NIHL preview | 2-4 February

There’s lots to look forward to in league and cup as we prepare for another weekend of enthralling action in the Planet Ice NIHL National Division and below, starting on Friday night.

A huge National Cup semi-final second leg will get things underway, with the table-topping Leeds Knights hope to overturn a one-goal deficit and book their place in the final, at the expense of the red-hot Hull Seahawks.

The Seahawks, who have picked up maximum points on each of the last three weekends, won 4-3 in the first leg on Wednesday night and will be hoping to produce another big performance to advance in the cup.

Both contenders will play twice over the weekend, with the Knights welcoming Raiders IHC to Planet Ice Leeds on Saturday before Hull host Bristol Pitbulls the following day.

Elsewhere near the top of the league table, MK Lightning will face Solway Sharks then Peterborough Phantoms – who they beat convincingly in the league last weekend.

It will be another home double gameweek for Swindon Wildcats as the Phantoms and Raiders IHC visit the Link Centre, while Telford Tigers will look to put some pressure on the top five as they face Bristol and Solway – both of whom are below them in the standings.

There is one back-to-back encounter this weekend, and four big competition points are on the line as Bees IHC lock horns with Sheffield Steeldogs.

It has been tough going of late for the Steeldogs, who have lost 10 of their last 11 matches. Bees IHC, meanwhile, have lost their last four – although two of those defeats came after the scores were level at the end of regulation time.

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 2nd Feb 7:30pm Leeds Knights vs Hull Seahawks NC SF
Sat 3rd Feb 6:30pm Bees IHC vs Sheffield Steeldogs L
Sat 3rd Feb 7:00pm Bristol Pitbulls vs Telford Tigers L
Sat 3rd Feb 6:30pm Leeds Knights vs Raiders IHC L
Sat 3rd Feb 7:00pm Milton Keynes Lightning vs Solway Sharks L
Sat 3rd Feb 6:30pm Swindon Wildcats vs Peterborough Phantoms L
Sun 4th Feb 5:30pm Hull Seahawks vs Bristol Pitbulls L
Sun 4th Feb 5:30pm Peterborough Phantoms vs Milton Keynes Lightning L
Sun 4th Feb 6:30pm Swindon Wildcats vs Raiders IHC L
Sun 4th Feb 4:30pm Sheffield Steeldogs vs Bees IHC L
Sun 4th Feb 6:00pm Telford Tigers vs Solway Sharks L

NIHL North 1 (Moralee) –

Sat 3rd Feb 5:15pm Deeside Dragons vs Widnes Wild M56
Sat 3rd Feb 5:30pm Hull Jets vs Blackburn Hawks L
Sat 3rd Feb 4:40pm Sheffield Scimitars vs Nottingham Lions L
Sun 4th Feb 5:30pm Billingham Stars vs Widnes Wild L
Sun 4th Feb 6:00pm Blackburn Hawks vs Hull Jets L
Sun 4th Feb 7:20pm Nottingham Lions vs Sheffield Scimitars L
Sun 4th Feb 5:30pm Solihull Barons vs Deeside Dragons

NIHL South 1 (Britton) –

Sat 3rd Feb 5:45pm Invicta Dynamos vs Oxford City Stars L
Sat 3rd Feb 5:15pm Romford Buccaneers vs Slough Jets L
Sat 3rd Feb 5:00pm Solent Devils vs Streatham Redhawks L
Sun 4th Feb 6:00pm Chelmsford Chieftains vs Solent Devils L
Sun 4th Feb 6:15pm Oxford City Stars vs Invicta Dynamos BC
Sun 4th Feb 6:45pm Streatham Redhawks vs Milton Keynes Thunder L

NIHL North 2 (Laidler) –

Sat 3rd Feb 7:30pm Billingham Buccaneers vs Telford Tigers NIHL 2 L
Sat 3rd Feb 7:00pm Coventry NIHL Blaze vs Nottingham Lions NIHL 2 L
Sat 3rd Feb 12:30pm Kingston Sharks vs Altrincham Aces L
Sat 3rd Feb 7:40pm Sheffield Titans vs Bradford Bulldogs L
Sun 4th Feb 5:45pm Altrincham Aces vs Billingham Buccaneers L
Sun 4th Feb 5:30pm Bradford Bulldogs vs Nottingham Lions NIHL 2 L
Sun 4th Feb 1:00pm Sutton Sting vs Coventry NIHL Blaze L

NIHL South 2 (Wilkinson) –

Sat 3rd Feb 6:30pm Basingstoke Buffalo vs Chelmsford Warriors L
Sat 3rd Feb 5:30pm Haringey Huskies vs Solent Junior Devils L
Sat 3rd Feb 6:30pm Peterborough Phantoms NIHL 2 vs Oxford Rising Stars L
Sun 4th Feb 6:30pm Basingstoke Buffalo vs Peterborough Phantoms NIHL 2 L
Sun 4th Feb 5:30pm Guildford Phoenix vs Streatham Black Hawks L
Sun 4th Feb 5:30pm Lee Valley Lions vs Oxford Rising Stars L

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