull Stingrays 2

Challenge Cup

Cardiff Devils 7 Sheffield Steelers 6 APS

 

English Premier League

Saturday 1st December

Basingstoke Bison 5 Manchester Phoenix 2

Slough Jets 2 Sheffield Steeldogs 1

Milton Keynes Lightning 9 Telford Tigers 0

Guildford Flames 4 Peterborough Phantoms 3

Sunday 2nd December

Manchester Phoenix 3 Slough Jets 4 APS

Peterborough Phantoms 6 Basingstoke Bison 3

Telford Tigers 1 Guildford Flames 4

Bracknell Bees 5 Sheffield Steeldogs 1

Swindon Wildcats 2 Milton Keynes Lightning 5

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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