NIHL preview | 26-28 January

It promises to be a busy weekend across the NIHL, with a top-of-the-table showdown kicking things off in the Planet Ice NIHL National Division on Friday night.

Leeds Knights have the chance to move seven points clear at the summit as they welcome MK Lightning to Planet Ice Leeds.

The Knights’ weekend continues on the Sunday as the league leaders visit Raiders IHC, whereas second-placed Lightning have a much shorter turnaround, hosting fourth-placed Peterborough Phantoms on Saturday evening.

The Phantoms will end their own weekend with a home game against Sheffield Steeldogs.

Elsewhere, Swindon Wildcats will look to extend their excellent recent run on home ice when Solway Sharks visit the Link Centre.

The Wildcats – who could end the weekend joint-second if other results go their way – will then visit Hull Seahawks on Sunday.

The Seahawks have enjoyed back-to-back four-point weekends and will look to apply further pressure on the teams above with more positive results. Their own weekend kicks off with a short trip to the Steeldogs on Saturday night, in what is undoubtedly one of the games of the round.

There are also some intriguing battles further down the division this weekend, with bottom-of-the-table Bristol Pitbulls visiting fourth-bottom Raiders IHC.

Below the NIHL National Division, it is also a busy weekend of cup competition as the semi-finals take place across various leagues.

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 26th Jan 7:30pm Leeds Knights vs Milton Keynes Lightning L
Sat 27th Jan 7:00pm Milton Keynes Lightning vs Peterborough Phantoms L
Sat 27th Jan 5:15pm Raiders IHC vs Bristol Pitbulls L
Sat 27th Jan 7:30pm Sheffield Steeldogs vs Hull Seahawks L
Sat 27th Jan 6:30pm Swindon Wildcats vs Solway Sharks L
Sat 27th Jan 7:00pm Telford Tigers vs Bees IHC L
Sun 28th Jan 5:00pm Bees IHC vs Telford Tigers L
Sun 28th Jan 5:30pm Bristol Pitbulls vs Solway Sharks L
Sun 28th Jan 5:30pm Hull Seahawks vs Swindon Wildcats L
Sun 28th Jan 5:30pm Peterborough Phantoms vs Sheffield Steeldogs L
Sun 28th Jan 5:15pm Raiders IHC vs Leeds Knights L

NIHL North 1 (Moralee) –

Sat 27th Jan 6:00pm Blackburn Hawks vs Solihull Barons C SF
Sat 27th Jan 5:30pm Hull Jets vs Billingham Stars C SF
Sun 28th Jan 5:30pm Billingham Stars vs Hull Jets C SF
Sun 28th Jan 5:30pm Solihull Barons vs Blackburn Hawks C SF

NIHL South 1 (Britton) –

Sat 27th Jan 5:45pm Invicta Dynamos vs Streatham Redhawks C SF
Sat 27th Jan 6:30pm Slough Jets vs Chelmsford Chieftains C SF
Sun 28th Jan 6:00pm Chelmsford Chieftains vs Slough Jets C SF
Sun 28th Jan 6:15pm Oxford City Stars vs Milton Keynes Thunder L
Sun 28th Jan 6:45pm Streatham Redhawks vs Invicta Dynamos C SF

NIHL North 2 (Laidler) –

Sat 27th Jan 6:30pm Coventry NIHL Blaze vs Sutton Sting C SF
Sat 27th Jan 3:40pm Sheffield Titans vs Telford Tigers NIHL 2 C SF
Sun 28th Jan 7:30pm Sutton Sting vs Coventry NIHL Blaze C SF
Sun 28th Jan 6:00pm Telford Tigers NIHL 2 vs Sheffield Titans C SF

NIHL South 2 (Wilkinson) –

Sat 27th Jan 5:30pm Haringey Huskies vs Guildford Phoenix C SF
Sat 27th Jan 6:30pm Peterborough Phantoms NIHL 2 vs Basingstoke Buffalo C SF
Sun 28th Jan 6:30pm Basingstoke Buffalo vs Peterborough Phantoms NIHL 2 C SF
Sun 28th Jan 6:45pm Cardiff Fire vs Guildford Phoenix L/C

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