EIHL week in review

Last week’s results

Tuesday:
Fife Flyers 1-4 Belfast Giants

Friday:
Cardiff Devils 1-6 Nottingham Panthers

Saturday:
Belfast Giants 1-2 Braehead Clan;
Coventry Blaze 12-4 Edinburgh Capitals;
Sheffield Steelers 5-2 Fife Flyers

Sunday:
Nottingham Panthers 1-0 Cardiff Devils;
Manchester Storm 2-8 Fife Flyers;
Edinburgh Capitals 5-6 Coventry Blaze;
Dundee Stars 1-2 Braehead Clan

Belfast Giants were mounting a late challenge for the title when they beat Fife Flyers on Tuesday. It was their sixth straight league win with goals from Mike Forney, Kris Beech (2) and Mike Radja. Michael Dorr pulled one back to make it, 2-1. But, the Northern Irish outfit was just too much for them on the day.

Their title hopes stalled on Saturday as the Braehead Clan won 2-1 in Belfast. As that was happening, the league-leading Sheffield Steelers inflicted Flyers to successive defeats. It was a much-needed victory for Paul Thompson’s men. They had won and lost four of their last eight regulation matchups.

Nottingham handed Cardiff Devils their third consecutive defeat days before the Challenge Cup final. The Panthers are in form, having won seven of their previous 10 and are still in with a shot of the league title. It is an outside chance.

On Sunday – two days after Nottingham’s 6-1 drubbing of Cardiff – the sides faced off again. This time in the Sheffield Ice Arena, for the cup final. This occasion was a tight, low-scoring affair. Nottingham beat the defending holders in sudden death overtime with an Evan Mosley goal. With that, Corey Neilson’s side are this week’s big winners.

The big losers are the Edinburgh Capitals. The side bottom of the table lost both games this week and are now winless in 15. To add to Riley Emmerson’s woes. The double header with Coventry Blaze ended in an 18-9 loss on aggregate. The first contest being a 12-4 hammering at the SkyDome.

In other results. Manchester Storm fell out of the last playoff spot with an 8-2 drubbing. To make matters worse this was in front of their home support against Todd Dutiaume’s men. Omar Pacha will be confident for his team to bounce back, having won eight of their last 10.

Braehead won again on the road. This time by two goals to one in Dundee as they kept the pressure on the top two with their third straight win. Clan now sits five points from the summit.

This week’s fixtures

Wednesday:
Coventry Blaze Nottingham Panthers

Saturday:
Edinburgh Capitals Dundee Stars;
Braehead Clan Manchester Storm;
Cardiff Devils Belfast Giants;
Nottingham Panthers Sheffield Steelers

Sunday:
Manchester Storm Braehead Clan;
Sheffield Steelers Coventry Blaze;
Cardiff Devils Belfast Giants;
Dundee Stars Edinburgh Capitals;
Fife Flyers Nottingham Panthers


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