First Team Star
Feb 26, 2017, 10:32 PM
Location: South Hampshire
Team(s): Hants/Middx/Sussex Non-League, Brentford, THFC, Eastleigh, SC Freiburg
English National League Division 1 South
Re: [Roger D] Where are you going - where did you go? ICE HOCKEY
Solent Devils 5 Milton Keynes Thunder 2
Admission £9-00 inc programme attendance est 120
7th v 6th/8
These two played last night at MK, Devils apparently lucky to get a 4-3 victory. Today's win means they are now level on points but Devils have two games in hand, so it looks like 6th place secured. Playoffs will be either Invicta or Streatham.
This game was played at the usual frantic pace, lots of scrapping for the puck, lots of goalmouth incident, but all played in a sporting spirit.
Thunder hit the post after 30 seconds and Devils scored after 1:30. They added to that 12 mins later but the score flattered them at the end of the first period.
Devils had lots of pressure at the start of the second but seemed reticent to shoot. Thunder came back into it and were more willing to shoot, most notably with the equaliser from the blue line with 10 seconds to go in the period.
It was even in the third until Petts (who played for Basingstoke last night) suddenly broke on the left and fired a shot across NM Wride to give Devils the lead again. Two more goals in the last four mins sealed the win, the first causing some amusement as two rebounds meant that Wride didn't know where the puck was until it was in the net.
As Roger D says, Guildford join MKL in the Elite next season; everyone in the EPL and the NIHL1/2 are awaiting the fallout from that. It may mean that British players are available as the new Elite teams replace theirs with imports. We may see MK Thunder strengthen enough with ex-MKL players to go into the EPL. Bracknell (Bees and Hornets) might also combine resources. I'm guessing! I do expect to be seeing a few new teams next season, and hope to see some Elite games at last.
If you're going to/been to a Hampshire Premier League match, I'd really appreciate you filling in a questionnaire - available in the Groundhopping/General section, or just PM me for a copy. Thanks.
(This post was edited by HantsLondoner on Feb 26, 2017, 10:33 PM)