NIHL preview | 12-14 January

The action continues once again this weekend in the Planet Ice NIHL National Division, with a full set of fixtures on the cards.

Kicking off the weekend, league leaders Leeds Knights make the journey north to face Solway Sharks on Friday evening.

The Knights sit just two points ahead of their nearest challengers MK Lightning and they will be hoping to make it another four-point weekend when they host Bristol Pitbulls on Sunday.

The Pitbulls, who currently sit five points adrift at the bottom of the table, will be hoping to cause an upset against the division’s top side but not before hosting Solway Sharks on Saturday.

Lightning will be keen to keep the pressure on the Knights with a home fixture against Telford Tigers on Saturday, before travelling to Hull Seahawks the following day. The Seahawks endured two difficult outings last weekend and they will look to bounce back to maintain their 5th place spot with a trip to Raiders IHC on Saturday before their clash against MK Lightning.

Raiders IHC, meanwhile, will do battle with Bees IHC in Slough a day after the conclusion of their game against the Seahawks.

Bees start their weekend off with a trip to 3rd placed Swindon Wildcats on Saturday evening. The Wildcats will follow up this home fixture with another just 24 hours later as they host Peterborough Phantoms at the Link Centre.

The Wildcats leapfrogged over the Phantoms in the table last weekend after they suffered a double defeat, and now Slava Koulikov will be expecting a reaction from his team starting on Saturday with a trip to Sheffield Steeldogs.

The Steeldogs will then round out their weekend by travelling to Telford a day later.

Full fixtures for the weekend can be found below. Thanks to our friends at NIHL Stats, you can also check out the latest fixtures from the WNIHL and junior leagues.

NIHL National Division –

Fri 12th Jan 7:3opm Solway Sharks vs Leeds Knights L
Sat 13th Jan 7:00pm Bristol Pitbulls vs Solway Sharks L
Sat 13th Jan 7:00pm Milton Keynes Lightning vs Telford Tigers L
Sat 13th Jan 5:15pm Raiders IHC vs Hull Seahawks L
Sat 13th Jan 7:30pm Sheffield Steeldogs vs Peterborough Phantoms L
Sat 13th Jan 6:30pm Swindon Wildcats vs Bees IHC L
Sun 14th Jan 5:00pm Bees IHC vs Raiders IHC L
Sun 14th Jan 5:30pm Hull Seahawks vs Milton Keynes Lightning L
Sun 14th Jan 5:15pm Leeds Knights vs Bristol Pitbulls L
Sun 14th Jan 6:30pm Swindon Wildcats vs Peterborough Phantoms L
Sun 14th Jan 6:00pm Telford Tigers vs Sheffield Steeldogs L

NIHL North 1 (Moralee) –

Sat 13th Jan 6:00pm Blackburn Hawks vs Deeside Dragons M56
Sat 13th Jan 5:30pm Hull Jets vs Sheffield Scimitars L
Sat 13th Jan 7:00pm Widnes Wild vs Solihull Barons L
Sun 14th Jan 5:30pm Billingham Stars vs Whitley Warriors L/C
Sun 14th Jan 5:15pm Deeside Dragons vs Widnes Wild L/C
Sun 14th Jan 7:20pm Nottingham Lions vs Blackburn Hawks L/C

NIHL South 1 (Britton) –

Sat 13th Jan 6:30pm Slough Jets vs Oxford City Stars L
Sat 13th Jan 5:30pm Streatham Redhawks vs Invicta Dynamos BC
Sun 14th Jan 5:45pm Invicta Dynamos vs Streatham Redhawks L
Sun 14th Jan 6:45pm Milton Keynes Thunder vs Slough Jets L
Sun 14th Jan 6:15pm Oxford City Stars vs Chelmsford Chieftains L
Sun 14th Jan 5:15pm Romford Buccaneers vs Solent Devils L/C

NIHL North 2 (Laidler) –

Sat 13th Jan 7:30pm Billingham Buccaneers vs Kingston Sharks L
Sat 13th Jan 5:30pm Telford Tigers NIHL 2 vs Bradford Bulldogs L
Sun 14th Jan 5:45pm Altrincham Aces vs Billingham Buccaneers L/C
Sun 14th Jan Sheffield Titans vs Nottingham Lions NIHL 2 L

NIHL South 2 (Wilkinson) –

Sat 13th Jan 5:30pm Chelmsford Warriors vs Cardiff Fire L
Sat 13th Jan 5:30pm Haringey Huskies vs Basingstoke Buffalo L
Sat 13th Jan 5:45pm Invicta Mustangs vs Peterborough Phantoms NIHL 2 L/C
Sat 13th Jan 5:00pm Solent Junior Devils vs Lee Valley Lions L
Sat 13th Jan 6:15pm Oxford Rising Stars vs Streatham Black Hawks L
Sun 14th Jan 6:45pm Streatham Black Hawks vs Haringey Huskies L/C

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