NIHL round-up | 24-25 February

A hat-trick of victories last week for Leeds Knights helped them consolidate their place atop the Planet Ice NIHL National Division. 

They backed up Thursday’s 3-1 win over Hull Seahawks with an 8-0 triumph at Bristol Pitbulls on Saturday, before running out 5-2 winners at home to Raiders IHC the following day.

They sit eight points clear at the top of the standings after nearest challengers MK Lightning endured a mixed weekend.

Having overcome the Seahawks 5-2 on Saturday, they couldn’t make it a perfect four-point weekend as Telford Tigers defeated Lightning 3-2 in the final NIHL National Division fixture of the weekend.

One frontrunner that did enjoy a perfect weekend was Swindon Wildcats. They won 5-4 at home to Telford on Saturday evening before running out 2-0 victors at Bees IHC the following day.

There was also a perfect weekend for fifth-placed Peterborough Phantoms, while the side above them, Hull, ensured their weekend would end on a positive note by defeating Solway Sharks 5-4.

Meanwhile, Raiders IHC gave their top-eight hopes a major boost by beating Solway 5-3 in Dumfries on Saturday. They now sit on 39 points in the league standings, two above Bees IHC and the Sharks.

Below the NIHL National Division, there was silverware up for grabs across the board as several teams battled it out to be crowned cup champions of their respective leagues.

We’d like to congratulate Blackburn Hawks (Moralee Cup), Streatham Redhawks (Britton Cup), Telford Tigers NIHL 2 (Laidler Cup) and Guildford Phoenix (Wilkinson Cup) on their respective successes.

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 –

Thu 22nd Feb Leeds Knights 3-1 Hull Seahawks
Sat 24th Feb Bristol Pitbulls 0-8 Leeds Knights L
Sat 24th Feb Milton Keynes Lightning 5-2 Hull Seahawks L
Sat 24th Feb Sheffield Steeldogs 2-5 Peterborough Phantoms L
Sat 24th Feb Solway Sharks 3-5 Raiders IHC L
Sat 24th Feb Swindon Wildcats 5-4 Telford Tigers L
Sun 25th Feb Bees IHC 0-2 Swindon Wildcats L
Sun 25th Feb Hull Seahawks 5-4 Solway Sharks L
Sun 25th Feb Leeds Knights 5-2 Raiders IHC L
Sun 25th Feb Peterborough Phantoms 4-3 Bristol Pitbulls L
Sun 25th Feb Telford Tigers 3-2 Milton Keynes Lightning L

NIHL North 1 (Moralee) –

Sat 24th Feb Blackburn Hawks 13-4 Billingham Stars C F
Sun 25th Feb Billingham Stars 2-8 Blackburn Hawks C F
Sun 25th Feb Widnes Wild 3-9 Sheffield Scimitars L

NIHL South 1 (Britton) –

Sat 24th Feb Slough Jets 1-2 Streatham Redhawks C F
Sun 25th Feb Streatham Redhawks 1-0 Slough Jets C F

NIHL North 2 (Laidler) –

Sat 24th Feb Telford Tigers NIHL 2 3-5 Sutton Sting C F
Sun 25th Feb Nottingham Lions NIHL 2 2-5 Coventry NIHL Blaze L
Sun 25th Feb Sutton Sting 2-5 (OT) Telford Tigers NIHL 2 C F

NIHL South 2 (Wilkinson) –

Sat 24th Feb Guildford Phoenix 4-3 Peterborough Phantoms NIHL 2 C F
Sun 25th Feb Chelmsford Warriors 10-11 (OT) Lee Valley Lions L/C

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