NIHL NATIONAL WEEKLY ROUNDUP

NIHL NATIONAL WEEKLY ROUNDUP

We take a look at the scores from around the league as another weekend in the NIHL National comes to an end. 

Saturday

The Raiders picked up a win on the road, beating the Hull Pirates 2-1. Blaho Novak and Lukas Sladovsky put the Raiders two ahead, before former Phantom Sam Towner got one back for the hosts. But the Raiders held on for the win, with goalie Michael Gray making an impressive 44 saves from 45 shots. 

Swindon Wildcats collected their second consecutive 5-0 home win after, following up their win over the Phantoms with a victory over the Bracknell Bees. Eddie Bebris and Tomasz Malasinski both posted a goal and two assists each, whilst Renny Marr picked up his second home shut-out in a row. 

The Basingstoke Bison bounced back from last Sunday’s 5-1 defeat to the Phantoms by beating Slava Koulikov’s side 5-2 on home ice. Petr Stepanek and Nathan Pollard scored the Phantoms goals, but a brace from George Norcliffe, alongside strikes from Richard Bordowski, Ashley Tait and Alex Sampford, saw the Bison take the two points. 

The Sheffield Steeldogs capitalised on the MK Lightning’s short bench to claim a comfortable road win. The Lightning were forced to ice just 13 skaters due to injury problems. Vladimir Luka scored twice on the way to a 5-0 win for Ben Morgan’s table topping side. 

Sunday

The Steeldogs completed a four-point weekend with a 4-3 home win against the Basingstoke Bison. Vladimir Luka scored his second consecutive brace, taking his goal tally for the weekend to four. 

The Raiders completed an impressive four-point weekend with a 5-4 win against Aaron Nell’s Swindon Wildcats. Blaho Novak and Lukas Sladovsky were the heroes once again for their side, with the latter scoring the game winning goal. The game also saw former Phantom Mason Webster drop the gloves with Cats defenceman, Tyler Plews. 

Phantoms bounced back to claim a victory in their first ever meeting with the Leeds Chiefs. Glenn Billing, Conor Pollard, Martins Susters and Petr Stepanek scored the Phantoms goals, whilst Richard Bentham and Adam Barnes netted for the visitors. 

Robin Kovar netted twice for the Bracknell Bees on Sunday night, but they needed penalty shots to claim victory over the MK Lightning. The game was tied at 3-3 after overtime, but Kovar found the net in the shootout to hand his side the extra point. 

The Telford Tigers claimed a victory in their only game of the weekend by beating the Hull Pirates 6-5. The Pirates outshot the Tigers 44-23, but it was Tom Watkins’ side who ran out victorious. Experienced forward Scott McKenzie scored two of the Tigers goals, whilst Olegs Sislannikovs netted twice for the Pirates. 

The League Table

The Sheffield Steeldogs sit top of the table with five wins from their opening six games, two points ahead of Telford and Swindon. 

Following the top three are five teams who are all on six points. The Raiders have jumped up from 8th to 4th after their four-point weekend. Phantoms sit fifth in the table with three wins and three losses so far this term. 

The Hull Pirates are down to 8th, with MK Lightning in 9th. Propping up the table are the Leeds Chiefs, who are yet to pick up their first point of the season.