This Week 4th April
This week is the week we have all been waiting for. The big boys took to the ice for the final time as the EIHL and EPL playoffs took place.
Nottingham Panthers regained the playoff trophy with a 2-0 win over the Coventry Blaze.
Gobsmacked, shellshocked and catastrophic failure are some of the ways the Cardiff Devils fans described their sides performance in their semifinal on Saturday afternoon. The Blaze though were red hot scoring 4 first period goals as they looked to have the speed and accuracy the Devils were missing. The Blaze finished the game 6-2 winners. In the final they met the Nottingham Panthers who had a closer encounter with the Fife Flyers. The Panthers always looked on top but Fife did have there chances until Brad Moran grabbed the third and Mosey the fourth to win 4-1.
On Sunday the Devils won the who-cares-third-place-playoff 6-0. The final was a tight affair with Brad Stewart again shining bright but it was Schultz and Quick who sealed it for the Panthers.
The Flames made a double in the EPL winning the playoff crown at Coventry on Sunday.
Saturday was a tight and nervy day as league champions Basingstoke went down 2-1 after a penalty shoot out to the MK Lightning. The Flames were again on fine form in a repeat of the Cup final as they beat the Phantoms 4-1. The Flames carried that over into Sunday winning out racing into a 3-0 lead to beat the Lightning 6-2.
Dragons and Wild Warnings
Ahead of next weekends NIHL playoff finals in Sheffield the League Management Committee announced its findings from the Deeside – Widnes game. The game was marred by a dangerous hit to the head of Wild defenceman Lee Kemp which was somewhat missed by officials that prompted Scott Mackenzie to take his players of the ice for an early bath. The league has warned Deeside about their future conduct, issued a suspended fine to Widnes Wild and upgraded Alex Roberts penalty to a 3 game suspension.
Danny Stewart added his list to retirees this week. Stewart won 3 league titles, a challenge cup and knockout cup during his time in the UK and has been an integral part of the Fife Flyers since they joined the EIHL. Joining him Braehead goalie Chris Holt has announced he wont return.
IHUK Journalist Awards
The annual awards by the IHUK Journalist
The Phil Drackett Memorial Award for British Netminder of the Year: Ben Bowns (Cardiff Devils)
The Alan Weeks Trophy for British Defenceman of the Year: Ben Oâ€™Connor (Sheffield Steelers)
British Forward of the Year: David Clarke (Nottingham Panthers)
The Vic Batchelder Memorial Award for Young British U21s Player of the Year: Zach Sullivan (Braehead Clan)
Elite League Player of The Year: Joey Martin (Cardiff Devils)
Award for Coach of the Year: Paul Thompson (Sheffield Steelers)
All Star Teams
|Elite Ice Hockey League|
|First Team||Second Team|
|Ben Bowns (Cardiff Devils)||Goal||Chris Holt (Braehead Clan)|
|Andrew Hotham (Cardiff Devils)||Defence||Derrick Walser (Belfast Giants)|
|Jace Coyle (Sheffield Steelers)||Defence||Ben O Connor (Sheffield Steelers)|
|Tyler Mosienko (Sheffield Steelers)||Forward||Matt Keith (Braehead Clan)|
|Joey Martin (Cardiff Devils)||Forward||James Desmarais (Belfast Giants)|
|Juraj Kolnik (Nottingham Panthers)||Forward||Matt Sisca (Manchester Storm)|
|English Premier League|
|First Team||Second Team|
|Jon Baston (Basingstoke Bison)||Goal||Janis Auzins (Peterborough Phantoms)|
|Kurt Reynolds (Basingstoke Bison)||Defence||Stuart Mogg (Basingstoke Bison)|
|Leigh Jamieson (MK Lightning)||Defence||Kevin Phillips (Guildford Flames)|
|Tomas Karpov (Basingstoke Bison)||Forward||Rene Jarolin (Basingstoke Bison / MKL)|
|Ciaran Long (Basingstoke Bison)||Forward||Aaron Nell (Swindon Wildcats)|
|Arnoldas Bosas (Sheffield Steeldogs)||Forward||Craig Scott (Peterborough Phantoms)|
Best British Player: Ben Bowns
Best Netminder: Ben Bowns
Best Defenceman: Andrew Hotham
Leading Goal Scorer: Matt Sisca
Leading Points Total: Matt Sisca
Coach of the Year: Paul Thompson
Player of the Year: Joey Martin
All Star Teams
Ben Bowns , Andrew Hotham, Ben Oâ€™Connor, Tyler Mosienko, Joey Martin, Juraj Kolnik.
Brian Stewart, Paul Phillips, Derrick Walser, Mathieu Roy, Mathew Sisca and James Desmarais.