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Post here for all things Ice Hockey...



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Is this really the most interesting thread on a football forum?
According to the top 20 threads (views) on the main page it's had 80,000 plus visits!


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No, it is because it has been detached from the original thread which DID have 80k+ views. Only a few hundred views in reality.



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Wednesday February 9th 2011

English Premier League Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg

Slough Jets 8 Guildford Flames 4

Great performance from the Jets to take a 4 goal lead into the 2nd leg in early March.

Missing Jets Saturdays home game with Manchester but we at the away League match at Guildford Sunday.


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Sunday 25th September 2011
ENIHL Northern Section Division One
Whitley Warriors v Coventry ENL Blaze
5pm @ Whitley Bay Ice Rink



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Sunday 25th September 2011
ENIHL Northern Section Division One
Whitley Warriors v Coventry ENL Blaze
5pm @ Whitley Bay Ice Rink



Warriors won 3-2

Admission £7.50
Decent Programme £2

Good competive game at a large venue in need of a bit of TLC and right next to Whitley Bay FC



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Saturday 1st October
English National Ice Hockey League Div One North
Trafford Metros 5 Blackburn Hawks 0 (at Altrincham - same arena as Manchester Phoenix of the EPL)
Att: 120 ish
Admission £5
Programme/Raffle £2 (combined)

Very claustophobic, 3 sided arena which flatters to deceive in that getting a view of the whole ice pad from the raised seating appears nigh on impossible.

The good news is that Hawks were so bleedin' awful that the less we saw of it the better Laugh

Trafford have been top of the pile since the season started and it's not hard to see why, one of the best teams in the truest sense (ie everyone working their backsides off for eachother) I've seen this season. They'll probably run out of steam and get overtaken by Billingham once they catch up with their fixtures, but they've improved out of sight from the team that finished bottom last year and good luck to them.


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Rapid Solicitors Elite Ice Hockey League
Hull Stingrays 2 Nottingham Panthers 3
Admission £15
Programme £2
Attendance unknown


Identical scoreline to their previous meeting at Hull Arena a fortnight ago. Nottingham just about deserved their win against their much smaller & less well funded hosts. Arena is very similar to Basingstoke's, just a bit neater and newer looking.


This tick leaves me with just Braehead Clan to complete the Elite League now that Newcastle Vipers have dropped out and Manchester Phoenix are all that remains in the EPL.



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Bradford Bulldogs 9 Fylde Flyers 2
ENIHL Div 2 North
Att: 90 (h/c)
Admission: £2
Prog: Nil

One of the few remaining old style ice hockey venues, being on the first floor of a 1950/60's Mecca Complex close to the Film and TV Museum, Alhambra Palace Theatre and City Centre. It's tatty, run down, dirty, wet and horrible, but I love the place!

There is a small amount of bench seating very close to the action on one side and at one end, but viewing from either is poor. The best view is on the balcony which is great, albeit there's only room for around 50 up there. Normally you'd have no problem gettinga view, but as around 50 Fylde supporters were here, it was quite cosy for once up there.

The result was never in doubt as the younger, fitter Bradford side out skated and out hit the new Fylde side who seem to struggle on larger sized rinks (theirs is tiny - 1st home game now due on November 12th).

One point of interest with Fylde though is that include Latvian U20 International Elvis Veldze who has now scored 8 of their nine goals in the two games he's played thus far. The problem is they have no players of a similar standard to play with him!

Then on Sunday it was off to:

Blackburn Hawks 9 Coventry Blaze (ENL) 3
ENIHL Div 1 North
Att: 550 (est)
Adm: £6 (£3 concessions)
Prog: 40 pages, £1.50

I've covered Blackburn Arena more than once before but it is worth mentioning that the crowds are on the way back up and the matchnight presentation quite slick now as well.

For once the Hawks responded to the atmosphere (they are notoriously unpredictable) and came back from a 3-1 1st interval defecit to score 8 straight goals and blow Coventry away, especially in the 3rd period.

Well worth doing if you've not been.

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Used to go skating to the Bradford rink when I was at secondary school in the late 70s. It (the rink, not my school) was a right dump even then!


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Sunday 23rd October 2011
Billingham Stars 6 Blackburn Hawks 1
English National Hockey League North
Admission £7
Programme £2 (16pp, plus raffle ticket)
Attendance 600 (estimate)


Well, the Billingham Forum has changed a bit since my time working on Teesside in the 1990s. The place recently reopened after a two-year refurbishment costing £18.5m. I used go there for theatre, not ice hockey, but rectified that omission this evening. It's now an impressive complex - modern, bright and inviting. The ice rink (officially the TFM Radio Ice Arena) is a brilliant facility, offering more than 800 seats in an overall capacity of 1,100. This match attracted a decent crowd, about the average for Billingham, and was boosted by a coach of Blackburn fans.

Billingham, unbeaten league leaders, won fairly comfortably. They went ahead after just 29 seconds through Richie Thornton, and always had an edge in teamwork, passing and shape. James Udell (11:04) made it 2-0 before Chris Arnone (13:45) pulled one back. Andy Thornton (16:12) gave the Stars (no longer Bombers after a merger with Newcastle) a 3-1 advantage after the first period. Adam Robinson (20:47, powerplay), Simon Hehir (21:26) and Andrew Finn (24:58) struck quickly in the second period to increase the lead to 6-1. Ric Hughes fluffed a sitter following Blackburn's best move of the night. The third period was scoreless, though it was enlivened by a gloves-off fist fight ('roughing', they call it), and Arnone hit the pipes for the visitors with a minute and a half to go.

Only my second ice hockey 'tick', and much more enjoyable than last month's 16-1 romp for Solway Stars at Flintshire Freeze, whose Deeside Leisure Centre rink at Connah's Quay was a gloomy throwback to the 1970s.


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Wednesday 26th October 2011
Hull Stingrays 9 Braehead Clan 4 (4-2, 8-3, 9-4)
Elite League
Admission £15
Programme £2 (28pp, full colour, glossy)
Attendance 932 (looked less)
Filter coffee (in a foam cup) £1.50


Tempted my brother across from Bradford for his ice hockey debut, and we both enjoyed a first look at Elite League action. Definitely a step-up, not least in admission price, from the matches I'd seen in the divisions below at Flintshire and Billingham. I wasn't overly impressed with Hull Arena, which is down in the docks, a few hundred yards west of the marina, five minutes' walk from the railway station. Though purpose built, its dated facilities seemed rather tired. Irritatingly, it was impossible to get a clear view of the whole ice pad. A large percentage of the seats here must count as 'restricted'. The low ceiling produced an intimate atmosphere, however. Advertising on the building's exterior made reference to 'The Most Versatile Arena'. Bit of a puzzle. Do they hold car boot sales, or theatre, on the ice?!

Hull went into this match on the back of only their second win of the season (at Dundee on Sunday), and chalked up another victory to leapfrog Glasgow-based Clan and go sixth in the table. Stingrays always had the edge. Two goals in nine seconds (ice hockey is a dream come true for lovers of statistics) in the first period put them firmly in control. Clan had their chances, but the home netminder made some great saves. The third period looked set to be scoreless before both teams netted in the last three minutes. Frantisek Bakrlik's final strike for Stingrays was the goal of the night - a first time angled slash into the top corner from the boards. Jason Silverthorn got a hat-trick for Hull. Matt Haywood bagged a brace for Clan, who brought about 30 fans with them. None seemed at all pleased with their team's display.

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Sunday 20th November 2011
Sheffield Steelers 3 Nottingham Panthers 2 OT (2-0, 0-2, 0-0)
Elite League
Admission £15 (plus rip-off £1.50 booking fee)
Programme £3 (48pp, colour, glossy, overpriced)
Attendance 6,500 (estimate)
Bottle of water £1.60 (insane pricing; wouldn't normally, but I forgot to take my own)


What a thoroughly enjoyable sporting occasion this was. Sheffield and Nottingham are British ice hockey's 'Big Two' with previous going back years and this latest explosive encounter between the deadly rivals did not disappoint. Mark Thomas's marker 61 seconds into sudden death overtime gave Steelers a victory they barely deserved, having been dominated in the second and third periods. Ashley Tait put Sheffield ahead just 48 seconds into the match and he then doubled their lead with a breakaway strike on 09:36. Tempers frayed big time in the second period, with a stack of penalties handed out for misdemeanours such as roughing and high sticking. An apparently intimidated Steelers were on the back foot throughout, and Panthers levelled through Jordan Fox (22:09) and Danny Meyers (23:27). Only two incidents of fighting in a tense - but more open - third period, with chances spurned at both ends. A big crowd included loads of families, many with young children. Other sports take note! A huge contrast to the rugby union I saw at Lymm the previous day, where most of the spectators were 50-plus.

I was very impressed with the Motorpoint Arena, which has steeply-raked seating at one end and along both sides. Capacity, we were told, is about 10,000. Though we were fairly high up and some way back from the ice pad, we never felt anything other than intimately involved in the action. It's fun watching the minnows in various sports, but occasionally it's great to see two teams who represent (in this country, at least) the best at what they do. In terms of sheer intensity, this pulsating arm wrestle was head and shoulders better than the Hull Stingrays-Braehead Clan fixture (also in the Elite League) I watched about three weeks ago.


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Saturday 3rd December 2011
Sheffield Steelers 4 Cardiff Devils 2
Elite League
Admission £16.50 (pay on the night)
Programme £3 - quite enjoyed this issue. Maybe because it has novelty value as I know very little about Ice Hockey
Attendance - hard to tell as there were a lot of empty seats - 3,000 ?


I think my last Ice Hockey fixture was about 5 years ago at the Peterborough Phantoms. Before that 3 fixtures at Richmond Flyers a very long time ago. Impressed with the Arena although the catering was overpriced so didn't bother. Very slick presentation which was good and would be even more so with more people in attendance.


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Sunday 4th December 2011
Guildford Flames 5 Bracknell Bees 0 (3-0, 2-0, 0-0)
English Premier League Cup
Admission £8.95
Programme £2 (36pp)
Attendance 1,500 (estimate)

Mixed feelings about The Spectrum. It is a superb multi-sport complex, but viewing for ice hockey (even in the most expensive seats) is not great. Seeing the whole ice pad is impossible and foolishly positioned ironwork makes the problem worse. Still, once one had become accustomed to craning one's neck, it wasn't too bad. The rink is a smashing modern facility. There was a cracking atmosphere (at least in the opening period), with spectator accommodation on both sides and at each end certainly helping in this regard.

Guildford were comfortable winners of this derby, chalking up a seventh straight victory. Ben Campbell (4:39), Nathan Rempel (8:50) and Curtis Huppe (12:18) put the Flames firmly in control. A gloves-off fight between Andrew Sharp and Brad Watchhorn had everyone on their feet. In the second period, Guildford extended their lead through Andrew Hemmings (23:56) and Stuart Potts (25:00). Lukas Smital struck the pipes in a one-on-one - the nearest Bracknell went to scoring. Mark Lee, in the Flames goal, made several top saves. The hosts should have added at least two more in the final period, but saw on effort come back off the bar and a tap-in blazed wide.

Two of our party of four were witnessing live ice hockey for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Guildford are a vibrant, well supported club and worth a visit, despite the restricted viewing.


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Saturday 10th December 2011
Fylde Flyers 9 Bradford Bulldogs 4
English National Ice Hockey League Div 2 North (level 4)
Admission: £5
Programme/Prize Draw: £2 (combined)
Att: 130 (h/c)

Well, we finally got there after beginning to wonder if it would ever happen. Competitive Ice Hockey is back on the Fylde Coast after an 18 year hiatus.

Was it worth the wait? You bet it was!

It's very "old school", in that the rink is small (36x22m, most rinks in this country are either 56x24 or 60x30), so you get a lot of hits and a lot of shots (SOG 76-58!) and when you get a lot of close contact stuff inevitably you get the odd ruck as well, which, let's face it, keeps a lot of the punters happy. There is no plexi glass, just netting at the ends and the netting is deemed "live" so stoppages for puck hitting the net are non existant. This is somewhat offset though by the higher than average number of icing calls because of the short length of the ice. It's not a rink for free flowing pure hockey, but for those who like their hockey of the "crash, bang, wallop" variety, it's great fun!

The building is very "cosy", with spectator viewing available from the bar behind the goal at one end, and also on a length of the rink balcony on one side, which has around 150 tiered seats plus some standing, plus behind the netting, beneath the bar. In addition to the bar area (no draught beer as yet) there is also a cafe on the ground floor.

The home side, currently second bottom with 1 win from 7 (all played away of course) were never in danger of losing this game to a short benched Bradford side (10 men total), period scores being 3-0/4-1/2-3. Latvian U20 International Elvis Veldze led the way with 4+1 and you suspect that he'll score shedloads on this rink as the season progresses. The rest of the squad is pretty much locally based, with two players still playing (Tony Melbourne and Wayne Whitby) who played in the last season of the old Blackpool Seagulls club in 92-3. Granted they were only 17 at the time.

Face Offs are now 5pm, so there is good chances to double up wth a number of West Lancs grounds at 2pm. If you park well and get away very quick it would also be possible to do Fleetwood Town at 3pm. It's less than 10 minutes from Highbury to the rink on Cleveleys sea front.

Next game is on Jan 7th v Sutton.


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Ice hockey, DEL (top level in Germany)
Adler Mannheim v Kölner Haie 4-0 (2-0,1-0,1-0), Admission €25, programme free (4 pages, A4 size), pizza slice and coke €5.80, att. 12,663.

This was a day at the office shifting papers for Adler Mannheim against a Köln side that offered nothing going forward. With it being 1st against 6th with only 10 points separating the two sides before the game, I had anticipated a closer game. A truly runwellian journey, delayed plane, delayed train, but managed to miss only three minutes still. The steward at the entrance asked me to wait for a stoppage before finding my seat. This turned out to be a 2 min sinbin for a Köln player. Despite not looking convincing, Mannheim managed a goal when their forward skated round the goal and played the puck neatly in in front of the keeper where it was bundled home. It was a niggly game at this stage with many skirmishes on and off the puck. Köln got their chance to make a game of it when a home player earned himself a match penalty and a 5 min sinbin for a bad tackle from behind. Köln’s ineptness tonight was epitomised as rather than put Mannheim under serious pressure, a back slipped and lost the puck in the build up of an attack leaving a home forward with a one-on-one with the keeper. In the detail of the match, the forward kept cool, extremely cool, and made the keeper move before he wrong-footed him twice to lay the puck neatly into the bottom corner amidst much jubilation from the large crowd, only 150-200 supporters had made the trip from Köln. The 2nd and 3rd period followed in the same vein, Mannheim soaking up what feeble efforts Die Haie managed and controlling the game completely carving out chances regularly. A moment of controversy as the puck was in the net midway through the 2nd period but the referee ruled out the goal after video review, a home player had scored with his skate. The third goal was a clinical finish in play 5 against 3 and after that the intensity of the game evaporated slowly. The final goal, near the end, came about after slack defending and poor goalkeeping.

This was my first ice hockey game in Germany and I was a tad disappointed by the standard of play. Too many instances of players losing footing when unchallenged and poor passing under no pressure. Also both teams managed to play themselves off side while playing 5 against 4 on more than one occasion. Nevertheless, a good evening was had.

SAP arena is a fairly new state-of-the-art build and is easily reached by local trains. Two continuous tiers, separated by a ring of executive boxes, make for a compact arena holding around 13,500. One end is standing on both tiers and most of the singing and chanting naturally emanates from this end. The atmosphere tonight was great. I was seated on the second row of the upper tier and whilst not feeling far from the action, we had to lean forward to see the near side of the rink. SAP is the company of Dietmar Hopp, the bankroller of Hoffenheim, who is also heavily involved in Adler Mannheim. The arena is shared with Rhein Neckar Löwen from the handball bundesliga.


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Second half of a double with Corby Town v FC Halifax Town in Conference North...

Saturday 7th January 2012
Nottingham Panthers 2 Cardiff Devils 4 (0-1, 1-1, 1-2)
Elite League
Admission £16 (plus rip-off £1.50 booking fee)
Programme £2.50 (48pp)
Attendance 5,026


An exciting contest in front of a packed crowd between two teams in the top half of the table. Full credit to Devils netminder Stevie Lyle, who pulled off a string of superb saves (36 in total) to earn the visitors victory from a game in which they were heavily out-shot. Lyle was very unlucky not to be named Devils' man of the match. That honour went to the lively Jeff Pierce, who, in the third period, scored Cardiff's third goal on the powerplay (47:55) and then set up the clincher for Phil Hill (56:31). Stuart MacRae's powerplay goal (03:00) gave the Welsh club the lead during the opening session. Sean McAslan (20:50) equalised, only for Hill (22:52) to restore Cardiff's advantage. In the final period, David Beauregard (44:49), on the powerplay, brought the scores level before the Devils won it late on. Absorbing stuff. You certainly couldn't take your eyes away from this one. Couple of decent fist fights, too, to get the crowd on their feet. And blood on the ice from an accidental high stick to the face of a Cardiff player. Anyone heading to the National Ice Arena should be aware that parking is a nightmare. Whose daft idea was it to site a facility like this, without dedicated parking, right in the city centre?


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Saturday 7th January
Fylde Flyers 5 Sutton Sting 6
English National Ice Hockey League Division 2 North
Att: 250 (est)
Admission: £5
Programme: £1 (12 pages, colour, much improved)

I did a full write up on this for their first game but just a few points to note:

1) If you want a good view get there early (gates open around 4-30) as this looks like being the norm, crowd wise, and it was very cosy indeed on Saturday! There are currently around 120 seats on the balcony, plus standing for around 60-80, otherwise you are in the bar area which is behind glass, behind the goal (albeit upstairs so the view is good if you are at the front). There are no spectators allowed at ice level.

2) Programme is now separate from raffle and has been improved considerably from the first late minute rushed effort.

3) There is still no licenced bar, but the cafe is open and there is a reasonable Harvester Pub 2 minutes away, the other side of the cinema in which you can get a decent meal (and feed youself silly at the free salad bar!)

There are plans to increase the seating capacity asap, but in the mean time if you are planning a trip, arrive as close to 4-30 as you can.


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Just been reading on the Redskins forum that Oxford have closed down. It also looks like the Bristol rink will close later in the year with no replacement proposed.


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There is still minor hockey continuing at Oxford though, it's only the main team that has packed up.

With Bristol I understand the rink will go, as the lease is up. It's not a rink I've been to, so will try ro fit in one of their Sunday matches before they fold & the bulldozers move it. It's supposed to be one of the biggest dumps in hockey, so I'd like to see for myself! ;-)



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Just been reading on the Redskins forum that Oxford have closed down. It also looks like the Bristol rink will close later in the year with no replacement proposed.



Oxford have pulled the ENL1 team out of the league, but will still be in senior hockey with the ENL2 side.


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With Bristol I understand the rink will go, as the lease is up. It's not a rink I've been to, so will try ro fit in one of their Sunday matches before they fold & the bulldozers move it. It's supposed to be one of the biggest dumps in hockey, so I'd like to see for myself! ;-)


I have to agree it is a real dump but still sad to see it close. The mould growth on the concrete, caused by years of untreated condensation was a blatant health hazard. I commented then that it needed a good "lick of paint". I counted the attendance on the day (Pitbulls v Slough) as 48 so very sad that demand is not really there to provide another facility. We were on holiday in the Cotswolds at the time and took in quite a few sports fixtures in the area. As a comparsion the local Flyers Basketball team had almost 1,000 for a PSF in the same week in an immaculte newish facility at the university campus.


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Sunday 15th January 2012
Blackburn Hawks 3 Billingham Stars 1 (3-0, 0-0, 0-1)
English National League Division One North
Admission £6
Programme £1.50 (48pp)
Attendance 400 (estimate)


Blackburn inflicted only the second league defeat of the season on divisional leaders Billingham. The Hawks won on merit, too. First period goals from Rick Hughes (5:57), Tom King (15:05) and Jared Owen (16:40) put them firmly in control. The visitors had a man advantage for much of the second period as Blackburn skaters were despatched at regular intervals to the sin bin by a referee who was booed off the ice at the end of the session. But the hosts held firm at the back. The third period was much more free-flowing, with some end-to-end stuff. Anthony Price (52:02) got a shorthanded strike back for the Teessiders, who despite pulling their goalie late on, could not score again. Steadier finishing was required.

Blackburn Ice Arena, part of the Townsmoor Retail Park close to the railway station, is an odd place. The exterior gives the impression the rink is very modern. Internally, it certainly isn't. We arrived in time for the doors opening, and secured places on the back row of a section of padded seats right on the halfway line. From there, the viewing was excellent. There are plenty of seats on either side, though most of one side (for whatever reason) was closed off. A raised balcony, by the bar, at the near end is another superb vantage point. The cavernous rink, with high, arched roof, felt a little like an aircraft hangar.

One thing we did notice was the temperature. In my short experience of watching ice hockey, this is by some margin the coldest venue I've visited. Wrap up warmly if you're heading there! Quite a contrast to last week's match at Nottingham Panthers, whose National Ice Arena home was so well heated, we could have spectated in swimming trunks. Mind you, Nottingham cannot hold a candle to Blackburn when it comes to parking: free spaces in a dedicated car park right next to the rink. Decent programme, too. Much better value than the one I obtained at Billingham for the reverse fixture between these clubs.

One other thing: when the match officials' decisions were going against Blackburn in the second period, a rendition of 'Three Blind Mice' was played over the PA. Nice one!


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5 match report's on Portugal weekend to follow !!!



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Only one previous visit to Russia in 2006 for Football, perhaps I should Post on the Football section ? Nevertheless Moscow in August is far different to January but with Wood'sy we "meddled about" between the Matches, whereas this time with a Professional Tour Company we were out of the Hotel by 09.00 for a varid Itinerary before the Main Item, the HOCKEY.

The Thursday Evening Game was DYNAMO MOSCOW vs Lev Poprad played at the 8,500 capacity Luzhinki Arena, in the same Complex as the Football Stadium. All Seater and as with all other Games Seats along the Side with good sight lines. Adm was R 500 (R46 = £1) with a R 100 Prog. The Visitors are from Slovakia and led 0-1 at end of first, however 2 Goals in each of the following Periods deservedly gave Dynamo a 4-1 Win.

On Friday Evening we travelled to the CSKA Ice Palace, close to the Fotball Stadium for CSKA MOSCOW vs Dinamo Riga, Adm R 500 Prog 100, the Visitors scoring the only Goal in the First Period, but again the Homesters recovered to score Two for a barely deserved 2-1 Victory.

Saturday early Evening saw us visit the 5,500 capacity Sokolniki Arena for SPARTAK MOSCOW vs Amur Khaborvask, unlike the other Visiting Teams is in Russia, albeit the furthest away some 5,296 miles from Moscow. Adm R 700 Prog 100. This proved the best Game, Amur taking a first period lead with Spartak equalizing to be 1-1 at 60 minutes. Extra time with 4 on 4 led to a decisive Winner to Spartak.

None of the Arena's were able to sell Alcohol, however we did partake after Games, our Hotel charged R 330 for a Pint of local Beer, although was available next door at the Railway Station Bar for R 75, we settled for the middle option paying between R 190-230 at other nearby Bars. Food was plentyful and cheap, as were Coffee Shops !

Best Touristy Bits were the Kremlin and Stalins Secret Bunker, the others of great interest, whilst the River Cruise was relaxing. All needed to be done, just in case never to return.

For all Games we went by Metro following onto our Day Visits, but collected by Coach thereafter for the return to the Hotel.

The Tour next Year is expected to include St. Peterburg, also Football if the Schedule is out in time. BRING IT ON


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Saturday 28th January 2012
Fylde Flyers 3 Solway Sharks 11 (2-2, 0-4, 1-5)
English National League Division Two North
Admission £5
Programme £1 (12pp)
Attendance 180 (estimate)


Part two of a double which began with Fleetwood losing at home to Eccles in rugby union's North Lancs/Cumbria League. More in the rugby union section.

Little to add to what Seagull has said already about this excellent venue, the bijou SubZero ice rink on Cleveleys promenade. The tiny ice pad (just 36m long and known to locals as 'The Puddle') produces plenty of frenetic, elbow-to-elbow action. Being brand new, the facilities are first rate. The return of the sport to the Fylde Peninsula certainly appears to be going down well. The crowd, accommodated on the far side and at the near end, was very enthusiastic and included lots of families. Always good to see.

Dumfries-based Solway Sharks, who boast a 100 per cent league record this season, are a cut above everyone in the division, but it took even them a full session to dial in to the intimate surroundings. Flyers held them 2-2 in the opening period before Sharks' class began to tell. A 4-0 second session put the match beyond the hosts, and Solway added another five goals in the third, though Flyers did manage a popular late consolation.

Good to meet up again with Seagull, and also to make the acquaintance of The Wall, who was up from t'Smoke for a bit of crisp Northern air, arriving at the SubZero rink via West Lancashire League footy at Fulwood Amateurs.

Flyers have nine home matches left and, with 5pm starts, there is every opportunity for doubling up with football or, as I did, rugby union.


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Fylde Flyers 3 Solway Sharks 11 (2-2, 0-4, 1-5)

Andy summed it up nicely, also nice to have met up for the first time, also AndyS in his Official capacity, suggested he should arrange a Hop to include and ask Youngster to orginize, still don't understand his responce ! Just to add on to the small size of the Ice, understand it is the minimum for Senior (Competative) Hockey currently allowed, bet'cher if Fylde and Grimsby withdrew, then could well be amended ! Some "interesting" facts for me, saw the Goal Tender score for the 1st time, a push out into the far corner, hit the Boards and was deflected into the Net by a Defender's Skate, off an offensive Players Skate would not have stood. As No own Goals in Hockey, given to the last offensive Player to touch. Also I commented to AndyS that there were no "Icing" calls, he assures me there were at least two ! Finally, Intervals reduced to 10 mins as the Zamboni has less Ice to clear and clearly the Players had less far to Skate !


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Couple of points to add, one I don't remember us talking about Youngster or Hops at all (must have been elsewhere, mentally!) and two, for the statto's amongst us, the official gate (ie paying) was 185, so a fine estimate by FL! SOG were Flyers 57, Solway 76.

Just got to dust ourselves down to do it all again against the Champions elect next week. If we can keep 'em down to an 8 goal spread or less, I'd be delighted Cool


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Andy,

We mentioned both Hops and Spanner in recent emails, never best to let the FULL Facts get in the way of the "Story" just ask the Professionals !

Presume Kick Off times will be later in the near future to prove more difficult to "double up", still no such problems for the Welsh Hop, see you there.


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SOG were Flyers 57, Solway 76.



Shocked That sounds absolutely crazy!! I must try to get in a game there whenever in the area.


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MIP - the icepad (puddle!) is 36x22m.

We've played 5 games on it now and the lowest team SOG has been 38, the highest 76. The average between the two sides is around 110 per game. It's very fast, pretty physical and the NM's have a very busy time!


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Andy,

We mentioned both Hops and Spanner in recent emails, never best to let the FULL Facts get in the way of the "Story" just ask the Professionals !

Presume Kick Off times will be later in the near future to prove more difficult to "double up", still no such problems for the Welsh Hop, see you there.


Thank goodness for that, I thought you'd meant on Saturday TongueLaugh

Yes, West Lancs reverts to 3pm in February which will makes things tougher, although Thornton Cleveleys, Norcross & Warbreck and Fleetwood Town will still be doable, with Poulton Town just about OK too.

Blackpool FC isn't really feasible unless you took a bit of a flyer, although you'd probably only be 5 or so mins late.

AFC Blackpool, AFC Fylde & Squires Gate are all about 25-30 minutes away for those who want a higher level, so you'd have to miss a bit of one or the other.

North Lancs league remains at 2pm on Saturday throughout.

Edit: Just read my previous advice on visiting the rink and as crowds appear to have settled around the 170-200 mark there's no problem getting in, so no need to get there around 4-30. Current capacity is around 350 now as some rink side standing is now permitted. A good number of locals come a little late after getting up from Bloomfield Road (when Blackpool are at home) so there isn't the urgency to arrive as early as appeared to be the case. Programmes can be obtained from the merchandise stall onece inside.

Sadly there is still no licenced bar, but the bar area is now serving soft drink, hot drinks and snacks. There is also a cafe downstairs for burgers etc.


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Saturday 28th January 2012
Nottingham Panthers 6 Coventry Blaze 1
Elite League
Admission £16 (plus £1.50 booking fee)
Programme £2.50 (48pp)
Attendance - 5,000 +


First period seemed to drag on for ages. Start time was 7.00pm with the second period starting at 8.00pm. Maybe the long interval was for all the Nottingham supporters to go outside for a fag!

Nice venue with great sightlines. Noisy support but the presentation is not as good as Sheffield.


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Wednesday 8th February 2012

Peterborough Phantoms 2 Guildford Flames 6
English Premier League
Admission £12.00
Programme £2.50
Attendance - around 450

Only my second visit to my local rink. Very slow to get in as spectators had to queue to pay at two booths. Unfortunately as you paid you were issued with a handwritten ticket which was produced there and then? This slowed things up considerably.

After Elite League visits to Nottingham and Sheffield it was down to earth with a bump at Peterborough. The venue is basic and holds 1250 spectators. The sound system isn't the best and the whole place has a bit of a run down feel to it. Saying that though you are very close to the action and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The difference between Elite League and English Premier is immense. The game also appears to be less physical and there was no fight! It was a good game to watch as there were less stoppages than the previous games I had experienced.

Facilities inside are limited to a few table top shops selling raffle tickets, souvenirs etc. There is a decent size cafe selling various types of hot food and an upstairs bar. Programmes are sold from the shop table and hadn't arrived 15 minutes before the start. The dreaded "They are on there way" was used so it was a bonus when they arrived. Although overpriced at £2.50 it's a nice 28 page issue A5 in size and full colour.

The funny of the evening was sitting next to a woman who told me she was a bit mental and she was a Ice Hockey player. Supposedly her brother plays for an Elite League side and she is a man trapped inside a womens body! She also showed me her Ice Hockey tattoo. Lets just say her language was a bit industrial as the puck flew into the ground, hit her on the arm which caused her to drop her pint. Priceless but credit to her she gave the puck to a little kid sitting in front.

A very good evening but if you decide to visit wrap up well it's very cold inside.


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Saturday 11th February 2012

Guildford Flames 7 Peterborough Phantoms 3
English Premier League
Admission £9.50 (dearest price)
Programme £2.00 (incl lucky number for £100 prize)
Attendance - 1509

Only my second hockey game of the season and I still would like to see more this season. Comfortable victory for the Premier League Leaders as Phantoms couldn't maintain a good opening period. A civilised venue for hockey that put on a professional presentation. Despite with 1509 people present, the game lacked the atmosphere found at some smaller rinks in the Division.



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Saturday 11th February 2012

Milton Keynes Lightening 3 Bracknell 2
English Prmier League
Admission £12.00
Programme - £1.50
Attendance - approx 600

Maybe my visit didn't portray MK in a good light but after my Sat Nav gave up the will to live I eventually used my mobile to find the Planet Ice Thunderdome. I was at the correct location but still found it hard to find the venue. Eventually I spotted a group of smokers outside a dark tunnel which luckily had the Planet Ice sign above it. Entrance is down this long dark tunnell to a pay kiosk. With the lights off and the disco lights on it made the whole place seem rather murky. When the lights came up it looked dingy and a bit unloved.

There's quite an intersting entry on wiki about the location -

"In the 1990s the arena was seen as the crown of small ice rinks in the UK and hosted several home games for the Great Britain national team. In the 2000s the arena was converted into a basketball court and used as home venue for the city's British Basketball League side Milton Keynes Lions when they had home games broadcast live on sky sports. This was as the team's main home at the time could not provide the space needed for all equipment needed to broadcast a live game. Now known as Planet Ice Milton Keynes (nicknamed 'The Thunderdome') the ice rink and offers standard Planet Ice services such as public skating sessions, disco skating sessions, after school skating sessions, birthday parties and ice skating lessons (which fall under the brand of Galaxy Gliders). The arena boasts a fully licensed bar which regularly holds private functions, this includes a short spell in the mid 2000's when it was used as a night club on non ice hockey match nights.

The arena is part of a leisure complex which also features a bowling alley, Toys R Us, Argos & gentlemans club. The site previously featured a Homebase store, the Empire nightclub (formally Flamingo's) & the sports bar, Heroes. Greenery and a large pond with a walkover bridge were built along with the then new complex in 1991, however the area has since been neglected and shows signs of decay, with shopping trolley's and drink's cans now filling the pond area instead of tropical fish".

The venue opened in 1991 and has the design of an Eastern European concrete block. Congratulations to the architect who has spectacularly failed in the design brief of providing spectator viewing facilities. Unbelievably poor on the side of the rink I was seated.

Seating is available on 4 sides of the rink with an upstairs bar available and hot food facilities downstairs in the form of a cafe and some portable boiled hot dog stalls. The aroma of boiled hot dogs and onions floats up to the seated areas.

A few stalls are available selling merchandise raffle tickets etc as you enter. Programmes are available from the shop table. It's a 28 page A5 issue which for the price isn't too bad. There is also a club fanzine available.

The match night presentation is poor but maybe's because it's aimed at the MK Choir behind one of the goals. The tradional hand clapping songs are few and far between, replaced instead with noise.

Not a venue I'd recommend.


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Sunday 12th February 2012
Oddset Hockey Games

Stockholm presented itself in the most splendid manner this Sunday morning, temperatures around 0C with the sun shining from a clear sky and we could see the Stockholmers doing their Sunday walks on the frozen lakes on our way to Globen. Globen holds around 13,500 spectators for ice hockey but in its cavernous inside it doesn’t look that many seats. It’s huge.

Russia v Czech Republic 0-4 (0-2,0-1,0-1), Admission SEK90 (£9), tournament programme SEK20, coffee, tea and chocolate SEK77 Shocked, att. 1157.

An insipid game, the Czech Republic took the lead on 2 mins and always looked in control adding three goals, one in each period, while playing 5 against 4.

Then out for a quick lunch in the adjacent Globen shopping centre before the main attraction of the day:

Sweden v Finland 3-1 (0-0,1-0,2-1), Admission SEK270, att. 9263.

What a difference to the first game, fast, fierce and full bloodied with a now decently filled Globen. One of the best ice hockey games I’ve seen. The Finns were a physical lot going hard on the Swedish keeper from the start which sparked a few skirmishes to the delight of the two very loud Finnish girls sitting right behind us. After a goalless 1st period, the Swedes upped the pace in the 2nd period and gave an awesome display of ice hockey. For long periods the Finns, and they aren’t a bad side, were pinned back in their own zone, with a back astonishingly hooking the puck off the line with the keeper beaten at one stage. The Swedish dominance resulted in three 2 mins sin bins for the Finns and at the third attempt Tre Kroner scored and what a goal. The forward cut in towards goal from the right wing lying off the puck diagonally to a back who, skating at speed, drilled an unstoppable shot just inside the post. Galvanised by their lead, the home team continued their dominance in the 3rd period and went further ahead when playing 6 against 5 with a Finnish sin bin waiting when a shot was steered by a forward right in front of the goal. At this stage it was all Sweden but then the Finnish Sisu struck in the following Swedish power play. A Finnish forward driving the puck forward, losing it near the Swedish goal, managing to win it back and turn and drop the puck between the Swedish keeper’s pads. Just as it seemed the home team were about to close the match it was opened again, almost 14 mins still to play. What followed was hugely entertaining, Sweden dominating play but Finland always ready to hit them on the break. Twice Finnish forwards had 1-on-1 situations with the Swedish keeper Victor Fasth and twice the keeper came out on top. Just as everyone was waiting for the final rally, Sweden punctured the game with a little less than two minutes remaining, a forward being allowed the freedom to circle the goal and bringing himself into a shooting position with the Finnish backs nowhere.

A well deserved Swedish win that also won them the mini tournament with 7 points from their 3 games with Czech Republic, Russia and Finland ending on 5, 3 and 3 points, respectively. Of course each side has numerous players in NHL but the players still around in Europe, and we were treated to some of the best of them, are also very, very good.


