A look around the results from the NIHL National as another weekend comes to an end.
Sheffield Steeldogs 2-3 Leeds Chiefs
Two Nathan Salem goals were not enough for the Steeldogs on Friday night, as the Leeds Chiefs claimed a narrow win at Ice Sheffield. Two goals from Adam Barnes and the game winner from Bobby Streetly were enough for the Chiefs to make the short journey back to Leeds with both points.
Swindon Wildcats 7-0 Milton Keynes Lightning
It was another comfortable win and another home shut out for the Swindon Wildcats on Saturday night as they eased past the MK Lightning. The successes of the Wildcats came down mainly to three of their star players. Max Birbraer scored a hat-trick and collected two assists, whilst Aaron Nell got 1+4 and Tomasz Malasinski scored 1+3. Renny Marr was equal to all 25 shots the Lightning threw at him, claiming his third shutout of the season.
Bracknell Bees 4-3 Telford Tigers
The Telford Tigers winning run, which spanned back to the second game of the season, was ended on Saturday night after they fell to the Bracknell Bees in overtime. Bees took an early two goal lead but were pegged back just before the mid-way mark. They regained the lead with just under seven minutes to play but found themselves level again just over a minute later. Former Phantom Ed Knaggs scored the game winner for the Bees, with 3:26 played in the overtime period.
Peterborough Phantoms 5-4 Hull Pirates
The Phantoms powerplay proved to be decisive once again for Slava Koulikov’s side on Saturday night, as the Phantoms netted three goals on the PP. Martins Susters and Ales Padelek (2) struck the powerplay goals, with James Ferrara and Petr Stepanek adding the others. Bobby Chamberlain netted twice for the Pirates, whilst David Norris scored one and assisted one on his debut. But it wasn’t enough for Jason Hewitt’s side who suffered a narrow defeat.
Sheffield Steeldogs 3-6 Telford Tigers
Kieran Brown netted a hat-trick for the Sheffield Steeldogs, but that was as good as it got for Ben Morgan’s team who suffered a 0-point weekend. Dominik Florian and Scott McKenzie both collected four assists each as the Tigers bounced back from their Saturday night loss. Brandon Whistle and Ross Kennedy both scored twice for the Tigers, whilst Finley Howells and Corey Goodison added the further goals.
Milton Keynes Lightning 4-6 Leeds Chiefs
Congratulations are in order after the Leeds Chiefs claimed their first ever four point weekend since their formation in the summer. Adam Barnes scored another two goals to take his tally to four for the weekend, whilst Andres Kopstals (2), Steven Moore and Joe Coulter also got on the scoresheet. It was a result that saw the Chiefs leapfrog their opponents, sending the Milton Keynes Lightning to the bottom of the league.
Basingstoke Bison 3-5 Swindon Wildcats
Max Birbraer took his points tally for the weekend to eight with three assists on Sunday night. Adam Harding scored twice for the Bison against his former side, but Aaron Nell’s team picked up another four point weekend and consolidated their place at the top of the NIHL National table.
Bracknell Bees 2-3 Raiders
The Raiders returned to winning ways on Sunday night with victory over Doug Shephard’s Bracknell Bees. Ryan Webb scored both goals for the Bees, but Brandon Ayliffe, Jake Sylvester and Ross Connolly sealed the win for the Raiders. Former Phantom Erik Piatak made his Raiders debut in the game, collecting an assist in the process.
Hull Pirates 4-2 Peterborough Phantoms
The Pirates overturned their Saturday night loss to the Phantoms with a win on home ice. Bobby Chamberlain scored twice, whilst Sam Towner and Lee Bonner also got on the scoresheet. Tom Norton and Ales Padelek scored the Phantoms goals, but it wasn’t enough to seal Slava’s side a four point weekend.
THE LEAGUE TABLE
The Swindon Wildcats sit top of the table with 20 points after 12 games, but the Telford Tigers are just one point behind with a game in hand on the Cats.
The Phantoms sit in third, four points behind the Tigers, whilst the Pirates and Steeldogs are in 4th and 5th, both on 12 points.
Next come the Bison, Bees and Raiders in 6th, 7th and 8th.
The Leeds Chiefs moved off the bottom of the table with their first ever four point weekend, whilst the MK Lightning moved down to tenth position.