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The Wall
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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.



I didn't make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.

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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 doesnít look that many seats. Itís 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 Iíve 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 arenít 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 keeperís 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 seasonís 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 todayís 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 ďgloves stay on, players stay onĒ 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 SkŚne 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 Tyringeís 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. Itís an intimate arena and 1320 spectators, best crowd of the season so far, created a good atmosphere. Places like MalmŲ 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 didnít 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 itís 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 didnít 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, itís 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 Iíve 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 wasnít a great game, Odenseís 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 SÝnderjyskE who havenít decided their series yet (3-1 Herning at the moment). Odense didnít deserve this win but you canít 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. Itís a compact arena, pleasing to the eye, and at a first guess you wouldnít 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 (didnít 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 (didnít 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. Herningís second goal was scored with 8 seconds remaining in an empty goal as Odense tried their luck with six field players.

So itís game 6 in Herning on Thursday evening. A new rink for me... would have liked to save it for next season though. Home ďadvantageĒ hasnít 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 Herningís 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. Itís 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. Iíve 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 wouldnít 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, itís 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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