This week saw the return of some hot property to the EIHL and some upsets across the leagues.
Farmer Returns to the EIHL
Robert Farmer returned this week to the Nottingham Panthers following another venture into North America. The Alaska Aces waived Farmer last month following a start of the season shake up.
Farmer returned to the UK to join up with the Panthers in time for the weekend’s matches against the Cardiff Devils.
Farmer getting the equaliser just 22 seconds into the second period on Sunday as the Panthers gained revenge for their shutout loss in Cardiff Bay the night before.
Capitals On Move
The dreadful straight to the season experienced by the Edinburgh Capitals seems to be well and truly behind them. After beating Hull in Murrayfield last weekend the Caps went to the NIC in midweek to face the Panthers but come out with a 4-1 loss. Next up was the high flying Clan in Glasgow followed by the Blaze on home ice. It was overtime for both games and for both games it was Safar who hit the winner for a 4 point weekend that briefly put the Capitals into a playoff spot on Sunday night. At the close of play though the Caps where at least off the foot of the table.
Another team on the move are the Cardiff Devils who troubles to start the season are slowly being erased. A 5-0 hammering in front of the TV cameras on Saturday saw the Devils move up to 7th place in the EIHL table.
Giants Feeling Good
The Belfast Giants will have a rare weekend off next week but they will go into that break on a high. Having played the one game on Sunday night a 4-1 win in Dundee the Giants now hold a 6 point lead in the Standings. 2 losses over the weekend for the Braehead Clan and the Coventry Blaze have certainly helped the caused and the Panthers dropping points in Cardiff will be a bonus for the Belfast side as they look to regain the title.
Embattled Titans hit New Low
The Telford Titans have had a torrid season so far. A pointless campaign so far spent mostly with a short bench has not helped. Saturday night saw the NIHL side travel to the champions Solway who put 35 goals on the Shropshire side for a possible NIHL record. The result of 35-1 was a goal within doubling the Sharks’ goal difference for the season. There was some relieve for the Titans as they won a special shootout competition against the Sharks for St Andrew’s day.
It is an unusually quiet week in the EIHL. There are however some tasty match ups. Friday nights clash between the Clan and the Panthers at the Braehead Arena is sure to be special. Both sides will be looking to close the gap on the Giants ahead of the Festive period and both sides are looking to bounce back from a below par weekend. Watch out as well for the Edinburgh Capitals when they host the Hull Stingrays on Sunday evening.
The EPL table is that tight that 6 points separate the bottom 6 teams and that means most games are so important that makes them one to watch. However the Saturday nights clash between the Sheffield Steeldogs and the Bracknell Bees is out pick. Both sides have 21 points and are in the playoff places by just 3 points with the ninth placed Phantoms having a game in hand.
In the NIHL Sunday night sees the return game between the Invicta Dynamos and the Wightlink Raiders. The Raiders knocked the Dynamos off top spot with a 6-3 win on the Isle of Wight on Saturday night but with both teams vying for summit with Chelmsford a win will be vital.