UK Round Up 27th October
It was a big night of action in the EIHL with the top two meeting in the Odyssey Arena for the second night in a row. With the Steelers taking Fridays match up comfortably the Giants needed to prove there was no European hang over. That the Giants did with clinical defensive display that forced the Steelers to 0 for 7 on the powerplay. Goals from Clarke, Towe and Roberts put the game away for the defending champions.
Looking to keep the pressure up on the top of table were the Nottingham Panthers who are looking to have found some form. They had 5 different scorers as they hit 5 goals for the second night in a row to defeat the Edinburgh Capitals.
Meanwhile early form side the Fife Flyers look to have lost their way somewhat. Despite taking a 3 â€“ 1 first period lead the Flyers powerplay went missing allowing seven attempts to go unpunished. That allowed the Stingrays back into the game and Sylvain Cloutier hit the winner with 4 minutes to play.
At the Skydome Arena it was a tense affair as the bitter rivalry between Blaze and the Devils continued fuelled by yet more comments on Twitter by Cardiff forward Devin Didiomete. Despite have much of the chances the Devils could only manage to take a 1 goal lead. That was overhauled as Guthrie and Schutte scored in the second period and the home side hung on.
In the premier league the big game of the night was at the Hanger as the third placed Slough Jets host table topping Manchester. In an end-to-end match up it was the Manchester side that showed their character to overhaul the Jets and remain top of the table.
Hot on their heels remains the Basingstoke Bison. The Bison beating the Swindon Wildcats whilst the Guildford Flames heaped the pressure on the Peterborough Phantoms with a home win. Another side remaining under pressure is the Sheffield Steeldogs as they lost to the Milton Keynes Lightning.
Returning to winning ways and showing that having a home rink does make a difference were the Telford Tigers. The Tigers winning on penalties at the Bracknell Bees.
Belfast Giants 3 Sheffield Steelers 0
Edinburgh Captials 0 Nottingham Panthers 5
Hull Stingrays 5 Fife Flyers 4
Coventry Blaze 2 Cardiff Devils 1
Slough Jets 5 Manchester Phoenix 7
Bracknell Bees 4 Telford Tigers 5 APS
Guildford Flames 5 Peterborough Phantoms 2
Milton Keynes Lightning 1 Sheffield Steeldogs 0
Swindon Wildcats 2 Basingstoke Bison 4