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...second part of a North West double which began with North One West rugby union at Sandbach

Saturday 18th February 2012
Manchester Phoenix 2 Guildford Flames 2 (0-0, 0-1, 2-1)
English Premier League Cup semi-final first leg
Admission £14 (ouch!)
Programme £3 (terribly overpriced)
Attendance 750 (estimate)


Absolutely fabulous contest between the two heavyweights of the EPL. There was very little to separate the teams (respectively second and first in the table) throughout a tense encounter and a draw was a fair result. Guildford, to the delight of their small army of travelling fans, are now in the box seat for the second leg. Only the frame of the goals kept the first period scoreless. Guildford's Nathan Rempel hit the bar and team-mate David Longstaff struck a post before Phoenix's lively raider Tom Duggan contrived to get a shot to hit both posts before rolling away from the net. Josef Kahut (35:40) eventually broke the deadlock when a Rick Plant assist gave him a gaping goal to aim at. Manchester seemed to be running out of ideas, but equalised through a splendid James Archer (43:19) slap shot from range which rocketed into the top corner. Longstaff (52:48) looked to have won it for the Surrey men when he popped in a soft goal, but the hosts gave themselves some hope for the second leg thanks to Ciaran Long's (53:39) superbly worked and finished close-range effort. Phoenix keeper Steve Fone twice denied Rempel in one-on-ones as a superb match reached a pulsating climax.

After Seagull's earlier disparaging remarks about the viewing at the Silver Blades ice rink in Altrincham, I feared the worst. But from the back row on the halfway line, it was fine. Much better than at Guildford, certainly! What you couldn't see directly below, TV screens suspended from the ceiling relayed in real time. Decent venue, I thought, despite not being especially new. There are raised seating tiers on each side and at the near end. Low marks for Manchester's merchandise stall - in a word, pitiful! Unfortunately, both sets of fans included drummers. Why are these attention seekers allowed to bring in their instruments of torture? The din must (surely) cheese off more spectators than it pleases. Or am I just an old git?


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Saturday 19th February 2012
Nottingham Panthers 5 Sheffield Steelers 1
Elite League
Admission £16 (plus £1.50 booking fee)
Programme £2.50 (48pp)
Attendance - 6,500 - I believe it was a sell out.


Great atmosphere it the first period but very subdued for the rest as the Panthers comfortably won this game.


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Sunday 26th February 2012
Play Off 2, promotion from Division 2 (level 4 in Sweden)
Tyringe SoSS v Boro/Vetlanda 5-3 (1-1,2-1,2-1), Admission SEK60 (£6), programme SEK20 (poor, poor value), coffee SEK10, att. 1320.

In the Swedish ice hockey pyramid there is no fixed promotion/relegation with all such matters resolved during more or less sophisticated play off systems. The game today was the decisive game in a best of three series with the winner entering the final mini league together with three other 2nd Division sides and two 1st Division sides to play off for two spots in next season’s 1st Division. 1st Division is the 3rd level with Elitserien and Allsvenskan being the top two. Boro had won at home on Thursday and Tyringe equalised the series Saturday to set up today’s game which was my first in Sweden outside the top-two levels. It proved to be an excellent and tight game with everyone every bit as much up for it as one would expect for a decisive play off game. The referee adopted a “gloves stay on, players stay on” attitude and no one was sin-binned for roughing. In the end Tyringe, who had won their division in the regular season, prevailed in the 3rd period, the 5-3 goal being scored with about 5 mins to play. A rightful result on the balance of play as the home side were the better team except in the 1st period and in the end they ran off the time convincingly with Boro never getting the chance to settle in the Tyringe zone and replace their keeper with a 6th field player. I was impressed by the skating and standard of play.

Tyringe is a small village (~4000 inhabitants) in the northern part of Skåne about 1 hour by train from Helsingborg. Despite its southern location it has a very Swedish feel to it with plenty of houses made of tree and painted in bright colours and woodland in the vicinity everywhere. Tyrs Hov is a remarkably well appointed sports centre for a village of Tyringe’s size. Ice rink, indoor sports hall and swimming pool all at one place. At the ice rink there are six rows of seats down one side and 12 or 13 steeply raked steps of terracing around the other sides with seats bolted onto the steps behind the player benches on the opposite side. The steps of terracing are painted in the club colours of red, white and blue which gives a nice effect in an arena that abounds with character. At the back wall there were photographs of teams of years gone by. It’s an intimate arena and 1320 spectators, best crowd of the season so far, created a good atmosphere. Places like Malmö Arena and SAP Arena (Mannheim) might be new and shiny but this had the feel of real ice hockey about it! And I quite liked the home shirts, dark blue with Tyringe spelt out diagonally across the front in red letters.


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Sunday 26th February 2012
Whitley Warriors 5 Trafford Metros 2 (1-0, 1-1, 3-1)
English National League North Division One
Admission £7.50
Programme £2 (24pp, decent effort)
Attendance 300 (h/c)
Tea (in a foam cup) £1

Enjoyable game - more closely contested than the score might suggest - at a shabby dump of an ice rink which cannot have seen much investment since it opened in 1955. Quite a shock to discover just how dank, dark, malodorous and (frankly) dirty the place was. The roof, upon which patches of mould could be seen flourishing, looked as though it could collapse at any moment. Lighting was of the 40-watt bulb variety. Elevated rows of dark green seats, on each side and at the end opposite the foyer, merely heightened the sensation of gloominess. In short, the sort of place where one felt obliged to wipe one's feet on the way out. Lovely Art Deco staircase among the rabbit warren of corridors, mind, and in the cosy bar we enjoyed the fabulous black and white photographs depicting Whitley stars of yesteryear. Also, the seats provided a good view of the ice pad. Northern League Whitley Bay FC's Hillheads ground is next door.

Warriors need the points as they battle for the divisional title with North East rivals Billingham Stars, but Trafford, who arrived with a squad of just 14 skaters, made the hosts work very hard for victory. It looked bleak for Metros when they lost a man to the sin-bin after just four seconds and Callum Watson (1:24) immediately put Warriors ahead on the powerplay. Trafford steadied themselves, however, and the rest of the first period was nip and tuck. Dean Holland (30:43) made it 2-0, only for Metros to reply quickly on the powerplay through Jamie Rogerson's picture strike into the top corner of the net (33:13). Whitley, whose squad of 19 afforded a significant advantage, won it with three goals inside five minutes at the start of the third period. Holland (40:27, powerplay), Harry Harley (43:32) and Jordan Barnes (44:53) put the outcome beyond doubt, though Metros got a deserved second marker through Sean Day (56:50).


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Tuesday 20th March 2012
Ice hockey, Play Off semi final
Odense v AaB 3-2 (2-1,0-0,1-1), Admission DKK130 (£15), programme DKK10 (£1) but didn’t bother, hot dog DKK25 (£3), att. 2237.

A hard ground win for Odense to put them 3-0 up in the best of seven semi final series and make it seven straight play off wins. Odense rarely got the speed in their skates they are capable off but a few moments of brilliance was enough to win this tight game and it’s very hard to envisage any kind of AaB comeback after losing tonight. The Aalborg side took the lead playing 5 against 4 but within five minutes they were behind after to beautifully carved Odense goals. What followed was a dour struggle with the sides very much cancelling each other out and few shooting opportunities. AaB equalised within 49 seconds of the start of the 3rd period and looked destined to get something from the game at that point. The equaliser was a great solo effort from a back picking up the puck at the halfway line and skating round the Odense back before slotting home - perhaps just to show the forwards how it should be done! As it happened, Odense scored the winner midway through the period and a final AaB rally was scuppered by two sin bins. True to their form tonight, Odense didn’t get any reward from playing 5 against 3 for more than one minute, an AaB player even got his stick splintered in a tackle but 5 against 2.5 was still too difficult. Anyway, it’s 3-0 and winning on a poor day is championship form!

The turnout was poor for a semi final game but crowds have been low all season and it seems the club is finding it difficult to get people back after a couple of seasons with many problems off the ice and two bottom of table placings. This is a pity as the current team is one of the best Odense sides I’ve seen. Not any big stars but solid as a team and playing some good hockey at times.


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7th April 7pm (7.15pm) Montreal Canadiens 4 Toronto Maple Leafs 1 NHL at the Bell Centre Montreal 21,273

Thats more like it. Very well presented esp. when they first emerge onto the ice.
So for me a lot more enjoyable than the NBA (see previous post)

Very noisy at times especially when the Canadiens scored first.

Last score was a shot, into an empty net, from one end to the other.
It was the last match of the season and another defeat for Toronto as many present, including myself, had watched the earlier MLS game at the Olympic stadium.

I was up on the fourth level having bought a ticket outside for $30.
The guy next to me, a TO soccer fan, shouted so loud he got a free T-shirt.
All of us got a free beer.

Superb fast paced action - but only one short fight.

I would definitely suggest a visit.


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Thursday 22nd March 2012
Ice hockey, Play Off semi final
AaB v Odense 3-5 (0-1,1-2,2-2), Admission DKK100 (£11), programme free, hot dog DKK25 (£3), att. 1523.

Odense came to shut up shop and succeeded despite the scoreline in doing that, the last four goals all coming in a crazy last 8 minutes. It wasn’t a great game, Odense’s tactics not allowing for much free flowing play and full marks to an AaB side who refused to give up despite Odense again and again hitting them at the most hurtful moments. First time was the 1-0 goal coming out of nothing near the end of the 1st period a couple of minutes after AaB had a goal ruled out for high sticking after video review. Second time was the 3-1 goal scored 30 seconds after AaB had reduced the arrears with a well taken shorthanded goal. Third time 4-2 shortly after AaB had fought themselves back in the game with the 3-2 goal with the clock at 52.05. The last Odense goal was scored in an empty net when AaB had taken their goalkeeper off the ice to play with 6 field players. 4-0 against Frederikshavn in the quarter final series and 4-0 against AaB in the semi final series and now the final waiting against either Herning or SønderjyskE who haven’t decided their series yet (3-1 Herning at the moment). Odense didn’t deserve this win but you can’t argue against a winning team but hopefully they will adopt a more positive attitude in the final series.

Gigantium Isarena was built 5 years ago and is part of a big sport complex on the southern outskirts of Aalborg. The rink holds 5,000 spectators in two steeply raked continuous tiers, 10 rows of seats on the lower tier and four rows on the upper tier with standing at both ends on the lower tier. It’s a compact arena, pleasing to the eye, and at a first guess you wouldn’t think it holds 5,000. I can imagine the atmosphere being great when full. Besides the ice rink, the complex has a big indoor hall, about the size of a football pitch where mobile stands can be moved around to cater for different sports, it holds just over 10,000 for handball, a second ice rink without spectator facilities and a swimming pool. All facilities are accessed from a spacious central lobby. Certainly overall a complex the people of Aalborg can be satisfied with.

Been some time since writing up this game and somehow not posting it. Odense now lead Herning by 1-0 in the final series winning 2-0 yesterday.


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Thursday 12th April 2012
Ice hockey, Danish Play Off Final game 3
Odense v Herning 1-8 (1-3,0-2,0-3), Admission DKK140 (£15.50), programme DKK10 (didn’t bother), att. 3280.

With Odense having won the two first final games, 2-0 and 3-2, in the best of seven series, the atmosphere was electric before face off and the roof almost lifted when Odense took a sensational lead on 21 seconds. What followed was bizarre as Odense completely failed to build on the great start and their usually sound defensive came completely apart against a rampant Herning side who had taken the lead within 5 minutes. Odense were never at the races in this game.

However, 48 hours later Odense bounced back and won 2-1 in Herning to go 3-1 in front in the series and so onto:

Tuesday 17th April 2012
Ice hockey, Danish Play Off Final game 5
Odense v Herning 0-2 (0-1,0-0,0-1), Admission DKK140 (£15.50), programme DKK10 (didn’t bother), att. 3280.

A win would have crowned Odense as Danish Champions for the first time but Herning proved too strong tonight in a tense, tight and hard fought game with few goal scoring opportunities. The away side took the lead after 4 minutes and generally controlled the game after that with a strong defensive display. Only a couple of excellent saves from the Odense goalie kept Herning out in the remainder of the 1st period while Odense had their best chances towards the end of the middle period. In the 3rd period Herning were content to man their blue line with four players and Odense rarely were able to settle play in the Herning zone and consequently never looked like scoring. Herning’s second goal was scored with 8 seconds remaining in an empty goal as Odense tried their luck with six field players.

So it’s game 6 in Herning on Thursday evening. A new rink for me... would have liked to save it for next season though. Home “advantage” hasn’t proved much of an advantage in the Final series, the first game was a home win for Odense but the four following games have all been away wins. I hope that trend continues on Thursday!


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Thursday 19th April 2012
Ice hockey, Danish Play Off Final game 6
Herning v Odense 3-0 (0-0,2-0,1-0), Admission DKK130 (£14.50), programme DKK20, att. 3816.

Another tense game with little to choose between the two sides. Herning were a little sharper and took one of their chances midway through the second period hitting home from close range in a skirmish in front of the Odense goal. The Odense defence lost the plot in the following couple of minutes leaving Herning with two 1-on-1s of which the second was converted with a pinpoint shot in the upper corner of the goal. After that it was always going to be difficult for Odense to get back in the game and on the few occasions they got into good shooting positions Herning’s Slovak goalie, Pisar, was their equal. The last goal was scored in an empty net with 5 seconds left. After Odense leading the series 3-1, Herning are now back at 3-3 and Odense are without a goal for 6 periods of hockey. It’s all hugely disappointing right now. And for everything the game tonight could have turned out very different if Odense had taken one of their chances as they looked the more useful side until Herning scored, the closest being a shot on the post playing 5 against 4 early in the 2nd period. Just no luck at all tonight. I’ve been at three of the final games, the three games Odense have lost Pirate.

Herning have been the leading ice hockey club in Denmark over the past 25 years and I was surprised how basic their ice stadium is. 11 steps of terracing down one side and 5 rows of seats down the other side with terracing for the away supporters for the first 15 meters of this side. A small balcony runs continuously round the rink above the seating and terracing with room for sponsors etc. The balcony is set so low that a person above average height wouldn’t be able to stand upright at the back of the terracing.

As usual at ice hockey, both sets of supporters mixed and chatted during the breaks in the concourse with concession stalls or outside the stadium. Having now been to a couple of Odense away games in this play off, it’s all a much more relaxed atmosphere between supporters than at football.

The decisive game 7 Saturday evening in Odense.


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Sunday 16 September 2012
British Elite Ice Hockey League
Coventry Blaze 3 Sheffield Steelers 4 aet
Admission £16 monthly programme £3

Triple-sport weekend finished with, in a year of firsts, my first ever trip to an ice hockey game. The Skydome is less than half a mile from Coventry station and a straightforward walk.

Coventry took the lead twice in the first period only to be pegged back twice. Sheffield then took the lead in the second, with the home side equalising. No goals in the third period led to sudden death extra time and the visitors struck the winner with just under two minutes played.



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Saturday 29th September 2012
Solway Sharks 0 Billingham Stars 5 (0-3, 0-1, 0-1)
@ Dumfries Ice Bowl
National Ice Hockey League North Division One
Admission £7.50
Programme £1 (20pp)
Attendance 250 (estimate)
Bridie £1


Second portion of a tartan double with the Scottish Cup footy at nearby Dalbeattie Star.

Comfortable win for Billingham, who scored three times in the first seven minutes and didn't relax their grip until the third period. Solway were guilty of abysmal finishing and when they did hit the target James Flavell in the Stars goal proved impossible to beat, pulling off several superb saves. The Teessiders added single markers in the second and third periods to inflict the first defeat of the season on the disappointing hosts. Stars fans made up about a quarter of the crowd and provided all of the atmosphere.

Dumfries Ice Bowl, positioned snugly behind the newest stand at Queen of the South FC's Palmerston Park ground, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and a very nice rink it is, too. Clean, modern and well lit. There is elevated seating, offering unimpeded views of the ice pad, on the right side and at far end. The remainder of the spectator accommodation is ice-level standing behind the safety barrier. Refreshments are available in the first floor bar, above the swish foyer. Interesting display of arty shots by a local photographer pepper the walls of the the complex, which includes a curling facility. Can't see me ever being tempted to watch that sport!


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Saturday 29th September 2012
National Ice Hockey League Div 2 North
Fylde Flyers 9 Blackburn Eagles 6
Att: 193 (official), 250 (hc)
Prog: £1 (20pp)

Just a few notes in addition to last years write ups. Face off is till 5pm on a Saturday so a bit tricky to double up unless very local or early KO.

Spectators now have to be upstairs, but the full bar area is now open behind the goal (and behind glass). With around 250 in on Saturday there wasn't a seat to be had, but this was the local derby with a fair few over from Blackburn. If at all possible don't come on the last minute!

Blackburn Eagles are last years' Lancashire Raptors. They have a few better players than last year but I'd still expect them to be the league whipping boys. The three goal margin didn't reflect the game with the Eagles getting 3 pp goals late on in the 3rd period once the result was all but settled.

Fylde should do OK this year but won't trouble the top 3 (Nottingham, Solihull, Deeside), although they did hold Solihull to 5-2 the day after in the Midlands.

Footnote:
Plans have gone in to convert the old TVR Sports Car factory in Bispham (North Blackpool) into an NHL sized ice rink (56x26m, Cleveleys is 36x22), with spectator seating for 300+. If this comes off I'd be most surprised if Fylde Flyers didn't relocate as one of the things holding them back at Cleveleys is the size of the ice pad. A number of top local players won't join them because of this.


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3rd October 2012 Avtomobilist Ekaterinburg 0 Slovan Bratislava 1 Kontinental League 3,000

A small compact arena where even from the cheap seats (200 roubles plus 80 for a decent progarmme)
you get the full experience of the noise and intensity of the sport.

The game started at 7pm and finished at 9,15pm with a delay due to removing debris from the ice after one of the players smashed through the glass perimeter.

Slovan were much the better team with many more shots on the Avto net. Their winner came during a power play in the second period.

The visitors had Janus (handy name for a goaltender) and Satan in their team.

In the end not much for the home fans to cheer as Avto - now two wins out of ten - were definitely second best.

16 degrees inside about 2 outside minus a severe wind chill.

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English National League South Div 1

Solent & Gosport Devils 2 Wightlink Raiders 3

admission £8-00 inc programme, attendance est 220

bottom (7 losses out of 7) v second (unbeaten in 5)
Devils improving all the time after a terrible start in Div 1 having come up as champions of Div 2, very unlucky here. They scored in the first minute and the visitors only pulled ahead at the end of the first period. It got niggly towards the end of the second period as the Raiders got frustrated. Devils chased the game in a fast and fluid third period but just lacked the finishing touch they needed. Home netminder Cole had a great game and saved a (dubious) penalty too.
My first ice-hockey game since the 80s (at Southampton Vikings) and no shortage of effort at this level, wouldn't say it was that skilful though. But having watched the game in Germany, I'm probably spoilt. Gosport Ice Rink is unchanged from 10 years ago when I last visited it - pretty small - but the whole complex is being rebuilt as part of a new Leisure Park (car parking currently limited), with the Ice Rink being replaced at the end of this season. Old traditions survive - loud crap music at all possible times, kids running around, shouting abuse at the players, and even the national anthem before the game still. A foghorn indicates a goal for the Devils. I quite enjoyed it - I'll be back.



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When you say replaced...do you mean they're building a new one, with the current one to be demolished, or the current one to be refurbished?

I haven't been to hardly any games over the last couple of seasons, so am out of touch with rink news.



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From this article, just a refurbishment on the same site:

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/...jor-revamp-1-4350211

but the rest of the area has already been pretty much flattened in anticipation of the Leisure Park.

Plans are still not finalised yet, by the sound of it. The capacity can't be more than 1000. Seems to be a busy place, lots of young people there.



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14th October 2012 GKS Katowice 0 JKH Jastrzebie 4 Polish League 700

Jastrzebie scored early and from then until the last few minutes it was very close.

Both teams survived with two men down at times but the away goalie proved the better man and second in the league JKH went on to close out victory.

The match was played in a small arena next to the larger Spodek in, at times, a football style atmosphere.

Again to be close to the action was a noisy, dynamic experience.

And I liked the idea of the complete teams facing each other before the start and then shaking hands at the end (maybe the footballers should do the same ?)


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English Premier League

Guildford Flames 6 Basingstoke Bison 2

admission £9-30, programme £2-00 (quite good), attendance 1274

An unexpected chance to visit the Spectrum to see how it is a step higher than my local team. I also took the opportunity to look at the football ground, of course.
Best attack in the league (but team on a bad run) aganst the best defence in the league. 4th v 2nd. A pretty unexpected result, then.
Flames took the game to Bison right from the start, an early goal, and 3-0 just into the second period. Bison then pulled two back quickly but in a great second period Flames grabbed three more as they overran the visitors. The period ended with a 'helmets off, gloves off' punch-up between two players (only 2+2 each for roughing).
The third period - possession stuff (they're skilful enough to do that at this level) by Flames, who held their lead comfortably.
I liked the Spectrum Arena, a lot. Friendly, well-organised, good prices. A modern rink with the choice of sitting high with a good overall view or sitting/standing low, near the action. TV screen for replays. Quitre a good atmosphere. Better music than Gosport. Shame the catering was mainly Costa and Wimpy. The power plays were sponsored by an estate agent Unsure



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Sunday 4th November
English National Ice Hockey League North Division One
Billingham Stars v Blackburn Hawks
6.30pm @ Billingham Forum



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Sunday 4th November
English National Ice Hockey League North Division One
Billingham Stars 4 Blackburn Hawks 5
Admission £7
Programme £3 for 20 non glossy badly edited pages Pirate


Really good game between two of the better ENL sides at a smart modern well lit arena. All the spectator facilities are on one side with standing downstairs and plenty of seating upstairs providing an excellent unrestricted view of the ice.



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From this article, just a refurbishment on the same site:

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/...jor-revamp-1-4350211

You'll never know how old that makes me feel! I refereed Ice Hockey at Gosport when that rink was brand new. Very similar to the Aldershot Rink built about the same time if i remember correctly.


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Scottish National Ice Hockey League (7pm)
Aberdeen Lynx 1 Solway SNL Sharks 3
Admission £5
Programme None
Attendance 500 estimate

Excellent rink located on The Esplanade a stone's throw from Pittodrie. Rink was very new, clean & impressive with a large bank of seating running all the way along one side. The orginisation however was very poor, no goal judges and also no PA to let you know who or what the penalties were for. The scoreboard didn't work for the 1st quarter either. The quality of play was pretty poor to be honest but as this is the first season of hockey back in Aberdeen and the rink was full of posters advertising for volunteers to help out with various taks on match nights it's hard to be too critical of them.

Excellent crowd and I'm sure things will improve as time goes on. There's no (that I could find) website for the SNL so it was difficult to know too much about the game or who was playing & how well each team have been doing this season. Volunteers dressed in official team jerseys where at Pittordrie before the Aberdeen v Celtic SPL game early in the day handing out flyers for the game.

Aberdeen dressed 21 players so there's clearly interest in the team as was evidenced by the excellent crowd.



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SWINDON WILDCATS 3 Peterborough Phantoms 3 (3-4 OT)
I paid £9 Con Adult £12 Prog £2.50

The Link Arena is some way out of Swindon, changed a lot from my only previous visit in the 80's to see Streatham, that is must have changed, as I didn't recollect anything about it, especially having two seperate Entrances, one for Ground Floor, the other for the much better viewing High Seating Stand above, all numbered and reseved, which almost Sold Out.

Game finished 3-3, must have been a worry (apart from a guaranteed Point) as up till then Wildcats had won 5, lost 7 and drawn 7, ALL of them lost in OT, this was to prove no exception, No Goal in Extra Time, then missing all 3 of their Penalty Shots, Phantoms scoring 1 of 2. Still 17 points from 20 Games is not too bad !


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Scottish National Ice Hockey League (7pm)
Aberdeen Lynx 1 Solway SNL Sharks 3
There's no (that I could find) website for the SNL so it was difficult to know too much about the game or who was playing & how well each team have been doing this season.





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Dec 2, 2012, 9:45 PM

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I said I'd be back to watch the Devils!

04 Nov - Gosport and Solent Devils 1 Cardiff Devils 9
The visiting Devils showed their class here with three in each period, starting with one in 26 seconds. They defended solidly and their attack was way more potent than Solent's. Cardiff's quality, some feisty challenges and a few penalties for 'misdemeanours' made it an enjoyable, if cold, evening.

11 Nov - Gosport and Solent Devils 5 Milton Keynes Thunder 3
At last a win for Devils in their thirteenth game. A battling win, where Solent took the lead, conceded an equalizer, then two goals at the end of the first period gave them the edge. Thunder pulled one back during the second peiod but Devils always just stayed ahead, even though the visitors had 50% more shots. Netminder Cole was in brilliant form again.

02 Dec - Gosport and Solent Devils 5 Streatham Redskins 4
Great game which gives Devils hope of avoiding bottom place. Frantic first period, early goal for Devils, but the Skins had taken the lead by the end. Devils' battling qualities save them net three goals in the second period to lead 4-2. A terrible defensive error quickly followed by the equaliser saw the game on a knife-edge but Devils retook the lead and just clung on despite conceding a stupid power-play at the end. Excellent support for the famous visitors (I saw them twice in the 1980s, at their peak) and a good punch-up after the final whistle, even better than the one at Winchester v Merthyr yesterday. Need I mention netminder Cole again?



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English National Ice Hockey League Cup South Group 1
Advertised face-off time was 5.30pm (game actually started at 5.59pm)
Streatham Redskins 2 Chelmsford Chieftains 8
Admission £8
Programme £2
Attendance 90
Rink #35

Arrived in plenty of time from Sutton Athletic and was able to listen to the football full times whilst waiting to go in. Rink is adjacent to Brixton mainline station & 2-3 minutes walk from the underground. Easy win for Chelmsford and makes you wonder how they lost to the same team in the same rink last week. Rink is impressive from the outside but not so much on the inside with pretty poor sightlines from the seats. The only clear view is behind the scoreboard end goal. It's a temporary home for the Redskins though who return to their newly renovated/rebuilt rink back in Streatham sometime in late 2013.

The ENIHL continues to throw up some bizarre scorelines, with Streatham having won 19-4 & 15-4 this season but have also lost 3-12 twice & 3-14



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English National Ice Hockey League Cup South Group 2
Bracknell Hornets 2 Romford Raiders 3
Admission £6
Programme £2
Attendance 150ish.

4th visit to 'The Hive' and first to see the Hornets rather than the Bees. Really good game that was free of the goonery constantly on show in the 'Elite' League, with only 8 minutes of penalties in the entire game and none were for anything major. Romford just about deserved their win against a young Hornets team. Good view of the ice pad from the seats upstairs. It's Olympic size and looks huge!

The ENL is the place to go for honest affordable goon free hockey in the UK Smile



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English Premier League

Basingstoke Bison 2 Sheffield Steeldogs 3

admission £12-00 programmme £2-00 (double Christmas version, quite good), attendance c1100

1st/10 (on eleven wins in a row) v 9th/10 (on nine defeats in a row), so a somewhat sensational, and deserved, result!
Both teams started strongly and it was soon clear that Bison weren't going to have things all their own way. Steeldogs defended well and looked dangerous on the break. Nevertheless the home team scored after 16 mins in a tight first period. But Steeldogs equalised 27 seconds into the second period (still on a power play) and took the lead less than two mionutes from the end of that period during another power play, having been the better team. Bison came out fired up in the final period and had most of the possession, even though the visitors' breaks led to four or five good saves from netminder Lyle. At last Bison made it 2-2 with 2.29 to play - cue relieved celebrations - but another slick Steeldogs attack led to the winning goal just 30 seconds later, after which they held on comfortably.
Basingstoke Arena reminds me a bit of the Guildford Spectrum, but a bit older and a bit smaller (and a bit more expensive). Both sides have lots of seating but with better design it could probably have held more. One side in particular had narrow gangways. Only one main catering outlet in the rink, plus a couple of stalls. Atmosphere OK.



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English Premier League (4pm)
Swindon Wildcats 7 Peterborough Phantoms 3
Admission £12
Programme NONE (printed but not delivered apparantely, shame really as it's one of the better ones on the circuit along with Invicta)

Revisit to The Link Centre on my way home from Evesham. Previous visit was in April 2005 for a play-off game with Romford Raiders. Rink still provides excellent views of the ice pad from either the top tier seats or the standing at rink side.

A decent game descended into goonery with about 5 minutes to go when a mass brawl, numerous fights and lengthy stoppages broke out!

One of the better maintained facililties in the EPL and, like most of Swindon, easy access to the M4 for the 45 minute drive home afterwards.



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Thursday 27th December

The House of Steel, Sheffield

Sheffield Steelers 9 (NINE) Nottingham Panthers 4

Attendance 8122

What a cracking night at the HOS with normal service being resumed and the Steelers stuffing the Pants! Despite the visitors camping in the Steelers zone for the first 10 minutes of the game, the home team edged in front through Frank. What looked a good Tait goal was wiped out for man in the crease and Panthers equalised through Meyers. Back came the home side and took the lead Tait which was followed by a cheap shot from Panthers Wilson on Fergusson and he was dismissed with a 5+Game penalty. Steelers took advantage and Michel made it 3-1. The 2nd period saw Steelers score two quick goals through Fata and Tait again before Galivan pulled one back to make it 5-2. Tait then competed his hattrick before Panthers Clarke made it 6-3. A Sarich bullet put Steelers clear 7-3 at the break. The final period saw Kowalski pulled in the Panthers goal with Green replacing him. Steelers weathered the storm and scored two more through Michel and captain Phillips. Time for the Panthers to lose any dignity they had left by starting the rough stuff. Frank and Lapine dropped their gloves and both took 5 min fighting pens and Limpright got the better of Galivan in another scrap. The Panthers fans were itching to go home but felt obliged to wait for the £3899 (!!!) 50/50 winner to be announced. Once it was much of the Panthers support in the impressive 8122 crowd exited the arena at top speed and missed Galivan's late consolation. Final score Steelers 9 Panthers 4. Happy days!


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Saturday 30 December 2012, 6pm face off at the EnergieVerbund Arena, Dresden

Dresdner Eislöwen 3 - 1 Starbulls Rosenheim

2nd Ice Hockey Bundesliga - €11 standing (€15 for seats but they'd sold out of those)

During a trip to the beautiful Dresden (and surrounding Saxony) which I cannot recommend highly enough, we took in this sell-out game - just. The blind was drawn down at the ticket window 10 minutes before face off and most of the queue wandered off. Knowing better than that I stuck it out along with a few other stayers, one of whom, having worked out I was English, kept suggesting that I'd be better off going back into town! About 2 minutes before face-off, after telling us several times that there were no tickets left, the woman at the desk caved and sold us 4 standing tickets.

The atmosphere was fantastic. This might be wrong but I read the capacity is 4,100 and the published attendance from Saturday was 4,400. You could certainly fit plenty more people in on the standing tier but as it's not actually 'tiered' they'd be hard pressed to see past those at the front. Rosenheim scored opened the scoring in the second period before Dresden, who were the the better side, equalised towards the end of that period. Two goals in the last 10 minutes completed a deserved win for the Ice Lions and we retired to a local bar to plan our next hockey-based outing. Living in north London I am not exactly spoiled for ice hockey options but the couple we went with live in Guildford and, having just moved house, HE is planning how big a BBQ to build. What more can I ask for - BBQ building (and cooking) and ice hockey all in one weekend!


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Saturday 12th January
ENIHL North Division One
Blackburn Hawks v Whitley Warriors
5.45pm @ Blackburn Ice Arena

Sunday 13th January
ENIHL North Division Two
Deeside Dragons v Fylde Flyers
6.30pm @ Deeside Ice Rink



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Saturday 12th January
ENIHL North Division One
Blackburn Hawks 4 Whitley Warriors 3
Admission usually £6 but got given a free ticket outside Smile
Programme £1.50 dated Saturday 20th January 2013 Crazy

The usual excellent goon free fare on offer in the ENIHL at a smart modern venue with great views from the seats. Whitley stormed into a 2 goal lead early on (first goal was after 6 seconds) before Blackburn battled back to lead 3-2 only for Whitley to tie things up again at 3-3 late on in the 3rd period. Blackburn scored their winner with just 30 seconds remaining to wrap up the win. Game started bang on the advertised 5.45pm face off time, first time I can remember an Ice Hockey game starting on time & just added to the professional impression of the set up here.

A really good dry, but bloody cold, day out in Lancashire.



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English National League South Div 1

Solent & Gosport Devils 1 Bracknell Hornets 8

admission £8-00 inc small programme, attendance est 180

Devils still bottom - a bizarre performance here. In the first period they tried to match mid-table Hornet's fast style and slick passing and got stuffed - at 0-5 (where Hornets broke three on one) the Devils coach called a timeout and things improved. In the second period Devils went back to their usual aggressive, slower game and but for poor finishing (the story of their season) would have done better than lose it 1-2. Same in the third period, which had no goals but three punch-ups - it took 36 mins for the first penalty to be called but they made up for it after that (84 mins by the end). No sure why it all went sour, with the result decided long ago.
A broken electronic scoreboard meant lots of work for the stadioum announcer today, and the puck disappeared several times in the low ceiling. The ice rink is still planned for refurbishment in the summer but the rest of the leisure complex with impressive new sports hall, swimming pool and 3G pitches is pretty much complete.



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English National League North Division Two North
Deeside Goons 9 Flyde Flyers 2
Admission £5
Programme £1

I used to skate at Deeside Ice Rink 30 years ago (well maybe not skate, but certainly fall on my arse a lot) & it was weired watching a hockey game here! Well it would have been weird had there actually been a 'hockey' game. Deeside are a bunch of goons & are frankly an utter disgrace. If I lived next door to the rink, I wouldn't watch these pricks again.

The ENIHL is usally free of these kind of dickheads but maybe the modern hockey world hasn't found it's way to North East Wales yet!

Still it's another one ticked off and leaves me with just Braehead Clan, Flyde Flyers, Manchester Phoenix & Solway Sharks to go in the English Leagues + Nottingham Lions depending on which ice pad they use at the NIC in Nottingham



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It's not just in Deeside that it can get violent - as well as my 84 penalty minutes at Gosport yesterday, the Streatham Redskins v Invicta Dynamos produced an impressive 164 minutes (68 v 96) after a mass brawl. Division 1 South.
To be fair I've not seen that many fights in Gosport (at the Ice Rink) this season.

Solent and Gosport Devils are playing Dynamos on Jan 26 - I'm hoping to go, but will there be enough players on the ice to finish?



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English National League 1 South
STREATHAM REDSKINS 8 Invicta Dynamo 4
at Brixton Adm £5 Con (believe £8 Adult) Prog £2

Not quite Bizarre but certainly interesting, very much THE Local Derby for which I believe Streatham have Won only once previously, having lost in excess of 30 (incl ID's previous guise as Medway Bears), attracting the largest crowd seen at the Temp Arena.

ID pay their UK Players also have two Imports on big money so usual to win relatively easily, although Streatham have now managed to find a 2nd Import who had little Ice Time and did not show much, still early days. No surprise when ID took a 10th minute lead, however the Skins came back well and deservedly scored three to lead 3-1 at end of Period.

The 2nd Period went very much the way of the 1st with both Teams playing well with Streatham scoring 4 to ID's 2 to lead 7-3 at end.

The 3rd commenced at fast pace with the Visitors beginning to show some irritation at losing to their usual whipping Boys, however for the first time in living memory Skins had no injuries and a full complement of 20 Players dressed, (ID having just 17), were meeting Fire with Fire. Then at 49.34 scored again to lead 8-3, therafter it took less than 3 minutes for the Goons to strike, started with the Skins Keeper being charged to the Ice, jumping up and remonstrating only for another ID player to start throwing punches, big no-no for Keepers and at that point Rose an ID in the Penalty Box jumped out to throw a few more, resulting in both Benches coming on Ice, mostly to hold people back. The usual suspects were involved, Mcilroy and Manny for the Skins, Baxter, Rose and surprisingly Tarczycki for ID, but no Tim Smith, wonder who was holding him back !

Result was 3 ID's and 2 Skins being thrown out of the Game and consequently ID had to finish the last 7 minutes with one less Man, although they did pull a Goal back Short Handed to finish 8-4.

Jakub Klima was Man of the Match for his 4 Goals and 3 Assists, although could well have been Keeper Will Sanderson for his performance. Justin Noble was ID's mom for his 3 Goals.

Invicta return for the final League game between the Clubs in 4 weeks, unfortunaely a Saturday with in all probability only half a Crowd. Redskins lost both their Games in Gillingham, 8-2 and 5-3.


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English National League North Division Two North
Deeside Goons 9 Flyde Flyers 2
Admission £5
Programme £1

I used to skate at Deeside Ice Rink 30 years ago (well maybe not skate, but certainly fall on my arse a lot) & it was weired watching a hockey game here! Well it would have been weird had there actually been a 'hockey' game. Deeside are a bunch of goons & are frankly an utter disgrace. If I lived next door to the rink, I wouldn't watch these pricks again.

