Nine games took place in the NIHL National this week; we look back across all of those games in our weekly roundup!
Hull Pirates 6-4 Peterborough Phantoms
Jason Hewitt and Lee Bonner scored twice each as the Pirates inflicted defeat on the Phantoms on Saturday night. Phantoms tried to stage a late comeback, with three of their four goals coming in the last ten minutes, but the Pirates comfortably held on to claim the points. Nathan Pollard, Martins Susters, Tom Norton and Ales Padelek scored the Phantoms goals.
Swindon Wildcats 3-5 Telford Tigers
Swindon’s ten game winning streak came to an end at the hands of the Telford Tigers. The Cats found Tigers’ goalie, Brad Day, in fine form. The former Sheffield Steeler faced 40 shots, conceding just three times. Renny Marr, meanwhile, conceded 4 from 28 shots, giving him a save percentage of 85.71%
Milton Keynes Lightning 2-6 Raiders
The Raiders bounced back from their comprehensive defeat against the Phantoms last Sunday with a comfortable win over MKL. Jake Sylvester netted a hat-trick, whilst former Phantom Erik Piatak scored twice. New MKL forward Liam Stewart scored once, but also ran into penalty trouble, receiving a 2+10 for boarding.
Leeds Chiefs 6-5 Sheffield Steeldogs (After OT)
Adam Barnes was the hero for the Leeds Chiefs after sealing his hat-trick with the overtime winning goal against the Sheffield Steeldogs on Saturday night. Both teams led the game on more than one occasion, but Richard Bentham’s goal four minutes from the end of P3 sent the game into OT. Nathan Salem was the highest scorer for the Dogs, posting 1+2.
Sheffield Steeldogs 5-2 Leeds Chiefs
Sam Gospel made 45 saves for the Leeds Chiefs, but it wasn’t enough for Sam Zajac’s side as the Steeldogs overturned their Saturday night defeat. Alex Graham was the star of the show for the Steeldogs, scoring twice and adding a further two assists. Liam Charnock scored against the Steeldogs for the first time since leaving the Sheffield side.
Raiders 3-4 Basingstoke Bison (After penalty shots)
It was a night to remember for Marek Malinsky who scored the winning penalty shot against the club who released him just a matter of weeks ago. The Raiders led the game on three occasions, but the Bison battled back each time and Michal Klejna made it 3-3 with just under five minutes to go. There were no goals in OT, setting the stage for Malinsky to put one over on his former team.
Peterborough Phantoms 6-3 Swindon Wildcats
Phantoms put on their best performance of the season to far to topple the table toppers, Swindon. After ten wins in a row, it’s now two losses in a row for the Cats, who found the Phantoms in fine form both offensively and defensively. Petr Stepanek, Ales Padelek (2), Martins Susters, Conor Pollard and Nathan Pollard all found the net for the Phantoms as they returned to winning ways in style.
Bracknell Bees 7-6 Hull Pirates (After penalty shots)
Jason Hewitt bagged a hat-trick for the Pirates, taking his weekend goal tally to five goals. But his side ultimately fell to the Bracknell Bees on penalty shots. James Galazzi scored twice for the Bees, whilst Josh Martin collected an impressive five assists. Roman Malinik took centre stage for the shootout; scoring all three penalties he took, to give the Bees the extra point.
Telford Tigers 6-2 Milton Keynes Lightning
Tigers sealed a four-point weekend with a comfortable win over MKL. Jason Silverthorn and Jack Watkins scored twice each, whilst Brandon Whistle and Dan Rose added the other Telford goals. It was a result which, alongside the Wildcats result against Phantoms, saw the Tigers move to the top of the NIHL National table.
THE LEAGUE TABLE
The NIHL National has a new leader; the Telford Tigers have moved above the Swindon Wildcats after collecting a four-point weekend. The Cats, however, move down to second after back to back defeats.
The Basingstoke Bison remain third, level on points with the Phantoms.
Hull and Sheffield are in fifth and sixth respectively, both level on 19 points. Next come the Raiders in 7th, whilst the Bees sit in 8th.
MKL sit ninth, a point ahead of the Leeds Chiefs, who have a game in hand on Milton Keynes.