NIHL round-up | 6-7 January

Leeds Knights maintained their lead at the top of the Planet Ice NIHL National Division with back-to-back victories over Peterborough Phantoms at the weekend.

Despite a late surge from the Phantoms in the late stages of Saturday’s clash at the Planet Ice Leeds, the Knights held on to win the first tie 5-3, before claiming a 4-1 victory in the reverse fixture away at Peterborough on Sunday evening.

Close rivals Milton Keynes Lightning kept the pressure on the Knights as they stormed into an emphatic 10-1 win over Sheffield Steeldogs at the Planet Ice Milton Keynes on Saturday.

Swindon Wildcats also enjoyed a four-point weekend after they overcame Raiders IHC 7-3 on Saturday before initiating an inspiring comeback from 4-1 down to win 7-6 in a thriller against Bees IHC.

Raiders IHC would bounce back from their defeat against the Wildcats with a 4-2 win on the road at Sheffield Steeldogs the following day.

Another side that went 2/2 over the weekend were Telford Tigers, who claimed back-to-back victories over Hull Seahawks with a 4-3 win at home on Saturday before travelling to East Yorkshire to round off a perfect game week with a 5-2 victory.

Solway Sharks moved up to 8th in the league table with their own perfect weekend as they recorded two victories at home against Bristol Pitbulls – running out 6-4 and 5-3 wins, respectively.

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 –

Sat 6th Jan Leeds Knights 5-3 Peterborough Phantoms
Sat 6th Jan Milton Keynes Lightning 10-1 Sheffield Steeldogs
Sat 6th Jan Solway Sharks 6-4 Bristol Pitbulls
Sat 6th Jan Swindon Wildcats 7-3 Raiders IHC
Sat 6th Jan Telford Tigers 4-3 Hull Seahawks
Sun 7th Jan Bees IHC 6-7 Swindon Wildcats
Sun 7th Jan Hull Seahawks 2-5 Telford Tigers
Sun 7th Jan Peterborough Phantoms 1-4 Leeds Knights
Sun 7th Jan Sheffield Steeldogs 2-4 Raiders IHC
Sun 7th Jan Solway Sharks 5-3 Bristol Pitbulls

NIHL North 1 (Moralee) –

Sat 6th Jan Blackburn Hawks 5-7 Deeside Dragons
Sat 6th Jan Hull Jets 6-3 Widnes Wild
Sat 6th Jan Sheffield Scimitars 2-6 Billingham Stars
Sun 7th Jan Deeside Dragons 6-3 Blackburn Hawks
Sun 7th Jan Nottingham Lions 3-4 (OT) Hull Jets
Sun 7th Jan Solihull Barons 6-5 (OT) Wides Wild
Sun 7th Jan Whitley Warriors 5-2 Sheffield Scimitars

NIHL South 1 (Britton) –

Sat 6th Jan Oxford City Stars 5-7 Invicta Dynamos
Sat 6th Jan Slough Jets 7-4 Chelsmford Chieftains
Sat 6th Jan Solent Devils 4-1 Milton Keynes Thunder
Sun 7th Jan Chelmsford Chieftains 6-2 Slough Jets
Sun 7th Jan Invicta Dynamos 4-5 (SO) Solent Devils
Sun 7th Jan Streatham Redhawks 10-1 Oxford City Stars

NIHL North 2 (Laidler) –

Sat 6th Jan Coventry NIHL Blaze 2-1 (SO) Sutton Sting
Sat 6th Jan Kingston Sharks 5-8 Bradford Bulldogs
Sat 6th Jan Sheffield Titans 4-5 Altrincham Aces
Sun 7th Jan Billingham Buccaneers 5-1 Sheffield Titans
Sun 7th Jan Bradford Bulldogs 0-3 Coventry NIHL Blaze
Sun 7th Jan Telford Tigers NIHL 2 10-0 Kingston Sharks

NIHL South 2 (Wilkinson) –

Sat 6th Jan Bristol Pitbulls NIHL 2 9-0 Solent Junior Devils
Sat 6th Jan Guildford Phoenix 7-2 Cardiff Fire
Sat 6th Jan Invita Mustangs 4-5 Basingstoke Buffalo
Sat 6th Jan Peterborough Phantoms NIHL 2 11-1 Lee Valley Lions
Sun 7th Jan Basingstoke Buffalo 4-1 Invicta Mustangs
Sun 7th Jan Oxford Rising Stars 3-5 Guildford Phoenix

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