With the second week of the NIHL National season coming to an end, we take a look around the league at the events of the weekend.
It was an ill-tempered affair in Romford on Saturday night as the Raiders and Tigers shared 66 penalty minutes between them. The gloves were dropped numerous times in a game which saw the Tigers claim a 7-3 win. Veteran defenceman Jonathan Weaver netted twice for his team as Tom Watkins’ side moved up the NIHL National table.
Tomasz Malasinski added another two goals to his tally as the Swindon Wildcats claimed a comfortable 5-0 win over the Phantoms. The Poland International also added an assist to his total, as Renny Marr kept a shut out at the other end.
The Basingstoke Bison overcame the Bracknell Bees 4-2 on Saturday evening. Bison head coach Ashley Tait scored twice and added an assist to ensure his side claimed the two points against one of their most local rivals.
MK Lightning got up and running for the season with an 8-4 win over the Leeds Chiefs. Tomas Kana’s 2+1 was overshadowed by an incident towards the end of the game. Rio Grinnell-Parke, Leigh Jamieson, Sam Zajac and Sam Gospel all dropped their gloves, with Chiefs goalie Gospel receiving a match penalty for fighting.
Jason Hewitt was the Hull hero as the Pirates defeated the Sheffield Steeldogs 7-5. Hewitt netted a hat-trick as the Pirates came from behind three times before going on to claim the spoils.
The Steeldogs bounced back from their Saturday night defeat to overcome the Raiders 4-1 on Sunday evening. Import forward Vladimir Luka scored twice for his side whilst player coach Ben Morgan collected three assists as the Dogs returned to winning ways.
The Bees also got back to winning ways at the first time of asking as they beat the Leeds Chiefs 4-3. Radek Miedl scored another two goals for the Chiefs, but it wasn’t enough as Ryan Webb’s goal proved to be the match winner for Doug Shephard’s side.
The Telford Tigers were the only team to complete a four-point weekend this week, but their game with the Wildcats went the distance and was eventually decided on penalty shots. Scott McKenzie, Dominik Florian and Adam Taylor all scored their penalty shots for the Tigers to put them second in the league.
The Phantoms split their weekend for the second week in a row, claiming a 5-1 win over the Basingstoke Bison. James Ferrara, Petr Stepanek, Callum Buglass, Jarvis Hunt and Glenn Billing scored the Phantoms goals. Red mist descended on the two sides with a couple of minutes remaining as Joe Gretton, Kieran Raynor and Will Weldon took on Tom Ralph, Adam Harding and Alex Sampford.
The League Table
The Hull Pirates lead the way after two weekends, whilst a four-point weekend for the Tigers saw them move up to second in the NIHL National table. Aaron Nell’s Swindon are in third, whilst the Steeldogs sit in fourth.
Phantoms started Sunday in 6th place but leapfrogged the Basingstoke Bison with their 5-1 win on Sunday evening.
In 10th are the Leeds Chiefs, who are yet to claim their first ever victory. Raiders and MK Lightning are both two points ahead of the Chiefs, sitting in 9th and 8th respectively.