In a weekend which saw the Phantoms register their first four-point weekend of the season, we take a look around the rest of the results from the NIHL National.
Swindon Wildcats 6-3 Hull Pirates
The Wildcats came out on top in a high scoring affair with the Hull Pirates. The game was tied at 2-2 within the opening five minutes of the first period and 3-3 after just 12 minutes. Aaron Nell netted a hat-trick as his side pulled away in the second and third periods to secure the win at the Link Centre.
Basingstoke Bison 4-2 Raiders
Goals from Michal Klejna, Ryan Sutton, Tom Ralph and Adam Jones were enough to see off the Raiders. The Raiders paid the price for spending time in the penalty box, with three of the Bison goals coming on the powerplay, all in the space of seven minutes.
Milton Keynes Lightning 2-5 Telford Tigers
The Tigers continued their good early season form with a win over the MK Lightning on Saturday night. Brandon Whistle registered a goal and an assist on his Tigers debut, whilst former Phantom Harry Ferguson went toe-to-toe with Tigers forward, Andy McKinney.
Sheffield Steeldogs 1-4 Peterborough Phantoms
The Phantoms collected their first away win of the year with a 4-1 victory over the Sheffield Steeldogs. Jarvis Hunt got the Phantoms off to the best possible start with a goal after 2:11, before Glenn Billing, Martins Susters and Petr Stepanek struck further goals. Ash Calvert scored the consolation for the Dogs who suffered their second defeat of the season.
Raiders 0-4 Leeds Chiefs
It was a momentous day for the Leeds Chiefs on Sunday night, when they won their first ever game after their creation in the summer. Adam Barnes netted twice, whilst James Archer added the other two goals for Sam Zajac’s side.
Hull Pirates 7-8 Sheffield Steeldogs
The Pirates and Steeldogs defences threw caution to the wind on Sunday night as they shared 15 goals. Lee Bonner scored four of the Pirates goals, whilst Olegs Sislannikovs netted two. But it was the Dogs who claimed the victory thanks to Nathan Salem, who scored the 15th and final goal with just over five minutes to play.
Peterborough Phantoms 4-0 Milton Keynes Lightning
Slava Koulikov and his side picked up their first four-point weekend of the year with a commanding victory over the MK Lightning. Ales Padelek scored twice, with Petr Stepanek and Martins Susters scoring the other goals. MKL goalie Brandon Stones picked up the man of the match award for his side after making 52 saves from 56 shots.
Bracknell Bees 1-2 Swindon Wildcats
Bracknell managed to claim a point from their game with the Wildcats, despite being heavily outshot by Aaron Nell’s side. Eddie Bebris gave the Cats the lead, but Roman Malinik equalised with just under two minutes to play in the game. Nell was the hero for his side, netting in the first minute of overtime to ensure a four-point weekend for the Cats.
Telford Tigers 3-2 Basingstoke Bison
Telford secured another four-point weekend with a narrow victory over the Basingstoke Bison. Ashley Tait’s side fought back twice and were within touching distance of at least a point on the road, but Ross Kennedy struck with 30 seconds to play to hand the Tigers the points.
Telford lead the way after week four of the NIHL National. Tom Watkins’ side have won six of their seven games and have a game in hand on Swindon and Sheffield.
Swindon and Sheffield also have 12 points, but currently sit behind the Tigers in the standings.
Phantoms’ four-point weekend has seen them move on to ten points, two points behind the three teams above them.
Basingstoke are fifth, with Bracknell in sixth. Raiders are seventh, level on points with the Hull Pirates, who suffered another pointless weekend.
Leeds are now only a point behind the MK Lightning following their win in Romford on Sunday. Leeds have moved on to two points, with MKL sitting in ninth place on three points.