The ENIHL is usally free of these kind of dickheads but maybe the modern hockey world hasn't found it's way to North East Wales yet!

Still it's another one ticked off and leaves me with just Braehead Clan, Flyde Flyers, Manchester Phoenix & Solway Sharks to go in the English Leagues + Nottingham Lions depending on which ice pad they use at the NIC in Nottingham


The NM Compton is the usual culprit when it kicks off with Deeside, closely followed by a big galoot of a D man called Dave Costello who has retired once and would be better staying so! They have so much skill for a ENL2 side but hardly ever make best use of it and I suspect they'll stay down despite the Council Funded Arena chucking money around for players like it's going out of fashion. Most Northern Clubs in ENL 2 are pay to play, but at least one of their players is on over £100 a week which is completely crazy at that level. No wonder he left Blackburn!

Make sure you get to Fylde this season. I may be wrong (and indeed I hope I am) but I have a feeling the Arena may not be around much longer and there is a rival rink being mooted for Bispham (about 3 miles away) which will have a full size ice pad and would undoubtedly kill the Cleveleys rink stone dead. A final decision on the new rink is due on Feb 11th I believe.


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One off Sunday game at Fylde Flyers - 3rd March 4-30 face off v Hull, English National League 2 North.

I know it's hard for many to get there on a Saturday at 5pm so here's your chance of an alternative!


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English Premier League
Basingstoke Bison 3 Manchester Phoenix 1
Admission £12
Programme £2

My first visit to my local rink since Feb 2006 & well done to Manchester for braving the Siberian Tundra and travelling for the game, presumably due to 'safety concerns' they must have left on Thursday & walked the entire way in conditions right out of the Day After Tomorrow movie!!

Really good competitive goon free game between the 2nd & 3rd place teams in the EPL. Manchester started really well, took the lead & really should have been a couple of goals up after 30 mins or so. After that Basingstoke came back into it and deserved their win in the end.

Not sure I'll be back anytime soon though as the 'match night' DJ was incredibly annoying and very nearly spoiled the evening with his constant interuptions and aimless chat. Every penalty was sponsored and he seemed to want to repeat everything 3 times, so by the time he'd finished the guy was just about to come out the penalty box anyway.When did sport become about the 'matchday experience' rather than the actual game? Frown

Back to my preferred ENIHL next week with Solent & Gosport Sharks v Invicta Dynamos on Saturday at 5pm, my first visit in over 9 years when they were called the Sharks instead of the current Devils.



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Friday 18th January
Erste Bank Liga
Red Bull Salzburg 3 v 4 HC Orli Znojmo
Red Bull. Arena Salzburg
Admission €14.50
Free 4 page programme
Half litre Stigl Pils €3.60

With the ice speedway in St Johann the following day postponed, and swapped to Sweden, a very icy Gatwick airport saw our plane abort take off leading to a five hour delay in departing. Arriving at our hotel 15 minutes before face off we just made it in time, courtesy of a lady taxi driver, otherwise two of our three pre booked events would have been failures.

A very quick and fair game saw the Czech visitors just about deserve victory to keep their play off hopes alive, subject to the result for Linz, whilst the hosts were already out of contention. The hosts scored 2 power play goals and almost made it a third, until a late sin binning meant their third was scored with both sides a player down. A manic last 90 seconds saw all out attack by Salzburg fail to produce a dramatic equaliser. Great entertainment and ironically Red Bull won their final game, two days after against league toppers Vienna Capitals to show they are not far off their recent multi title winning selves.

Not seen the official attendance but reckon about 3,500,


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I don't really follow hockey, but have seen a fair few matches in my previous nine visits to the Czech Republic, but not been there since October 2011.

I know of the Czech domestic leagues, but hadn't heard of this cross-border one. Is it new, or have I just not heard of it?

Are there any other countries in it, & do you know the time of year this league takes place?

And, yes, I will do a search later, but thought I'd ask someone who's experienced it first.



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Hi Mishi

Probably not 100% correct in my interpretation but it is basically an ongoing expansion of the Austrian top league and has been going on for about 7 years, with different federations linking up for the start of different seasons. There are currently, I believe, 4 non Austrian teams in the competition one from each of Slovenia, Croatia and Hungary as well as the previously mentioned Czech Republic. I have been unable to get information regarding lesser leagues within Austria but it seems like clubs with the arenas and fan bases in the larger centres have already reached the top league and now progressive teams from these other countries with the necessary similar backing, are able to test themselves against this potential higher calibre of opposition. It seems just a coincidence that no other country has more than one club in the league as I can't find any regulations with such a restriction.

Red Bull must be amongst the biggest of sporting sponsors, covering a variety of sports but they don't really look below the upper echelons so I also assume they view this as a major leaguie.


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Hi Mishi

Probably not 100% correct in my interpretation but it is basically an ongoing expansion of the Austrian top league and has been going on for about 7 years, with different federations linking up for the start of different seasons. There are currently, I believe, 4 non Austrian teams in the competition one from each of Slovenia, Croatia and Hungary as well as the previously mentioned Czech Republic. I have been unable to get information regarding lesser leagues within Austria but it seems like clubs with the arenas and fan bases in the larger centres have already reached the top league and now progressive teams from these other countries with the necessary similar backing, are able to test themselves against this potential higher calibre of opposition. It seems just a coincidence that no other country has more than one club in the league as I can't find any regulations with such a restriction.

Red Bull must be amongst the biggest of sporting sponsors, covering a variety of sports but they don't really look below the upper echelons so I also assume they view this as a major leaguie.



So you have teams from the Czech Republic playing in three different leagues, Znojmo in Austria, of course the Czech League, which I at a guess would still think is superior to the Austrian, and a team from Prague in the KHL. That's interesting.

KHL is pretty keen on advancing westwards with Finland, Sweden and Germany on their radar as far as I know. It already covers the old USSR and has teams from Prague and Bratislava as well.


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Thank you for the replies. KHL? And which Prague team, Sparta or Slavia?



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It's the Kontinental Hockey League, centred on Russia, but with teams from a few other countries, including Lev Praha who seem to be a separate club but are rinksharers with Sparta.

I am not as up on ice hockey as I used to be, but I had thought there were a few Swedish teams in this league; evidently not.


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Thank you for the replies. KHL? And which Prague team, Sparta or Slavia?



KHL: Kontinental Hockey League, based on the old Russian Super League but now expanded with six teams from other countries. Don't know much about it but there seems to be rumblings in Sweden occasionally that some clubs might wish to join sometime or then again might not.

Lev Praha! Only know what I've gleaned from wiki: A team formed with the sole purpose of playing in th KHL, Czech authorities refusing it, then moving to Slovakia, closing down and opening again in Prague. Wiki mentions a "working agreement" with Sparta. I don't have a clue how that should be interpreted.


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Thank you for the info.



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Perhaps the KHL is aiming to become a European rival to the NHL? I have lately been getting more and more into ice hockey so have not much knowledge but lots of interest!


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English National League Division 1 South

Solent and Gosport Devils 3 Invicta Dynamos 10

admission £8-00, programme none (printing company gone bust Wink), attendance est 170 - scoreboard still brokenCrazy

Good lively game which for 30 mins was surprisingly close. Dynamos scored in 45 seconds but Devils came back twice. A couple of stupid penalties cost Devils dearly as two powerplay goals out of four scored in the latter half of the second period put Dynamos clear. Devils again came back at the start of the third period but three late goals, the last two of the highest quality, put Dynamos into double figures. Some techiness but no punch-ups. Devils' 'enforcer' Adam Rich stayed on the bench. Dynamos have been inconsistent this season and I can now see why - they looked great coming forward but not so clever in defence. Enjoyed the company of The Wall again who is watching the Devils at Streatham tomorrow.



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English National League South Cup Group 2
Bracknell Hornets 8 Oxford City Stars 4 (5-1 : 1-2 : 2-1)
Admission £6
Programme £2

Poor goal tending and sloppy puck possession by Oxford made for a very one sided 1st period, final two periods were pretty even once Oxford settled down a bit and Bracknell eased off a touch.

Bracknell play in ENLS1 & Oxford in ENLS2 and it showed, especially in the 1st period. Oxford iced 21 players which is pretty good going for an ENL2 side.

4 on ice officials for some reason, two of which were referees.



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Sat 26th Jan 2013
Fylde Flyers 3 Deeside Dragons 6
ENHL 2 North
Att: 134 (official)
Adm: £5, prog £1

Cracking game in which the high flying Dragons were made to work very hard indeed for the points thanks to Flyers tenacity and a top performance from returning NM Greg Ruxton, who faced 71 shots. At 2-2 at the 2nd interval it was anyone's game but a couple of bad goals (one which wasn't and another which was deflected in from the other side of half way) put the visitors in control.

As per Steelback's report the other week Dragons still have discipline issues, this time racking up 50 penalty mins to Fylde's 6!

Flyers' rink management company has recent gone bust and "Phoenixed", so if you do want to get there I'd strongly suggest a trip this season as their long term viability has to be open to question. As previously posted there is a Sunday home game at 4-30 v Hull on March 3rd for those who would struggle to fit it in at 5pm on a Saturday.


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ENL 1S
STREATHAM REDSKINS vs Gosport Devils @ Brixton Temp Rink
Adm. £5 (Con) Prog £2

There was only ever going to be one winner, alledgedly, Redskins having won their previous 5 Home fixtures, Devils with zero points on the Road and just 2 Home wins. It didn't help that they turned up with only 13 Skaters, Redskins had 19.

Devils were defensive from the start, relying on quick breaks and for the 1st Period it worked, having an 0-1 lead at Period end. However there was a 1st for me, Redskins iced the puck, there was no whistle and Solent duly collected the puck and moved forward but unfortunately a pass was intercepted and Redskins scored, a full 10 seconds after the uncalled "foul", but having awarded the Goal, thereafter on protest from the Devils, was disallowed.

Second Period went pretty much as the 1st, Redskins pressing but this time outscoring 3-1 to lead 3-2 at Period end.

Within 5 mins of the Final Period Redskins had establisded a 5-3 lead, surely sufficient, however Devils scored twice within a minute and at 46.30 were leval at 5-5. Thereafter Redskins pushed harder but it wasn't until 55.20 and 56.32 when Devils received Penalty's, giving Redskins 48 secs of 5 on 3, that led up to the decisive Goal on 57.00, to be followed by a last minute empty netter, after Devils pulled their Keeper.

A hard fought Game with Devils earning great credit for their display, although for over 20 minutes of actual Play Redskins had a man in the Penalty Box, 3 of their Goals being Power Plays. Whilst for Redskins 3 Goals were Short Handed, 2 Power Plays with only one Even Handed, plus of course the Empty Netter.


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ENIHL South Division Two
Slough ENL Jets 6 Basingstoke Buffalo 6
Admission £5
Programme £1
Attendance 75ish
Face-off 7.30pm

Cracking goon free game with a draw the right result. Basingstoke battled back from 5-2 down towards the end of the 2nd period. Slough iced a female netminder and she played the majority of the 3rd period conceding only one goal.



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ENIHL Div 1 South
STREATHAM REDSKINS 2 Wightlink Raiders 6
@ Brixton Tem Rink
Adm £9 (Con £5) Prog £2

Pretty much the Final result expected, especially with Streatham's Leading Marksman and Point Scorer Jacob Klima missing on a Trip Home to Slovakia, although not plain sailing for the Visitors.

First Period was tight, 0-0 at close.

Second was well earnt by Wightling, scoring early, Redskins equalising but a further two unanswered to lead 3-1.

Third was a little low key, Wightlink again scoring early, Redskins pulling one back before a further two added to finish 2-6

I think the two Officials should be commended for their efforts, something possibly unique occured, Redskins had NIL Penalties, Wightlink just two, both for Tripping of which one looked accidental. With Jeremy Cornish playing an active part for Wightlink, rather surprisingly no Roughing Calls !

With Romford losing again tonight suggest now just a two-way fight between Wightlink and Chelmsford for the Title.

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ENIHL South Division One
Cardiff ENL1 Devils 2 Romford Raiders 4
Admission £6
Programme £2 (total rip off, 50p would have been pushing it!)
Attendance 165 h/c
Face off 7pm @ Cardiff Bay Ice Arena

2nd visit to the Cardiff Bay Ice Arena, 6 years after my first in Feb 2007 for an Elite League game v Coventry Blaze. Nice compact venue with reasonable sightlines from the elevated seats.

Scappy game that didn't come to life until mid way through the 2nd period, it was 0-0 after about 30 mins and didn't look like changing until Romford finally gave us a goal. Scoreline flattered the visitors although they did deserve the win after scoring twice in the last couple of minutes before Cardiff pulled on back with the last action of the game.

I've now done every team in ENIHL South Division One Smile



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ENIHL South Division One
Streatham Redskins 7 Invicta Dynamo's 6
Admission £8.00
Programme - £2.00 (not bad but £1.50 would have been better)

It was standing room only when I arrived. Trying to watch the 1st period was a waste of time. Got a better view standing by the corner of the rink next to the club shop (tables) for the other two. Is a pensioner continuously wacking a walking stick against the perspext acceptable in this day and age of crowd safety? Obviously so at Brixton!

Although this is a temoporary venue could they not open up the place a little more to allow more standing areas? There seems to be a lot of wasted space.

The Redskins should have won more comfortably then they did. They did miss a lot of chances.


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Feb 10, 2013, 4:06 PM

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First ever game...

SWINDON WILDCATS 6-2 PETERBOROUGH PHANTOMS
English Premier League

Adm: £12.50 (balcony)
Programme: £2 - over priced

1st Period: 1-1. Peterborough dominated the shot count but could not convert all their chances.
2nd Period: 4-2. Most entertaining of the three periods, with Swindon stepping up a couple of gears, helped with two goals from Jonas Hoog.
3rd Period: 6-2. Two early goals killed this as a contest with Swindon comfortably seeing out the victory.

Was impressed with Tomas Fojtik for Swindon who controlled things in defence.

Don't know how the Link Centre compares with other venues, but thought it was pretty decent myself with decent sightlines from above. Also a good atmosphere generated by the home fans.



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£2 programme - rip off. I think that the main reason for a programme at this level is to raise funds to help reduce the costs for the players, remember most players at this level will be paying to play. So try not to think you are being ripped off, but that you are helping to keep a very expensive sport going.


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NIHL1 players are paid to play not the other way around, it's their counterparts in Div 2 that usually pay to play. Rather than charge £2 for something that's worth 50p they could charge £8 instead of £6 and give the programme away free. I've got no problem buying a prgramme at every game I go to but this one was not worth anywhere near £2 unfortunately.

Sunday 10th February
NIHL South Division Two
Basingstoke Buffalo 3 Peterborough Islanders 2
Admission £4
Programme 10 pages £1
Attendance peaked at about 75

Good win for the Buffalo against their table topping visitors, two late goals for the Islanders gave the scoreline a closer look & deprived the home NM of a deserved shutout as he was excellent throughout.



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English National League Division 1 South

Solent and Gosport Devils 1 Chelmsford Chieftains 12

admission £8-00, programme none (printer brokenWink), attendance est 200 - scoreboard still brokenCrazy

Started 25 mins late due to late-running youth game (for which there was a programme). Devils started very well, pressurising the visitors, who started to get frustrated. They didn't score until 16 mins 51 secs and immediately stepped up a gear, scoring another before the end of the first period. The second period went 8-1 to the Chieftains as they tore the Devils apart. Olny two more in the final period as Devils foiund their defence again and the Chieftains felt they probably had enough. A big cheer with 8 mins left on the clock as the Devils' enforcer Adam Rich came on. He bundled a couple of opponents to the floor, then got 2+10 mins for a tackle from behind so couldn't come back on again. 40 seconds on the ice. The word 'pointless' springs to mind. Chieftains looked very good defensively and good coming forward at times.



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NIHL1 players are paid to play not the other way around, it's their counterparts in Div 2 that usually pay to play. Rather than charge £2 for something that's worth 50p they could charge £8 instead of £6 and give the programme away free. I've got no problem buying a prgramme at every game I go to but this one was not worth anywhere near £2 unfortunately.

Sunday 10th February
NIHL South Division Two
Basingstoke Buffalo 3 Peterborough Islanders 2
Admission £4
Programme 10 pages £1
Attendance peaked at about 75

Good win for the Buffalo against their table topping visitors, two late goals for the Islanders gave the scoreline a closer look & deprived the home NM of a deserved shutout as he was excellent throughout.


At many ENL clubs the programme raises money for the team through SC activities etc whilst the admission money goes direct to the rink and is never seen by the club, please bear that in mind.


HantsLondoner
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Feb 17, 2013, 10:05 PM

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English Premier League

Basingsroke Bison 1 Milton Keynes Lightning 3

admission £12-00, programme £2-00, attendance c1300

2nd v 4th
Enjoyable game. Both teams showed great quality in an attacking first period. It was a surprise that there were no goals until a shot from distance by the excellent Jamieson flew past Lyle after nearly 17 mins. Similar second period, except that Bison increased the pressure and a great solo by Rand levelled the scores. Netminder Wall made a series of good saves. The third period was equally good, a couple of delays saw Wall injured for several minutes and then Rand crunched a Lightning player into the boards to receive a 5-minute penalty plus a match ban. MK scored during the penalty and during another one shortly afterwards to clinch victory. They looked a very good team indeed, although a bit cynical. Lots of chats with the officials.
A good atmosphere tonight (Kids for a Quid may have helped) - a couple of things I noticed on this visit was the fortitute of the mascot (Bud) who has to skate round for half an hour before the start wearing an oversized Bison head, and the most handsome ice machine I've seen on the circuit so far.



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Feb 20, 2013, 3:12 PM

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Saturday 9th March

Im off to the Nottingham GMB Panthers home game against Sheffield Steelers! Only my 3rd ever ice hockey game but this will be a throughly enjoyable on as im going from Anstey in Leicestershire for football to the NIC to hopefully watch Panthers pick up the 2 points and a couple of full blooded fights



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English National League Division 1 South

Solent and Gosport Devils 1 Invicta Dynamos 4

admission £8-00, programme none , attendance est 80 - scoreboard still brokenCrazy

Devils have been losing heavily recently but played quite well in this game. Dynamos needed to win to climb to fourth and a play-off place. The first period was fast-paced and Devils battled well to hold the Mos to 1-1. The second period was the key - early on the visitors' Leone suddenly went beserk and attacked one of the Devils players (not sure why - it wasn't obvious) and got a match penalty. But then the Mos scored immediately what appeared to be directly from the face-off. Another penalty made it 5 v 3 but Devils' weak attack meant that they couldn't take advantage. On came Devils' enforcer Rich, thirty seconds later he picked up a 10-minute misconduct penalty for what seemed to be having a chat with one of the opposition. Two quick goals from the visitors after this sealed the win. The final period was very much like the first but no goals this time. Netminder Cole was the Devils' hero again, conceding only 4 goals from 84 shots. Only half the usual crowd today but the far side produced a good atmosphere when it got interesting.



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English Premier League
Basingstoke Bison 0 Sheffield Steelthugs 3
Admission £5 (cheap tickets through a group booking from work)
Programme £2

Sheffield Steelthugs, with long time ginger goon/dickhead Andre Payette as player coach, are the Ice Hockey equivalent of Woodstock Sports from the Kent League. Agressive gobby thugs who are more interested in being pricks than playing the game

They fully deserved their win against a piss poor home team, but quite what the bring to the league I'm not sure (others than lots of penalty minutes). Lots of premeditated goonery and thuggery which is par for the course from Andre Payette who thinks he's the lovable pantomine clown when he's actually a total prick.

Back to the goon free NIHL next week Smile



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mip
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Mar 9, 2013, 12:59 AM

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Friday 8th March
Icehockey, play-off quarter final, game 4
Odense v Aalborg 3-2 (2-0, 0-1, 1-1). Admission DKK110 (£12, £1 saved buying online), programme DKK10 (didn’t bother), att. 2137.

Play-off icehockey at its best. 60 minutes of tense, dogged graft with moments of brilliance and an electric atmosphere (disappointingly low crowd though) saw Odense go 3-1 ahead in games in this very tight best of 7 series (2-1, 2-3, 1-0, 3-2). Odense, buoyed by their 5th(!) period win in Aalborg, on Tuesday completely overpowered their opponents in a classy 1st period. But Aalborg worked their way back in the match in the 2nd period to set-up an enthralling final period in which they saw a lot of the puck but created few clear-cut chances as the Odense players successfully kept them at the boards. As tension grew, Odense managed several instances of settling in the Aalborg zone and when taking a 3-1 lead with 3.30 remaining, pouncing on unusually shoddy Aalborg defending, it should have been game over. A stupid sin-bin soon after for playing the puck off the rink gave Aalborg the chance to reduce the arrears and for the final two minutes (which felt as two hours) Aalborg pulled their goaltender to play 6 on 5 but found no way through to goal.

After a wobbly season finishing 5th of 9 teams, it seems Odense have hit form at the right time and they’ve possibly made the best signing of all teams in the January transfer window by acquiring goaltender Holmström who had become surplus at Leksands IF (top of 2nd tier in Sweden).

Decisions, decisions now for Sunday. A new football ground or an Odense football and icehockey double?


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English National League Division 1 South

Solent and Gosport Devils 5 Streatham Redskins 10

admission £8-00, inc programme Smile, attendance est 150 - scoreboard still brokenCrazy DJ/announcer not as good tonight

This result all bit confirms Devils in bottom place in the league and relegation back to Div 2 South. It also confirms the Skins' place in the top eight. Both teams went for it from the start, the visitors scoring after 34 secs due to an error from netminder Cole Shocked, and then another soon afterwards. Devils' Wyatt scored two in a minute midway through the period to even it up, only for Streatham to get two quick goals of their own to make it 2-4. Devils were poor in the second period, and rarely had five men on the ice - 3-7 at the end. The third period saw the Skins continue their superiority but they let a couple of soft ones in too. Frustrations from the second period boiled over into the third as Tanner and McIlroy had a punch-up, leading to a few more minor skirmishes by the end. Temple also got a misconduct penalty for the Skins.
Good atmosphere and entertaining game, like the earlier one this season, which provided one of Devils' two wins.
Goonery (and idiiocy) award went to Tanner - in the sin bin, helmet off, he still attempted to head-butt McIlroy (helmet on) when he came over for a 'chat'. Problem is, Tanner was already recovering from a fractured skull and detached retina. So in the third period we had the bizarre situation where the usually bloodthirsty Devils fans were shouting at the ref to stop McIlroy trying to take Tanner's helmet off to engage in a proper fight. Eventually the helmet came off.



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English National League South Division Two
Bristol Pitbulls 8 Lee Valley Lions 4
@ Basingstoke
Admission £6
Programme None
Attendance 65

Homeless Bristol Pitbulls borrowed Basingstoke's rink for the night to take on winless LVL. Bristol lead 4-0 after the 1st period and a blowout looked on the cards against a side who've lost every game this season & arrived with only 12 skaters. Thankfully the final two periods were a lot closer and LVL got even got within two goals at one point, which prompted the visiting coach to call a timeout and make several gestures imploring the 15 or so travelling fans to sing and cheer for their team Smile

LVL never gave up or resort to goonery to help their cause. Bristol's player coach Richard Hargreaves must watch a lot of Liverp**l & Manchester United on TV, as he spent the majority of the game trying to referee the game himself like Rio Ferdinand & Steven Gerrard routinely do, and even told the ref who should get the assists on each goal they scored.

No programme tonight but you could buy Pitbull branded Jester Hats for a tenner Smile



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Mar 12, 2013, 7:43 PM

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Elite League
Nottingham Panthers 2 Sheffield Steelers 0
@National Ice Centre
Goals from David Clarke & Guy Lepine

Programme £3
Enamel Badge £1.50

A great game between two local rivals at the National Ice Center in a game that saw Nottingham net minder Craig Kowalski save 29 shots earning him man of the match in the process. The game itself though didn't pass without its controversy the first point of when the Sheffield steelers thought they had scored from close range but the Referee said no because the net had come off its moorings as the puck crossed the line. The second point was when the Panthers got a penalty shot when Robert Lachowich was bought down when through on goal but again the net was pushed off its moorings but before this Lachowich had lost control of the puck.

Goal of the game was the second when Sheffield pulled their net minder in place of the extra skater and when Lepine won the puck in his own half he hit it towards the goal with no one there to stop it, This came with just 30 seconds of the game left.


England Ice Hockey League North Division 2
Nottingham Lions 15 Blackburn Eagles 0
@National Ice Centre
Admission Free (Won the tickets through a twitter competition)
Programme Non Available

The Lions won the league title with 3 games left with a massive 15-0 win against bottom of the League. The game started at a later time of 7:30 and by the end of the first Period the Lions were on there way with a healthy 7-0 lead, despite the aggressive complaints from the Blackburn head coach. In what was a tough and physical game with lots of penalties being called. The second period seemed to be calmer with only 1 goal being scored during the period. During the 3rd period a further 7 Goals were score with 2 players even getting 10 minute misconduct penalty. But all in all a excellent game to watch as Nottingham Lions will be playing in the Division 1 next year after a very successful season this year.

It was also very refreshing to see a female official on the game. Makes a change to see that ladies can work on the mens game and nothing will hold them back from progressing.



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Mar 17, 2013, 3:31 PM

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Saturday 16th March 2013

Coventry Blaze 3-8 Sheffield Steelers
Elite League

Admission: £16 + £1.60 booking fee
Programme: £3 - a monthly magazine. Vastly overpriced and not worth the money.
Puck: £3.50 - Elite League prices as only £2 @ Swindon.

With both teams already qualifed for the play-offs it was a case of playing for pride. Sheffield showed more of it and were four up at the end of the first period, this despite having four players sin binned. A quieter second period with the only goal coming for the visitors. The third was the most entertaining with, a last Coventry showing some fighting spirit. The two teams equally shared six goals and the home side's fruatrations boiling over towards the end. Derek Campbell lost it and was binned for two offences for roughing-minor on 16:37, which was for throwing a couple of punches. With about ninety seconds of time remaining Benn Olson also received binned for two offences of roughing-minor.

Not a bad evening's entertainment with the seats giving an excellent view of the ice. How the venue compares with other Elite League rinks I do not know, as the only other rink I have been to is Swindon's Link Centre.

a review of the venue, fuller notes and some photos are online @ http://www.rambler77.net/...xtinguish-blaze.html



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Mar 23, 2013, 8:58 PM

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English National League Division 1 South

Solent and Gosport Devils 0 Chelmsford Chieftains 6

admission £8-00, inc programme, attendance est 120 - scoreboard still broken

Bottom v Top - Chelmsford Champions after this win
Since this started at 1700, no doubles possible with football. No decision necessary, though, since there was no football available anyway.
Like the last time these two met, Devils played really well in the first period even though Chieftains had most of the play - only 0-1 at the end. Devils rarely play well in the second period but battled well again here, only a couple of goals for Chieftains after soft penalties left the Devils a man short at crucial times. The final period was similar until 10 mins from the end when Morgan got a match penalty for boarding. After that three more goals for the visitors, a gloves-off between Perella and C.Bartlett, and more assorted goonery. At the end Devils had played well - netminder outstanding again - but Chelmsford took the plaudits after a professional performance both today and throughout the season.



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Elite Ice Hockey League Play-off Quarter-Final 2nd leg

Nottingham Panthers 3 Fife Flyers 0

Admission £16

Programme £3 double up for Tuesday's final against the Sheffield Steelers.

This game could have made or broke Panthers season after losing 4-2 away in Fife on the Saturday night. The game however went very well for the Panthers with goals coming from David Ling who rifled home a tight angle and then Eric Werner scored to level the game on aggregate on the powerplay.

Then came a flash point when the whistle was blew by Referee Smith and then the lights went on to say the puck had crossed the line. He said no goal but the went to speak to the goal judge before awarding the goal and then went back for another chat and made a final decision not to allow the goal.

In the 3rd Period Panthers scored the 3rd when Eric Beauregard played the puck across the goal to Robert Lachowicz who slotted home. Then though another Fife goal was disallowed for a man in the crease and the Panthers finally managed to kill of the game and go through to the Play off semi-finals.

Nottingham Lions 6 Sollihull 0
Admission £3 with a discount for those who attended the Panthers V Fife game.
Just to watch the title lifted by the Lions.

Elite Ice Hockey League Challenge Cup Final

2nd Leg Nottingham Panthers 1 Sheffield Steelers 2
1st Leg Aggregate Score SS 1 NP 4
2nd Leg Aggregate Score NP 5 SS 3
Final Aggregate Score 5-3

Admission Adult Ticket £16

Programme Paid for at the Sunday Fixture

I attended the Challenge cup final on Tuesday after booking a ticket whilst sitting in pit and pendulum at 11:00 on Sunday night to watch the Panthers play in a big game against Steelers.

This game was a big game for both teams because the Steelers who lost on the Sunday to Coventry in Overtime and then the Panthers who could make it 4 Challenge Cup Victories in the last 4 years.

The game itself started with the usual anticipation that comes with a Panthers V Steelers game who was without their Coach Ryan Finnerty after he picked up a suspension with the comments he made after the coventry loss. With 2 goals being scored in the first period by the Steelers of which left all Panthers fans on the edge of their seats. However this didn't last long before hot shot Bruce Graham scored on the rebound to put the game to bed.

After the game Sheffield skated straight off without waiting to pick up their runners-up medals and every Steelers supporter left straight after the game with only 1 staying to watch the Panthers pick up there medals and pick up the trophy of which was paraded in front of the sell out crowd with everyone chanting about the 4th Challenge cup trophy picked up in the last 4 years.

Bring on Play-off Weekend!!!!!!!



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Thursday 28th March 7.45pm (started at 8.09pm)
National Ice Hockey League South Division One
Bracknell Hornets 4 Cardiff NIHL Devils 5
Admission £6
Programme £2

Very rare midweek game in this league, scheduled to fulfill a fixture that had no bearing on the forthcoming play-offs or final positions. Decent goon free game as a result & my 3rd visit to watch the Hornets this season.

Saturday 6th April 6pm (started at 6.10pm)
National Ice Hockey League South Division One Play-offs Quarter Final 1st Leg - breathe.................
Bracknell Hornets 4 Romford Raiders 8
Admission £6
Programme £2

Decent game that Romford ran away with in the final period, winning it 5-2 to take a healthy lead in to tomorrows 2nd leg at Rom Valley Way. The Hornets a very young side, complimented by a few older experienced players, who seem to play for the love of the game and don't tend to get involved in any goonery or other on ice nonsense. Off the ice the Hornets are a very friendly bunch making visits here an enjoyable experience. As they predominantly play at 6pm on Saturdays, they're pretty handy to do on the way home from a localish 3pm football match.

No-one I spoke to seemed to know what format the playoff Semi-Finals will take or if there'll be any game against the Northern Winners either.



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STREATHAM REDSKINS New Rink is nearing completion, Building Work on time.

The First Game is scheduled for Saturday 9th November against Invicta (Cup), with a 17.30 Face-Off.

There are of course prior Games at Brixton, 1st Competative Game against London Raiders (Ex Romford playing out of Lee Valley for the foreseeable future) in the Cup on Sunday 29th September.

First Sunday Game at the New Rink scheduled for 24th November against Bracknell Hornets in the League, Face-Off likely to be 18.45 tbc


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Pre Season Challenge
Widnes Wild 1 Sheffield Spartans 6
Att: 320 ish
Admission: £3
Prog: £1

Very surreal experience of watching ice hockey in an unfinished new facility in deepest RL territory, with a big crowd (for this level) but little or no use of the PA (bar the music).

The arena is a Silver Blades new build and has lots of potential but currently lacks seats and a bar, so all the viewing was up against the plexiglass, far from ideal as seasoned hockey watchers will confirm. There is another pre season game on Sept 25th v Trafford but then there will be nothing til late October whilst the rest of the rink interior is kitted out. Parking is plentiful and free (the rink is in the Widnes Waterside development, another bland retail/leisure park with the usual suspects on board).

The game was fairly forgettable after the first period (1-1), with the higher division visitors being too quick and streetwise for a Wild team missing 6 of their first choice squad due to holidays and work.

Personally I wouldn't have played this game in public as the impression of the rink to non-regulars wouldn't be favourable (you need to watch hockey from an elevated position to get the best out of it.) and lacking 6 players in your first run out against higher level opposition it was only ever going to end one way.

I'll take another look in October when the rink is fully operational from a hockey perspective.


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English National League Division 1 South

Solent and Gosport Devils 3 Cardiff ENL Devils 5


admission £8-00 inc programme (better than last year), attendance est 200

It's back! Solent aiming to avoid bottom spot this season have recruited a few new players and made a good start to this game, taking the lead after 2:23. Pressing aggressively they had the better chances in the first period, and it was a bit of a surprise when Cardiff equalised. In the second period Cardiff took the lead but a Johnson double put Solent ahead before Cardiff made it 3-3. Another close final period with Cardiff taking the lead with 11:06 to go. With 6 mins to go and Solent chasing the game they unaccountably brought on enforcer Rich. Two mins later he got 2+2+10, Cardiff then scored and the game was over. Unbelievable. An encouraging performance nonetheless. Good turnout and atmosphere.
Gosport Sports Complex is now finished - looks good, swimming pool, carvery/pub, Premier Inn.... unfortunately all the refurbishment brought the ice rink was a new scoreboard and a bit more lighting. Apparently Planet Ice wouldn't pay for any more Unsure.
If anyone's interested here are links to squad changes (courtesy of Chelmsford Chieftains forum) and season preview for the ENL1 South (courtesy of Pro Hockey News):
http://www.qwiksites4u.com/...ic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3826
http://prohockeynews.com/...outh-201314-preview/



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Sunday 15th September 6pm (actually started at 6.28pm)
National League South Division One @ The Hive
Bracknell Hornets 3 Wightlink Raiders 4
Admission £7 (up a quid from last season)
Programme £2 (not as good as usual)

First game of the season at The Hive and the usual good goon free fare on offer (quite surprising given that the Wightlink coach is ex London meathead Jeremy Cornish). Bracknell lead 1-0 & 3-2 but leaked two goals right at the start of the 3rd period and never really looked like tying the game after that. I was one number away from winning the 50-50 draw and there was a decent crowd in tonight so the prize would have been a decent one Frown



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Sep 20, 2013, 8:35 PM

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Saturday 21st September

Nottingham Panthers V Sheffield Steelers
Challenge Cup

7pm Face off



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Nottingham GMB Panthers 7 (Severn) Sheffield Steelers 3

Challenge Cup
Programme £3

A big win for the gmb panthers who firstly went behind but managed to pull the game back. No real points of controversy for Referee Hicks.



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HantsLondoner
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English National League Division 1 South

Solent and Gosport Devils 6 Bracknell Hornets 2

admission £8-00 programme now 50p attendance est 180


Patience was required this evening - an 1830 face-off that started at 1857, then 20 minutes of delays in all as referee Ross had a nasty fall and they sent out for a replacement.
The game, however, was exciting end-to-end stuff with both teams really going for it. And Devils were by no means outclassed. They took the lead in 41 seconds after a terrible error by Hornets' new netminder David Wride (ex-Invicta - he played really well after that) but the visitors came back straight after the first delay for the referee injury to equalise and then take the lead. Francis equalised immediately, though, to make it 2-2 at the end of the first quarter. After a 15-minute delay while the replacement referee arrived Hornets dominated, but a goal from a long shot by Baird was disallowed and the Devils came back well. And it was Abbott who put them ahead by the end of the quarter with his second. Hornets pressed again at the start of the third quarter (netminder Cole again outstanding for Devils) but Johnson got the crucial fourth with 12:40 left to play. Two further goals in quick succession gave Devils the win, their first of the season. The new signings are really helping!



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Sep 22, 2013, 10:28 PM

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English National League Division 1 South

Solent and Gosport Devils 6 Bracknell Hornets 25

admission £8-00 programme now 50p attendance est 180


Patience was required this evening - an 1830 face-off that started at 1857, then 20 minutes of delays in all as referee Ross had a nasty fall and they sent out for a replacement.
The game, however, was exciting end-to-end stuff with both teams really going for it. And Devils were by no means outclassed. They took the lead in 41 seconds after a terrible error by Hornets' new netminder David Wride (ex-Invicta - he played really well after that) but the visitors came back straight after the first delay for the referee injury to equalise and then take the lead. Francis equalised immediately, though, to make it 2-2 at the end of the first quarter. After a 15-minute delay while the replacement referee arrived Hornets dominated, but a goal from a long shot by Baird was disallowed and the Devils came back well. And it was Abbott who put them ahead by the end of the quarter with his second. Hornets pressed again at the start of the third quarter (netminder Cole again outstanding for Devils) but Johnson got the crucial fourth with 12:40 left to play. Two further goals in quick succession gave Devils the win, their first of the season. The new signings are really helping!

