This Week 9th February

This week has been all who is in and who is out as changes across teams, positions and advantage took place across the leagues.

 

Stars Finally Strengthen

Dundee this week brought in American forward Kyle Gibbons. Gibbons had iced with Indy Fuel and Wichita Thunder in the ECHL already this season and made his debut in the 2-1 lose to the Blaze on Saturday.

 

Bees Feeling Left Out

What is supposed to be the highlight of the EPL season the playoff weekend has fell into a farce as the Bracknell Bees have not been allocated a block at the Skydome for their supports. The Bees had hoped to sell tickets and let their fans pick their seats but now will only be able to allocate tickets on a first come first served basis and will not be able to guarantee fans will be sitting together or indeed even sitting.

 

EIHL Title Race Not Getting Clearer

On Saturday night the title race looked to be clearer. Cardiff’s loss in Belfast on Friday night had left the Devils down in 5th place and perhaps out of the race. Sheffield’s win over Nottingham combined with the Clans win over Belfast on Saturday also gave them the advantage to go head to head with the Clan. Sunday though was a new day.

 

3 goals in the first 10 minutes for the Cardiff Devils set up the Devils to get back to winning ways over the Sheffield Steelers. That pulled the Devils up to 6 points behind the Clan and also takes away the Steelers edge over the Clan in the title race. There was more good news for the Clan as well as the Stingrays picked up the 2 points in Nottingham.

 

Tigers In Control of Cup Semi Final

With 9 minutes gone in the first leg of the English Challenge Cup semi final on Wednesday it was the Flames looking comfortable with a 3 goal lead and Tigers that may as well have remained on the bus. But Tigers are not top of the table for nothing and showed all their championship potential by not only coming back but winning the leg 4-3 and will take that back to Telford for the second leg.

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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