This Week: 30th December

The Christmas week has been as hectic as always but has also hit controversial heights.

Kelsey Wilson Ban – Elite League bans had been getting clearer since Simon Kirkham took over as head of discipline. Many decision have been made and whilst not every one has agreed with them most people have been able to see where Kirkham was coming from. However for the following footage taken from the Panthers match against Sheffield on Thursday Wilson was awarded a 3 game ban.

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Perhaps Kirkham needs to lay off the sherry this New Year.

Goals Goals Goals – Thursday night saw 7 games across the EIHL and EPL. In total there were 59 goals across the games. That included 13 in Sheffield and 12 in Manchester as well as 2 games that finished 6 – 3, a 6-2 finish and a 4 – 3 overtime decision. The final game was a 1 – 0 in Hull.

Nottingham Panthers – After beating league title rivals Belfast, Coventry and Sheffield in their two previous games the last thing people predicted was a rout by the Sheffield. Thursday reversal of the Boxing night classic saw the Panthers go to piece. After a tight start to the game in which the score was tied at 1 with 15 minutes played the Panthers could not keep up as the game opened up. The Panthers went on to concede 9 goals. However the sign of a good team is in how they respond to such defeats. After putting 7 past Fife and 8 past Coventry the Panthers showed why they are now the favourites to lift the Elite League title for the first time. An 8 – 1 drumming of the Dundee Stars may not have totally satisfied the NIC faithful but it couldn’t have helped.

Widnes Ice Rink Underconstruction

Widnes Ice Rink Underconstruction

 

Watch This Space – After years of speculation, planning, bankruptcy, takeovers, bad weather and postponements Britain’s newest rink has finally opened for business. Widnes ice rink has a full sized ice pad and the Cheshire industrial town is could be on the ice hockey map as early as next season.

 

Results

Elite League

Wednesday 26th December

Nottingham Panthers 3 Sheffield Steelers 2 APS

Cardiff Devils 1 Coventry Blaze 4

 

Thursday 27th December

Sheffield Steelers 9 Nottingham Panthers 4

Fife Flyers 6 Dundee Stars 3

Hull Stingrays 1 Edinburgh Capitals 0

Coventry Blaze 3 Cardiff Devils 6

Belfast Giants 4 Braehead Clan 3 AOT

 

Saturday 29th December

Belfast Giants 5 Hull Stingrays 4

Nottingham Panthers 8 Dundee Stars 1

Braehead Clan 3 Edinburgh Capitals 4

 

Sunday 30th December

Sheffield Steelers 3 Coventry Blaze 2 AOT

Dundee Stars 4 Cardiff Devils 2

Fife Flyers 2 Braehead Clan 3 APS

 

Challenge Cup ¼ Final

Belfast Giants 5 Hull Stingrays 4

 

English Premier League

Wednesday 26th December

Basingstoke Bison 2 Sheffield Steeldogs 3

Swindon Wildcats 7 Peterborough Phantoms 3

 

Thursday 27th December

Manchester Phoenix 10 Telford Tigers 2

Milton Keynes Lightning 6 Bracknell Bees 2

 

Friday 28th December

Swindon Wildcats 5 Guildford Flames 7

 

Saturday 29th December

Sheffield Steeldogs 8 Manchester Phoenix 4

Milton Keynes Lightning 4 Basingstoke Bison 3 APS

Bracknell Bees 7 Telford Tigers 2

 

Sunday 30th December

Manchester Phoenix 6 Bracknell Bees 3

Telford Tigers 1 Guildford Flames 4

Peterborough Phantoms 7 Milton Keynes Lightning 4

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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