NIHL preview | 15-17 December

The Planet Ice NIHL National Division is back for another set of fixtures this weekend, with MK Lightning hoping to retain their grip on top spot.

Lightning are two points ahead of nearest challengers Leeds Knights having played three games more. The two teams are both in action once this weekend, with Milton Keynes hosting Bees IHC on Saturday and the Knights on the road at Swindon Wildcats the following day.

Swindon will be at home twice this weekend as they make their long-awaited return to the Link Centre. They start the weekend with a home clash with Sheffield Steeldogs, who currently sit 7th in the league standings.

The weekend’s hockey begins on Friday night as Hull Seahawks and Solway Sharks do battle.

The Seahawks will be keen to close the six-point gap which stands between themselves and Peterborough Phantoms in 3rd, while the Sharks are just two points above bottom-of-the-league Bristol Pitbulls and will be keen to give themselves more breathing space.

A double defeat last week saw the Pitbulls leapfrogged by Raiders IHC. They will need to be at their best to bounce back, with a challenging home game against Peterborough and trip to Hull on the horizon.

Raiders IHC, meanwhile, will look to build on their four-point week last time out when they visit Telford Tigers on Saturday night before welcoming Sheffield Steeldogs to Romford.

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 15th Dec 6:30pm Hull Seahawks vs Solway Sharks L/C
Sat 16th Dec 7:00pm Bristol Pitbulls vs Peterborough Phantoms L
Sat 16th Dec 7:00pm Milton Keynes Lightning vs Bees IHC L
Sat 16th Dec 6:30pm Swindon Wildcats vs Sheffield Steeldogs L/C
Sat 16th Dec 7:00pm Telford Tigers vs Raiders IHC L
Sun 17th Dec 5:00pm Bees IHC vs Telford Tigers L
Sun 17th Dec 5:30pm Hull Seahawks vs Bristol Pitbulls L
Sun 17th Dec 5:30pm Peterborough Phantoms vs Solway Sharks L
Sun 17th Dec 5:15pm Raiders IHC vs Sheffield Steeldogs L
Sun 17th Dec 4:00pm Swindon Wildcats vs Leeds Knights L/C

NIHL North 1 (Moralee) –

Sat 16th Dec 5:30pm Hull Jets vs Deeside Dragons L
Sat 16th Dec 1:20pm Nottingham Lions vs Solihull Barons L
Sat 16th Dec 7:40pm Sheffield Scimitars vs Widnes Wild L
Sun 17th Dec 6:00pm Blackburn Hawks vs Whitley Warriors L
Sun 17th Dec 5:15pm Deeside Dragons vs Nottingham Lions L
Sun 17th Dec 5:30pm Solihull Barons vs Sheffield Scimitars L
Sun 17th Dec 5:30pm Widnes Wild vs Billingham Stars L

NIHL South 1 (Britton) –

Sat 16th Dec 6:15pm Oxford City Stars vs Invicta Dynamos L/C
Sat 16th Dec 5:15pm Romford Buccaneers vs Chelmsford Chieftains L
Sat 16th Dec 6:30pm Slough Jets vs Milton Keynes Thunder L
Sat 16th Dec 5:00pm Solent Devils vs Streatham Redhawks L/C
Sun 17th Dec 6:45pm Milton Keynes Thunder vs Invicta Dynamos L/C
Sun 17th Dec 6:45pm Streatham Redhawks vs Chelmsford Chieftains BC

NIHL North 2 (Laidler) –

Sat 16th Dec 7:00pm Coventry NIHL Blaze vs Billingham Buccaneers L
Sat 16th Dec 12:30pm Kingston Sharks vs Nottingham Lions NIHL 2 L/C
Sat 16th Dec 1:00pm Sheffield Titans vs Bradford Bulldogs L/C
Sat 16th Dec 4:40pm Sutton Sting vs Altrincham Aces L/C
Sun 17th Dec 5:45pm Altrincham Aces vs Coventry NIHL Blaze L
Sun 17th Dec 5:30pm Billingham Buccaneers vs Telford Tigers NIHL 2 L/C
Sun 17th Dec 5:30pm Bradford Bulldogs vs Sutton Sting L
Sun 17th Dec Nottingham Lions NIHL 2 vs Sheffield Titans L

NIHL South 2 (Wilkinson) –

Sat 16th Dec 5:30pm Guildford Phoenix vs Oxford Rising Stars L/C
Sat 16th Dec 5:45pm Invicta Mustangs vs Bristol Pitbulls NIHL 2 L
Sat 16th Dec 6:30pm Peterborough Phantoms NIHL 2 vs Chelmsford Warriors L/C
Sun 17th Dec 6:30pm Basingstoke Buffalo vs Haringey Huskies L
Sun 17th Dec 4:15pm Bristol Pitbulls NIHL 2 vs Cardiff Fire L/C
Sun 17th Dec 6:15pm Oxford Rising Stars vs Lee Valley Lions L

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