This Week 7th December

thisweek1Financial Woes

Two Red Hockey investments have now appealed to the fans for help in raising funds. Bracknell’s woes made headlines last week whilst Manchester Phoenix have now launched their own appeal. Red Hockey’s Wayne Scholes who owns a third of the Manchester club is also looking to sell his shares back to club in order to raise funds. To make matters worse for the Manchester side that supports bus was then late to the pick up point.

Lukacevic Signs for Caps

Edinburgh have been much improved this season and now have signed one of Coventry’s top men from last season Ned Lukacevic. Lukacevic has posted 122 points in 115 games for the Blaze but has been one of those criticised by coach Chuck Weber during their difficult start to the season.

Pinc to Stay Till New Year

Marek Pinc will remain with the Sheffield Steelers until the New Year as the Steelers are still waiting on the return of Tyler Plante. Pinc has been in for some criticism since arriving but has improved in recent games.

Elite League

Coventry’s good run of form continued on Saturday as they rallied behind goaltender Brian Stewart to a 2-0 win over the Sheffield Steelers. Stewart was again on fine form on Sunday but it was the Manchester Storm who restored their 3 point lead off the bottom spot. The Storm still remain a point of the playoff place thanks to Fife’s win over Dundee on Saturday but a loss to the Steelers on Sunday.

At the top of the table Sheffield moved up to third spot. Cardiff meanwhile jump a point ahead of the Nottingham Panthers thanks to 4 points from 6 on a Scottish road trip and the Panthers splitting their games in Belfast.

English Premier League

It was all change at the top of the EPL table this weekend as results game in. MK Lightning briefly hit the summit on Sunday night thanks to a win over Hull and Peterborough’s slip up to the Swindon Wildcats. That brief stay at the top was spoilt by the Bison who defeated the Manchester Phoenix to make it a 4 point weekend.

Swindon’s four point weekend elevates them into the top 4 and just 3 points off the summit. Manchester’s record of just 1 win in the last 6 matches see’s them drop to 8th place.

National League

In the National League Blackburn’s unbeaten record finally came to an end as they lost to Whitley Bay. Coming off a tie to Sutton last week the Hawks have gone from a winning run that has last since the start of last season to winless in 2 games and been replaced at the top of the table by the Warriors.

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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