NIHL round-up | 19-21 January

A four-point weekend helped Leeds Knights strengthen their grip on top spot in the Planet Ice NIHL National Division.

Friday evening saw the Knights kick off the hockey weekend with a resounding 5-1 home win over Telford Tigers, before backing it up with a a 7-4 win at Bristol Pitbulls the following day.

They now sit five points clear of MK Lightning, whose own weekend began on Friday with a 3-2 defeat at Swindon Wildcats in the first leg of their National Cup semi-final.

Lightning bounced back on Saturday with an 8-5 win over Raiders IHC on Saturday before losing the return game 3-2 in Romford less than 24 hours later.

Meanwhile, the third-placed Wildcats ensured it would be a clean sweep for them over the weekend, backing up their cup semi-final first leg triumph with 3-0 and 3-1 wins home and away against Telford.

Below them, Peterborough Phantoms made no mistake on home soil by overcoming the Pitbulls 7-3 on Sunday evening, in their only match of the gameweek.

Hull Seahawks remain fifth, and level with the Phantoms, after claiming maximum points over the weekend.

A 6-5 overtime triumph at home to Bees IHC was backed up by a shootout win against the same team the following day, moving the Seahawks onto 41 points in the National Division standings.

Away wins were the order of the weekend in Sheffield Steeldogs and Solway Sharks’ double-header. The Sharks won 3-1 in South Yorkshire on Saturday before falling to a 4-2 defeat on home soil the following day.

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

NIHL National Division –

Fri 19th Jan Leeds Knights 5-1 Telford Tigers L
Fri 19th Jan Swindon Wildcats 3-2 Milton Keynes Lightning NC SF
Sat 20th Jan Bristol Pitbulls 4-7 Leeds Knights L
Sat 20th Jan Hull Seahawks 6-5 (OT) Bees IHC L
Sat 20th Jan Milton Keynes Lightning 8-5 Raiders IHC L
Sat 20th Jan Sheffield Steeldogs 1-3 Solway Sharks L
Sat 20th Jan Swindon Wildcats 3-0 Telford Tigers L
Sun 21st Jan Bees IHC vs Hull Seahawks L
Sun 21st Jan Peterborough Phantoms 7-3 Bristol Pitbulls L
Sun 21st Jan Raiders IHC 3-2 Milton Keynes Lightning L
Sun 21st Jan Solway Sharks 2-4 Sheffield Steeldogs L
Sun 21st Jan Telford Tigers 1-3 Swindon Wildcats L

NIHL North 1 (Moralee) –

Sat 20th Jan Billingham Stars 8-2 Nottingham Lions L
Sat 20th Jan Solihull Barons 8-4 Deeside Dragons L/C
Sat 20th Jan Widnes Wild 5-7 Blackburn Hawks M56
Sun 21st Jan Blackburn Hawks 1-2 Billingham Stars L
Sun 21st Jan Sheffield Scimitars 6-3 Solihull Barons L
Sun 21st Jan Whitley Warriors 7-4 Deeside Dragons L
Sun 21st Jan Widnes Wild 3-4 Hull Jets L

NIHL South 1 (Britton) –

Sat 20th Jan Slough Jets 2-5 Streatham Redhawks L
Sun 21st Jan Chelmsford Chieftains 17-2 Milton Keynes Thunder L/C
Sun 21st Jan Invicta Dynamos 6-7 (OT) Romford Buccaneers L
Sun 21st Jan Oxford City Stars 1-9 Slough Jets L
Sun 21st Jan Streatham Redhawks 3-0 Solent Devils L/C

NIHL North 2 (Laidler) –

Sat 20th Jan Nottingham Lions NIHL 2 3-6 Bradford Bulldogs L/C
Sat 20th Jan Telford Tigers NIHL 2 10-2 Sheffield Titans L
Sun 21st Jan Billingham Buccaneers 1-3 Sutton Sting L
Sun 21st Jan Bradford Bulldogs 6-5 Altrincham Aces L
Sun 21st Jan Kingston Sharks 3-4 (SO) Sheffield Titans L/C
Sun 21st Jan Nottingham Lions NIHL 2 2-7 Telford Tigers NIHL 2 L

NIHL South 2 (Wilkinson) –

Sat 20th Jan Chelmsford Warriors 2-6 Guildford Phoenix L
Sat 20th Jan Haringey Huskies 1-2 Peterborough Phantoms NIHL 2 L/C
Sat 20th Jan Invicta Mustangs 9-2 Lee Valley Lions L/C
Sat 20th Jan Streatham Black Hawks 2-5 Oxford Rising Stars L
Sun 21st Jan Bristol Pitbulls NIHL 2 6-3 Invicta Mustangs L
Sun 21st Jan Cardiff Fire 8-1 Solent Junior Devils L/C
Sun 21st Jan Lee Valley Lions 1-15 Guildford Phoenix L

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