NIHL preview | 9-11 February

A three-game weekend will give Planet Ice NIHL National Division leaders Leeds Knights the opportunity to stretch their cushion at the top of the table, starting on Friday night.

The Knights visit Raiders IHC, in a repeat of the fixture which saw them run out 4-1 winners at Planet Ice Leeds less than a week ago.

The Knights’ action-packed weekend will continue with a trip to Swindon Wildcats on Saturday before returning north for a home game against Telford Tigers the following day.

Nearest challengers MK Lightning start the weekend three points behind the Knights and full of confidence, having overturned a one-goal first leg deficit against the Wildcats on Thursday night to book their place in the National Division final.

Lightning visit Bristol Pitbulls on Saturday then host third-placed Swindon in a mouth-watering affair on Sunday evening.

In-form Hull Seahawks will look to extend their nine-game winning run this weekend with games against Sheffield Steeldogs and Raiders IHC, while Solway Sharks’ only game of the weekend sees them make the long trip to Slough as they lock horns with Bees IHC on Saturday.

There is also an intriguing battle at the bottom of the division as Sheffield Steeldogs and Bristol Pitbulls – currently separated by seven points – prepare to do battle at the Bauer Arena.

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 9th Feb 7:30pm Raiders IHC vs Leeds Knights L
Sat 10th Feb 6:30pm Bees IHC vs Solway Sharks L
Sat 10th Feb 7:00pm Bristol Pitbulls vs Milton Keynes Lightning L
Sat 10th Feb 5:30pm Hull Seahawks vs Sheffield Steeldogs L
Sat 10th Feb 6:30pm Swindon Wildcats vs Leeds Knights L
Sat 10th Feb 7:00pm Telford Tigers vs Peterborough Phantoms L
Sun 11th Feb 5:15pm Leeds Knights vs Telford Tigers L
Sun 11th Feb 5:30pm Milton Keynes Lightning vs Swindon Wildcats L
Sun 11th Feb 5:30pm Peterborough Phantoms vs Bees IHC L
Sun 11th Feb 5:15pm Raiders IHC vs Hull Seahawks L
Sun 11th Feb 4:30pm Sheffield Steeldogs vs Bristol Pitbulls L

NIHL North 1 (Moralee) –

Sat 10th Feb 4:40pm Sheffield Scimitars vs Whitley Warriors L
Sun 11th Feb 5:15pm Deeside Dragons vs Billingham Stars L
Sun 11th Feb 7:20pm Nottingham Lions vs Blackburn Hawks L
Sun 11th Feb 5:30pm Solihull Barons vs Whitley Warriors L
Sun 11th Feb 5:30pm Widnes Wild vs Sheffield Scimitars L

NIHL South 1 (Britton) –

Sat 10th Feb 5:30pm Chelmsford Chieftains vs Invicta Dynamos BC
Sat 10th Feb 7:00pm Milton Keynes Thunder vs Oxford City Stars L
Sat 10th Feb 5:15pm Romford Buccaneers vs Solent Devils L
Sat 10th Feb 5:30pm Streatham Redhawks vs Slough Jets L
Sun 11th Feb 5:45pm Invicta Dynamos vs Streatham Redhawks BC
Sun 11th Feb 6:15pm Oxford City Stars vs Chelmsford Chieftains BC
Sun 11th Feb 6:30pm Slough Jets vs Romford Buccaneers L

NIHL North 2 (Laidler) –

Sat 10th Feb TBC Altrincham Aces vs Bradford Bulldogs L
Sat 10th Feb 7:00pm Coventry NIHL Blaze vs Kingston Sharks L
Sat 10th Feb 7:40pm Sheffield Titans vs Telford Tigers NIHL 2 L
Sun 11th Feb 5:30pm Billingham Buccaneers vs Altrincham Aces L
Sun 11th Feb 5:30pm Kingston Sharks vs Nottingham Lions NIHL 2 L
Sun 11th Feb 1:00pm Sutton Sting vs Sheffield Titans L
Sun 11th Feb 6:00pm Telford Tigers NIHL 2 vs Coventry NIHL Blaze L

NIHL South 2 (Wilkinson) –

Sat 10th Feb 6:30pm Basingstoke Buffalo vs Lee Valley Lions L
Sat 10th Feb 5:45pm Invicta Mustangs vs Solent Junior Devils L
Sat 10th Feb 6:15pm Oxford Rising Stars vs Peterborough Phantoms NIHL 2 L
Sun 11th Feb 4:15pm Bristol Pitbulls NIHL 2 vs Chelmsford Warriors L
Sun 11th Feb 6:45pm Streatham Black Hawks vs Guildford Phoenix L

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