I'm confused you say in the report that Devils won, but give the score as 25-6 to Bracknell.



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HantsLondoner
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Sorry - typo!

Should read Solent and Gosport Devils 6 Bracknell Hornets 2
I've re-edited my original post.

25-6 - that would have been some game too!



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Sorry - typo!

Should read Solent and Gosport Devils 6 Bracknell Hornets 2
I've re-edited my original post.

25-6 - that would have been some game too!



Solent lost 31-2 at Oxford in 2004 during their previous incarnation as the Sharks



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Saturday 28th September 6pm
National League South Division One @ The Hive
Bracknell Hornets 11 Milton Keynes Thunder 1
Admission £7
Programme apparently Sold Out but I never saw anyone with one

2nd visit of the day to a venue called The Hive, arrived at 6.15 due to Barnet v Salisbury not finishing until 5pm and getting stuck in traffic trying to get to the M25. Missed the first 5 mins play & also Bracknell's first goal.

This was a poor niggly game and not the indicative of the fare usually on offer here. MK were very poor and might be better suited to a season in Div 2 whilst their rink is refurbished as they haven't played a home game yet and are having to train in Peterborough.

Speaking of Peterborough, we had a Canadian match announcer tonight and during the 2 period break he updated us with the score from the Bracknell Bees game, they were "tied at 1 with Peters Borrow" according to our friend Smile I took this to mean that they were drawing 1-1 at Peterborough Phantoms



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English National League Div 1 North (also now known as the Moralee Conference)
Telford Titans 0 Blackburn Hawks 10
Att: 150 (est)
Adm: £6
Prog: 24pp, £1.50 (looks good but little in it)

After my pleasant sojourn to the Powys countryside (see Rugby Union) going to Telford was a bit of a culture shock! The rink is in the Town Centre (well signposted) and has a decent amount of parking (free after 6pm and on Sunday). The rink itself has had a facelift but it's incredibly bright inside with all the backdrops now painted brilliant white and is a tad off putting under the bright lights. Spectator viewing is upstairs the length of one side and affords a decent view of the action.

The Titans are the second team in the Telford structure and this year look woefully weak in what is a very strong division. Many of their senior players have moved on and I only counted 4 on the ice on Saturday with any meaningful ENL experience, the bulk of the team being Under 18s or players just out of U18s. Blackburn scored 10 without really breaking sweat and from the end of the first period it was barely a meaningful contest.

Blackburn on the other hand do look very strong this year after making some shrewd additions to an already half decent squad. They've played 4 games so far in league & cup, scoring 22 goals and only conceding 3, their games with Solway, Billingham and Whitley should be well worth watching.


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Friday 4th October 2013
Leipzig Icefighters 0 Erfurt Black Dragons 0
Nordost Pokal
Admission 10 euro
Programme - not sure
Att - around 2,500

Well a first for me, game abandoned due to a couple of wet patches on the rink. The first period ended on 18 minutes and that was it. We waited for about 40 minutes for the patches to freeze but in the end the referees abandoned the game.

I expected some East German relic of a rink. Instead I got the German equivalent of the Brixton temporary set up but the spectator facilities are better. The spectator areas are on three sides. Down one side is a steel framed wooden planked terrace with crush barriers. Behind one goal is a seated stand and the other is standing I think.

Lots of noise and singing from both sets of supporters. The Leipzig supporters lighting lots of sparklers before the start of the game. Most of the refreshments are outside with a table club shop inside. Didn't see any programmes except on the tram on the way back to the city centre. I saw someone with a club newspaper. Don't know if it was a programme. A league newspaper was on sale on entry for 1 euro.

The rink is in an industrial area with a McDonalds nearby. It's easy to reach from Leipzig station on tram no 3, direction Taucha.


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DUSSELDORF EG vs Nurenburg Ice Tigers

An abandonment, bad luck, meanwhile I had travelled out with the normal suspects to Weeze that day, the Hire Car going to Arminia Bielfield, a Ground I'd been to twice before, whilst I took Bus and Train to Dusseldorf for the Hockey.

Arriving Main Station before midday first point of call was the Tourist Info just outside for route options, fortunately they sold Tickets for the Hockey, EUR 18.90 no age concession or commission, the bonus being this allowed free traval to and from the Arena, this for a 2nd tier corner seat. The Hotel of choice was in the Old Town, thereby having the benifit of 5 Brewery Taps in close proxminity, all were visited before taking a Tram 701 to Mitte Rath, where a Bus Shuttle took you the Arena, it's in a remote part North of Town and would estimate a 20 to 30 minute walk from the Tram Terminus.

Large modern Arena with Free Programme, but the dreaded Card system so no Refreshments taken, having a capacity of 13,500 in 3 Tiers, however had not looked at a League Table but the Prog showed Dusseldorf DG played 6 lost 6, whilst the Visiting Ice Tigers having played 6, won 6, which I presume restricted the Crowd to around 3-4000, the Standing low Tier was pretty full along one side, the Standing Area behind one Goal was less than 50%, whilst would suggest that less than 10% of the Seats were taken ! The Top tier was curtained off.

The 1st Period was no mis-match, end to end, resulting in 0-0 at close. The 2nd saw Nurenburg take a deserved 3-1 lead and then added a further 2 in the Final to deservedly Win 5-1. Around 30 Visiting Fans made little noise, nevertheless the Homesters were encouraging and a decent atmosphere throughout.

No hassle thereafter, fortunately the Bus Stop was right outside my Exit and back in good time to revist the two Taps closest to my Hotel, both wihin 100 yards.

Next Morning a half hour Train ride to Gelsenkirchen to meet up with the Lads, for a re-visit to Schalke 04.


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2nd October 2013 Spartak Moscow HC 3 Barys (Astana) 4 in the Kontinental Hockey League 2,309 (50 away)

Part of a football trip to Russia.

My 2nd game in this league.
200 roubles entry + 100 for a (large) programme.

The game was mostly dominated by the league leading visitors who had a group of fans behind one goal.

Barys were 4-1 up in the final period before Spartak staged a late rally.
We had a timeout with 27 secs remaining but Spartak couldn't find the equaliser.

Not being familiar with the teams it was hard to identify with particular players, or as a novice follow the tactics.
Nevertheless very watchable, fast paced action.

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Sheffield Senators 1 Widnes Wild 4
ENIHL 2 North (aka Laidler Conference)
Att: 100 (est)
Admission with prog: £6

The Senators are effectively the fourth team in Sheffield (fifth if you include Sutton Sting) and to pull in around 100 people says much for the enthusiasm for hockey around these parts, especially so as the Steelers were at home at the same time in the Arena next door.

Ice Sheffield is a brilliant facility that has been covered many times so I'll just say that little has changed (and why should it).

The game was decent considering neither side had a league point beforehand, always close and two netminders in top form. Widnes' 4th goal was an empty netter with less than two minutes to go and Sheffield had led early in the second period before the visitors made a comeback.


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STREATHAM REDSKINS UPDATE

Unfortunately and possibly inevitably the actual Building opening has been delayed, the First Game is now expected be verses Bracknell Hornets on SUNDAY
24th November, Face Off 18.45.

The scheduled Game with Invicta will now be played Saturday November 9th at Brixton, Face Off 17.30


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English Premier League

Guildford Flames 3 Manchester Phoenix 2

admission £9-50, programme £2-00 (quite good), attendance 1761

2nd v 1st (with 100% record)
The big game of the weekend started tensely with Flames having the better of the play in the first period. They scored after 17 mins through Huppe but 36 seconds later we had a lengthy delay while one of the Perspex panels at one end was replaced. The officials sensibly called the end of the first period at this time and added this extra time on to the second period. Flames grabbed a second just before the end of the 'first period' after a bad defensive mistake. Phoenix put the pressure on in the second period, got a quick goal and then equalised two minutes from the end of the period. The third period was tense and exciting with chances and good saves at both ends. Five minutes from the end Phoenix, a man down, had a break and their forward was brought down for a penalty. Archer took it, went round netminder Lee who then saved his shot. With 1:39 left a Flames break saw Duggan hit the winner against his former club. Flames missed another chance before the end but it didn't matter.
A good atmosphere with a nearly full house at the Spectrum. My seat didn't have a brilliant view, but it's the same view as 60% of those in the rink. Loads of yummies with their kids running around today, constantly standing up and down. The programme also has a lucky number draw - for the second time on a row I was one off the £100 prize. Two ice machines in force today!



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English National League Division 1 South

Solent and Gosport Devils 3 Invicta Dynamos 5

admission £8-00 programme gone up to £1-00 inc raffle ticket attendance est 200

Superb game, great performance by Devils against one of the top three sides in the division (this season) but they came up just short. Devils came back three times only to lose out to two late goals. In the first two periods Invicta had most of the possession and most of the shots. Devils defended bravely with netminder Taylor (now rotating with Cole) outstanding, facing 86 shots during the game. Dynamos took the lead in both periods only for Devils to equalise on the break with excellent efforts from Chrenko and Norcliffe. Dynamos were getting frustrated and the game boiled over on 28 mins after an assault on Taylor with a free-for-all only resulting on one 2+2 for each side. Dynamos took the lead again early in the third period but again Devils equalised. Dynamos then took the lead for the fourth time during a powerplay and despite lots of pressure Devils couldn't score again, in fact they took Taylor off for the last minute and promptly conceded a fifth. Two Devils players taken to hospital (jaw injuries through puck and elbow).
22 minutes late starting again due to an overrunning junior match (which had a punch up at the end). Gents' toilet still hasn't been fixed three weeks after the last game I attended...

P.S. Chelmsford Chieftains v London Raiders sounded tasty tonight - 314 penalty minutes and 9 match penalties, most it seems at the end of the game.




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Saturday 19th October 2013
NIHL Southern Cup
Wightlink Raiders 1 Invicta Dynamos 7
Admission £9.00
Programme - £2.00
Badge - £2.50
Att - Around 350

A comfortable win for the Dynamos in a game that didn't hold the attention. The rink is on the Esplande in Ryde so it is easily reached if travelling to the IOW by hovercraft. The hoovercraft lands right next to the rink. Inside are two seated areas on both sides of the rink. Unfortunately the one I sat in had a lot of people who preferred to stand so if you sit in the two back rows of this stand you won't see too much if you decide to sit.

A good programme was available but maybe a little overpriced. The match presentation was ok but a bit boring compared to other rinks. Overall I wouldn't want to watch what was on offer every week.




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Continental Cup Day 3
£17 for 2 games.

Hauge V Riga

Only Caught the last 2 Periods of this game and it was a shocking game to say the least with both team not playing as well as others thought they might!

A few goals scored an a baffling moment came when a high stick that broke the opponents Helmet went unpunished by the Referee or Linesmen.

Panthers 3 Riga 1

What a game with many big hits from Panthers players and a fight happening in the first period of which saw 2 players from each team kicked out of the game. However Panthers went through with some good play with goals coming from David Clarke, Matt Francis & Salters

What an enjoyable night!



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English National League Division 1 South

Solent and Gosport Devils 2 Streatham Redskins 5

admission £8-00 programme back down to 50p not inc raffle ticket attendance est 220


A good crowd braved the weather for what Devils must have ranked as one of their 'winnable' games. They even beat the Redskins once last season. The home team got a penalty after three minutes as Johnson was pulled down when clear. Tanner took the penalty and scored impressively. However, it had to be retaken and Johnson had to take it - and Sanderson saved it. Devils put the pressure on but the visitors always looked dangerous on the break, sure enough Scarborough put them ahead after 14 mins. Johnson made up for his earlier miss with the equaliser three minutes later but Devils were caught on the break again near the end of the period so it finished 1-2. An exciting second period saw chances at both ends before Devils equalised halfway through. But Skins broke near the end of the period, twice, to lead 2-4 at the end. The fourth came 11 secs from the end after a scramble at the other end. The final period was again quite even but Scarborough clinched it for the visitors with about 5 mins to go. Final shot count 65-64 to the Devils but it's goals that count. Devils looked a little tired after their heroic efforts of last night (losing 6-7 to Invicta who got the winner with 2.5 secs to go) and now have only 3 games in 4 weeks to make up for it.



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Saturday 2nd November 2013 (7pm)
Rapid Solicitors Elite League
Braehead Clan 3 Edinburgh Capitals 1
Admission £18 + £1 'booking fee' despite printing my ticket at home
Programme £3 more of a monthly magazine really than a programme but a good read nevertheless

My first Elite League game for two years and only my second since Feb 2007 meant an Elite League Champagne Job Smile

Paid £18 for a ticket at Centre Ice, however could easily have paid £14 for a wing seat and just sat in a Gold Seat as no-one bothered to check tickets once inside. Very smart arena at the back of a Shopping Centre and despite the pricing it is the kind of rink that you'd take your family to for a night out as the off ice presentation was quite good to be fair.

The game, whilst being pleasantly goon free, wasn't the best as Edinburgh aren't very good at all and never looked like adding to the solitary win despite taking the lead towards the end of the 1st period. Braehead hit back within 14 seconds and scored two goals right at the start of the 2nd period & that was it as far as scoring was concerned. Edinburgh killed 2 minutes of 5 on 3 powerplay either side of the first break but then conceded within seconds of being back to full strength.

We had the rare (for me) event of a penalty shot, only the 3rd one I've seen I think in 10 years and 125 games of watching Ice Hockey. Needless to say Edinburgh fluffed it.

Just four rinks to go in the main English Leagues, Manchester Phoenix, Nottingham Lions, Solway Sharks & Widnes Wild. Although depending what ice pad the plethora teams that use iceSheffield play on it might be more.



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At ice Sheffield, all teams use the main arena except Sutton, who use pad 2. This does have raised seating for around 3-400. I'm planning on doing them this Saturday if all goes to plan.


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The seating is now in at Widnes Wild, Reasonably elevated and should provide a good view


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English Premier League

Basingstoke Bison 3 Bracknell Bees 4 (after OT and penalties)

admission £12-50 (pay on day) programme £2-50 (A4 and overpriced), attendance est 1250

3rd v 9th /10
Excellent entertainment! Bison dominated the first period but only had a goal from Rand to show for it. Bees surprisingly equalised right at the start of the second and equalised twice more as Bison came up with some comedy defending. The third equaliser caused a sort of punch-up which took the four(!) officials some time to sort out. A tense and exciting third period saw no more goals and so (at least) an unexpected point for Bees. Both sides came close in OT but no goals (but Bees' Bronniman got a match penalty and had a spectacular tantrum as he left), so to penalties. Both sides scored their first two and missed/saved their next three. Netminder Annetts, against his old club, made an easy save from Bison's Connolly, leaving Rounding to score the winning penalty to send the visiting fans wild. I got an excellent view for my money but sat with the Bees' fans towards the end - a group of them persisted in standing up and looking rowdy so were ejected by the Bison security. They missed a great finish. Bees had lost 7-0 and 6-0 last weekend so someone had done their job during the week.
I've seen Bison three times at home now, all excellent games, all lost narrowly against supposedly inferior opposition. I also saw them lose at Guildford - maybe they should pay me to stay away.



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A question for someone who knows more about British ice hockey than me: why are there no (or hardly any) games between teams from different leagues?

I'd have thought that a national cup game would be very popular, if. say, an EPL team played against an Elite League team, or an NIHL team played against an EPL team.

Are the leagues really so far apart in terms of ability?



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In Reply To
A question for someone who knows more about British ice hockey than me: why are there no (or hardly any) games between teams from different leagues?

I'd have thought that a national cup game would be very popular, if. say, an EPL team played against an Elite League team, or an NIHL team played against an EPL team.

Are the leagues really so far apart in terms of ability?


Simple, the gap in standards between the levels is too big, most games would be unwatchably one sided.


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Thanks for that, thought that must be the reason.

That also explains why there are so few promotions/relegations and why those that do get promoted (e.g. Solent and Gosport Devils) tend to struggle.



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Double header for me this weekend:

Saturday:

National League Cup (North section):
Sutton Sting 7 Blackburn Hawks 6
Att: 110 (h/c)
Admission £6
Prog: None

Double downer for me - switched to main pad which was a bummer as I'd only gone to tick Ice Sheffield pad 2 and no programme which is a bit crap at this level of hockey.

Not to worry, I don't like Sutton and I now just have a few more reasons to dislike them Cool

Game a was a mad see saw shoot out by two sides who couldn't defend!

Sunday:
English National League 2 North (AKA Laidler Conference)
Widnes Wild 2 Nottingham Lions 2
Att: 364 (official)
Admission £5
Prog: £1 (16pp)
Food: Chips n Gravy £2.80 (chips nice, gravy vile!)

Cracking advert for Div 2 hockey with big hits, plenty of skill, fast breakouts and some top quality N/M, plus a large and enthusiastic crowd who can now see the game properly as the seats are in.

I've covered Widnes before this season but the new seating is pretty good and worth a mention. It runs most of the length of one side and accomodates around 400-450 with the higher rows in particular providing a good view of the action.

Decent crowd for this level which bodes well for the future. There were a lot of people new to ice hockey and all seemed to really enjoy it and by the third period they were making a fair old bit of noise, especially when the home side equalised.

The 55 minute drive home took 3 and a half hours thanks to an incident near Charnock Richard Services, just what I needed with work the next day :(


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Swedish Level 3 - Division 1D Stockholm area (Nacka Ishall)
Nacka 2-4 Gnesta
Attendance: 72
Admission: 80 SEK (plenty of programmes available, 10 SEK)

Pleasant south Stockholm venue, a short bus ride from Slussen, seating behind one goal and alongside, part of it terrace/benches which were largely stood on. Cafe behind the goal area seats (decent food and non-alcoholic drink options), with the far side limited to the teams.

Good game with Gnesta the better side throughout, but with nothing to show from the first period, and only a 1-0 lead after the 2nd period. The match got better as time progressed though, with open play in the 2nd period turning to goals in such situations in the 3rd period. No doubt Nacka will rue the moment in the 3rd period, having equalised at 1-1 and with a powerplay advantage, a downfield clearance was attempted to be held up by the goalminder behind the goal, only to slip over and unfortunately allow a Gnesta forward to nip in and nab the lead again. It would have been sad if that had been the decisive moment, but fortunately, despite Nacka getting an equaliser again soon after, the quality moment came as a Gnesta forward harried a Nacka defender, both slipped over, but the Gnesta player was back to his feet in a flash and away to sweep the puck into the roof of the net. The final goal was added as a deflection lolloped into an open goal in the dying seconds.

Competitive throughout, this was good entertainment. I've since found that Nacka are bottom of the league without a win all season, whilst this took Gnesta up a place to 3rd bottom! Not much atmosphere, certainly a few away fans in evidence though.

Back into Slussen and a wander into Gamla Stan post-game, stops at the Ardbeg Embasssy (formerly Glenfiddich Warehouse) and Wirstroms - Sodra Pale Ale narrowly taking the best beer prize over the Skeba....



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Sunday 17/11 f/o 18.00
GUILDFORD FLAMES vs Manchester Phoenix @ Spectrum
Adm £8.50 (Con £ 5.50) Prog £2

A Game between the likely top 2 at Seasons finish, thus ensuring a tight Game

A few firsts for me, all high leval Seats Sold and only Standing available although upon discussion a Seat was found in the Ground leval Area, fortunately in the back Row of 3 although it was necessary to stand on my Seat for the whole game, still no problem. The Crowd was announced as 1.937 including many under 14's. Also the Referee was Joy Johnston, nee Tottman, didn't even know she had married, also Tony Hand still playing for Manchester, although he spent most of the Game shaking his head, either at Official's decisions or his own Teams mistakes !
First two Periods were tight, Flames scoring an early scrappy Goal, soon equalised and thereafter no further Goals until the final Period, whereupon Flames scored 3 unanswered before Phoenix pulled one back to finish 4-2, just about deserved. One thing confused me, late on Phoenix did not pull their Keeper, however on reflection I believe someone somewhere sometime mentiond that in the event of Teams being tied on points at Seasons End, then head to head results would decide !


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English Premier League

Basingstoke Bison 6 Peterborough Phantoms 0

admission £12-50 (pay on day) programme £2-50 (still A4 and overpriced), attendance est 1100


3rd v 8th/10
At last I saw a win for Bison, at the fifth time of asking! This was the best team performance I've seen from them, despite the usual comedy moments in defence (Skinns, in achieving his second consecutive shutout, actually saved three one-on-ones). 2-0 at the end of the first period in which Phantoms initially defended well and looked dangerous on the break, but in the second period Bison took over and scored three more as the visitors faded. Two of those were in 30 secs and prompted a timeout. Comfortable third quarter for Bison. 27 fans in the visiting block. Not a bad game considering the scoreline. The Bison bunch (especially in block C, where I sat) are particularly hard on the officials.
This helped take the edge off the bad news from Solent and Gosport Devils - 11 of their top players left the club on Thursday after a bust-up with the coach, they will be playing tomorrow but it doesn't look good for the rest of the season.



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Also at Bison 6 Peterborough Phantoms 0, only paid £5 for my ticket due a friend from work getting some cheap tickets through a promotion at his daughter's school.

The programme was probably the biggest rip off of any I've ever bought at any sporting event, 16 A4 pages for £2.50 with very little content & I shan't be buying one again nor would I pay £12 to watch the EPL & only go when the tickets are available for a fiver.

Not the greatest game as Peterborough were pants & Bison skated with 7 men all night as ref O'Halloran gave them an awful lot of marginal decisions.

Thankfully the PA isn't that load sitting behind the far end goal so you get some respite from the hyperactive guy on the PA.



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STREATHAM REDSKINS vs Bracknell Hornets
ENLS1
Adm £8 (Con £6) Prog £2

The Grand Opening attracted a Crowd in excess of 500, some put as high as 800 so pretty packed with a large number Standing behind a Goal, next to a Bar ! A quality New Arena, even Mishi was impressed

Unfortunately not the right final result, Hornets scored the only Goal in the 1st, Redskins the only one in the 2nd, they appeared to be struggle with the new Ice, the Puck sticking in places. Redskins scored first in the Final Period only for Hornets to level with a cracking Goal on a Power Play for a stupid Slashing infringement. Redskins then scored again on 57.37 and having looked comfortable all Game, on 58.35 gave it all away, a wayward pass from a usually reliable Defenceman went straight to a Hornet, who set up a Team Mate for the equaliser. On reflection a fair result on the Night despite Streatham being the more agressive and creating the better chances.

Next Home Games are next Saturday vs Chelmsford at 17.30 as will be all Saturdays, then Sunday 8th Dec, vs Milton Keynes, f/o 18.45

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It's notoriously hard to get proper attendances at the lower levels of hockey, but my 'guestimate' was around 600, maybe a bit more.

The old place was dump, but it was 'our dump'...this place is a palace in comparison! Glad I don't drink though. £4 for a 500ml plastic bottle of beer!



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English National League Division 1 South

Solent and Gosport Devils 2 London Raiders 3

admission £8-00 programme 50p (basic today but with draw number) attendance est 150


Devils with a lot of their familiar faces after the big bust-up ten days ago. Like last week's game against the Cardiff Devils, the visitors came out playing fast, aggressive hockey and took a three-goal lead. A couple of cracking shots and two goals around the 13 min mark saw the Devils reeling. But like last week they came back, a great shot by Gosset from an angle starting the fightback before the end of the first period and then Abbott putting one through the keeper's legs on 23 mins. The rest of the game was exciting, no more goals but lots of good play, good defending, aggressive tackling and some interesting calls. Devils gave as good as they got but the visitors showed they are a good team and kept possession well and had 76 shots. Home netminder Cole (not one of last week's rebels) had to show his class again, but there were several scrambles near the Raiders' goal. Devils just came up short but still a great improvement on last season.



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Saturday 07/12

ENLS2 Face off 17.15 (actually 17.30)
LEE VALLEY LIONS vs Cardiff Devils ll @ Lea Bridge Road
Adm £5 Prog No (Aparently did issue for first two Games, but too few Sales, so fair enough)

Had forgotten this is a decent viewing Rink, not been since London Racers folded, to be treated with a fair Game for this Standard.
Lions started the better scoring after 05.30, Cardiff equalising with the very last hit of the 1st Period befoe scoring the one Goal in the 2nd when they had only 4 SOG's. Final Period resulted in 2 further Goals for Cardiff and a 1-4 Victory.

Sunday 08/12

After paying £30 for an OAP Ticket behind the Goal at the Cottage for Fulham2 Aston Villa 0, time to return Home and pick up both Grand Kids for

ENLS1 F/O 18.45
STREATHAM REDSKINS vs Milton Keynes Thunder
Adm £8 (Con £5) Kids £5 for the first then £1 each for any further. Prog £2

Thunder had played their first Game at their Temporary Rink the previous Night, the delay alledgedly due to Health & Safety, the Netting was considered too slack and therefore a danger to the Public ! Lost 1-4 to London Raiders so a decent performance.

They had 15 Skaters, however came to Streatham with only 10, mind you no mugs and they fought well exchanging 5 at a time and until they tired put on a fine defensive Game. It started all to easy for Redskins scoring 2 within 45 secs, adding a 3rd on 5.46 with Thunder scoring their only Goal 07.24. No further Goals until 35.29 when Redskins scored again and then added a further to lead 5-1 at end of 2nd. Redskins had given more than usual Ice time to some of their "lessesr" Players, however for the Final Period it was back to normal and with 6 unanswered Goals resulted in an 11-1 Victory.


qoscrofts
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Dec 11, 2013, 11:29 AM

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World U20 Ice Hockey Championships

Division 1 Group B

Dumfries Ice Bowl

Day 1 - Monday 9th December

Day ticket £10 (game 1 £4, game 2 £4, game 3 £8 if bought individually)


With almost no publicity Dumfries managed to secure the group games for this one and so its only polite that someone takes a trip along. Having watched it for years at Olympic level and as a student in Dundee in the mid 80s having been to odd Dundee Rockets game i'm not really sure why ive never gone to see the local Solway Sharks who've been doing well over the last few years.

Dumfries Ice Bowl or The Shark Tank as it says on the rink is situated next to Queen of the South's Palmerston Park and has a rink with seating to one side and behind one goal with i'd estimate around 600 seats. Theres standing behind the other goal and to most of the perimeter, obviosuly not at the team bench areas though, which probably allows for a crowd of 1000. The other half of the Ice Bowl was originally an indoor carpet bowling centre but this was removed and specialist Curling lanes put in its place to cater for the popularity of curling locally. Theres a bar cafe over looking the ice rink, though its built so that you cant see the nearest goal to it to stop you getting a 'free' view of the game.

to the action

Game 1, 1pm, Kazahkstan 7 Ukraine 2, attendance 480

Two local primary schools are given free tickets and obviously been allocated to support one country each. So approx 200 wee ones shouting non stop for their adopted teams complete with home made flags etc actually makes for a decent atmosphere, i must be getting mellow in my old age but the sound of it sounds awful but it worked pretty well. The Kazahks romp it to be honest and are a far slicker team. The first period was a bit stop start with both teams struggling to get things going but after that it was much more fluent and for me as a novice to it all very enjoyable. After the game both teams showed their appreciation of the support of the kids and the Kazahks did look genuinely delighted by it all.

Game 2, 4.30pm Japan 3 France 4, attendance 212

With just under 1.5hrs between games to fill in its a quick wander up to the cafe and a coffee for £1.10 before game two. Time past pretty quick to be honest with the teams coming back for their warms ups before the spectacle of watching the ice machine clear the ice again before the game began.

There was a noticeable difference in quality in this one with it being fast and skilfull (to my eyes anyway) from the start. Japan promoted to this division and France relegated to it so maybe a surprise that the Japanes went 3-1 up - certainly to the French parents sat around us but the French quality won out with a last minute goal securing a 4-3 win. Having seen most of the Japanese squad in Morrisons on Saturday morning maybe they overdosed on all the lucozade they were buying.

No free kids tickets of this one given the start time so the crowd was the paying one only.

Game 3, 8.00pm Great Britain 3 Italy 4 OT, attendance 475

A break for sausage and chips in the cafe before the 'big one'.

Italy big favourites with the bookies but GB matched them and then managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Pre game the only real local publicity was that Rachel Hunter would be here to watch her and Rod Stewarts son Liam play for GB - she was and he's a feisty little fella as he got stuck into a couple of Italians.

After going behind GB went 3-1 up let one back but with 1.07 left are leading 3-2. A sin binning gives the Italians a man advantage and they score with 32 seconds left to force OT when the same player completes his hat trick with only 1.12 played of OT.

The Italians did look better but GB looked absoultely gutted to have lost it.

Overall with leaving this game at about 10.15 its almost 10 hours in an ice rink but a thouroughly thouroughly enjoyable day out. The tournament programme covers the basics well enough for £3, food and drink plentiful and cheap too. Sight lines in the rink are some times not great as the barriers around the seats are a little high which is slightly annoying. After all it all the two of us who went are a little annoyed that Queens replay at St Mirren on Tuesday has meant we wont be doing the Tuesday too, and writing this after said replay we'd have been better off at the Hockey.

So its Thursday for day 3 for me, Saturday nights GB game and then Sunday for the final day.


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World Under 20 Ice Hockey championship

Divison 1 B

Dumfries Ice Bowl

Day 3 Thursday 12th December

With Queen of the South thoughtlessly equalising against St Mirren to force a replay on the previous Tuesday night i went to that and not day 2 of the Ice Hockey - a poor decision in retrospect. Day 2 saw wins again for Italy, France and Kazakhstan - The Kazaks beating GB 6-1.

Thursday see's me taking mother in law to hospital so miss out on the first game of the day and Ukraine beating Japan 3-2 but there in time to see game 2 of the day and the first clash of unbeaten sides and after a excellent game in which the Italian keeper is outstanding, the game is played a noticeably higher pace than others and theres a bit of needle too the Italians win 4-3.

The evening game sees a real shock as GB play superbly to hold the French to a 4-4 draw, OT is scoreless before GB remain composed and win the penalty shoot out 2-1 to take the points. Crowds are picking up with 580 at this one, almost 25% more than the first GB game..

Again £10 gets you a day ticket.

Day 4 Saturday 14th December

Football gets in the way again as with Queens hosting Falkirk i elect to miss out games 1 and 2 today. The predicted storm force winds arrive and batter the region and whilst Palmerston has a nice shiny all weather pitch everything above ground is far from all weather and after 30 minutes of the ball blowing out of the ground the ref calls it a day - why he started is a bit of a mystery really.

So i could have gone and seen Italy 4 France 3 after OT and apparently an absolute classic of Kazakhstan 8 Japan 7. However i am there for the evening game of GB v Ukraine. Mrs qoscrofts comes along on the off chance that the local rumour that Rod Stewart was coming along to watch his son Liam play - rumour not true.

GB are no match for Ukraine on the night and soundly beaten 4-0 - too many penalty minutes mean long periods of being a man down though they dont actually conceed a goal when short handed but twice conceded about 2 seconds after going back to full strength.

Maybe the Rod rumour helps but the crowd of 610 is the best so far. £8 on the night for this game - despite a no show from Rod, Mrs Q says she enjoys it and says she fancies coming along on Sunday night.

So its the final day today and 3 teams can still win it and 2 can still be relegated. First up it will be France v Kazaakhstan with the winners still having a shot at the title, next its Italy v Ukraine - a win for Italy in normal time will give them the title no matter what the Ukrainians are the only side with nothing to play for. Tonight its GB v Japan and a win or OT defeat for GB will see them retain their divisional place - a defeat in normal time and we are down.


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World U20 Ice Hockey Championships

Division 1B

Dumfries Ice Bowl

Day 5, £10 day ticket


Game 1 Attendance 250

France 2 Kazakhstan 4

The Kazaks record a 4th win and it means that Italy must beat Ukraine in normal time to win the group. A good game which the Kazaks deserve to win. In terms of attacking theyve been the pick of the sides .

Game 2 Attendance 234

Italy must win to win the group and take an early lead. Ukraine have nothing to play and Italy look a nervous side as they let the Ukrainians back into it and then go behind 2-1. An Italian is stretchered off following a pretty hefty challenge and there's a bit of needle creeping in. Italy get an equaliser and then pull away as they rather grind out the win. At the full time buzzer its big time celebrations from the Italians as they gain promotion.

Game 3 Attendance 530

Great Britain 4 Japan 2

GB need a point to stay up a Japanese win will see them stay up at GB's expense. The one disappointing thing about the organisation of the tournament is that they have not told the crowd what the league situation is and so i'm pretty sure a lot of the casual fans dont realise that its lose and bust. Japan have lost every game but each one only by a goal and their games have been very entertaining - theres no change to the entertainment in this one either. Japan are fast and press all the time and it leads to a really good open game. GB lead early, the Japanese go in front early in period 2 before GB go back in front at the end of period 2. No more scores in the 3rd period despite chances for both and with the Japanese knowing they need to win they pull the keeper for the last 90 seconds and go for it - GB finally counter with a 4th goal with 5 seconds to go to retain their place in this division next year.


Overall its been a really enjoyable tournament and i look forward to March when Dumfries hosts GB's group of the U18 world championship.


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English National League Division 1 South

Solent and Gosport Devils 1 Wightlink Raiders 8

Admission £8-00 Progamme £1-00 (with no draw number) attendance est 320
Down to earth with a big bump tonight for the Devils who last night celebrated their first away win ever in ENL1. The game started at a fast pace, too fast for the Devils, who were two down in 55 seconds. Raiders kept catching them on the break and added a third after 13 mins. Shortly after we had a one-on-one followed by a mass punch-up resulting in several penalties and the end of the evening for that nice Mr. Cornish (third man in). The game settled down after that and Devils' game improved a lot in the second period, and they were unlucky not to reduce the deficit. Instead a deflected shot and a lovely break by Raiders made it 0-5 at the end of the quarter. Devils kept going in the final quarter but despite the roster looking as strong as it was before the big bust-up last month, they looked short on class, Wightlink again breaking effectively to add three more. Two mins from the end Abbott's goal spoiled a deserved shutout for Colclough. Big crowd tonight.



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English National Ice Hockey League Cup (North Group)
Dec 21st 2013
Manchester Minotaurs 1 Blackburn Hawks 8
Att: 120 (h/c)
Admission £6
Prog/Raffle: £2 combined (prog pretty awful tbh)

The Minotaurs are the rebranded Trafford Metros of the last couple of years. An awful choice of name for a pretty horrible team based on Saturday's performance. They play at the same rink as the Manchester Phoenix and the rink has been covered many times before. The sight lines are not good and haven't improved!!

The home side, without their star import Lukas Zeman (who has accountated for around 50% of all their goals this season) were pretty woeful and once it became obvious they weren't going to win they decided to play "Slapshot" hockey. 5 fights, lost them all and had one player thrown out on a double match penalty who amassed no less than 58 minutes in a single incident. Blackburn did their best to stay out of trouble but did get "suckered in" a few times, the final penalty total for the match being in excess of 200.

Two positive things of note though: Manchester have GB ladies junior international Nicole Jackson in nets and she's very much there on merit, going at a save percentage rate of over 90% on the season. They also iced another ladies player, Sarah Hutchinson. I'm not sure when the EIHA started allowing ladies to ice as outskaters (they've been allowed to play in goal for as long as I can remember) but she didn't look out of place at all and spent a fair bit of time on the ice killing penalties.

The teams meet again in the league this Saturday, hopefully this time two sides will turn up to play hockey, rather than 1.


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Just for interest found this

http://oxfordcitystars.com/...iew-barons-vs-stars/

"Of course, the most notorious game between the two, if not the most famous came in the Fosters Midlands Cup (not the Fosters your thinking off) back in 1984, when mis-communication meant that Stars had to scrabble a team of 2nd team players and juniors together at short notice to play the Barons as the majority of the team didn’t realise that they had a game! The Barons went onto win by the narrow margin of 50-0. By the third period, the Stars netminder was exhausted and Emma Bowles, Women’s GB netminder went into goal to become the first ever woman to play in a competitive British senior game"


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She was the GB netminder...but not neccessarily the best netminder during her long run for GB. Helped her parents were coaching the GB side I suppose....



