UK Round Up 20th November

Elite League 

With the Belfast Giants away in Germany for the IIHF Continental Cup it was a chance for the rest of the league to get make up some ground in the league.

The Sheffield Steelers certainly went after that with a dominating display in the Skydome Arena. With the leagues NHLers turning heads each week Tom Sistito continued to turn more. The Philadelphia Flyers forward may have an NHL reputation for picking a fight but he was once again on the score sheet after a minute. Steve Goertzen and Lee Esders added to that, as the Coventry Blaze had nothing to offer in return. The Steelers outshot the host 43 to 14.

In Braehead there was another NHLer setting the headings. Despite having the lead twice the Fife Flyers found themselves leave with the hosts going into the third period. Stepping up to the mark with 30 seconds to play was Red Wings Drew Miller who has ignited the Clan sign his signing.

The final game of the night was in Hull as they hosted the Dundee Stars. The Stingrays gained a first period lead after falling behind to a Bagron goal. Hull never relinquished that lead thanks to a brace from Janis Ozolins. The Stingrays were on the edge of their seat though as the Stars responded in third through Bagron and Maclean but could not hit the equaliser.

 

EPL

It was a fall compliment of games in the EPL for once and there was a big win for the Guildford Flames. After 2 winless weekends the Flames had tumbled down the league but they were back on top with a pleasing display against the poor starting Peterborough Phantoms.

One team not finding their form is the Sheffield Steeldogs. Despite being hotly picked for another good season the Steeldogs were out played, shot and hit against the Slough Jets. There were no such problems for the Bracknell Bees though as they managed to find another win picking up 2 points on penalties at Swindon.

Elsewhere the Basingstoke Bison got back on top of the Premier League table with a 3 – 1 victory over the Manchester Phoenix that may prove bigger at the end of the season. Telford also picked up a big win a Milton Keynes before the Tigers head back to Telford for their first home game.

 

Results

EIHL

Coventry Blaze 0 Sheffield Steelers 3

Hull Stingrays 4 Dundee Stars 3

Braehead Clan 4 Fife Flyers 3

 

EPL

Swindon Wildcats 4 Bracknell Bees 5 APS

Basingstoke Bison 3 Manchester Phoenix 1

Peterborough Phantoms 3 Guildford Flames 7

Milton Keynes Lightning 4 Telford Tigers 5

Sheffield Steeldogs 0 Slough Jets 5

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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