Week 2 of the British ice hockey season saw the first weekend of action across all the leagues. Whilst the action got underway on Thursday night it was the heroics of the Fife Flyers that caught the headlines.
A resounding victory over the Braehead Clan on Saturday night at the Kirkcaldy ice rink was followed up by a comeback victory over the Forth Bridge in Murrayfield. It took the Flyers just 8 seconds to get their weekend rolling through Kyle Hogg and they didn’t look back. Further goals from Hogg, Dolan and a brace from Haines saw the Flyers beat the Clan 5 – 1 and limited the Clan to only 17 shots. Sunday’s match up couldn’t have been more different for the Flyers as they found themselves 2 down after 7 minutes. But by the end of the period they were level and Pitton gave the flyers a second period lead it was Kyle Hogg who scored with 2 seconds remaining to seal the victory.
The Flyers performances over the weekend overshadow the effort of the Hull Stingrays and Ben Bowns on Thursday night. In a night of end-to-end action and plenty of goals the young Brit stopped 39 shots as the Stingrays won 7 – 5. The game also saw a hat trick on both sides as Faulkner got his second of the season for the devils whilst Jerome Tendler lit the lamp 3 times in 10 minutes for the homeside.
Elsewhere there were back-to-back wins against the Coventry Blaze for the Sheffield Steelers. Saturday night saw another goal fest as the teams traded 6 goals in the first period. Sunday however was a tighter affair as the teams need overtime to be separated.
Back-to-back games were also on the cards for the Belfast Giants and the Nottingham Panthers. After a standout second period from the Giants on the Saturday night had helped the league champions to a 5 – 3 victory they went on to pick up a vital point on Sunday with the hometown Panthers taking the win in the shootout.
In the other Elite League victories the Dundee Stars picked up a 4 point haul as they saw off conference rivals Edinburgh and Hull whilst the Cardiff Devils failed to win a game. After losing to Hull on Thursday night the Devils lost in the shoot out on home ice to the Braehead Clan.
Week 2 of the EIHL season also saw the first week of action in the EPL. It was a mixed bag for last seasons runners up the Manchester Phoenix as they beat the Wildcats on penalties on Saturday before coming up short against a strong looking Basingstoke team on Sunday. There was no such slip ups for last seasons champions though as they picked up all four points to join the Bison with 4 points.
Milton Keynes and Peterborough both picked up 5 – 3 victories over each other.
Thursday 13th September
Cardiff Devils 5 Hull Stingrays 7
Saturday 16th September
Coventry Blaze 5 Sheffield Steelers 7
Edinburgh Capitals 2 Dundee Stars 3
Braehead Clan 1 Fife Flyers 5
Belfast Giants 5 Nottingham Panthers 3
Sunday 17th September
Sheffield Steelers 4 Coventry Blaze 3 OT
Belfast Giants 2 Nottingham Panthers 3 SO
Fife Flyers 4 Edinburgh Capitals 2
Dundee Stars 3 Hull Stingrays 2
Braehead Clan 4 Cardiff Devils 3 SO