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English Premier League

Basingstoke Bison 5 Sheffield Steeldogs 4 (after OT and penalties)

admission £12-50 (in advance) programme yes, attendance est 1300

Great game, with a fairytale ending.
Pantomime villain Payette sent Dogs off to a flying start with a great block which set up Korhon to score with 1:03 on the clock. The visitors defended well and were deadly on the break, going two up on eight minutes. Bison's Vantroba then lost his stick, tried to block the attacker, then 'lost it' completely as he was sent to the box, adding a misconduct and a match penalty to his original two minutes. Slowly Bison put the pressure on and a great shot from Connolly reduced the arrears before the end of the first period. A long shot from Haywood put the Dogs 1-3 up only for a nice move seeing Melanchrino reduce the lead to one again. The last ten minutes of the second period were particularly exciting, to and fro with chances at both ends. At the start of the third Bison equalised only to see the Dogs go ahead again. Long equalised again with 7 mins to go and the home side laid siege to their opponent's goal. Dogs just held on, as they did during overtime. The first five penalties were all saved so it was left to Joe Miller, who is leaving the Bison next week to move to Telford (who have come into a lot of money recently), to score the winner. The Dogs were worth at least a point, never having been behind in the match. However, Bison's last two equalisers came on (avoidable) powerplays. Lack of discipline cost Dogs right at the end - just the underlying niggle otherwise.



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Dec 30, 2013, 10:17 PM

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Nottingham Panthers 2 Sheffield Steelers 3

Tickets Free
Programme £3 for the next 3 games
Attendence - 7,028

Goal's as they were scored

Steelers P1 - 10:31 - Rob Sirianni assisted by Stefan Meyer & Drew Fata (71-10-49)
Panthers P1 - 11:53 - Jonathan Boxill, Assisted by Joe Jensen & Chris Murray (89-6-20)
Steelers P2 - 16:15 - Jonathan Phillips Assisted by Nate DiCasmirro & Robert Dowd (20-13-75)
Panthers P3 - 8:38 - Matt Francis Assisted by Eric Werner & Robert Lachowicz (17-68-7)
Steelers 1OT - 2:12 - Stefan Meyer Assisted by Robert Dowd & Gord Baldwin (10-75-3)

Some Strange Decisions tonight by Mr Hicks in what would have been an excellent game for the Neutral!



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Nottingham Panthers 5 Coventry Blaze 3

Tuesday 31st December
3pm Face Off
Elite League

Goals
EE - Equil Handed
PP - Power play Goal

Period 1

Panthers 1st - 0:42 - EE - David Clarke Assisted by Brandon Benedict & Joe Jensen
Panthers 2nd - 1:31 - PP - Matt Francis Assisted by Jonathan Weaver & Petr Kalus
Blaze 1st - 6:01 - EE - Ryan Ginand Assisted by Cale Tanaka
Panthers 3rd - 12:48 - PP - Eric Werner Assisted by Matt Ryan & Robert Farmer

Period 2

Panthers 4th - 11:15 - EE - Matt Francis Assisted by Chris Murray & Robert Lachowicz
Blaze 2nd - 11:44 - EE - Kevin Harvey Assisted by Ashley Tait & Michael Devin

Period 3

Panthers 5th - 1:47 - EE - Brandon Benedict Assisted by Joe Jensen & Jonathan Weaver
Blaze 3rd - 6:43 - PP - Ryan Ginand Assisted by Ashley Tait & Kenny Kallstrom

Major Penalties

Blaze - 27 Kevin Harvey - P1 - Misconduct Playing
Blaze - 27 Kevin Harvey - P2 - Misconduct Playing -
Blaze - 27 Kevin Harvey - Game Penalty - 2 Misconduct Penalties = Automatic Game
Blaze - 6 Mike Egener - P3 - Misconduct Abuse - Rest of Game
Blaze - 33 Benn Olson - P3 Butt Ending Major - Rest of Game


The Panthers started this one at 3pm due to the fact that Nottingham City Transport Buses were finishing between 5:45 & 7pm, However it was still nearly a sell out with 5,726 turning up with a Sizeable amount coming to support the Blaze.

Panthers started this game well with 2 goals inside 1:31 the first of which was a Equil Handed goal scored by Captain David Clarke Assisted Assistant Captain Brandon Benedict and Joe Jensen, Clarke is currently a record holder after becoming the first player to score 300 Elite League goals, THis came in the last game. However the second was a Powerplay Goal scored by Assistant Captain Matt Francis Assited by Jonathan Weaver and Petr Kalus.

Blaze's Mike Egener had just completed his 2+2 Penalty for Cross Checking & Slashing when They scored to make it 2 with 6:01 on the clock in the first period the goal coming from Ryan Ginand and Assisted by Cale Tanaka. The Panthers though managed to Restore the 2 goal lead when Eric Werner scored he was Assisted by Matt Ryan and Robert Farmer.

The Blaze were soon to be without their big player Kevin Harvey though when he went into the Penalty box to sit for 10 Minutes after a Misconduct call from Referee Smith. There was to be more Blaze Players in the Penalty box as Benn Olson was to receive a 2+2 for Slashing and Cross Checking.

With everyone thinking that the Second Period may be a lot quieter then they were wrong. Both teams were a lot calmer during the Second Period and the Panthers made the most of the man Advantage when they scored through Matt Francis who was Assisted by Chris Murray and Robert Lachowicz. The Blaze though soon pulled one back to make it 4-2 when they scored through Kevin Harvey who was Assisted by Captain Ashley Tait and Michael Devin.

This was about the last Piece of Action that Harvey would have when as he recieved a game Penalty after receiving 2 Misconduct Penalties during the game. The Blaze were also awarded a Penalty shot when a Panthers player covered the puck near his own goal line. This was saved by Panthers Netminder Neil Conway. Harvey decided to join his Partner in Block 3 but was soon asked to leave by the Stewards as it was starting to get hostile between them and the top of block 4! But he left and everything died down in the Stands.

There was no letdown in the Action during Period 3 either when the Panthers scored with 1:47 on the Third Period clock as Brandon Benedict Scored he was Assisted by Joe Jensen and Jonathan Weaver. The Blaze scored their last goal of the night when Ryan Ginand scored the final goal of the night and he was Assisted by Ashley Tait and Kenny Kallstrom.

The Blaze though soon lost more men when firstly Mike Egner got a 10 Minute Penalty for Abuse of an Official, Then Finally Benn Olson who had some funny chants about him aired during the game got a Major Penalty for Butt Ending (End of the Stick) meaning he would sit out the Rest.

And to cap it all off the Panthers missed a Penalty shot!

Final Scored Panthers 5 Blaze 3



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cherryhopper
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Friday's BBC Look North (NE & Cumbria region) had a feature on Whitley Bay Ice Arena - home of Whitley Warriors - which is under threat from developers as North Tyneside Council has earmarked the site for future housing. There is a campaign to save the ice rink at
www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/north-tyneside-council-save-whitley-bay-ice-rink


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Saturday 4th Jan 2014

National Ice Hockey League 1 North (aka Moralee Conference)
Blackburn Hawks 5 Whitley Warriors 0
Att: 520 (h/c)
Adm: £6.50
Prog: £1.50 (nowt special, sadly)

Hawks extended their current good run to 5 wins with this comprehensive win over a more than half decent Whitley side (and went 1 better on Sunday with a 9-1 away demolition of title/playoff rivals Billingham Stars).

Blackburn have added wisely to what was an already half decent squad this year, with the signing of Adam Brittle from Milton Keynes and a good quality import in Jon Adams from Ontario, Canada. The crowds are on the rise again and so is the atmosphere on matchnights.

It'll only be a matter of time before something cocks it all up again (it's the Blackburn way!!) but for the time being it's all rather enjoyable Smile


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English Premier League

Basingstoke Bison 2 Telford Tigers 4
admission £12-50 (in advance) programme yes, attendance est 1500
Second shock result for me today, although Tigers have come into some money and bought four for five top EPL players recently. However, they way they have been integrated into the team so quickly is impressive. The first period saw a couple of misconducts, no goals and only 11 shots as Tigers matched Bison in every way. In the second period the visitors looked more dangerous and took the lead through Salem. Former Bison Miller should have made it two with a fantastic turn but netminder Skinns saved well. Only 0-1 after two periods! The third period was totally different as Tigers doubled their lead a minute in, Bison scored 12 seconds later and Tigers scored again 90 seconds later. Bison attacked furiously and Tigers looked really dangerous on the break. A long shot by Melachrino was fumbled by Ryan to make it 2-3 with 10 mins left. Bison couldn't score and pulled Skinns (I've been waiting ages to say that) with 52 seconds left - McKenzie took advantage and put the puck into an empty net to clinch the win. Good atmosphere tonight (as there was at Christmas) and they saw what is suddenly a very good visiting team. It will be interesting to see what effect this has on the league for the rest of the season, and the play-offs.



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Nottingham Panthers 5 Edinburgh Capitals 2

National Ice Centre
Face off 7pm
Programme £3 for 2 Games


Goals as they went in

Panthers P1- EE - 6:55 - Jonathan Boxill Assisted by Joe Grimaldi & Greg Jucina
Capitals P2 - PP - 12:31 - Richard Hartmann Assisted by Curtis Leinweber & Jade Portwood
Panthers P2 - EE - 13:36 - Greg Jucina Assisted by Jonathan Weaver
Panthers P2 - EE - 16:31 - Greg Jucina Assisted by Matt Ryan & Robert Farmer
Panthers P2 - EE - 18:14 - Matt Ryan Assisted by Jonathan Weaver
Capitals P3 - EE - Martin Cingel Assisted by Marc Fowley & Peter Holecko.

Penalties

Capitals P1 - 3:42 - Michal Benadik - 2 Minutes for Interference
Capitals P1 - 8:28 - Marc Fowley - 2 Minutes for Hooking
Panthers P1 - 13:09 - Jonathan Weaver - 2 Minutes for Hooking
Panthers P1 - 17:13 - Joe Grimaldi - 2 Minutes for Interference
Capitals P2 - 2:14 - Martin Cingel - 2 Minutes for Tripping
Panthers P2 - 6:16 - David Clarke - 2 Minutes for Roughing
Capitals P2 - 6:16 - Marc Fowley - 2 + 2 For Attempted Spearing
6:16 - Marc Fowley 10 Minutes for Misconduct
Panthers P2 - 11:01 - Panthers Bench - 2 Minutes for Too Many Men

The Panthers were again at home time this time against Bottom of the Elite League Capitals at the NIC as the Panthers scored 5 for the 3 home game running in front of only 4,741 people.

The Panthers started well bombarding the Capitals net with shot and the Caps killed a penalty very well after Michal Benadik was sent to the Penalty Box for Interference. The first went in with 6:55 on the clock as Jonathan Boxill scored with a tip in and this goal was Assisted by Number 4 Joe Grimaldi & the New Signing Greg Jacina. Not long after though the Panthers were on the power play again as Marc Fowley was penalised for Hooking back a Panther Player. This was not to be the last piece of action though as the Panthers also incurred 2 Penalties with Jonathan Weaver going in first for Hooking before Joe Grimaldi went in for Interference.

The Capitals had another Penalty called early in the second period as Capitals Captain Martin Cingel was sent to the box for tripping. It soon started getting tasty as Panthers Captain David Clarke and Marc Fowley had a little altercation after some happened! This end result saw David get 2 Minutes for Roughing whilst Fowley got 2 + 2 for Attempted Spearing along with a 10 Minute Misconduct Penalty. There looked like being no goals until the Panthers got a Bench Penalty for too many Men!

The came the first of the four goals that were scored and it came for the Capitals as Richard Hartmann scored on the Powerplay with the Assists coming from Curtis Leinweber & Jade Portwood. The Panthers didnt take long to restore the lead when a goal was scored by the New Signing Greg Jucina who was assisted by Jonathan Weaver. This looked to the fire that Panthers needed as they scored another just under 3 minutes after the goal with another one from Greg Jucina of which saw the crowd Start Chanting that the Juice Was on fire and he certainly was.

This time the Assist's came from Matt Ryan and Robert Farmer. The Panthers again added to the score when the 4th of the night went in as Matt Ryan added another with the Assist coming from Jonathan Weaver. The Capitals did add another goal in the 3rd Period when Martin Cingel put the Puck in the Net with the Assists coming from Marc Fowley and Peter Holecko. This seemed to be the end for the Capitals as the Panthers Added another through the Big Man and Panthers Legend David Clarke with Assists from Greg Jucina and Brandon Benedict. The final piece of action was when Dan Green took over in the net from Neil Conway with 1 Minute 38 Seconds Remaining.

Final Score Panthers 5 Edinburgh Capital 2



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National League 1 South
Milton Keynes Thunder vs Invicta Dynamos @ 728 Midsummer Drive. MK9 3NJ
Adm £3 (Senior) Prog £1.50

Mixed emotions on the Temporary Rink, smallest Pad ever seen, even more so than Grimsby or Bradford, housed in a Stripped out Store with Glass windows the whole length, fronting on to a Main Shopping Street. Entering into the Mall it's first on the left to a table & Chairs to purchase Ticket & Prog with a small selection of Club merchandise. No Food other than Pot Noodles plus usual Hot/Cold drinks. Running the length of the Pad is 5 Rows of padded Bench Seats being the only viewing available as no Plexi just Netting. However made a good fist on the night with their overall attitude and attracting a Crowd of around 70, possibly half from Invicta.

The Game itself was in reality abysmal, the size of the Ice restricting any decent flowing movements as as soon as a Puck received, there was someone breathing down your neck. Invicta appeared frustrated at this restriction and received 14 minors as opposed to just 5 for Thunder in a Game of no malice, 0-3 at end of 1st, 2-5 at 2nd, finishing at 4-11. Possible inteesting stat, Invicta scored 4 short handed.

Advised that the original Ice Pad remains in situ with the actual Building demolished and to be rebuilt around within the next two years, although had previously heard that due to the Ice size only allowed to utilise for this Season !

Earlier had been to Burton Rugby Union to take in the Ex Football League Ground.

Sunday visited the High Road to see Streatham defeat Cardiff 6-2


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Can't believe it's smaller than Grimsby (36x18m), that was the "bottom line" as far as the eiha were concerned, that's why Sutton play all their games at Sheffield (theirs is 36x17m).

Even Fylde was 36 x 22m, you reckon it was smaller mate Wink


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According to someone on the Hockey forum, MK Ice is 40x20 metres.



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English National League 1 North
Telford Titans 6 Blackburn Hawks 10
Att: 120 (est)
Adm: £6
Prog: None (looks like they've stopped bothering, shame, but understandable)

A strengthened Titans team containing a decent new N/M (Tom Murdy) and 5 of the younger players from the Tigers (the EPL side) meant that Blackburn had to work really hard for the win against a side who have lost every game so far this season. The Titans actually led momentarily, early in the 3rd (6-5), but Hawks superior firepower saw them home with 5 unanswered goals.

One name to watch for the future was 16 year old Telford forward Macauley Haywood who performed superbly, his speed and shooting ability for one so young being quite outstanding.

Hawks have now won 8 on the bounce in league and cup (after a 6-1 win over Manchester the night after). Telford's losing streak continued on the Sunday but were mighty unlikely not top pick up a point at the other form team of the moment, Sutton Sting, who won the game with 17 secs left, 4-3.


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Can't believe it's smaller than Grimsby (36x18m), that was the "bottom line" as far as the eiha were concerned, that's why Sutton play all their games at Sheffield (theirs is 36x17m).

Even Fylde was 36 x 22m, you reckon it was smaller mate Wink



Well I was going from memory, Grimsby being over 20 years ago, but being English I know Yards, not metres ! Still clutching at straws, perhaps the Players are bigger now !

In square metres MK is 1% less area than Flyde as Hants/Londoner has now advised the facts, I stand corrected.


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Can't believe it's smaller than Grimsby (36x18m), that was the "bottom line" as far as the eiha were concerned, that's why Sutton play all their games at Sheffield (theirs is 36x17m).

Even Fylde was 36 x 22m, you reckon it was smaller mate Wink



Well I was going from memory, Grimsby being over 20 years ago, but being English I know Yards, not metres ! Still clutching at straws, perhaps the Players are bigger now !

In square metres MK is 1% less area than Flyde as Hants/Londoner has now advised the facts, I stand corrected.


Still a glorified puddle though, when all's said and done! May well try and get down there though, sounds interesting.

Is it going to be a permanent home for the Thunder, or are they just using it til the main Planet Ice rink re-opens?

EDIT - just read the thread on THF, it's temporary, it will close once PLanet Ice re-opens.


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National League 1 South
Milton Keynes Thunder vs Invicta Dynamos @ 728 Midsummer Drive. MK9 3NJ
Adm £3 (Senior) Prog £1.50

Mixed emotions on the Temporary Rink, smallest Pad ever seen, even more so than Grimsby or Bradford, housed in a Stripped out Store with Glass windows the whole length, fronting on to a Main Shopping Street. Entering into the Mall it's first on the left to a table & Chairs to purchase Ticket & Prog with a small selection of Club merchandise. No Food other than Pot Noodles plus usual Hot/Cold drinks. Running the length of the Pad is 5 Rows of padded Bench Seats being the only viewing available as no Plexi just Netting. However made a good fist on the night with their overall attitude and attracting a Crowd of around 70, possibly half from Invicta.

The Game itself was in reality abysmal, the size of the Ice restricting any decent flowing movements as as soon as a Puck received, there was someone breathing down your neck. Invicta appeared frustrated at this restriction and received 14 minors as opposed to just 5 for Thunder in a Game of no malice, 0-3 at end of 1st, 2-5 at 2nd, finishing at 4-11. Possible inteesting stat, Invicta scored 4 short handed.

Advised that the original Ice Pad remains in situ with the actual Building demolished and to be rebuilt around within the next two years, although had previously heard that due to the Ice size only allowed to utilise for this Season !

Earlier had been to Burton Rugby Union to take in the Ex Football League Ground.

Sunday visited the High Road to see Streatham defeat Cardiff 6-2


Thanks for giving the address of the rink. The clubs own website doesn't mention this and a British Ice Hockey website with fixtures gives the postcode of the old rink which is being re-developed. Incidentally MK Lightning are playing at Coventry until they can return home.



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http://www.mkthunder.com/

bottom right hand corner under the MKIce logo



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English National League Division 1 South

Solent and Gosport Devils 0 Chelmsford Chieftains 2

admission £8-00 programme yes attendance est 230

Another midweek drama at Devils as they now have new coaching staff, the crisis in November where a lot of players walked out temporarily just kept going on.
Tonight they were missing two or three regulars but looked far better organised and battled just as hard. The first period was scoreless, Chieftains always take time to get used to the small rink and a shot against the post was the closest they got. The home team defended well and occasionally looked dangerous on the break; forward Chrenko wasn't here and was sorely missed. The visitors at last took the lead after 23 mins, a scrambled effort by Ayling, and another scrambled effort by Ranby five mins later was the end of the scoring. Netminder Cole was outstanding again for Devils who tested the visiting defence a little more in the third quarter, but netminder King celebrated a shutout. A good crowd tonight, but it was really really quiet. Not sure where the famed home support was, and it summed up an efficient but not thrilling win for Chelmsford.
Strange parallels with my football game yesterday at Totton - second bottom v second top, visitors won 2-0 but pushed all the way by a brave performance by the home team who couldn't score.



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Managed three Games, of sorts, this Weekend.

The attraction of Benburb Saturday 13.45 necessitated a drive to Glasgow Friday, allowing a visit to Braehead Arena that evening

Elite League
BRAEHEAD CLAN vs Fife Flyers
Adm £14 No Progs (didn't arrive, alledgedly first time ever !)

From my original visit remembered the Car Parking difficulty and the entry through the Shopping Mall, but not the excellant Sight Lines within the 4,000 Capacity Arena. About half full with a good following from their Kirkcaldy neighbours, but despite the noise ect. rarely excited, although both Sides produced good Hockey. First period finished at 1-1, 2nd at 2-2 whilst a Clan Goal at 51.00 seemed likely to settle, unfortunately any late Flyers effort was restricted by a needless High Sticks penalty and the resulting Power Play finished with a fourth with just 8 seconds remaining. Final 4-2

Saturday at Benburg met up with mip from Odense who on departing sought a Lift to my intended Game in Kilmarnock, Storm vs Dundee Comets. It was shown as an 18.30 f/o I believe on the Scottish National League Site but on arrival discovered the Pad was in the process of being refitted, something to do with excess Gasses, however no one knew where the Game was to be Played ! To be fair they did phone around for Info without suceess, but presumed it would be at Limekilns in Ayr, where they train. This suited me as my Booked Hotel was in Ayr, mip decided to continue and return by Train. On arrival an u-14 Game was in progress, Ayr vs Belfast Giants, but disappointingly NO Kilmarnock although AYR JETS were hosting Paisley Blackhawks in a Recreational Match at 18.30. No Admission or as expected, No paper.

The Rink is the last remaiing in Ayr itself, built in the 70's for Curling as at that time Ayr had a large Hockey Rink, which I was informed was demolished and sold off to a Supermarket for as much as £7 per sg foot ! it also had a large Car Park ! A new Rink was built for Ayr Scottish Eagles but again was later demolished after the Holding Company became Bankrupt. Thus the "Curling" Rink is now used for Hockey, good size but just two Rows of Bench Seats along the long sides and it transpires not deemed good enough for the SNL. The Ayr Team in the SNL play up the Coast in Steventon, who had been earlier phoned. Still any Port in a Storm we stayed for the Rec Game in which a tight 1st period ended at 2-3. No interval, straight round, whilst also Played with no icing calls, but with a 20 minute break prior to the final Period, for the Zamboni. The final two were not too memorable, other than for one Player who made a difference every time he iced and very much due to this one individual resulted in a final score of 2-11 (I believe).

Mention should be made of the Ayr Hotel, the Glen Bank home of the Ayrshire Brewing Company and ideally situated between the Spoons and the GBG equally nice Hotels the Chestnuts and the Abbotsford, but at £35 for a Single en-suite Room it did the business, although unfortunately only 3 of their own Beers on, with no Guest.

Leaving Ayr early Sunday was sorely tempted by the new Rink in Widnes, however with Streatham playing in MK it became a sensible decision

MILTON KEYNES THUNDER vs Streatham Redskins
Adm £6 (Con £3) Prog £1.50

Streatham have been Playing well recently, just one defeat in 9, however missing argueable their most decisive Player in Cullum Best, really struggled on the small Ice, in fact conceeding two without reply in the 1st. The Second saw Streatham score 3, but Thunder pulled one back to finish at 3-3. The final was straight forward Streatham scoring 3 before in a late flurry Thunder pulled one back to finish 4-6.


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Sunday 19/1/2014
National Ice Hockey League One North (AKA Moralee Conference)
Blackburn Hawks 3 Sutton Sting 1
Att: 820 (rough h/c)
Admission £6.50
Prog: £1.50 (36 pages, a little bit of an improvement on recent seasons. Would probably appear quite good to the one time visitor, but little changes from week to week)

This was the meeting of the two form sides, Blackburn 8 straight league and cup wins v Sutton, 8 straight league wins and it didn't disappoint. It was tight, hard, fast and pretty fair throughout, with Sutton using their longer bench (20 skaters to Hawks 17) to rotate 4 lines and try to outlast Hawks in a game of speed. It didn't work, as Hawks, playing 7 D men fought tenaciously and hit impressively on the break.

Period scores: 2-1/1-0/0-0
SOG: 38-28
PIMS: 10-10

Worth mentioning the large, noisy crowd which was great to see and hear. An exciting game played in a terrific atmosphere.

If Blackburn to stretch it to 10 straight next Saturday away at Solway they'll have to be seen as an outside bet for the title. They are currently 5 points behind having played a game more, but Solway also have to come to Blackburn again and with a number of other tricky games against playoff contenders, the Sharks have possibly the tougher run in.

It's been a very good season so far in this division and looks likely to go to the wire.


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Nothing new or exciting but enjoyed a Streatham Redskins double

Saturday was away to Wight Raiders, probably 5 years since my last visit, however with a Top Division IOW League Game to couple seemed sensible.
First mistake was Driving to Portsmouth Harbour Car Parking £10, then finding the 15 minute Cat ride to Ryde was £20 (reduced by a 1/3 with Senior Rail Card), although only £8 odd after 16.00. Biggest disapointment was to follow, my Game of choice had Ryde Saints hosting, however arriving at the Ground to find the Pitch had passed an inspection, it transpired that not believing it would, Saints had turned up early for a Training session and then found could not raise a full Team, Game Off. Still a few Pubs to visit and a Wetherspoons decent Meal.

NIHL South 1
IOW RAIDERS vs Streatham Redskins @ Planet Ice (on the Prom just a 10 minute walk to the Pier Head and Cat departure)
Adm £9 Prog £2

For the first 30 mins the Game was as good as any seen for a while, Redskins played hard and at this point with Raiders leading 2-1 the Game could have gone either way, however 2 quick Goals for the Hosts effectively finished the Game, although adding a 5th in the Final Period finished at 5-1. A flattering score, did deserve to Win but by two would be a fairer reflection.

Sunday saw NIHL South 1
STREATHAM REDSKINS vs Solent & Gosport Devils @ the High Road (just a 1 1/4 mile walk from Home, but as raining took the Car)
Adm £8 (Con £5) Prog £2

Streatham opened the scoring on 11 secs, Solent equalised on 26 secs, believe must be the quickest 2 Goals that I've ever witnessed !
Solent only have 4 wins all Season but delivered an effective performance, level at 2-2 by end of First. Streatham scored 3 unanswered in the 2nd and winning the 3rd 2-1 finishing at 7-3. Overall a decent Game.


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25th Jan 2014
NIHL 1 North (Moralee Conf)
Solway Sharks 1 Blackburn Hawks 0
Att: 150 (est)
Admission: £7.50
Prog: £1, 24pp, pretty much the perfect prog in both layout and content, well done to those concerned.

Top of the table Solway took on 9 wins in a row Hawks in what turned out to be one of the best games I've seen in some time at this level. It was finally settled by a goal from a rebound in the 55th minute after both sides had thrown everything at eachother in a truly epic contest. Shame the home support is so low in numbers, Hawks must have had at least 50% of the support in the rink whilst the Sharks are a very, very good side who deserve more watching them in what is a very tidy facility.

It's been well described recently so I won't go over it all again other than to say it's smart, clean, modern, bright, the catering is decent and the sight lines for spectators are pretty good.

The rink is right next door to Queen of the South's ground in Dumfries and the Sharks play their home games at 7pm on a Saturday, so plenty of opportunities to double up. I did it with Gala Rugby Union and it made for a cracking day out in the Scottish Borders.


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Sat/Sun 8-9 February 2014
Pond Hockey Cup
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria

We are going to see the 4th annual Pond Hockey Cup which is played on the Riessersee in Garmich-Partenkirchen in the foothills of Germany's highest mountain - the Zugspizte. The fixtures have been released today and include Cardiff Titans. There may be other British entries as there are cerainly some English names but as there are both pro and amateur teams many of them are most certainly 'scratch' teams, and the Germans using English in slang as much as the English!

On the Saturday night we are hoping to visit the Olympia-Eissport-Zentrum, used in the 1936 Winter Olympics, to see SC Riessersee's second string and, on Sunday, we head up to Pfaffenhofen - right back up north of Munich - to see the relegation play-off fixture between Pfaff and Germering before getting back to the airport to fly home.

In between all this we hope to be able to go someway up the Zugspizte but the must-visit Wank, just to the east of the town. You can even go up in it in the Wankbahn and, if you need accomodation, stay at the Wankhaus. Facebook statuses abound...


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English Premier League

Basingstoke Bison 3 Swindon Wildcats 2

admission £12-50 programme yes, attendance est 1700
2nd v 5th
A very tight game, this, typical of the closeness of the league this year. Bison. more physical than I've seen them, had the majority of the play but the Cats' fast skilful breaks always looked dangerous. In both of the first two periods Bison took and early lead only for Cats to equalise later on in the period. The crucial times came towards the end of the second period; A wonderful individual goal by Cats' Sandvik was disallowed because the net had moved (how?); Cats' Hoog then got a 5 + match penalty for an ugly check from behind on Sheppard; Bison couldn't take advantage of the extra man and instead gave up two penalties of their own; Cats couldn't capitalise on this either. So all square in a very close final period, Greener scrambled the winner for Bison with 6:30 remaining despite some nervy moments. Both netminders, Skinns and Lyle, against their former clubs, were excellent. Bison's Joe Baird celebrated 500 EPL games.



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Following on from my previous post - which I realise wasn't relevant in a 'where did you go thread' before I went, so apologies - the trip to Germany was excellent.

The Pond Hockey Cup had to be moved from the Riessersee to the Olympia-Eissport-Zentrum because of the mild weather which prevented the ice forming thickly enough for hockey. However, the stadium has two indoor rinks and two outdoor rinks, the latter of which were used, so we still got outdoor hockey.

The tournament featured 60 teams in the Amateurs section and 12 in the Professionals section. In the Amateure section was a team called Cardiff Titans who we nominally supported because they were British (or English, according to the organisers...). They did pretty well but after winning comfortably in the last 32 and last 16, went out to the previous season's finalists 'Scorpions Füssen', possibly in part because they (Titans) only had 1 sub - they looked absolutely shagged by the end of it!

The latter appeared to be made up for veteran pros, plus two teams from the SC Garmisch-Partenkirchen women's team. Semi-Final 1 in the 'profis' tournament was an absolute cracker between 'West Berlin Boys' and 'Eisbären Berlin Tradition & Riessersee Resort' (or some such extended, sponsored name). The West Berlin team were made up for former Preussen Berlin players (Preussen having folded in 2005 but) and there was no love lost between the teams. Despite soaking up pressure for most of the first half, Wests managed to score four times and looked home and dry but the Polar Bears managed to tie the game right at the death. After a series of 'gentle' group games on the Saturday the Sunday knock-out games were a completely different story and in this one there was rarely a full quota of players on the ice. Indeed, in sudden-death OT Wests scored the winner were down to 2 players! The referee was 'consulted' at the final whistle over the sin binnings. Wests ended up losing a close final to a team of SC Riessersee Vets.

A review of the competition is available here: http://www.deb-online.de/...pond-hockey-cup.html for those interested (in German).

Aside from the Pond Hockey, we also saw SC Riessersee 1b (reserves) beat Burga 7-5 at the Olympia-Eissport-Zentru. It was great to see the old venue although, as a reserve team game, it didn't attract more than about 50 spectators. On the Sunday afternoon, though, we saw EC Pfaffenhofen (the IceHogs) play Wanderers Germering in the Bayernliga relegation play-offs. We went to Pfaffenhofen because one of the friends I was with used to live there and reported on the team for the local paper. They had begun their relegation play-off group campaign with a surprise shoot-out win away to Buchloe - strong favourites in the group - and looked to be continuing their good form against Germering by taking a 3-0 lead half way through the second period. However, they ended up scrambling a 3-3 draw which resulted in a shoot-out. They won this one as well which means they have 4 pts from 2 games, same as Germering who won their first game outright.

The stadium at Pfaffenhofen is one to see. It is open on three sides (although it does have a roof) and my friend told me that in the past this has led to games being called off because of fog. The crowd was probably a couple of thousand and the atmosphere was great. While my friend went off to say 'hello' to people he knew, some local chap bought my other friend and me an amaretto with whipped cream, said "Cheers!" and promptly walked off. Bizarre, but friendly. The drink itself is typically German - strong and sweet - and not really my sort of thing, but it kept me warm.

For those who are interested, the top 8 (of 16) in the Bayernliga contest the championship play-offs while the rest contest relegation. They all play in groups of 4 and, in the relegation play-offs, the bottom team in each group is relegated while the two 3rd placed teams play-off to determine the final relegatee. It's 3pts for a regulation win, 2 for a shoot-out win, 1 for a shoot-out defeat and 0 for a regulation defeat which is standard in Germany hockey.


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English Premier League
Saturday 15 February, 6pm face-off
Guildford Flames 1 - 4 Telford Tigers
£10 entry, £2 programme (doubled up with next week's Peterborough game)

The weather put paid to what was intended to be a Guildford double when the City v Stratford Town match was called off earlier in the day but the Spectrum was sold out for the hockey with a crowd of 2,027.

Flames were poor for most of the game, sitting very deep until 0-3 behind and managing to concede twice on their own power plays and only scoring their one goal when playing against three Telford skaters.

Guildford remain 3rd in the table but with poor form of late are probably too far behind Manchester to win the League this season but, with such a generous play-off qualification format, they could still win the play-offs if they can get back in the groove before the post-season starts.

Telford have now won 9 in a row although are probably also too far behind to win the regular season. Despite Guildford's poor showing, Telford must take credit for making it so difficult for the home side.


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English Premier League

Basingstoke Bison 6 Slough Jets 2

admission £12-50 programme yes, attendance est 1800 (full)
Troubled Jets got stuffed last time they were here, but it wasn't as easy for Bison this time. Perhaps they had one eye on the first leg of the cup final next Wed. they Despite 21-4 shots in the first period they only had one goal to show for it. Jets surprisingly equalised at the start of the second, then came a crucial call as netminder Myers, who had just come on to replace Vasiljev so as to allow another import, controversially conceded a penalty shot as his stick fell from his hand as he made a save. Vasiljev was then allowed to go in goal again to face the penalty, but Long scored. At 2-1 at the end of the second it was tight, Slough looking quite dangerous coming forward, but two quick goals in the third clinched it for Bison. Two further goals in the last 30 seconds, one into an empty net, gave the scoreline a flattering look, despite Bison's 66 shots. The return in Slough is tomorrow. Could be quite tasty after officials missed a few things tonight. A few puddles on the ice tonight for some reason, and a hole in the ice next to one of the boards.



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Saturday 1st March 2014
Manchester Minotaurs 1 Sheffield Spartans 4
Moralee Conference
Admission £6
Programme £2 including raffle ticket
Attendance - no more than 50 if that

Strange first period where Manchester dominated but ended up 1-0 down. Tbe game was played at Altrincham and the viewing was really good. There is a small table selling a few souvenirs and programmes. It's a 16 page issue.

Strange atmosphere due to the sparse crowd.


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English Premier League
SHEFFIELD STEELDOGS vs Manchester Phoenix @ Ice Sheffield
Adm £6 (Con) Prog £2

Compact Arena, next door to the big one, a capacity of 1,500 and attracting an audiance of 1,036 including a few hundred with the Visitors, making a good atmosphere. Only my 2nd ever visit and pleased to see a few old faces on view including Andre Payette and Tony Hand and an excellent Game ensured. Steeldogs scored the only Goal of the first, Phoenix equalising early in 2nd before the Dogs scored again to lead 2-1 at end. Phoenix equalised midway thru the Final period and with extra Time and a possible Shoot out looming Phoenix hit the winner on 59.14. Will now be looking out for any further Friday Night Matches next season as eases any long drive North, stayed in the adjacent Ibis Hotel, close to the Wentworth Arms !

Saturday contined North for the Newcastle Footie double, Willington Quay Saints and Heaton Stannington, overnight in Harrogate followed by a visit to Relatives and a 1st vist to Warrington Wolves for the visit of Hull, 18-16 but not a good Game, thereafter onward to

English National Leage North2
WIDNES WILD vs Coventry Blaze @ Silver Blades, Earle Road, Widnes
Adm £5 Prog £1

A nice new Arena built into an out of Town site with the usual other amenities including a Premier Inn, Frankie & Benny and a Bowling Alley, did intend to review what Seagull had posted previously, but failed, just need to say a good viewing Area, a nice place but sadly inadequate if they ever wish to progress.

Blaze looked a Class above, but never actually proved it, nevertheless whilst short on Skaters and Tom Pease receiving a Match Penalty in the 1st they scored in each of the first 2 periods to be comfortable, however Wild managed to pull one back on 36.13 and whilst the result was never in doubt Wild conjured an equaliser on 45.35 which promised an exciting finale, but sadly not to be as Blaze raised their Game and run in 4 unanswered Goals in the last 10 minutes, against a now tired and dispirited Wild.

Bonus driving Home, after 3 hours needed to stop and pulled into the M40 Beconsfield Service to see a Giant Wetherspoons, 23.30 and still open, churlish not to as not touched a drop all day, 6 Staff on, no other Punters and advised open until 01.00 although Kitchen closes at 23.00 !

It got better, Streatham had a 2 legged semi-final with Invicta over the w/e, after a 4-4 draw at Home Saturday, managed a 9-9 draw at Invicta and won the Shoot out with 4 consecutive Shots.


