NIHL round-up | 2-4 February

Hull Seahawks became the first side to book their place in the NIHL National Cup final, on a thrilling weekend of league and cup action.

The Seahawks took a single-goal margin into their second leg trip to NIHL National Division leaders Leeds Knights on Friday night, and another incredible display saw them record their eighth successive win with a 5-1 thrashing on the road.

The Seahawks – who will be joined by either MK Lightning or Swindon Wildcats in the final – continued their fine run on Sunday, defeating Bristol Pitbulls 6-2 on home soil.

The Knights, meanwhile, ensured their weekend would end on a positive note by toppling Raiders IHC 4-1 at Planet Ice Leeds on Saturday.

They finish the weekend three points clear of MK Lightning, who closed the gap slightly thanks to back-to-back wins against Solway Sharks and Peterborough Phantoms.

Swindon Wildcats remain hot on MK’s heels, having picked up a four-point weekend of their own.

Their impressive recent home form continued with a 4-2 victory over the Phantoms at the Link Centre, before securing an overtime win against Raiders IHC the following day.

Elsewhere, Telford Tigers maintained their pursuit of the top five as they won 4-2 at Bristol Pitbulls on Saturday before securing a shoot-out win at home to Solway on Sunday night.

It was also a successful weekend for Bees IHC, who climbed to eighth in the standings after winning 5-3 at home to Sheffield Steeldogs on Saturday evening, then won the return fixture in overtime 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 2nd Feb Leeds Knights 1-5 Hull Seahawks NC SF
Sat 3rd Feb Bees IHC 5-3 Sheffield Steeldogs L
Sat 3rd Feb Bristol Pitbulls 2-4 Telford Tigers L
Sat 3rd Feb Leeds Knights 4-1 Raiders IHC L
Sat 3rd Feb Milton Keynes Lightning 8-2 Solway Sharks L
Sat 3rd Feb Swindon Wildcats 4-2 Peterborough Phantoms L
Sun 4th Feb Hull Seahawks 6-2 Bristol Pitbulls L
Sun 4th Feb Peterborough Phantoms 4-5 Milton Keynes Lightning L
Sun 4th Feb Swindon Wildcats 6-5 (OT) Raiders IHC L
Sun 4th Feb Sheffield Steeldogs 3-4 (OT) Bees IHC L
Sun 4th Feb Telford Tigers 4-3 (SO) Solway Sharks L

NIHL North 1 (Moralee) –

Sat 3rd Feb Deeside Dragons 1-4 Widnes Wild M56
Sat 3rd Feb Hull Jets 3-8 Blackburn Hawks L
Sat 3rd Feb Sheffield Scimitars 2-6 Nottingham Lions L
Sun 4th Feb Billingham Stars 7-0 Widnes Wild L
Sun 4th Feb Blackburn Hawks 6-2 Hull Jets L
Sun 4th Feb Nottingham Lions 4-2 Sheffield Scimitars L
Sun 4th Feb Solihull Barons 6-3 Deeside Dragons

NIHL South 1 (Britton) –

Sat 3rd Feb Invicta Dynamos 5-0 Oxford City Stars L
Sat 3rd Feb Romford Buccaneers 2-4 Slough Jets L
Sat 3rd Feb Solent Devils 2-4 Streatham Redhawks L
Sun 4th Feb Chelmsford Chieftains 3-5 Solent Devils L
Sun 4th Feb Oxford City Stars 4-6 Invicta Dynamos BC
Sun 4th Feb Streatham Redhawks 14-1 Milton Keynes Thunder L

NIHL North 2 (Laidler) –

Sat 3rd Feb Billingham Buccaneers 1-5 Telford Tigers NIHL 2 L
Sat 3rd Feb Coventry NIHL Blaze 9-0 Nottingham Lions NIHL 2 L
Sat 3rd Feb Kingston Sharks 4-5 Altrincham Aces L
Sat 3rd Feb Sheffield Titans 6-3 Bradford Bulldogs L
Sun 4th Feb Altrincham Aces 5-6 (SO) Billingham Buccaneers L
Sun 4th Feb Bradford Bulldogs 13-2 Nottingham Lions NIHL 2 L
Sun 4th Feb Sutton Sting 4-0 Coventry NIHL Blaze L

NIHL South 2 (Wilkinson) –

Sat 3rd Feb Basingstoke Buffalo 6-1 Chelmsford Warriors L
Sat 3rd Feb Haringey Huskies 6-0 Solent Junior Devils L
Sat 3rd Feb Peterborough Phantoms NIHL 2 6-1 Oxford Rising Stars L
Sun 4th Feb Basingstoke Buffalo 5-1 Peterborough Phantoms NIHL 2 L
Sun 4th Feb Guildford Phoenix 13-0 Streatham Black Hawks L
Sun 4th Feb Lee Valley Lions 5-3 Oxford Rising Stars L

Photo credit: Peterborough Phantoms

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