This Week 3rd November
This week was not a good one for the bookmakers but it was very exciting on the ice for all.
Coventry Blaze Can Not Get A Break
Sometimes in hockey you just cannot get a break. After a pointless weekend last weekend that included a big shutout home defeat to the Cardiff Devils the Blaze woes continued on Wednesday. Reigning champions the Belfast Giants were in town and when it rains for the Blaze at the moment it pours. Equipment failure to star goalie Brad Stewart forced the Blaze into a goalie swap in the opening moments. In the ensuing 18 seconds that Conor Ranby was on the ice he faced 2 shots and let one in and it was downhill from there.
The Blaze though cannot blame the result on that issue though with poor discipline handing the Giants powerplay time and even conceding shorthanded to Cal Elfring whilst going 0 for 5 on their own powerplay. Boos rang out at the end of the game for the Blaze and Marc Lefebvre will now need to look at his side.
There was some relief on Sunday though as part owner Paul Thompson visited from Denmark to see the Blaze gain revenge with a 5-1 victory over the Giants
The Belfast Giants look to have saved the best till last with their signings. Stanley Cup winner with the LA Kings in 2012 Kevin Westgarth brings a wealth of experience to the Giants forward line and could give the reigning champions the edge.
Local Boy Turns Good For Steelers
After signing a short term contract with the Sheffield Steelers Ben Oâ€™Connor has penned a three year deal with the side. After returning from Kazakhstan Oâ€™Connor had initially hoped to sign in Europe but has now inked a long term deal with the Steelers.
Sunday Night Frights
Haloween may have been on Friday but it was Sunday that was shocking night for the EIHL. Struggling Dundee recorded a 4-2 victory over the Steelers on the back of some great goaltending, Marc Cheverie stopping 45 shots as the Stars scored 4 times in 29 attempts. Meanwhile the Giants that had looked so convincing in Coventry on Tuesday where blown away 5-1 and league leading Braehead were demolished by Hull thanks to 3 goals in the first period and 2 in 33 seconds from Calle Tanaka.
Hoog Is Back
Long term favourite in the Wildcats lure. Jonas Hoog has returned to the side this week after a spell with Haninge Anchors in his native Sweden. It could be the boost the Wildcats need with the forward once again hooking up with Aaron Nell and could find the form that named him EPL player of the year in 2013.