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Tuesday 4th March 1900hrs start
Tipsport Arena, Prague
Admission 260kc (approx. £8.40) Programme 10kc
Att 4624 (approx. 200-250 away fans)
HC Lev Praha v HC Spartak Moscow 2-2 (0-3 penalties)
Shock result on the night as Spartak were next to bottom in the league.
Lev dominated the game but Spartak defence stood firm.
Excellent atmosphere from both sets of fans. My first visit to a ice hockey match which was immensely enjoyed. Pre game hospitality at the Pivovarsky Dum with a superb goulash and a couple of excellent dark beers.


Thursday 6th March 1830hrs start
Tipsport Arena, Prague
Admission 195kc (approx. £6.50) Prog free teams only fold out
Att 4370 - approx. 300 away fans.
HC Sparta Praha v HC CSOB POJISTOVNA Pardubice 0-3
Game brought forward one day due to Lev Praha play off games on Friday and Saturday. Sparta needed to win to create a new league points record.
Neither team dominated the game but Pardubice took their chances well and by the end Sparta were a beaten side for only the 12th time this season.
Didn't know about the game until it was advertised on the jumbotron screen so an unexpected bonus for our last night in Prague.
Pre game refreshments, another great meal and wonderful hospitality at the Pivovar U Bulovky in Liben district. Post match drinks at the Dum concluded a great evening's entertainment.
Atmosphere just as good as the HC Lev game on Tuesday.


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English National League Division 1 South

Solent and Gosport Devils 2 Invicta Dynamos 2

Admission £8-00 Progamme yes attendance est 100

Great result for the Devils, but it could have been even better...
The match started 20 mins late because one of the Mos cars broke down. Even then they only iced two lines. Both teams attacked fluently all match but some good netminding kept the goal tally relatively light. An even first period, but the visitors sneaked into the lead just before the end of it. Two goals in 30 seconds five minutes into the second period turned the game round for the Devlis and despite great Mos pressure, it stayed at 2-1 at the end of the second. Could a massive upset be on the cards? The equaliser came eight minutes into the third period (shorthanded), but six minutes from the end Leone stupidly got a match penalty for kicking. 5 v 4 rapidly became 5 v 3 with another penalty but Devils couldn't break through and a draw was a fair result. Another point nearer to the title for Chelmsford, and I think Devils can now not finish bottom.



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English National League Division 2 South

Oxford City Stars 10 Cardiff Devils/Satans 1

admission £6-00, programme £2-00 (quite good but overpriced) attendance est 350

A chance to visit Oxford and see how life is in Div 2. It's tight at the top in that division, Stars are one of those teams challenging for the title (they won it last year but didn't take promotion), Satans (now called Devils 2, which is strange, since it's their third team) are very strong at home, beating Stars 5-2 earlier this season, but weak away. And so it proved...
The first period was awful. Much lower standard than the league above, slow, error-prone, Stars taking the lead after 16 mins. After 18:40 the officials saw a problem with the boards in the corner and called the end of the first period so that it could be repaired. We then had a second period of 21:20. Stars scored early in the second and then came a great goal from Clarke to make it 3-0. The atmosphere had been non-existent up until that goal bur suddenly we had a bit of noise, and Stars upped their game too. Two more goals followed to make it five at the end of the second. Stars continued to run riot in the final period, Elliott bagging a hat-trick and playing very well with Clarke and Green. Cardiff had 12 shots on target in the entire match.
Oxpens Ice Rink looks fairly modern but suffers from the usual poor design so that I reckon there is room for 800 seats on the sides and another 200 standing. One end is completely blocked off and the other has a decent café and assorted other things. Most of the seats are small, curved and backless - really uncomfortable. Luckily I found a more comfortable one after the first period.





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English National League Division 1 South

Solent and Gosport Devils 1 Streatham Redskins 4

Admission £8-00 Progamme yes attendance est 170

Another sporting defeat for Gosport today as the Cup finalists arrived in town, expecting a hard game. Redskins had lots of first period possession and shots on goal but it took 14 mins for the first goal to arrive. 21 seconds later it was two and another arrived four minutes later as Devils defended in depth and didn't really look very threatening. Much better from the hosts in the second period, more aggressive, more attacking, although they didn't push home the advantage on the numerous power plays they received. Mitchell Murray did pull a goal back halfway through the period though. Things were starting to get niggly and the officials didn't appear to be controlling it very well. Right at the start of the third period Redskins made it 4-1 which wrapped up the points, after which we got down to a couple of fights - one minor, one when the visitors' Oravec lost it completely after losing his helmet. After this there was one misconduct for each side and frequent discussions between the officials making for a bad-tempered end to the match. Additional entertainment was available as Alex Murray, sitting out a ban from the previous encounter with the Redskins, was standing next to us doing his coaching. and making other assorted comments.



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U18 World Championship Division 2 Group A

Dumfries Ice Bowl

Day 1

Romania 5 Korea 6 (shoot out win after 5-5)
Croatia 0 Lithuania 4
Netherlands 6 Great Britain 4

Crowds of 280, 135 & 450 watch the first days games. First game always has a number of schools turning up with instructions to support one team and it does make for a pleasant atmosphere, the second game suffers crowd wise as its after school but before work finishes so down number wise while the last game sees the attraction of the home team.

First game is a good one going to a shoot out with Korea being the better side but doing their best to throw it away at times. A delay as some of the rink lights went out and then a delay during the shoot out to fix the goals means this a long old game. Lithuania are described by most coaches as the dark horses and they look pretty professional as the give the Croats hardly a sniff of goal winning easily. GB have beaten Korea in a warm up game and are again according to the coaches one of the favs alongside Holland - it all starts well enough but goes wrong in the final period when in discipline sees a regular trail to the sin bin, often two at a time and the Dutch press it home to win.

Good day out though - programmes £5 cover all the basics though are annoyingly big. Food in the upstairs cafe is decently priced and easy to get. Tickets for the games are £4 for the afternoon games, £8 for the GB game only, £10 for a day ticket or £40 for the season pass.


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U18 World Championship Division 2 Group A

Dumfries Ice Bowl

Day 2

Croatia 5 Romania 4
Lithuania 3 Netherlands 1
Korea 6 Great Britain 5

Attendances 310, 175 & 370

Day 2 starts with Croatia v Romania and the arrival of the free schools parties sees the wife bravely bringing along her class of excitable/challenging/jnr psycho 6&7 year olds to have a quiet afternoon supporting Romania - they go home disappointed but apparently impressed by the music accompanying regular visits to the sin bin for players. Again the kids present make an atmosphere of it if nothing else. Romania should have won the game but failed to take numerous chances and got caught on the counter repeatedly to go 4-0 down before almost salvaging it. Wife leaves after the game takes class back to school and then retires to a darkened room to de stress.

Second game sees two unbeaten sides meet - the Dutch taking a first minute lead before the Lithuanians take control and over power the dutch. All much to the delight of the very very excitable parent of one the Lithuanian's who makes more noise than the previously mentioned 6&7 year olds and certainly more noise than the fairly large Dutch contingent. On this showing the Lithuanians look early favs.

Final game and its GB v Korea - the two teams played a warm up game last week with GB winning 6-3 but they dont repeat it tonight losing 6-5 again they pay the penalty of indiscipline losing power play goals in an increasingly tetchy game which nearly comes to blows in the final period on several occasions and sees a couple of 10 min pens to the Koreans, one for over celebrating a goal.

Some of these U18s look enormous out on the ice including a particular huge Romanian, however the final game sees the Romanian team sitting in the section we are in and not padded up they look like normal 17 year olds - all dressed like One direction, wearing big head phones and on the phones all the time


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U18 World Championship Division 2 Group A
Dumfries Ice Bowl
Day 3

Croatia 4 Netherlands 1
Korea 6 Lithuania 5 - shoot out win 2-1 after 5-5 draw
Romania 1 GB 2

Attendances 360, 120 & 408


Day 3 starts with an upset win for Croatia over the Dutch - 2 open net goals in the final minute make it a bigger score than it should have been but the Croats have improved no end from a comprehensive defeat in their first game. The Dutch look gutted by it all and after their second defeat their chance of promotion is pretty much over. Dutch parents seemed delighted by the adoption of their team by local primary kids in attendances and much taking of photos and dishing out flags to the wee ones.

Game 2 is the game of the tournament so far. Lithuania had looked very impressive so far and again are good but the Korean's never give up and catch the Lithuanians repeatedly to build a 4-2 and then 5-3 lead. The Lithuanians throw everything at the Koreans and get it back to 5-4 and in desperation have players binned for various fouls - down a man they pull the keeper and equalise with 21 seconds left to scenes of pandemonium. not least in the section of the stand we are in. The previous game the most excitable man in Vilnius was there as the sole supporter (hes a bit of a double for Buster Bloodvessel as well) but today hes joined by 9 parents who keep up a constant barrage of air horns, singing and leaping about on barriers - fantastic entertainment though the Stewards confiscated the air horns but gave up trying to keep them off the barriers after a while. Ultimately its disappointment for them though as Koreans win a penalty shoot out 2-1 after 5 shoots each. That results puts the Koreans top on 7 points level with Lithuania and 1 ahead of Croatia.

Game 3 and GB beat Romania to climb off the bottom and above Romania. GB play really well in the first period but squander a lot of chances - they repeat this for most of the second period but the Romanians take control towards the end and but for the reserve keeper having a blinder it could have been a disaster. The 3rd period is pretty much all Romania as GB again occupy the sin bin far too often - a break for GB makes it 2-0 and almost at the end the keeper is finally beaten to rob him of a hugely deserved clean sheet.

Another good day out and Day 4 is Saturday


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U18 World Championships Div 2 Group A
Dumfries Ice Bowl
Day 4

Netherlands 4 Korea 2
Lithuania 6 Romania 1
GB 1 Croatia 7

attendances 120, 105 & 437

Day 4 and the Dutch start off beating Korea - you get the impression the dutch have underperformed so far but they hit form today to beat the Koreans although have a wobbly moment as they let a 4-0 lead slip to 4-2. The Koreans again are a bit niggly and its clear they arent the favourites of the other teams - lots of niggly off puck incidents and a few dutch boys looking for Koreans as the players leave the ice. Miss the closing minutes to take the quick walk to Palmerston to see QoS give Morton a pasting before walking back to join the first period of game 2 and......

Lithauania giving Romania a sound thrashing - the lithuanian fans have gone from 1 in the first game to 10 by the 3rd to around 20 now and all very excitable too (also noted a lot more dutch today - still no Koreans though). Lithuania now need a win in their last game v GB to win the tournamnet so GB could do themselves a favour by beating Croatia in the final game...............

If anything went wrong for GB it did tonight - out shot Croatia by 2-1 lost 7-1 - deflections going in all over, players slipping over to let Croats in (you'd think it was an ice rink out there) and just generaly a bad night all round leaves GB hoping the Romanians dont get a win tomorrow or they'll need to something off the Lithuanians


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U18 World Championship Division 2 Group A
Dumfries Ice Bowl
Day 5

Romania 4 Netherlands 0
Korea 4 Croatia 2
GB 4 Lithuania 5 (shoot out win after 4-4)

attendances 111, 106 & 543

Final day and GB really dont need Romania to win the first game - oh dear the Dutch have another off day and go down 4-0 to a Romanian side who suddenly look a good side. That takes Romania to 4 points and with GB on 3 GB need at worst an overtime loss to leaders Lithuania to stay up.

The second game sees Korea take on Croatia and in another bad tempered game the Koreans get up the noses of the Croats from the start - the first punch of the tournament is thrown by a Korean who seems to hit the ref not the croat he was aiming for - he gets 2 mins in the bin yet before that a Croat gets 10 minutes for disputing a decision. When they play the Koreans are good but they arent popular - it is though a good result for GB as it puts Korea on 10 points, Croatia on 9 and Lithuania with 1 game left are on 10 points.

so final game GB v Lithuania - a drawn game will give both sides a minimum point and keeps GB up, relegates Romania and promotes Lithuania - a Lithuanian normal time win relegates GB, saves Romania and wins them the title and a normal time GB win relegates Romania wins the tournament for Korea. The lithuanian sup[port is now about 40 and they are allocated a section of the stand to them selves well away from the bulk of the GB parents/supports - we position ourselves next to the Lithuanians for the entertainment value. The other squads of players go in the seats behind the goal and its a good noisy atmosphere as we start

Any thoughts of nice politic draw are soon ended as the lithuanians start on fire and hit the bar in the first seconds before taking a 2 goal first period lead. GB look down and out at this point but click into gear at the start of the second getting 2 in a couple of minutes to level it and then take the lead to get the place pretty bouncing, especially the Korean players who are now going to win it. Lithuania though level it up and then go 4-3 up to go back top and leave GB looking at relegation but a goal with 10 minutes to go makes it all square, still no signs of either side shutting up shop and theres chances at both ends including a good GB save with 10 seconds left to give each side a point that keeps GB up and gives Lithuania the tile - the Dutch players celebrate that in style more as a get it up ye to the Koreans it seems. Overtime is played out before Lithuania win the shoot out 1-0 and everyone goes home reasonably happy

Final Standings

Lithuania 12 points
Korea 10
Croatia 9
Netherlands 6
GB 4
Romania 4

A good week of games and i dont suppose we'll get the chance again in this area so glad to have taken the chance to see it all.


oftenscore6
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Apr 3, 2014, 12:46 AM

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Tues Apr 1
Qualification to EliteSeries
Hovet: Djurgarden 2-4 Orebro
Admission: 200 SEK (£20)
Attendance: approx 8000 (sell out)

A particularly sombre event, given the death of a Djurgarden fan of both football and ice hockey on Sunday in Helsingborg. 'We are with you always, Stefan' was chanted constantly for the whole of the first period, and the end of the last. This was a revisit for me to Hovet (yards away from the national stadium, Globen), but for a much more competitive game.

We had standing tickets, which meant behind the goals - there were some seats, but we were in the aisle mostly. Opposite end is a VIP bar (300 SEK). Drinks can only be consumed in a designated area outside the rink surrounds - it was 58 SEK (£5.80) for a Norrlunds Gold (bland lager).

Djurgarden scored after 16 seconds and defended well for most of the 1st period, when no-one looked like scoring. However, they switched off, just after surviving a powerplay, to go in 1-1. Orebro far better 2nd period and took advantage of overcommitting defenders and personnel changes to lead 3-1 into the last change. I wouldn't say a 4th goal killed it, but plenty of home support left then, missing Djurgarden finally getting a powerplay result from the 4th opportunity, just 10 seconds into it. 57 minutes play of failing to score took it's toll though, with Orebro easing to a win.

These were the top 2 in the playoff group, but Rogle have now overtaken Djurgarden. The playoffs are between the bottom 2 in the top flight (AIK and Orebro), the 1-3 in the 2nd (Allsvenskan - Malmo, Vasteras and Djurgarden) and the winner of the 2nd division playoff 4-7 (Rogle), so a straight promotion relegation would have much different end results. Orebro, having apparently brought in 6 signings towards the end of the season, are now certain of retaining their place in the top level. Rogle need only to win their remaining 2 home games to claim a return from 7th ahead of all those above in the 2nd level in the regular season.



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These were the top 2 in the playoff group, but Rogle have now overtaken Djurgarden. The playoffs are between the bottom 2 in the top flight (AIK and Orebro), the 1-3 in the 2nd (Allsvenskan - Malmo, Vasteras and Djurgarden) and the winner of the 2nd division playoff 4-7 (Rogle), so a straight promotion relegation would have much different end results. Orebro, having apparently brought in 6 signings towards the end of the season, are now certain of retaining their place in the top level. Rogle need only to win their remaining 2 home games to claim a return from 7th ahead of all those above in the 2nd level in the regular season.



Rögle did exactly the same two seasons ago, sneaked into 7th spot late in the season and won promotion.


HantsLondoner
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Sep 14, 2014, 10:34 PM

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English National League Division 1 South Cup

Solent Devils (note the new name) 4 Wightlink Raiders 8

Admission £9-00 inc improved programme attendance est 200

Both teams strengthened in the summer, Raiders to the extent that they will now rival Chelmsford at the top, Devils with a young Canadian import and some players from a higher level. It was also poignant in that it was Christian (Chico) Cole's first return to Gosport in his new role as Raiders no. 1 netminder. With brother Alex still at Solent it was divided loyalties for his watching family. It all started predictably, Raiders looking comfortable. Devils' new netminder Standing let in a soft one then a defensive error made it 0-2 at the end of the first. Another soft one a minute into the second and I was wondering if this was going to be a dull evening. But Raiders seemed to switch off and a great individual goal (short-handed) after 29 mins by Circenis cut the deficit. Suddenly Devils were in business and three more goals in 5 mins (two on power plays) made the comeback complete and an incredible 4-3 at the end of the second. It would have been interesting to have been in the Raiders' locker room at the break. Cornish did his job and a quick equaliser (short-handed) was followed by four more, most, I'm afraid to say, down to errors by Standing, whose confidence must have been shot at the end. He was good at Bison so I hope he gets back on track soon. At least Alex Cole had the satisfaction of scoring against his brother to make it 4-3 - Chico played as well as ever, and if he'd been in nets for Devils they would have won.
Stunning improvement at Gosport Ice Rink as the nets have been replaced by plexiglass (from the old MK rink). Otherwise about the same as ever. But very quiet tonight, except for about 10 mins.



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It may be of interest that the Scottish National League now has a proper website for the first time http://thesnl.co.uk/


Jevonswinscoe
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Sep 25, 2014, 2:35 PM

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Been to 5 games so going to do quick reports for each

Friday 23rd August
GMB Nottingham Panthers V Luuko
Ticket £12.33 (Student)

The Panthers were very happy to accept the Invitation to go into the Champions Hockey League after the Belfast Giants rejected the opportunity. What a night it was though as the noise was electric inside but tbe were in high spirits despite the loss of 4 goals to 2.

Both Panthers goals scored by Stevie with both coming from the Blue Line.

Sunday 25th August
GMB Nottingham Panthers V Lulea
Champions Hockey League

The Second game of Panthers big appearence in the Champions Hockey League. This game was still really good despite the large score line which didnt show how Nottingham Actually played.

Brandon Benedict scored the Panthers Goal in the 10-1 Loss.

Saturday 13th September
GMB Nottingham Panthers V Cardiff Devils
Elite Ice Hockey League/Challenge Cup

The Panthers fans were very happy that we had league action returing to the NIC and what a night it was to be. The goals for the Panthers came from returning fans favourite Bruce Graham, and new signings Cody Wild and Max Parent in the 3-1 Win.

Saturday 20th September
GMB Nottingham Panthers V Sheffield Steelers
Challenge Cup

Panthers fans were excited for this Fixture against our rivals and this is the first of many games this season against them. Well the game was lively on the Ice with the Steelers picking up many silly Penalties. Panthers goals came from Chris Lawrence and Greg Jucina scoring.

Tuesday 23rd September
GMB Nottingham Panthers V Hamburg Freezers

Well well well what a night at the NIC and I can say I was there. Hamburg fans were loud throughout and even started the Popular If you all hate the steelers clap your hands which delighted many Panthers Fans.

He first period started well with the Black and Gold side taking the lead through Cody Wild who rebounded after a Stevie Lee shot. It was 1-1 at the end of the first period though as Pettinger scored before the break.

The Second Period saw the noise levels go through the roof as the Panthers fans started to cheer on their team and give them the backing they deserved and this helped as we re-gained the lead through Nathan Robinson after a lovely pass from Robert Lachowichz.

Period 3 though was even better as Netminder Craig Kowalski saved 3 different shots in 5 second which has us up on our feets chanting his name, this wasnt the first time he's made saves this quickly as it happened just the week before. There was still another goal to come and what a worldy it was as Robert Lachowichz was fed by Nathan Robinson and Lacho bamboozled the Netty by doing a 360 degree turn before putting the puck in the net for 3-1.

Next Game
GMB Nottingham Panthers V Hull Stingrays
Saturday 27th September
@National Ice Centre
7pm Face off



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HantsLondoner
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Sep 28, 2014, 10:35 PM

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English National League Division 1 South

Solent Devils 1 Bracknell Hornets 11

Admission £9-00 inc programme attendance est 100

You know it was a bad day at the office when you lose 11-1 at home to Bracknell Hornets. Devils were actually hoping for something from this game after five league and cup defeats to start the season. The first 10 mins were dire, then a shot from the centre line somehow found its way past netminder Calder (first choice NM Standing, who had such a poor game against Wightlink, being benched). Two goals in the last minute of the first period pretty much decided the result. And it got worse.... Hornets played quite well, and there were a couple of good finishes but Devils simply weren't at the races. Two goals in 30 seconds around the 32 minute mark saw Calder taken off and replaced by Standing. Calder had actually played quite well after the first goal and the seventh, that led to his being taken off, was an unstoppable shot into the top corner after a defensive mistake. Standing kept the score down for eight minutes, then the goals continued. The tenth, from the blue line, he may not be happy with. After this, Devils fought back - first literally, with some aggression by Gossett, but then they forced visiting netminder Wride to make some good saves. And just after Bracknell's eleventh goal came a goal for Solent. Hornets' Handyside had time to miss a penalty in embarrassing style, going to one side of the keeper and then missing his shot completely.
Not just on the ice was it depressing - the new plexi-glass steams up easily so has to be wiped clean regularly, whole families have started to stake out their territory by laying blankets across the ever decreasing reasonable vantage points, and the whole place continues to look dilapidated. Today it was very quiet as well.



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HantsLondoner
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Oct 12, 2014, 10:33 PM

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English National League Division 1 South

Solent Devils 9 London Raiders 4

Admission £9-00 inc programme attendance est 100
A fortnight ago the Devils were 'at an all-time low', according to their coach, A.Murray. They regrouped and last week won their first game, 11-5 at Oxford - tonight, this stunning result. Brilliant entertainment too. The home team started well, pressing Raiders enthusiastically, and taking the lead inside three minutes. The visitors improved and hit the post, but it took until 15 mins for them to equalise when Richardson got between two sleeping defenders. Another two defensive errors, one a rebound from the pads of keeper Standing, saw Raiders luckily 3-1 up at the end of the first period. Amazingly the first penalty only came after 18 mins 30 secs. Devils put the pressure on further in the second period - import Magee, who was superb, pulled a goal back on 28 mins, then he equalised. Raiders were rattled and decided to take the violent option to break up the Devils' momentum, a fight seeing Lee taking on the experienced Goddard and being congratulated by his teammates. Another fight nearly followed and the end of the period saw a tense 3-3. Raiders started to look dangerous but M.Murray shocked them with Devils' fourth, then a great breakaway goal saw Magee's hat-trick and 5-3. Timeout Raiders - it didn't do any good - 10 seconds later Magee scored again. Raiders couldn't believe it and started to get frustrated. Lee, in the sinbin, started swearing at one of the home fans. Raiders started to attack and Richardson made it 6-4 with 6 mins to go. As they attacked, another Devils breakaway saw the puck enter the net for a goal which was at first disallowed, then allowed. But at the same time a penalty for Devils saw them shorthanded for the rest of the match. Two breakaways saw two more goals and a great finish to a great Devils performance. Netminder Gray played really well for the Raiders, and Standing did pretty well tonight too.
Steamy plexiglass again but cleared before the match, the small crowd meant better viewing conditions tonight - but the ones who stayed away missed something special.



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zebedee
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Nov 3, 2014, 8:33 PM

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Widnes Wild 5-5 Hull Jets
NIHL Laidler Conference

Final leg of my three sport treble. The last ice hockey game I attended was an AHL match in Philadelphia; the AHL being the top minor league in North America (and that season the top level of ice hockey there, as the NHL season was cancelled). It's fair to say this was a bit of a lesser standard but nevertheless entertaining, with the two sides close throughout, and playing in a relatively fair manner. Probably 2-300 in attendance.


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Nov 4, 2014, 8:20 PM

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HC Kometa Brno 5-6p HC Verva Litvinov
Date: 02/11/2014 18:20
Att: 6603


Prog: 20czk (60p)
Klobasa 50czk (£1.50)
Beer 35czk (£1.05)


I managed to catch a bit of Ice Hockey before I left for home from my weekend in the Czech Republic. Unfortunately we had to leave to catch the flight with the score 3-4 in the 3rd period. Despite this we had a great time. The Kometa fans are a passionate bunch and great each home goal by twirling their scarves above their heads. I really feel that I need to return to see them again now as it was very disappointing to have left early, not helped by a 5 hour delay that ensued when we arrived at the airport.
Hala Rondo the home stadium of Kometa holds 7200, behind each goal is terracing where the more vocal support congregate. It is always at least 90% full so the atmosphere is fantastic.



Last Game

SPFL Premiership

Hamilton Academical 0-0 Partick Thistle


Workington FC
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Nov 5, 2014, 5:30 PM

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Friday 31st October 2014
DEL 2 - German Ice Hockey League Division 2
Dresdener Eislowen 2 Lausitzer Fuchse 6
Admission 14 euro
Programme – none
Att – around 4,000

Luckily we arrived 40 minutes before the start and were able to purchase standing tickets for the Energieverbund Arena. This is on an impressive sports complex which includes an outdoor floodlit speedskaing rink and the historic Hans-Steyer- Stadion, home of Dynamo Dresden Under 23’s and Dresdener SC. There is a plaque outside which lists all the athletics World Records set at the stadium.

The Arena opened in 2007 and is very good. It reminded me a lot of the Coventry Rink. There is terracing available for standing ticket holders but you can also stand on the concourse which went right around the rink. Lausitzer brought a big support with them and there was a great atmosphere until they started to rip Dresden apart. Very disgruntled home support at the end as loads of plastic glasses were thrown onto the ice in protest.

Food and drink is available on the concourse but they were expensive. There is also a small souvenir shop in one corner.



HantsLondoner
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Nov 8, 2014, 10:17 PM

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English Premier League

Basingstoke Bison 3 MK Lightning 2

admission £13-00 programme yes (didn't look any better than last year), attendance est 1200
2nd v 6th
Bison have been quite inconsistent but are still the only team who can catch Telford even at this early stage. In the first two periods today they played some of the best hockey I've seen them play - solid at the back and dangerous coming forward. MK looked harmless, 3-0 after two periods flattered them. In the final period it was totally reversed - Lightning attacked, Skinns made a lot of good saves but when Emersic got his second with 6 mins to go, it was a case of just hanging on. The officials came in for a lot of criticism tonight and MK scored on powerplays for two dodgy penalties. Telford lost so Bison close the gap.
No changes at Planet Ice this year.



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Nov 13, 2014, 4:21 PM

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Wightlink Raiders 0 v Guildford Flames 7

EPL Challenge Cup

Saturday, 08 November 2014

1800

@ Ryde Arena

Admission – I paid £9-50

Programme - £2...and quite a good read

Coffee - £1.50 from the in-house café

Destination...a rain-lashed Isle Of Wight...Time...an otherwise gloomy Saturday night in early Winter...Result...a comprehensive seven-goal victory for a classy Guildford Flames side over an always-competitive Raiders outfit.

After the initial period of this David versus Goliath cup-tie though (and my first-ever visit to the Ryde rink) this was still a one-goal game. The two teams divided by just a solitary strike (around the seven-minute mark) that had gone some way to ease the more illustrious visitors into calmer waters after what had been a choppy journey across a broiling Solent.

Guildford's pros came out of the blocks like a hare as the second period began however and soon forged a 4-0 advantage that they had stretched to 6-0 by the next hooter.

With all hopes of extinguishing The Flames now up in smoke, Raiders had only their pride left to play for and they still battled away manfully to the end to keep the final score to single figures as their defence was only breeched on one more occasion.

Star of the show (without any doubt!) was Flames goal-ace Josef Kohut...the Slovak helping himself to a sparkling treble-strike despite the close attentions of the Raiders' defensive unit.

And that feat, added to a thoroughly workmanlike display from his colleagues, ensured that it was the happy hordes of Surrey-based fans who made their way up the pier to catch their homeward bound ferry off “The Island” in jubilant mood.

Best non hockey moment of the night was the mid-game manic contest between the Wightlink drummer and his counterpart from Guildford...that had to be heard to be believed!
The worst was getting caught in the heavy rain that fell in buckets as I walked to the arena from the Esplanade train station.




HantsLondoner
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Nov 16, 2014, 10:27 PM

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English National League Division 1 South

Solent Devils 1 Streatham Redskins 7

Admission £9-00 inc programme attendance est 200
Devils celebrated their first ever win over Wightlink last night. It must have been a special night for the ex-Raiders at Devils, including netminder Cole who was released from Wightlink recently. Tonight was a big test for Solent against second place Skins. The first period was pretty tight, the visitors were the better team but Devils battled well, only conceding one goal to Best. However they conceded a second right after the restart. Streatham were starting to get the upper hand but were frustrated by of the second. Redskins got a fifth after 45 mins and it looked as if ex-Devil Taylor was going to get a shutout as he made some good saves, but Gosset finally put the home team on the scoreboard with 9 mins to go. Hopes of a comeback were thwarted by two more goals for the Skins to round off a very professional performance. In this form they could well continue to challenge Chelmsford at the top.



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HantsLondoner
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Nov 29, 2014, 11:49 PM

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English Premier League

Basingstoke Bison 2 Telford Tigers 4

admission £13-20 in advance programme £2-50 (more pages than last year but still not great), attendance est 1400
Telford are running away with the EPL this year, having bought lots of good players, some from the Elite League, and have some very good imports. Bison are the team nearest to them. This was a really good, high-quality game as Bison battled to match their opponents every inch of the way. No goals in the first period, but exciting stuff. The second period was as good as the first but we had four goals - twice Tigers took the lead, twice Bison hit back. Tigers took the lead six mins into the final period and this time held on, despite Bison having chances to equalise again. In the final minute Bison pulled netminder Skinns and conceded a fourth goal. There was still time for Bison's Greener to get a stupid match penalty for poleaxing an opponent. Tigers looked the business but Bison played well and ran them close.



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Dec 5, 2014, 1:23 PM

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29/11 1900ish Elite league
Braehead Clan 7-3 Cardiff Devils
Admission: £17
Attendance: quite full, but still a few seats

Bus from right outside Partick station dropped us at the Arena inside a shopping centre, having popped along to the Three Judges for a swift one first. Perhaps our English accents confused the staff, as they placed in with the Welsh visitors without asking where we'd like to be - but the visitors were friendly so we adopted them as our team for the night. The match was late starting, not getting going until 1915, and Braehead were clearly the better side, racking up a 3-0 first period lead, and extending that in the 2nd to 5-0 midway through. Having taken their foot off the gas, Cardiff got 2 back and we thought a comeback might be possible, but a goal inside the first minute of the last quarter ended that aspiration and each side added 1 more coasting a 7-3 result for the highly placed homesters. The refereeing seemed to favour the home side somewhat with Cardiff spending most of the match with 1 player in the sinbin. The inter-period breaks were 20 minues between the last person leaving the ice and the first players back on, so the whole event did not finish until 9.55, rather later than expected and eating into Glasgow pub visiting time!

3/12 1900 Swedish 3rd level (East)
Haninge Anchors 1-5 Enkoping
Admission: comp, free folded A4 programme/teamsheet
Attendance: 102

Worked in Stockholm this week, so took a 25 min train south to Handen, close to Haninge town centre for this game. Haninge have played in the 2nd level but are mid-table this season in the 3rd, following a merger with 2 other local teams that may have meant the players come from multiple sources, but the fans have not followed. Viewing is from a gallery with approx 8 rows of block seating down the length of one side. Just as with the above, one side took a 3-0 lead in the 1st term, this time the lowly visitors, who belied that by showing both great defensive organisation and creativity to unlock the Haninge defence. Additionally the Enkoping netminder was superb, only beaten in the 2nd term by a heavy deflection and having kept a clean sheet last time out also. Enkoping perhaps could have added more but ran out 5-1 winners. The home fans creditably kept singing in support of their team, even when all hope was lost. The match was finished by 21:15. Thereafter retired to OLearys to watch the football and then back to the Bishops Arms at central for a last one before home.

The previous night, I found a cask ale venue in Stockholm that I'd previously been unaware of, the Bagpipers, on Rorstrandsgatan near St Eriksplan/Karlberg. The Fullers ESB was pretty good and turning over nicely.



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With FC United: 133
On the agenda:
21/9 FC United v Warrington Town
24/9 Warrington Town v FC United

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Boroboy60
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Dec 7, 2014, 5:47 PM

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Solent Devils v Oxford City Stars

English National League Division One South

Face Off 1900

Sunday, 07 December 2014

Going to the above tonight.

Home team are in a bit of a financial crisis so I'm adding my support to the cause.

Report here later if anyone is interested.


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Dec 7, 2014, 10:10 PM

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Saturday 6th December
Scottish National League
Moray Typhoons 3 Dundee Tigers 6 : 1-1 : 0-4 : 2-1
Admission £5
Programme free with admission - very basic 12 pager but still very welcome
Attendance 57

Rink is part of Moray Leisure Centre right next door to Elgin City FC. Quality of the game wasn't great & was probably on a par with the lower end of ENL 2 in England.

Visitors were very physical but finished better especially in the 2nd period. Worth a visit if only to tick the most northerly team in the UK. Just 7 to go in the UK now, 3 of which are in South Scotland.



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HantsLondoner
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Dec 7, 2014, 10:18 PM

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I was there too and obviously got home first!

English National League Division 1 South

Solent Devils 10 Oxford City Stars 2

Admission £9-00 inc programme attendance est 170

Important game as these are two of three teams tied for second bottom, only two points ahead of last place. The first period was quite even and fast-paced. Devils took the lead on 15 mins with a long shot from Campbell. The same player doubled the lead just after the restart at the near post. Stars pulled a goal back on 31 mins, then it got a bit aggressive, the refs doing their best to turn up the heat by some missed offsides and inability to get out of the way of the puck/player. Two goals near the end of the second period for Devils made it 4-1 and fairly safe, right at the end of the period we also had a punch-up and it ended up 3 v 3. This continued into the third period when Campbell got his hat-trick, he then added another. Three more goals came quickly, whereby Stars changed their netminder and improved, and looked like avoiding double figures until the last minute. Devils' biggest win ever in this division, Stars weren't bad, they even outshot Devils, but Cole was on good form (apart from Oxford's first) and Devils were more streetwise and finished better.
As Boroboy reports, Devils are in financial trouble as a backer simply didn't come up with the promised money. They urgently require sponsorship. My usual sources didn't know any more than that either.



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Boroboy60
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Dec 8, 2014, 9:39 AM

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As promised my take on things...for what it's worth

Solent Devils 10 v Oxford City Stars 2

NIHL South Division 1

Sunday, 07 December 2014

1900

@ Gosport Ice Rink

Admission – I paid £9

Programme – A bargain @ just £1...and quite adequate at this level

Devils cast aside their reported financial worries to post a commanding 10-2 win over basement-dwellers Oxford City Stars at Gosport Ice Rink.

Leading the home charge was Man Of The Match Drew Campbell who struck a four-goaler that went a long way towards settling the outcome of this important contest between two sides at the wrong end of the table.

The first period looked to be heading for a goalless conclusion though until that man Campbell fired in his first of a memorable individual display on 15:27. That goal arriving after both teams had successfully killed off a penalty apiece.

A powerplay effort from Campbell on 20:42 doubled the home outfit's advantage before Stars rallied to cut the deficit on 31:48 through Josh Oliver.

Just when the visitors looked to be fighting back though another powerplay goal by Ralfs Circenis (35:49) plus another strike from Ryan McFarlane (37:51) gave Devils some much needed breathing space at 4-1.

We then had a little spell of 3 on 3 either side of the second and third period when Devils and Stars lost the services of two men each for “roughing”.

The final 20 minutes turned into something of a procession for a now rampant home team however with Campbell completing his personal landmark just 37 seconds into the third session and then netting a fourth on 41:49.

Goals continued to flow for Solent through Circenis (45:05), Jamie Fitzpatrick (47:07) and George Norcliffe (49:51) with Stars finding the net just once (45:49) during that onslaught.

Then with just 61 seconds remaining on the clock it was left to Josh Abbott to put the icing on the pre-Christmas cake with the Devils tenth and final goal.

I used to report on the Dreadnoughts and the Knights back when ice hockey first arrived in the town of Gosport back in the late 80's/early 90's and it is a sport I have always followed and loved ever since I used to watch it at the Winter Olympics on TV.

I really do hope that money can be found to keep hockey alive in the town, especially after witnessing first-hand the enthusiasm of the people at the rink...the raffle ticket sellers, the home players, and the relatively small but vociferous local crowd!


DavetheGlassboy
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Dec 15, 2014, 7:04 PM

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Sunday 7 December 2014
National Ice Hockey League North Laidler Conference
Solihull Barons 17 Bradford Bulldogs 1
Admission £7, (programme £2 - didn't buy)

Not much of a view from any of the seating areas at Blue Ice Plaza and standing rinkside was much better.

With Solihull on a 100% record at the top and Bradford with a 0% record at the bottom the result wasn't unexpected but Bradford made the home side work for the first two thirds, keeping the score down to 3-0 and 8-0 at the intervals.

In the third though they just collapsed shipping another nine goals albeit they did notch up a consolation.



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December 25th

LHK Prostejov U17 1 Moscow Penguins 5
Attendance - 100

The team from Russia were dominate and deserved to win by more goals.



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HantsLondoner
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Dec 28, 2014, 9:44 PM

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English Premier League

Basingstoke Bison 1 Swindon Wildcats 2

admission £13-20 in advance, programme yes, attendance est 1100
5th v 4th
Since seeing Bison play so well against Telford they lost five out of seven league games and are now firmly mid-table. They also have four players injured. Cats on the other hand had won seven in a row. Today Bison got on the board in 53 seconds, Vantroba scoring from the blue line. The home team were enthusiastic and energetic but lacked conviction against good defence. Cats had a lot of possession and passed it around well. However, only three shots to Bison's 10 in the first period tells its own story. It became a bit more aggressive in the second, and the three-person official team had a lot of decisions to make. They made them very badly if you believed the home supporters. After two 'interesting' calls it was 5 on 3, Cats taking advantage to equalise. Shortly afterwards Bison's Connolly was denied by netminder Lyle on a one-on-one, then again as he poked at a rebound a yard out. Bison started to make errors and lose confidence, and at the end of the period Cats scored again as Skinns went out his goal to deal with a loose puck and didn't get back in time. The third period was just frustrating for Bison as they tried to take the game to Cats but nothing worked out for them, and the calls went against them. Cats were solid and even with 15 shots in the entire game looked more like scoring another. Bison have work to do.



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DavetheGlassboy
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Dec 29, 2014, 3:21 PM

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Sunday 28 December 2014
English Ice Hockey Premier League
Telford Tigers 6 Manchester Phoenix 2
Admission £12.50, programme available (didn't buy)

With even a 3G pitch failing to save this morning's football at Belbroughton it was down to something indoors for my only sport of the day and probably my last sporting event of the year.

A bit different from Solihull three weeks ago as there were queues to get in here! A raised seated area gave an excellent view of the rink and was quite busy.

Obviously the standard of play was a lot higher than at the Barons but I could have done without the constant blaring of music every time the play stopped. (Do we really need to fill 5 seconds of "dead air"?)

Tigers had won 6-2 at Manchester the night before and matched the scoreline on home, er, turf with the result never really in doubt.

Having done Coventry a couple of years ago, this was the last of the three major West Midlands ice hockey venues to do. When my next soiree into this sport will be I don't know.



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HantsLondoner
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Jan 18, 2015, 9:37 AM

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A double header at Gosport this weekend against the top two.....
SATURDAY
English National League Division 1 South

Solent Devils 6 Invicta Dynamos 4

Admission £9-00 inc programme attendance est 100
Great performance by Devils against the league leaders (missing one or two players, but still very strong). An early goal by debutant Sampford gave them a good start as they battled as a team against clearly more talented individuals. Netminder Cole was busy (58 shots faced in the game). There was always an undercurrent of violence as Dynamos tried to impose themselves, I wasn't impressed with several cheap shots from the Phillips brothers. There was a fight between A.Cole and Lee in the first period which Cole won and showed that the Devils were not to be intimidated. Dynamos played pretty well and equalised shorthanded just before the end of the first from the blue line. The second period continued the excitement and Devils showed they can be dangerous on the break and led 3-1 at the end. There was also a 'last man' Invicta foul only given as 2 mins which in football would have been an obvious penalty and red card. The third period was 30 secs old when the refs took the players off to wait for the ice to dry, then the intensity increased. Three times Mos pulled the deficit back to one goal, three times the Devils broke to go two ahead again. The three man officials struggled to keep up with it, both Murrays got misconducts for various comments and Devils survived the last six mins despite two very dubious penalties. A great win which gives Chelmsford a helping hand to yet another title.....



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DavetheGlassboy
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Jan 18, 2015, 9:10 PM

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Sunday 18 January 2015
English Ice Hockey League North Laidler Conference
Solihull Barons 7 Widnes Wild 1
Admission £7

Solihull's 100% record extended to 19 games with a comfortable win over mid-table Widnes. 3-1 after the first period, 4-1 after a tight second and wrapped up by getting up to 7-1 early in the third.



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HantsLondoner
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Jan 18, 2015, 10:20 PM

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Second part...
SUNDAY
English National League Division 1 South

Solent Devils 4 Chelmsford Chieftains 10

Admission £4-50 (if you went to the Sat match) inc programme attendance est 120
Totally different to yesterday. Bloody Chelmo never give you a chance, don't like watching them Tongue
They must have read about last night because they came roaring out of the blocks and Devils hardly saw the puck for the first 5 mins, by which time it was 0-2. The home team settled a little after that but were still poor and three goals in two mins near the end of the first period killed the match off totally. Netminder Cole was replaced by Calder at this stage and Calder did well for the remainder of the match. The second period saw a few handbags, a sixth visitors' goal and then Devils decided to compete, the rest of the match finishing 4-4. A couple of lucky goals started it off (I'm sure the first one happened when Magee's shot bounced back off the boards, hit a defender, and went in), but the visitors replied with two of their own to make it 2-8 after the second. More sporadic handbags in the third and two more goals each. No doubt where the NIHL S1 title is going. Invicta beat Wightlink 5-1 tonight in a game that their website had been plugging as 'the big one' for days (battle for second place, I suspect). As far as I'm concerned the 'big one' was last night and today was the expected hangover. The Perspex around the rink at Gosport now has no condensation at all. Apparently this is by some changes to the air flow. This means the spectators are freezing the while time.



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The Wall
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Jan 19, 2015, 2:47 PM

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Another double in the same Competition.

Saturday LONDON RAIDERS vs Streatham Redskins
Lee Valley Ice Arena
Adm £4 (con) Prog £2.50

Streatham are/were having a good season whilst Raiders were bottom of the League so an away victory was anticipated, especially as both their Skipper and Asst Skipper were suspended for two Games following a brawl at Oxford last week. Streatham had also won both Games in the Cup. However it was the Home debut of Alan Lack signed from EPL also the full debut of their new Import, a 21year old Slovak who made his mark.

It started at a rush, at 11.37 it was 3-3 but Raiders scored with a PP on 19.07. Only one 2nd Period goal for Raiders which they completely dominated followed by the final Goal on 40.12, another PP to finish the scoring on 6-3. Streatham only conceded 4 Penalties of which 2 were punished, whilst Raiders just the one

Fully deserved their Victory, the Import Jacob Kontelansky scored within 34 secs and finished with 2-2 and whilst having an effect on the final score the whole Team ran Streatham ragged.


Sunday by chance was the return

STREATHAM REDSKINS vs London Raiders
High Road (100yards from Streatham BR)
Adm. £5 (con) Adult £9 Prog £2

Streatham had the upper hand but by end of 1st found themselves 0-3 down, even out shooting 17-11, but by 32.00 it was 0-5, and for no apparent reason turned the Game around with 4 unanswered Goals. So 4-5 going into the Final a PP on 43.03 secured the equaliser and thereafter Streatham pushed hard whilst Kostlansky was ever dangerous, again finishing with 2+2, until 56.35 ex Raider Import Jacob Klima scored the final and winning goal for Streatham.

Having lost their 2Games the previous w/e this hopefully has turned the Tide, still with 2 away Games this coming w/e at London again and Solent Sunday only time will tell !

I've had Computer trouble since August, having to rely on my I-pad which for some reason didn't allow to "Post" hereon, just "reply direct"

Twenty two Games seen this Season, 8 Streatham Home plus 8 Away, but nothing too exciting other than a visit to Berlin for 2 Nights for 4 Footie Matches but by giving one away saw 3 Hockey at different central Berlin Arena's, most impressive being Eisbaren at the O2, will be looking to revisit on any future Trip.


Feversham Lens
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Feb 1, 2015, 9:36 PM

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Sunday 1st February 2015
Sheffield Steeldogs 5 Milton Keynes Lightning 3 (0-2, 2-0, 3-1)
English Premier League
Admission £10
No programme (printers failed to deliver to the venue, apparently)
Attendance 750 (est)
Refreshments (vile looking junk food) available. Took my own picnic


Three goals in the last 14 minutes clinched an exciting comeback win for Sheffield. The hosts trailed 0-2 and 2-3 at iceSheffield but their determined performance deserved victory. Steeldogs were outplayed in the first period, during which Milton Keynes took a firm grip with goals from Lewis Hook (15:15), their man of the match, and Ross Bowers (17:02). Sheffield tore into the visitors at the start of the second period but found Lightning's netminder Stephen Wall in great form. Eventually, the pressure told and Andrew Hirst (37:05) and Steve Duncombe (39:25) levelled matters going into the final period. Petr Horava (42:05) soon put Milton Keynes back in front with a strike from distance, only for Janis Ozolins (46:05) to equalise with a spectacular strike through Wall's legs. Home man of the match Tom Squires (49:05) then fired into the roof of the net from range to give Sheffield the lead for the first time. His extravagant celebration indicated just how much he enjoyed the goal. A unmarked Lubomir Korhon (54:24) sealed victory with a tap-in following a sweeping move on the break.

The match took place on Pad One at iceSheffield, a hugely impressive facility. Modern, bright and clean. No spectator accommodation behind the pipes but there are steeply raked banks of seats the length of both sides. Capacity is 1,500, I believe. About half-full this evening. A trestle table on the main concourse sold souvenirs.

A real bummer that the programme didn't materialise. I was told the printing firm failed to deliver to the rink. That's not good enough, surely? I trust Steeldogs will give the job to another - more reliable - firm before their next home fixture on February 14th. Can't be a shortage of decent printing firms out there looking for work.


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Feversham Lens
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Feb 8, 2015, 10:47 PM

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Sunday 8th February 2015
Widnes Wild 5 Hull Jets 3 (2-1, 1-1, 2-1)
NIHL Laidler Conference
Admission £6
No programme (haven't done one all season, apparently)
Attendance 250 (h/c)
Refreshments available (didn't bother)


Well, if I remember any aspect of my evening it will be the temperature of this Silver Blades rink. Bloody freezing! Easily the coldest of the 13 ice hockey venues I have attended. It's OK when you're a skater, charging about and getting hot and bothered beneath layers of protective gear. But this cold for spectating? It was miserable, frankly. Despite not being regarded as a nesh bugger, I was willing the final period to end from the moment it began.

A decent contest between well-matched teams, though even I could see the standard of the sport at this level is pretty poor. Hull arrived with just 12 skaters (against Widnes's 18), and the disadvantage proved costly. The teams were locked at 3-3 until the last 14 minutes, during which Widnes scored twice. Hull's keeper had an unhappy time, conceding a couple of soft goals.

Expected a programme here after Widnes issued throughout their debut season in 2013-14. But I was told they haven't bothered this term. The decision was down to one bloke, apparently, and from what people said, scrapping the programme is regarded as a retrograde step. Call me a cynic but I suspect Widnes looked at last season, when they charged a fiver admission and a quid for a programme, and simply thought 'sod it, we'll bump admission up to six quid and save ourselves the hassle of putting together a programme'.

Very modern ice rink (the newest in Britain, I think other posters have suggested), located adjacent to the A557 on a ghastly out-of-town leisure park rejoicing in the title Widnes Waterfront. Other occupants of the site include Brewers Fayre, Frankie & Benny's, Nando's and Premier Inn. Honestly, the irredeemable crappiness of much of modern Britain depresses the hell out of me. Viewing of the ice pad, even from the back row of seats that occupy only one side, isn't great. I was told the Wild's attendances are falling steadily. Maybe the club won't be around much longer. The elderly couple next to me, present to watch their grandson play for Hull, were astonished at how the crowd had dropped since their last visit. They also assured me I wasn't wrong about the chilly atmosphere.

Right, I'm off to make porridge. Should complete the thawing out process begun by the car heater!


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HantsLondoner
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Feb 21, 2015, 10:02 PM

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English Premier League

Guildford Flames 6 Swindon Wildcats 2

admission £10-50 + 53p booking charge, programme free to download, attendance 1728
Flames looking to hold on to second place, Wildcats looking to break into the top four. The first period was goalless, Wildcats defended well and had the odd chance, Flames weren't great. The visitors took the lead early in the second and we wondered if an upset was on the cards. No. Flames quickly equalised and added a second 29 seconds later. Time out Wildcats. It didn't do any good because Flames got a third minutes later. The crucial part came near the end of the second when Flames had two men serving penalties. Flames easily survived the first penalty, then scored themselves while shorthanded to make it 4-1 at the end of the period. Wildcats weren't coming back from that and Flames showed them how to take advantage of a powerplay, scoring two when Swindon had two in the box. The visitors got a neat consolation to round off the scoring. First visit to the Spectrum for a while, much more comfortable facilities than my usual haunts at Basingstoke and Solent, but so little atmosphere..... the 100 visiting fans made more noise by far.



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HantsLondoner
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Feb 28, 2015, 11:05 PM

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English Premier League

Basingstoke Bison 5 Guildford Flames 4 (OT and pens)

admission £13-00 programme yes, attendance est 1700
3rd v 2nd
Great game which went to penalties. A Bison win means that Telford win the league. Teams well-matched in a physical encounter. A fight (Balmer v McKinney) after 8 mins, after which there were a few flashpoints without it boiling over. Flames looked good in the first period, and led 2-1 at the end of it. The second goal was a classic, the puck being moved from side to side until the Bison defence was too stretched to prevent a powerful finish. But Bison upped their workrate even further during the second period, never allowing Flames to settle, and were rewarded with two good goals to lead 3-2 going into the final period. Flames quickly equalised, and the game was in the balance as both teams had chances. Bison took the lead through Connolly with 3:20 to play and we thought that might be it. But with 1:25 to play Flames got another equaliser and it was overtime. Tense in overtime but not many chances. The first two penalties were saved, Flames took the lead, and when Long messed up his shot for the Bison it looked over. But Skinns saved the next two, Greener scored, and it was left to Rounding to convert the winning penalty to send the Bison fans wild at the end of a superb local derby. The visiting Guildford fans also showed that there is some life in Surrey too (after my visit there last week, maybe it's only when they're away from it).



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Mar 16, 2015, 8:40 PM

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Sunday 15th March 2015
Edinburgh Capitals 0-0-2 2 Braehead Clan 0-0-1 1
Elite League
Admission £16
Programme £3 (36pp. Fairly poor issue: heavy on photographs, light on reading)
Attendance 1,524
Food and drink available (took our own picnic)


Pulsating Forth-Clyde derby that produced a shock result as second-bottom Edinburgh pipped second-top Braehead. Major disappointment for the travelling Clan fans who comprised two-thirds of the crowd. No serious damage done to the visitors' title push, however, because leaders Sheffield lost 6-3 at Cardiff.

Forward Daniel Naslund, with two goals, was the home hero. After rattling a post, he netted twice in six minutes (5:40 and 11:30) during the final period. Scott Pitt (16:38) pulled one back to set up a frantic finale. Capitals somehow held out, despite being three on five in the closing moments and Clan advancing netminder Kyle Jones into the fray. The Braehead fans brought the atmosphere with them. Their opposite numbers really only came to life when Edinburgh took the lead. The action on the ice was uncompromising. It featured twenty-two penalties. Netminder Tomas Hiadlovsky shone for Capitals with 33 saves. The shot count was 21-34.

Didn't know what to expect from Murrayfield Ice Rink, which is in the shadow of the eponymous rugby union stadium. Turned out to be a wonderful Art Deco structure, built in 1939. The archaic wooden and metal tip-up seats, not noticeably comfortable, must be the originals! Steeply-raked banks of seats on each side. Nothing (for spectators) at the ends. The rink, an official told me, was commandeered for war work upon completion. Torpedoes were made here and an ammunition store tacked on to the rear. It reopened as an ice rink in 1952. Two families own the venue and ran the hockey team (as Murrayfield Racers, mostly) until about 15 years ago. It was then offloaded then sold again. The Edinburgh Capitals franchise has been in place for circa 12 years, I learned. The corridors leading off the entrance are filled with framed hockey memorabilia - shirts, programmes, posters and photographs. Some really interesting stuff to look at.

We were in Edinburgh for a long weekend. Travelled by train (courtesy of my wife's East Coast loyalty points), so used public transport to reach the rink. Went out from Princes Street on the plush tram, which rides smoothly and accelerates sharply. The locals seem to think it was a waste of money. Murrayfield Stadium station is a 10-minute stroll from the rink. Returned to Princes Street using Lothian Buses' No 26 service (Clerwood-Seton Sands/Tranent). The bus stop, on the main road beyond a bridge over the Water of Leith, is two minutes from the rink.


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HantsLondoner
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English Premier League

Guildford Flames 1 Telford Tigers 2 - abandoned after just over 30 mins Mad

admission £10-50 + 53p booking charge, programme free to download, attendance est 1700
2nd v 1st
It was shaping up to be quite a good game; even though Tigers were already champions (and cup winners) and the playoffs are next weekend, both teams gave a good performance. Telford took an early lead but Flames had more possession and more good chances in the first period, but they couldn't convert one until 16 mins. Tigers regained the lead soon afterwards with a superb break and finish. The second period was quite even, with chances for both sides. Halfway through the period a foot-long crack was discovered near the Flames goal. They tried water, ice, carbon dioxide, even a complete re-flood by the Zamboni. But 45 mins later came the news that they couldn't carry on. The announcer said that ticket holders will be contacted. With the game meaning nothing for the league table and the playoffs next weekend (wonder if the ice will be restored in time for then?) I doubt whether it will be replayed.
Reflecting on the crap state of all of the rinks I've been to in the last couple of years, someone is really taking the p***.
Usual poor sightlines at the Spectrum, usual plethora of people coming in late/walking in front of your seat, but a much improved atmosphere over my last visit. Even a Mexican Wave while the ice was(n't) being fixed.

EDIT: Match has been awarded as 2-1 to Telford.



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Roger D
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Mar 23, 2015, 9:01 AM

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English Premier League

Telford Tigers 4 Guildford Flames 3 (OT)
£5 on door, we pre booked at £12.50!

Despite living in Aldershot I grew up near Telford and have watched Tigers since 1985. After watching far too many hammerings at Guildford I've quite enjoyed this seasons matches between the two.

Frankly this was poor. Telford were abysmal 1st period and Guilford were two up inside four minutes. Telford woke up a bit in the second to make it 1-3, James Hadfield ensuring it was only one with some good netminding. Guildford hit penalty problems. 13 often not young skaters against Telfords bench ain't great. Throw in 1 x match and 2 x 10 min personal misconducts and you have a problem. Telford pulled it back to 3-3 and were denied a win by more good netminding.

In the 64th minute David Longstaff was called for tripping and less than a minute later it was all over.

Telford will need to play better if they are to do a treble. If Guildford get a full line up out I wouldn't put it past them having one last hurrah in the play offs.

I suspect both teams will change a lot this summer. Time has caught up with Guildford and they need a rebuild. Telford don't but I'm not sure all the imports will be invited back and I suspect a lot of the 4th line will want out to secure more ice time. Despite Telford misfiring they hardly iced in this game. I will be sad to see them go as many of them were amateurs in the Trust days, there would be no club today without them.

Whilst the crowd was 4 or 5 times what the Trust owned team got at the end there were enough spare seats, even at a fiver admission, to suggest Wayne Scholes doesn't need to worry about extending the seating just yet. Credit to the 15 or so Flames fans who travelled up to a game that had nothing hanging on it at all.


HantsLondoner
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English National League Division 1 South

Solent Devils 5 Milton Keynes Thunder 4

Admission £9-00 inc programme attendance est 120
Last league game of the season, the only thing riding on it was to see if Thunder finished 5th or 6th, and which opponent they would get in the playoffs. Both teams tried to play constructive hockey, and a close contest ensued. Devils took an early lead through Magee but the rest of the period was very even. The first penalty was after 19 mins. Devils missed a breakaway before Murray converted another for 2-0. But within five minutes Thunder had pulled it back to 2-2. The equaliser saw the officials blow the whistle before the puck was put into the net, but the goal still stood. Magee grabbed his second to send Devils into the break still with a single goal lead. Twice in the final period they went further ahead only for Thunder to pull one back. The second of these made it 5-4 with 2:30 left in the game, but the home held on for a good win.
Devils finish 7th, the second season in a row they have gone up one place in the league. They face newly crowned Cup Winners Invicta Dynamos in the playoffs next week.



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Jswinscoe
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Jun 16, 2015, 11:52 PM

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Well the next Ice Hockey season will be busy again for me as I

1) Watch the Nottingham GMB Panthers - I have again moved my season ticket this time to behind the away players bench. This will be my second season as a season ticket holder and 3rd season as a Panthers fan and with the many changes being made I will surely be enjoying it.

2) Match Night Music For the Nottingham Lions IHC - After starting during the previous season and I have seen some good games in the Laidler Conference. This season I am hoping to have a good year with Lions and many successes with them in terms of the playing staff and also coaches.

3) Match Night MC for the Nottingham Vipers - 1 Full season with the ladies Hockey team is enough to keep me wanting to help them again for next season. After Closely missing out on the title last season I am hoping they can this year push that little bit further and win the title.

4) Match Night MC for the Nottingham University Mavericks - Now over the last 2 seasons I have helped all 3 of the University Teams by doing the announcements and match night music despite there games facing off at 10:30 at night. This season the C Team only played a couple of challenge games but these were very much enjoyed as they won most of the games they played including the 18-0 win against the Uni of East Anglia.

Then The B Team played a number of games but didnt this year finish bottom after picking up 4 points by winning 2 of there 10 games this season. Finally though there was the A Team who went unbeaten throughout the league season winning all 10 games and clinching the title at the National Ice Centre, What a season it was without them coming near a loss.

So a busy season last year and an even busier 2015/16 Season.



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Middlesbrough FC Fan
Nottingham GMB Panthers Fan
Nottinghamshire FA Level 7 Referee
BHUK Referee (Ball Hockey UK)
Nottingham Vipers Match Night DJ
Nottingham Mavericks Match Night MC


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Cardiff Deamons V Nottingham Outlaws
Recreational Challenge Game
Face off 4:30pm
Played at the The Big Blue Tent.

End of Period 1 Deamons 2 Outlaws 0
End of Period 2 Deamons 2 Outlaws 2
End of Period 3 Deamos 4 Outlaws 4

Outlaws Scorer's - Carl Sutherland, Matt Cragg, Jamie Binch, Paul Watts.

Flashpoint of the Game - A Deamons player getting a 2 + 2 for Roughing and a 10 Minute Penalty for fighting all in the same incident after he was tripped by an Outlaws player who apologised before being jumped on by the D player who kept punching him even though he wasn't interested and had moved into the turtle position to show he wasn't interested in the battle.

Man of The Match For Outlaws - Tom Martin - Kept the score down with some brilliant saves.



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Nottingham GMB Panthers Fan
Nottinghamshire FA Level 7 Referee
BHUK Referee (Ball Hockey UK)
Nottingham Vipers Match Night DJ
Nottingham Mavericks Match Night MC


Jswinscoe
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Jul 17, 2015, 7:58 PM

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Well as you all know I am a big GMB Nottingham Panthers Fan and our fixtures have been released they are as follows (Inc Pre-Season Games),

Wednesday 26th August AWAY V Coventry Blaze - Aladdin Cup
Saturday 29th August AWAY V Manchester Storm - Aladdin Cup
Sunday 30th August HOME V Breahead Clan - Aladdin Cup
Saturday 5th September HOME V Dundee Stars - Elite League
Saturday 12th September AWAY V Cardiff Devils - Challenge Cup
Sunday 13th September HOME V Belfast Giants - Elite League
Saturday 19th September HOME V Manchester Storm - Elite League/Challenge Cup
Sunday 20th September - AWAY V Coventry Blaze - Elite League
Saturday 26th September - HOME V Cardiff Devils - Elite League/Challenge Cup
Sunday 27th September - HOME V Breahead Clan - Elite League
Saturday 3rd October - HOME V Coventry Blaze - Challenge Cup
Sunday 4th October - AWAY V Manchester Storm - Challenge Cup
Saturday 10th October - AWAY V Sheffield Steelers - Challenge Cup
Sunday 11th October - HOME V Fife Flyers - Elite League
Saturday 17th October - HOME V Sheffield Steelers - Challenge Cup
Sunday 18th October - AWAY V Coventry Blaze - Challenge Cup
Saturday 24th October - HOME V Dundee Stars - Elite League
Sunday 25th October - AWAY V Cardiff Devils - Elite League
Wednesday 28th October - HOME V Edinburgh Capitals - Elite League
Saturday 31st October - HOME V Sheffield Steelers - Elite League
Saturday 7th November - HOME V Belfast Giants - Elite League
Saturday 14th November - HOME V Coventry Blaze - Elite League
Sunday 15th November - AWAY V Sheffield Steelers - Elite League
Friday 20th November - AWAY V Edinburgh Capitals - Elite League
Saturday 21st November - AWAY V Edinburgh Capitals - Elite League
Saturday 28th November - HOME V Sheffield Steelers - Elite League
Sunday 29th November - AWAY V Cardiff Devils - Elite League
Friday 4th December - AWAY V Belfast Giants - Elite League
Saturday 5th December - AWAY V Belfast Giants - Elite League
Friday 11th December - AWAY V Dundee Stars - Elite League
Saturday 12th December - AWAY V Breahead Clan - Elite League
Sunday 13th December - AWAY V Fife Flyers - Elite League
Saturday 19th December - HOME V Cardiff Devils - Elite League
Sunday 20th December - AWAY V Manchester Storm - Elite League
Saturday 26th December - AWAY V Sheffield Steelers - Elite League
Sunday 27th December - HOME V Sheffield Steelers - Elite League
Tuesday 29th December - AWAY V Coventry Blaze - Elite League
Thursday 31st December - HOME V Coventry Blaze - Elite League
Saturday 2nd January - HOME V Edinburgh Capitals - Elite League
Saturday 9th January - AWAY V Cardiff Devils - Elite League
Sunday 10th January - HOME V Fife Flyers - Elite League
Friday 15th January - HOME V Belfast Giants - Elite League
Saturday 16th January - AWAY V Sheffield Steelers - Elite League
Saturday 23rd January - HOME V Manchester Storm - Elite League
Sunday 24th January - AWAY V Manchester Storm - Elite League
Saturday 30th January - HOME V Cardiff Devils - Elite League
Sunday 31st January - AWAY V Belfast Giants - Elite League
Saturday 6th February - HOME V Breahead Clan - Elite League
Sunday 7th February - AWAY V Dundee Stars - Elite League
Wednesday 17th February - AWAY V Coventry Blaze - Elite League
Friday 19th February - AWAY V Belfast Giants - Elite League
Sunday 21st February - HOME V Coventry Blaze - Elite League
Friday 26th February - HOME V Belfast Giants - Elite League
Sunday 28th February - AWAY V Breahead Clan - Elite League
Friday 4th March - HOME V Cardiff Devils - Elite League
Wednesday 9th March - AWAY V Coventry Blaze - Elite League
Saturday 12th March - HOME V Sheffield Steelers - Elite League
Sunday 13th March - AWAY V Fife Flyers - Elite League
Wednesday 16th March - HOME V Coventry Blaze - Elite League
Saturday 19th March - AWAY V Sheffield Steelers - Elite League
Sunday 20th March - AWAY V Cardiff Devils - Elite League

Home Face-off time

Saturday - 7pm
Sunday -4pm
Monday - Friday - 7:30pm
Please check www.Panthers.co.uk before looking for tickets as dates and times could change.



Jevon Swinscoe

Arnold Town FC Match Day Secretary
Middlesbrough FC Fan
Nottingham GMB Panthers Fan
Nottinghamshire FA Level 7 Referee
BHUK Referee (Ball Hockey UK)
Nottingham Vipers Match Night DJ
Nottingham Mavericks Match Night MC


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Jswinscoe
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Aug 21, 2015, 10:31 PM

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After much deliberation the Nottingham Lions have announced their fixtures for the 2015/16 Season. There home games will be as follows

Sunday 13th September V Bradford Bulldogs
Sunday 20th September V Blackburn Eagles
Sunday 27th September V Hull Jets

Sunday 4th October V Altrincham Aces
Sunday 11th October V Blackburn Eagles
Sunday 25th October V Widnes Wild

Sunday 15th November V Hull Jets
Sunday 29th November V Coventry Blaze

Sunday 13th December V Deeside Dragons

Sunday 3rd January V Widnes Wild
Sunday 10th January V Deeside Dragons
Sunday 24th January V Altrincham Aces

Sunday 21st February V Bradford Bulldogs

Sunday 13th March V Coventry Blaze

All games to be played at 7:30pm

Please visit for game information and tickets http://www.nottinghamlions.co.uk/index.php/buy-tickets



Jevon Swinscoe

Arnold Town FC Match Day Secretary
Middlesbrough FC Fan
Nottingham GMB Panthers Fan
Nottinghamshire FA Level 7 Referee
BHUK Referee (Ball Hockey UK)
Nottingham Vipers Match Night DJ
Nottingham Mavericks Match Night MC


rambler77
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Sep 8, 2015, 7:20 PM

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Monday 21st September...

NY Rangers v NJ Devils (NHL Pre-Season @ Madison Square Garden)

Sorted two tickets out from a contact in NY for $50 each.



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Jswinscoe
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Sep 8, 2015, 11:13 PM

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Saturday 5th September

Nottingham Panthers V Dundee Stars

The Panthers came out on top in the first league game of the Season at the NIC and came up against a Dundee side that had beat the Belfast Giants the 3-0 the night before. This game saw Paul Swindlehurst play against his former team and a number of players such as Andy Bohmbach, Logan MacMillan, Geoff Waugh and a number of others start their first Panthers game.

The first period started well with both teams feeling each other out and stringing some good passes together and testing both netties but the big point came when Robert Farmer started where he left off and dropped the gloves with Justin Faryna of the Stars with both receiving 5 minute penalties for fighting. Just over a minute after this though and the Panthers had the lead after Referee Liam Sewell had called a tripping penalty on Riley Wetmore and a Juraj Kolnik pass was sent towards goal by David Clarke and tipped in by Debutant Logan MacMillan.

Period 2 though was different as with 6:39 on the clock the Stars made it 1-1 when John Dolan scored through Panthers Miika Wiikman's five hole, this was assisted by Doug Clarkson and Jason Gray. It was soon to be 2-1 to the stars because as David Clarke sat a 2 Minute cross checking penalty Justin Faryna scored past Wiikman again with assists by Brett Switzer and Riley Wetmore.

The second period wasnt over though as again Justin Faryna got involved in a fight but this time it was with Stevie Lee who got an excellent right hook away but the scrap ended with no one going down. Panthers though would not lay down and go down without a fight and equilled the game with just 31 seconds left of the period when the returning Matthew Myers scored through Vlastimil Lakosil's five hole with assists from Evan Mosey and David Clarke.

The third period was a quiet time of the game but it went to penalty shots with Stars Leinweber losing control of the puck and Lou Dickenson having his shot saved before Andy Bohmbach and Stephen Schultz scored for the panthers.

Attendence 5,005



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Middlesbrough FC Fan
Nottingham GMB Panthers Fan
Nottinghamshire FA Level 7 Referee
BHUK Referee (Ball Hockey UK)
Nottingham Vipers Match Night DJ
Nottingham Mavericks Match Night MC


HantsLondoner
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Sep 13, 2015, 10:32 PM

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English National League Division 1 South

Solent Devils 3 Cardiff Devils 3

Admission £9-00 inc programme attendance est 100

Great game, fast-paced throughout, and full of big (mostly legal) hits. Cardiff were bottom last season but on this showing they won't be this year. Early goals for both teams, then a pretty even first period, both teams had chances, both teams hit the post. Solent took the lead on 25 mins with a class finish from a rebound by new Hungarian import Hegyi, then went further ahead on 31 mins. They dominated the rest of the period but it stayed at 3-1. Cardiff looked better in the final period, with Mr. Evans helping his compatriots wth numerous harsh penalties against the home team. Latchford pulled a goal back on 44 mins then it was Cardiff pressure with good breaks by Solent, hitting the post near the end. Cardiff pulled their netminder for one last push. Finally, with 14.5 seconds left, Bradshaw equalised, to great jubilation from the visitors.
Not many changes at Gosport Ice Rink this year - new lights, the fixing of one would have delayed the start but for the officials deciding to forgo the icing. It was amusing watching the repairers dismantling the scaffolding they used, slowly, bit by bit, as the players and officials hovered impatiently. Unfortunately the fixture list is very unfriendly to Gosport this season, so my visits might be more limited.





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.

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Sep 22, 2015, 1:46 PM

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English Premier League

HULL PIRATES. 1
Manchester Phoenix. 4

Up North for Surrey Cricket at Old Trafford so a visit to firstly Hall Road Rangers at their new ex Rugby League Stadium, then onwards to the Kingston Street Arena, just off the City Centre for the main event.

Face off was delayed from 17.30 to allow latecomers in, not happy nor with the decision to NOT issue a Programme with no plans too ! NO knowledge of how many Players retained from the doomed Stingway, but certainly no great shakes. Àfter two Periods the score was locked at 1-1, however 3 unanswered Goals in the final Period deservedly secured the points for Phoenix.

The following Day Sunday 13/09, down to Manchester and firstly a rather one sided Rugby League contest at Sedgely Park RU for Swinton Lions defeating South Wales Chargers 94-6, the £2.50 Prog had sold out but a local was happy to pass on, once he'd read it.

Onwards to the Altrincham Ice Arena next to the Railway/Metro Station for

Elite League

MANCHESTER STORM 2
Dundee Stars. 7

Having forced Phoennix to leave their Ice and to play out of Deeside fear will prove a difficult time for Storm both in paying attendance, approx 25o/o of capacity plus Team strength. Stars probably suffering from their Coach Trip found themselves 1-2 down at end of first, however two unanswered Goals in the 2nd plus a further three in the Final secured a deserved Win. Again no Programme issued although they MAY later in Season

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HantsLondoner
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Sep 27, 2015, 12:29 AM

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English Premier League

Basingstoke Bison 3 Hull Pirates 2

admission £13-75 inc internet booking fee, programme £2-50, back to A5 format, more content
), attendance est 1200

A surprising, and desrrved, first point for the new boys, who were formed after the demise of the Elite League's Hull Stingrays. Bison, top, fresh from a stunning 4-1 win at champions Telford last Sun, rarely got out of first gear for most of this game but got two points. Not much happened in the first period. Bison started the second better and took the lead. But they had a few penalties, and Hull equalised with their second power-play. Early in the third Hull took the lead and we wondered iif an upset was on the cards. Bison put the pressure on at last and equalised with nine mins left. But Hull held firm with netminder Baston outstanding, not for the first time this season. It's 3 v 3 in overtime nowadays and Bison dominated it, but Hull had the best two chances. On to penalties and it was 2-2 after six. The next five were all missed, leaving Bison's Watt to beat Baston for the decisive penalty.
No changes at Basingstoke this season, crowd a bit quiet at times but gave Hull, and Baston in paricular, a warm welcome, unlike the welcome they gave the officials.




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rambler77
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Oct 1, 2015, 9:29 AM

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NEW YORK RANGERS 6-2 NEW JERSEY DEVILS
(NHL Pre-Season Game)

@ Madison Square Garden
Admission: $50

A friend of mine sorted out tickets for us for this game, as he had a season ticket holding friend who could not go. I wasn't willing to pay more than $50 each for two tickets and this was accepted, despite the face value being $62.

I do admit to not being an ice hockey fan, having only attended two games previously at Swindon and Coventry, but a chance to watch a sporting event was too good an opportunity to pass up.

The goal times for the game are as follows:

1st
1:21 NYR Brian Gibbons (1-0)
4:24 NYR Jayson Megna (2-0)
7:30 NJD Jordin Tootoo (PPG 2-1)

2nd
16:47 NJD Mike Sislo (PPG 2-2)
18:13 NYR Chris Kreider (3-2)
18:48 NYR Viktor Stalberg (4-2)

3rd
14:43 NYR Oscar Lindberg (5-2)
17:51 NJD Adam Larsson (PPG 5-3)
19:28 NYR Jayson Megna (PPG 6-3)



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HantsLondoner
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Oct 17, 2015, 10:17 PM

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English Premier League

Guildford Flames 5 Manchester Phoenix 4 (O/T and pens)

admission comp (normally £11-50), programme downloadable via internet, attendance est 1523
Since I last saw Phoenix they have been ousted out of the top 4 by Telford. Indeed they nearly didn't exist this summer, and are currently playing at Deeside, with all the fuss over Manchester Storm. Today, however, they harked back to old days with an excellent performance against the Flames and a deserved point. Flames, strangely, had played yesterday, losing 3-5 at Bison after being 3-1 up. They seemed still to be suffering in a first period where they were quite subdued and vulnerable to the visitor's breaks. Archer scored after 10 mins and there no penalties for either side until 0.6 secs from the end of the period. Phoenix went two up after 21 mins and it looked bad for Flames. But they quickly pulled a goal back from the blue line and two goals in three mins around the half hour mark put them in the driving seat, although netminder Rockman made some important saves to keep them there. It was 4-2 soon after the restart and it looked over. But the visitors kept the pressure up and forced a couple of errors from the Flames to bring the scores level at the end of the third. Overtime (3 on 3) was exciting, with Flames having three golden chances, denied by Fone, and Phoenix going close twice too. On to penalties, Flames took an early lead, Phoenix equalised later, and it was left to Duggan to score the winner against his old club in impressive style.
No changes at the Spectrum this season, the atmosphere was good in patches, not surprisingly with a close game.





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HantsLondoner
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Nov 1, 2015, 11:11 PM

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English National League Division 1 South

Solent Devils 2 Invicta Dynamos 2

Admission £9-00 inc programme attendance est 180
A fourth draw from nine games for Solent this season, they are becoming a hard team to beat. This game was a fair old battle for 60 mins, neither team giving any quarter at any time. A fair result, probably acceptable to both teams. Invicta are in a season of transition but are still a decent team with two useful imports, some experienced players, and some talented youngsters. I would say that both teams are probably contesting places 4-7 this season, along with Oxford (who beat Chelmsford yesterday) and London.
After a tight first 15 mins the home team took the lead as Lock shot in through a crowd of players. Mos turned it round in the second with two goals in four mins, the second was the result of a really good move. It started to get a bit tasty toward the end of the second, not helped by some dodgy calls by Evans (again). Facey got a surprise equaliser after 46 mins, the rest of the game was quite exciting as both teams went for it, creating chances. Both netminders were excellent. Gosset looked up for a fight all match and managed to get one, taking Lee down.
As with the first game I saw here this season, we had a delayed start because scaffolding had to be erected to fix the overhead lights Mad. As a result we missed the national anthem and team introductions again, but at least we saw the ice machine before the start of the game this time. Can't complain, though; both Bracknell games were called off this weekend due to an ice plant malfunction, and Hull will have the same problem with their game next weekend.



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HantsLondoner
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Nov 8, 2015, 10:20 PM

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English National League Division 1 South

Solent Devils 0 Wightlink Raiders 3

Admission £9-00 inc programme attendance est 250
Devils eventually well beaten by third place Raiders. The first period was typical local derby fare: 100 mph, exciting, violent. No goals, several good efforts by both sides (Raiders hit the post on 17 mins). Gregory beat Circensis in a fight, there was a melee on 10 mins with numerous penalties and a misconduct for Painter.
Second period was quieter, Cesky gave the visitors the lead after 24 mins with a fast cross shot that netminder Cole may have thought was going wide. Raiders looked more dangerous and nearly had another goal on 37 mins, Devils being lucky that the puck was adjudged not to have gone in.
In the third period two goals by Rose and Cesky within a minute at the start sealed the result. After that it was still fast hockey but now a question of Devils keeping the score down, which they did. M.Murray had a one on one but failed to convert, so a deserved shutout for Colclough. Raiders looked strong, especially defensively, and a bit more streetwise (undetected elbows). Good officials.
No problems with lights today so a minute's silence and national anthem for Rememberance Day. Good support for the visitors.



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English Premier League

Guildford Flames 4 Peterborough Phantoms 7

admission comp (normally £11-50), programme downloadable via internet, attendance 1433
5th v 1st
Flames had two terrible losses last weekend, so a lower crowd than usual feared the worst against the leaders. Sure enough, Phantoms dominated the first period with some excellent hockey all round the ice and took a two goal lead, the second after a Guildford mistake. But Flames scored with 40 seconds to go in the period to give themselves some hope. Phantoms started the second period in control again and scored a third, a pass from one end to another, straight down the middle, well finished. Flames then started to fight back, playing more physical hockey than usual, and crowding visiting netminder Auzins whenever possible to see if he reacted. He did. Piatek missed a one-on-one which would have made it 2-3 before the visitors made it 1-4. The improved Flames pulled another goal back and then we had a bundle at the visiting net; Auzins got 2 mins for slashing, but Duggan got 10 mins for incitement. A fifth for the visitors on 45 mins made the game safe, and they took their foot off the pedal a bit. Flames pulled back twice to be only two behind but Phantoms again pulled away with ease. Their last goal was an empty-netter. We had another bundle around the Phantoms net right at the end too.
Flames will be encouraged by a bit of a comeback but are making quite a few unforced errors. The fans weren't too happy. Phantoms look a good side, top three, possibly champions on this showing. They are a totally different proposition from when I saw them lose 0-6 at Basingstoke a couple of years ago.



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Dec 7, 2015, 6:16 AM

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Sunday 6th December

PETERBOROUGH PHANTOMS 0-1 SWINDON WILDCATS
(English Premier League)

Adm: £14
Prog: £2

Despite only one goal this was a really entertaining, and at times absorbing contest. Peterborough dominated the shot count 47-14 yet could not find a way past the Wildcats netminder Stevie Lyle. There were ten penalties in the game, with eight of them in the 1st period alone. This was also when the only goal was scored - Aaron Nell on seven minutes. The second and third periods saw a lot of fast flowing uninterrupted play.

This was only the 4th game that I have seen, and also only the 4th ice hockey venue that I have been to - the others being Swindon, Coventry and the NY Rangers, and was the coldest by along way. Before the game started I went back to the car and got my coat and hat!!! Also enjoyed it more with the fact that we (my dad and I) were very close to the action and could follow the puck more easily. This was something I struggled with at Madison Square Garden back in September as my wife and I were quite high up.



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Sunday 27th December 2015
Basingstoke Bison (1-0-2) 3 Bracknell Bees (0-1-1) 2
English Premier League
Admission £13.50
Programme £2.50 (32 pages, double issue with Peterborough Phantoms match on 2nd January)
Attendance 1,900 (estimate)
Hot chocolate £1.60


Two goals inside two minutes at the start of the third period secured a derby win over lowly opposition for title-chasing Basingstoke. Rene Jarolin (41:14) and Ciaran Long (43:15), the latter whilst the hosts were shorthanded, netted to see off Bees. Bracknell trailed to a Long (8:29) strike, but had the better of the second period, and drew level on the power play through Milan Kostourek (33:13). Alex Barker (56:37) made it 3-2 to force a frantic finish, but Bees were unable to score again, despite a couple of very near-misses. Home netminder Jon Baston made a number of impressive saves.

Not overly impressed with the Planet Ice Silverdome, a tired, cramped venue, despite opening as recently as 1988. Dropped a clanger by not booking ahead. With the rink virtually full to its 2,000 capacity, we had to go for seats at the far end. Not a great vantage point. To make matters worse, condensation on the plexiglass didn't clear until midway through the first period. We had to stand on our seats to see anything. How shite is that? Did this dump really host Elite League action?


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Dec 27, 2015, 9:24 PM

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Yes it did host Elite League games in the 00s but then so did Lea Valley which makes Basingstoke look like the O2 Arena and had a capacity of about 50!



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Dec 27, 2015, 9:49 PM

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Also at Basingstoke Bison v Bracknell Bees. £13-75 if you book in advance.

2nd v 9th/10 - Bees are in financial trouble, some of their best players have left, and had previously lost their last ten games, but they battled well and ran Bison fairly close in this one.

Bison have a three-game 'weekend' (away to Guildford tomorrow) so were presumably trying to save a bit for that match. At 1-0 up after the first they were relatively comfortable, but a few penalties in the second cost them dear as Bees equalised. Two goals at the start of the third clinched the game for Bison, the second of these came on a Bees powerplay; they were passing the puck around in front of goal, had a couple of shots blocked, then Bison suddenly broke away and Long made it 3-1. The last minute was quite frantic as Bees, minus netminder, went for it and the Bison goal came off its moorings twice. I thought both netminders were excellent.

Other things of note:
1) There is a plan for total rebuild of the ice rink (and the surrounding leisure area) so it's possible that Planet Ice won't invest much into the existing (as FL says, decaying) facilities.

2) the usual D.J. wasn't there today, both the replacement and the sound system were a bit erratic - no national anthem. The crowd were the quietest I've heard, so they missed their D.J. Apparently he's doing his stuff now at the Majewski on Saturday afternoons too.

3) As planned, after the first goal, teddy bears were thrown onto the ice and collected for charity. Many didn't reach the ice, prompting the remark that the fans are a bunch of useless tossers. Not my opinion, I hasten to add.

4) As it got a bit heated in the third, Bracknell's Foord looked to be spoiling for a fight. One of the officials tried to restrain him and knocked him over, Cue round of applause.

5) Bison were wearing a special Christmas jersey, luckily for the only time, picture attached (since it doesn't seem to let me copy and paste it):



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National Ice Hockey League South Division One

Solent Devils 5 v Oxford City Stars 5

@ Gosport Ice Arena

Saturday, 09 January 2016

Face Off : 1700

Admission : £9

Programme : Free

Last season I watched these two teams do battle and it ended 10-2 in favour of the Gosport-based hosts...but what a different story it turned out to be this time around!

Having struck the post and scorned a two-on-one, Devils suddenly found themselves in a very big hole at 0-4 down inside the opening 13 minutes before they reduced the arrears to 1-4 at the first break.

There then followed a blank middle session and there seemed no way back for a home outfit that has struggled to find the net this term against an away side who have grown in stature this campaign.

But just when even their most ardent followers had decided that a hot chocolate from the cafe was a better option than enduring another disappointing night on the ice Devils finally found their A game and came roaring back with four unanswered goals to take a sensational 5-4 lead.

A very late penalty call however gave Stars a powerplay situation and they made full use of the opportunity to salvage a point with their fifth with just 57 seconds on the clock.

Great entertainment!


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Sunday 10th January 2016
NIHL Division One North (level 3)
Blackburn Hawks 4 Whitley Warriors 3
Att: 1,100 (official, looked more like 1300-1400 in reality)
Admission: £7
Prog: £2.50, 36pp, full colour, glossy, plenty to read

What will probably turn out to be the title decider in this division this season didn't disappoint as Blackburn came back from a 3-1 1st period deficit to grab the winning goal with less than 4 mins to go. Apart from one scrap in the first period only 6 minor pens were called all night as Ref Steve Brown let the two teams play and play they did in a terrific advertisment for this level. The atmosphere was pretty good too to say the least, thanks in part to a very noisy contingent from Whitley Bay who never stopped getting behind their team and took defeat well.

Hawks have now opened up a 9 point lead over Whitley (who do have 1 game in hand), but crucially the two teams have played all 4 games against each other now and Blackburn have the edge on head to head (2W/1L/1D). Whitley need to win all remaining games and Hawks lose 4 of their last 12 which looks unlikely as they've only dropped 6 league points (4 draws, 1 loss) since the start of LAST season.


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Jan 17, 2016, 10:14 PM

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English National League Division 1 South

Solent Devils 2 London Raiders 2

Admission £9-00 inc programme attendance est 100
8th v 7th/10
An entertaining, evenly-matched game, Devils' third draw in a row and seventh (in 19 games this season). They are solid at the back, break well, but are lacking a goalscorer. Last season's attacking star Magee has just re-signed for then, which should help. London had 11 skaters plus 2 netminders tonight but still looked useful.
The first period saw plenty of intent, several goalmouth scrambles, but no goals. Devils scored early in the second as Facey found a gap at Gray's near post, but Gray redeemed himself on a one-on-one with Hegyi. After Raiders pressure, a long shot from ace marksman Nahlik sped past otherwise good netminder C.Cole. Devils had a five on three but nothing came of it, but following continued pressure they regained the lead just before the end of the period.
A tense and exciting final period saw a couple of penalties against the home team - on the first one, M.Murray had a great break and finished superbly. Unfortunately Gray had (allegedly) knocked the net slightly off its moorings just before the puck entered the net - goal disallowed! On the second, tremendous Raiders pressure and Nahlik found a gap through a crowd of players to equalise with 5.30 remaining, but, try and they might, no more goals and a fair result. Shots 61-60!
Wightlink's roof is still not fixed so rumour has it they are down to play Invicta next Sun (24th) here at Solent at 1900. I'll be there.



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Jan 24, 2016, 10:27 PM

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English National League Division 1 South

Wightlink Raiders 4 Invicta Dynamos 4 (at Gosport)

admission £9-50 programme £2-00 (a bit overpriced) attendance over 300

These two, realistically battling for second place, battled out a 4-4 draw at Invicta last weekend, and repeated the dose here. Last weekend had more fights, otherwise this was another pretty close and well-fought game, of a good standard.
The first period was pretty even, Invicta taking the lead on 10 mins and Raiders equalising near the end of the period. This gave them momentum that they continued in the second period, two more goals putting them 3-1 up. When Osman got a 5 + match for high sticks I expected Raiders to take full advantage, but they didn't - Mos defended well, but there was a lack of killer instinct. This came back to bite them in the final period as Mos put the pressure on and three goals in eleven minutes gave them the lead. Raiders came back and Cesky equalised four minutes from the end, and despite best efforts, this was how it stayed - a fair result.
Raiders brought most of their own staff for this game, their fans travelled in numbers and Invicta had a few too. Ther were also able to watch a one-sided junior game beforehand. Raiders are hoping to stage next Sunday's game v Streatham in Ryde, they are hoping that the roof repairs will be completed by then. Before tonight they had played eight consecutive away games (this one was 'home') and did pretty well, with a 5-2-1 record.




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Jan 31, 2016, 10:24 PM

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English National League Division 1 South

Solent Devils 1 Chelmsford Chieftains 3

Admission £9-00 inc programme attendance est 180
I expected an easy win for the runaway leaders but heroic defence by Solent left the result in doubt until near the end, aided by a couple of debateable calls.
A shot count of 6-27 in the first period indicates that the visitors showed their class and started off at great speed, trying to kill the home team early. But Devils only conceded one during that period with great defending and netminding by C.Cole. In the second period Solent had a little more of the play, and looked dangerous occasionally, but still Chieftains dominated and again were denied by a great team effort. A few little frustrations beginning to surface at the end of the second.
In the third more stout defending from Solent and some good breaks. With six minutes to play a shot from Magee appeared to bounce over Clements for the equaliser and we dared to dream. Three mins later a Chelmsford player (one of the Phillips brothers Mad) clearly punched an opponent but one player from each side was sent to the bin. Shortly afterwards another home player received a harsh penalty. During this period Chieftains scored two goals to wrap the game up. An exciting game and a great effort by Devils, despite being outshot 27-68.



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ENL Div 1 Sth Cup
SOLENT DEVILS 2 Streatham Redskins 5
Adm £5 (OAP) No Prog ( as ran out of Cartridges !)

Was billed as a mean less Match as Streatham had already qualified for the Semi's whilst Solent could not, however it was significant for Streatham to Win otherwise they would meet the all conquering Chelmsford in the Semi, also to have 1st pick on dates for the other Semi, likely to be Invicta.

The 1st Period went as originally thought, Goalless with each Side having 11 SOG's. The first 2.34 minutes of the 2nd settled the Game with Streatham scoring 3 unanswered Goals, before relaxing again until a defensive error allowed Solent to pull a Goal back then on an offensive Power Play lost the Puck, allowing Solent to add a 2nd. Final Period was no great shakes whilst Streatham did score twice more and then for no apparent reason Adam Wood and Mitch Murray dropped Gloves around 56 mins, both got in good hits before Murray went to Ice.

Streatham still have a League Game to play here on Easter Sunday, so another visit is possible en route on return from the SWPL Hop, unless a better Footie option appears !

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HantsLondoner
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Feb 20, 2016, 10:19 PM

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English Premier League

Basingstoke Bison 4 Sheffield Steeldogs 1

admission £13-75 inc internet booking fee, programme £2-50,
attendance est 1900 (borderline sell-out, they said)
Seventh game in 14 days for Bison (and another one tomorrow). Not surprisingly they had a couple of regulars missing and weren't on top form. Steeldogs, on the other hand, were disappointing to say the least, an error-strewn game and only looking threatening once in the whole match.
Bison got an early goal then lost Greener for 5+game for high sticks. Dogs signally failed to take advantage, but defended solidly for the rest of the period. Two goals midway through the second period, one a fantastic back-flick by Long, put Bison in complete command. Midway through the third, as Bison relaxed, Dogs pulled one back and for five minutes, including a power play, they had Bison worried. But a penalty of their own took the pressure off, and an empty-netter near the end sealed the win. A few elbows and some whinging showed their frustration.
Defeat for the Phantoms at Swindon means this was an important win for Bison - 6 pts ahead with 2 games more played (2 pts for a win).
A couple of new stadium rules - headgear must be removed for the national anthem, and 'suggestive hand gestures' are banned Wink. Wonder what prompted that?




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English National League Division 1 South

Solent Devils 7 Milton Keynes Thunder 3

Admission £9-00 inc programme attendance est 100
Solent move closer to sixth place, currently occupied by Thunder, with this win. Thunder beat Streatham yesterday and iced a full team and three players that are two-way with EPL Lightning. Today they only iced nine outfield players plus NM Caminsky.
The game was played at a fast pace throughout with some good hits and good moves, and very few penalties.
Devils took the lead on 10 mins and extended it five mins later as Circensis skated from his own blue line to slot home. Thunder had their chances but found Cole in good form.
The second period started in crazy fashion, five goals in five and a half minutes. Devils scored two in a minute to go 4-0 up and we wondered if Thunder were in for a thrashing. But the home defence went to sleep twice in 90 secods and the MK deficit was back to two again. Stright down the other end and Brown completed his hat-trick for Solent, and the best move of the game saw Magee make it 6-2 after 30 mins. MK held on for the remainder of the period, but one wondered what would happen when they inevitably tired in the third.
In fact the third period was tied at 1-1, Solent didn't let up but Thunder battled superbly and had the better of it. Wild scored for Solent early on but the puck came out throigh a hole in the net, the referee, despite finding the hole (having only checked the nets at the start of the match) having the disallow the goal. No matter, Wild scored again six minuites later. A hideous defensive error gave Thunder a deserved third goal, and they kept going until the end.




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Tickets are now on sale for Cardiff Devils' first matches at their new home of Ice Arena Wales
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Mar 4, 2016, 8:13 PM

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DEL Bundesliga
2/3/16 1930 start Att 8041 Lanxess Arena Free team sheet (very poor) bi-monthly magazine available. Adm 25 euros plus 1 euro per ticket booking fee. Tickets picked up outside arena at ticket booth as we booked online.

Very cheesy pre game entertainment (!!) with Koln Sharks anthem (you could sing along as the words were on the screen Smile) and a 3D light show. Even the loony Sharks mascot put in an appearance!!

Kolner Haie 3 v EHC Red Bulls Munchen 4

A fairly good to and fro game - 7 goals being swapped around and Munchen winning the game with around 6 minutes left. Munchen were top of the league with Koln probably not making the play offs so we didn't know quite what to expect. Seats were high up with a good view but the prices at the kiosks were extortionate - at €4.20 for a 0.5l Fanta which is typical of any sports arena I suppose.

Good evening had by both of us.


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Mar 13, 2016, 10:08 PM

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English National League Division 1 South

Solent Devils 5 Oxford City Stars 4

Admission £9-00 inc programme attendance est 130
Devils went up to 6th after a an exciting over the Redskins last night (which was worth double points). Tonight they beat the team directly above them in another thriller. Stars are the most improved team in the league this season.
The first period was fast and furious and Devils ended it two goals to the good after some good attacking play.
Stars got one back right at the start of the second, went 3-1 behind soon after, but then proceeded to take the lead with three goals, two of which home netminder Cole will want back, despite an overall good night. Devils' performance was less intense than in the first and they paid for it.
Devils ramped up the volume again in the final quarter, equalising after 12 seconds of it and going ahead with 9 minutes to play. The game got even more intense with lots of penalties and a fight between A.Cole and Green - Devils survived a 3 v 5 near the end too. But when Pekarik, 3 goals and 22 penalty minutes tonight, got his final 2+10 with 40 seconds to go, the home team were home and dry.
Devils now must play Wightlink away on both Thu and Sat, and Cardiff on Sun. The Streatham game on the 27th has now been cancelled due to yesterday's double points game. I said at the start of the season that the fixture list was pretty messy, it's got even worse.
Congratulations to the Bison too - first EPL title for 23 years confirmed tonight!





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English Premier League

Guildford Flames 2 Telford Tigers 6

admission £12-55 with booking fee
, programme downloadable via internet, attendance est 1605
Tigers were disappointing last season, have strengthened the squad this summer (Clarkson and Davies were very good tonight), and are my tip to win the League.
This was their third win in a row so far. Flames haven't started the season as well, have gaps in certain areas of the team, but still had three points out of four until tonight.
Flames didn't help themselves - Kristofferson at the start, and Kralj at the end, both got 5+match for high sticks. The first period was fairly even, with a good bundle after 14 mins after home netminder Ullberg got a late hit. Just after it the visitors took the lead through Clarkson. Flames had their best spell at the start of the second period and equalised on a power play. But around the half hour mark they were blown away by three goals in two minutes, again, just after a fight, Clarkson beating Myers impressively. Flames tried hard to come back but Tigers held them off fairly comfortably. Each side got a goal in the final period, then Tigers got a sixth after Kralj's departure.
A good atmosphere at the Spectrum tonight, shame the home fans (kids free) went home disappointed.




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Saturday 17th September
Elite League Challenge Cup
Belfast Giants 3-1 Edinburgh Capitals
Attendance 4000 est - 7200 capacity Odyssey Arena looked just over half full
Ticket £17 - was told the club no longer issue programmes

Made a spur of the moment decision to attend my first ever Ice Hockey match when seeing fans in Giants shirts walking towards the Odyssey Arena after taking a walk to the Titanic Quarter following the football at Glentoran. Ticket said it was an Elite League match but only realized that wasn't the case when the PA announcer said it was a Challenge Cup game, group stage rather than knockout this early in the season. After a scoreless first period the hosts scored two goals at the start and finish of the second, both coming from American Mike Forney - most players on show were from USA or Canada, not enough British players of a high enough standard? The visitors finally got on the scoresheet with 1:19 remaining in the last period, then dispensed with their goalkeeper/net minder in favour of an extra outfield player as they went in search of a leveller which presumably would have taken the game to overtime, but were caught on the break with the hosts securing victory with a shot into the empty net. Disappointingly there no fights broke out between the players which I thought was part and parcel of the gameCool.

The Odyssey is an impressive arena with 14 rows of black padded seats around 3 sides, the end without seats has a stage where the cheerleaders perform. The atmosphere was good and there was a dedicated singing section for the noisiest fans in the top corner.
On the whole I enjoyed my first experience of Ice Hockey but thought the player turnover was too high, on numerous occasions all ten outfield players were replaced at once only to all be replaced themselves within a minute, do they have different teams for Offense and Defense like in American Football? The interval between each period was excessively long lasting almost 20 minutes each which would be OK if they had just one half time.


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Cardiff Devils 6 Coventry Blaze 3


Sat 24 Sept 2016 face off 7pm
Challenge Cup, Group Phase
Attn c. 2200 admit £12 prog £3

My first visit to Ice Arena Wales and it is a lot more comfortable than the Finnish Blue Tent which was the venue when I last watched Cardiff Devils eight seasons ago. It is in the same area though, down the redeveloped Ferry Road area somewhere near where the Red House pub used to be (gents impassable at high tide). Nowadays there's a large, free, car park as well as loads of flats and a Morrison's. The latter would be worth visiting if you are having a busy day spectating as the food and drink choices inside the Arena looked exclusively industrial.

I cannot pretend to be well informed on this sport, my visit being perfectly timed to fit in with a family taxi service home from the Great Welsh Beer Festival.

The whole set up here is rather Canadian ( pity the pub of the same name is now closed), with the owners, most of the players and the announcer all being from Canada. Made quite an impression of North American sport too, which I enjoyed as I have now come to realise that I am never likely to see Baffin Blizzard play at home. Tried very hard to come up with ideas to fill in the inter-period brakes, we had Zorb Football (on ice!), as well as puck chucking. There were also various raffles.

Most of the crowd spent a lot of time earing and drinking, which too seems to be a North American trait. Seemingly aimed at a family audience, I cannot explain the reaction to the violence that erupted in the third period.A very savage dichotomy.........



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Could prove to be a rather negative Season for Hockey, especially with the News advised tonight that Isle of White Raiders have been locked out of their Arena due unpaid debts and without access to their Equipment. Perhaps Hants Londoner can advise further detail ?

At Streatham Redwings tonight, Redskins are no more due political correctness, as suggested by the local Council !

First visit due being abroad for two of the first 3 weekends, to be greeted by a very small crowd ! Possibly 50 o/o down on last year and then a very poor performance from the Redwings. Wiggins has missed the last 3 weeks due to a broken skate blade. Apparently not readily available in his size !

Neither side had a back up Goalie, in fact Thunder had only 12 Skaters, although all were decent Players and put in a very good performance. So good that by the half way stage led 3-0 and fully deserved, before Redwings scored on 36.22 to promise a come back.

Still Redwings failed in their efforts to get back in the Game before adding a 2nd on 50.58. With Thunder looking tIred it was not until the last minute when Redwings pulled their Keeper to secure an equaliser on 59.39 to finish 3-3.

Thunder played the better but some credit to Redwings for their fightback.

Previous evening had attempted to see Cardiff Devils at their new 3,200 capacity Arena, only to be met with a Sold Out sign !

Only previous Game seen was at Milton Keynes Thunder where I felt a disappointing attendance for a Club hoping to join the big Boys next Season, especially as having won all their previous six Games, with a crowd of around 66 o/o of capacity. I paid £11 for a concession, very fair although a regular advised that as they had increased prices for this Season, Crowds were down. Game I saw was to be their first defeat , 1-4 to Guildford.

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Isle of Wight are the innocent victims of a dispute between the trust that runs the rink and the firm who own the lease. They will be collecting their kit today however it is far from certain that the rink will survive.


Re Streatham, I doubt the council had anything to do with it. The club have come under pressure a few times, not least during the planning application stage for the current rink, but refused to change name. There had been a subtle re-branding going on with Streatham not the head logo appearing on the shirt etc. My understanding is that key figures in the club felt the name was problematic and given the lack of kick back to the subtle rebrand proceeded to drop the suffix. The are now formally Streatham Ice Hockey Club, their traditional name.


As a Streatham regular in the early 90's who is now uncle to two Comanche Indians I welcome the decision.


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Comment on Raiders duly noted, however do we know if Away games are to be played as per schedule ? Doubtful if no Home income being received ,

As to Streatham, you know as much as me, however in my opinion the Redskins tag was dropped as the Council who own the Rink remained unhappy ! Certainly the long standing regulars were against the change. Still to get on one must compromise !

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If you are interested in the background to the change Joe Johnston wrote some impressive articles in the how/why/other potential names considered and so on. They are well worth a read and were on their website. There were regulars both for and against the change, inevitable really.


Re Raiders we just don't know. If ice tine is available at Gosport they may try to get through (if IoW doesn't re-open) but clearly the finances would be challenging so there must be a chance the club will fold. Obviously there are junior teams to consider as well etc


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Sat 8th October 2016
EIHL North 2 (Laidler Conference) (Level 4)
Blackburn Eagles 12 Bradford Bulldogs 2
Att: 150 (est)
Admission £5 (kids £1)
Programme/Raffle £2.50 (20pp, decent effort but a little overpiced)

Blackburn's second team this morning sit top of their league with a played 6 won 6 record, completely unheard of for a team that for many years were barely competitive, let alone be play off qualifying material. Having predictably seen off Bradford on Saturday they duly won 5-3 at Widnes last night (the other team with a 100% record) to sit top of the league.

Interest in them is on the up for despite the Hawks being away at Telford at he same time there were still a good 150 or so watching at the fridge and they provided good entertainment against an understrength Bradford side who to be fair, never stopped playing despite the scoreline (and only having 11 skaters).


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I think most posts above represent what is currently known about the Ryde Ice arena.

The local paper had a good article yesterday:
http://www.iwcp.co.uk/...-of-wight-96421.aspx

There is an online petition but at present a lot of people are assuming the worst.

IOW Buccaneers played their game at Swindon at the weekend.

And this tweet appeared today from Invicta:
GAME ON! Saturday's away game v @wightlinkraider is ON but will take place at Gosport with faceoff at 7pm.

So... Sat 15 Oct 1900 at Gosport. I'll probably try and go to that.
I saw IOW v Invicta last season too at Gosport after the storm had put Ryde out of action. Pretty good crowd on that night (see my report).

I see on the EIHA website that Raiders have also got Oxford City Stars booked for Gosport on Sat 22 Oct at 1900.



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National League Division 1 South Cup

Wightlink Raiders 7 Invicta Dynamos 3 (at Gosport)

admission £10-00 programme £2-00 (still a bit overpriced) attendance est 180
Both teams 100% record in the Cup, Raiders also undefeated in the league, but hadn't trained for two weeks before this match due to lack of ice.
Fast start, both teams going at it, kept up for most of the game. Mos took the lead on 10:41 but Cesky equalised 20 secs later. They took the lead from the blue line with 1:40 to play and, crucially, Cesky (again) extended it with 4.8 secs to play in the first period,
Same in the second period, Mos again scoring first (Rehak) but Raiders coming back quickly so 4-2 at the end. In the third Mos yest again scored first, a powerful shot from Zosiak just getting past Colclough, but Raiders again coming good, this time with three goals, one on the powerplay, one a classic break, to complete a satisfying win. Wasn't impressed with the netminding tonight, lots of rebounds, although Colclough came good in the third period. King didn't.
Not much more news from Ryde: locals formed a ring round the rink in protest last week, the council are concerned about the situation (but can't do much about it) and the players remain as one, hoping to stick it out until the situation is resolved in their favour (if it is). Next Sat's game against Oxford at Gosport confirmed. Planet Ice apparently very helpful in trying to accommodate Raiders.
Gosport rink has been refurbished over the summer; new flooring/seating surfaces, new boards around the rink, and new sound system so we can hear that crap music just that bit better. As with the last time they were here, Raiders staff running the show tonight.





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The company/trust running Ryde Arena appears to have ceased trading.

Wightlink Raiders' game v Oxford tomorrow (Sat) at Gosport 1900 is apparently unaffected.

But obviously it's another blow to hockey on the Island.



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According to @jeremycornish11 on @Oxford_Sports, "@wightlinkraider playing their final game tomorrow night"

Cup game at Invicta.

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It's official now:

http://eiha.co.uk/...n-the-isle-of-wight/



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English National League Division 1 South

Solent Devils 1 Streatham 3

Admission £9-00 no programme (*) attendance est 200

Devils won 4-2 in Streatham yesterday, their first win there ever. Given their roster, the visitors definitely underperforming this season but this evening they were back to impressive ways in an excellent, rather tasty match.
Probably some afters from Saturday - first fight after 3 mins, M.Murray v Fisher (draw) soon followed by a Wiggins elbow, 2+10. Devils battled hard but were unable to make much headway against the visitors, who looked comfortable with and without five outfield players on the ice. They took the lead midway through the first period and could maybe have had more.
Devils came back well in the second period and we had an exciting game of hockey. The equaliser came four mins in, off NM King's shoulder, and it was end-to end for the rest of the period. Near the end Wiggins beat Facey in another fight.
In the third the visitors regained their ascendancy, it all boiled over six mins in as more scuffles led to several players being in the penalty box at one. The box at Gosport is quite small with no divide between the teams, and this time the scuffles continued, with M.Murray getting a match penalty for allegedly throwing beer cans at the Streatham playersShocked. On the powerplay Streatham took the lead again, Oravec getting his second with a shot from the right across NM C.Cole who may be disappointed with it. After that the visitors had things well in control, with 1:08 to play Devils pulled their NM, eight seconds later an empty-netter made it 1-3 and all over.
As described in my Wightlink report a week ago, some refurbishments at the Gosport rink this season, this time I even noticed a bar selling bottles of lager. Hard to spot, it's just left of the cafe in what appears to be in a locker room.
(*) no programme tonight because 'due to Wightlink's demise they didn't know what future fixtures were going to be when'.Crazy



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Probably the final post about Wightlink Raiders for a while:

Coach Jeremy Cornish and several players from the defunct Raiders have now joined Streatham.
Chinn and Wiggins, the ex-Basingstoke connection, have left Streatham, together with some other players. Definitely an upgrade for Streatham.

Also a footnote to the Solent v Streatham match I reported on last Sunday: the Hockey Forum has a thread which might explain why Devil's Mitchell Murray went off on one and started throwing beer cans (and bottles) at his opponents who were also in the penalty box.
Not nice if true (you may need to sign in to see this):
http://www.thehockeyforum.co.uk/....php?f=2&t=13942



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Manchester Phoenix are seemingly playing several, if not all, of their games this season at Fylde Ice Arena in Blackpool. Handy, if like me, you never managed to get there when Fylde Coast Flyers were in existence.



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It's not the same rink. Fylde Flyers played at Cleveleys which has now gone. It's a trampoline park Now! Fylde Coast Ice Arena is at Bispham in North Blackpool and is in part of the old TVR sports car factory. Spectator facilities are minimal but the ice pad and scoreboard are very good.


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Malmö Redhawks 2-1 Rögle
Swedish Hockey League

Malmö play at the Malmö Arena in the south of the city, next to the Hyllie Station. It is a large, modern arena that amongst many other events, hosted the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. Capacity is about 13000, including a small area of terracing behind one goal (I was in this section).

Malmö and Rögle were the two SHL sides to not face playoffs, for either the championship or relegation, last season. Rögle are in a similar position this year but Malmö have started well and entered the game amongst the league leaders. Very fast and skilful game, just lacking goals until midway through the third period when Malmö finally took the lead. A second followed with a minute or so to go, with Rögle replying with about six seconds left.

Karlskrona 1-2 Brynäs
Swedish Hockey League

The following day I went on the train for the three hour ride to Karlskrona. The town is the main base for the Swedish navy and the centre was an island, although a link to the mainland has been built up. The arena is a couple of miles the north and I reached it by bus. This is a much smaller arena than Malmö, holding about 3500, again with some terracing.

The home side finished well clear at the bottom of the table last season but are playing much better this season, even having led the table until a week or so ago. They thought they had taken an early lead in this game but this was disallowed after the referee had a look at the video. Things got worse for Karlskrona as Brynäs responded by scoring twice before the end of the first period. The home side did score in the second but generally struggled to turn possession into shots.


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English Premier League

Basingstoke Bison 3 MK Lightning 1

admission £16-50 inc internet booking fee, programme £2-50,
attendance est 1300
4th v 2nd, with the visitors preparing for the Elite League next season. A close physical game with a dramatic finish.
Pretty even in the first period with good netminding, only Long's rocket in off the bar separating the sides. Lightning equalised midway through the second and were starting to look the better team. Bison scored 1:30 into the third and defended grimly as the visitors put the pressure on. Two penalties made them less effective though. But in the last five mins Bison conceded two penalties so it became even more tense. 26.5 seconds from the end, Jarolin broke from his own blue line and finished coolly to clinch it for a shorthanded Bison, to great celebrations.
The far side of Bison's rink is closed this season for repair but tickets were still available last Tue and the atmosphere is still pretty good.




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Herlev Eagles 1-5 Herning Blue Fox
Danish Eliteserien

Clearly a lesser standard than the Swedish ice hockey I was earlier in the week, with far more errors in controlling the puck. The arena is of lower standard too, being basically a local ice rink with a some spectator areas. However it did provide good views - I spent most of the game watching from a walkway directly above the home bench.

Herlev, based in the western suburbs of Copenhagen, are having a miserable season having won only two of their 15 games coming into this match (both in overtime). Visitors Herning, who were runners up last season, are only a couple of places better off, but with a point total much closer to the leaders than to Herlev.

The first period was scoreless before Herlev took a surprising lead on a power play in the second. However Herning soon levelled, on a power play of their own, and by the end of the period were 3-1 up. Two more goals followed in the third period, which saw its closing minutes having a couple of fights.


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