Movin’ On Up

With the motocross bikes in situ at the FlyDSA Arena; the Steelers spent the weekend on the road in their bid to climb the table. Their opponents were the same as the previous one, Nottingham and Coventry. A four point weekend had ensued then; the big question was could the Steelers repeat it?

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NIHL: Is anybody EIHL ready? (Part 2)

This is the follow-up article (to Part 1) which will highlight another five young British that might well possess the talent EIHL employment. Continue reading NIHL: Is anybody EIHL ready? (Part 2)

Hockey in the North East

This is another one of my special articles, aside from my ramblings about the Steelers and the Giants. It’s about something that is very close to my hockey heart, so I have no idea how well it be received. As a young ‘un I watched hockey for the first time as an eight year old in the old Billingham Forum; the same area where Robert Dowd probably took his initial steps forward. I hope you enjoy reading what follows..

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“I just wanted to push myself to the max…” – Jordan Hedley

Jordan Hedley is no stranger to the world of British Ice Hockey. He’s been playing since he was just a little boy and has already got quite an extensive resume to his name.

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Flames Win 18/19 Patton Conference

The Guildford Flames have won their first ever Elite League trophy after recording their second straight win over the Manchester Storm this weekend, capping a superb week for the Surrey side following their progression to the Challenge Cup final mid-week against the Nottingham Panthers.

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Vasilevskiy Makes Franchise History as Bolts Break More Records

Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded his 18th career shutout as the Lightning beat the Canadiens 3-0 to close out the homestand in yet another dominating week in Tampa.

The Lightning kicked off the week with a 6-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday – A game which was dominated by Nikita Kucherov, who picked up 4 points.

Kuch Scores Vs Dallas - Mark LoMoglio
Credit: Mark LoMoglio

On Thursday, Kucherov set his own franchise record, as he became the fasted Bolt in history to hit 90 points in a season with yet another 4 points in the demolition of Dallas. But the talking point was Vasilevskiy, who tied the franchise record for most shutouts (17).

Then just 2 nights later, Vasilevskiy recorded the 6th ever consecutive team shutout against the Habs. The others?

  1. November 23rd – 25th 2001
  2. January 26th – 28th 2006
  3. January 18th – 19th 2008
  4. January 25th – February 1st 2011
  5. December 31st – January 2nd 2018
Vasy Win - Scott Audette
Credit: Scott Audette

The 3-0 shutout was the 6th of the season for Vasilevskiy, and his 18th in his Bolts career, moving him past Ben Bishop for the most shutouts in franchise history.

Speaking about the record after the game, Vasilevskiy said: “Yeah, its cool… Bish is an unbelievable goalie, and I’m pretty proud to be number one.”

Steve Stamkos: “I think he’s gotten better as the seasons gone on. I thought coming back from that injury, he wanted to get dialled in right away. You just see his work ethic in practice. You see his preparation for games, he’s just so competitive. He wants to make every single save. It’s obviously fun to be part of because it makes our job easier to go out and just have to get one.”

Vasy and Stmamer- Scott Audette
Credit – Scott Audette

But it doesn’t stop there – Stamoks picked up 2 assists in the game, which means that the Bolts are the first team since the 95/96 Pittsburgh Penguins to have 3 players score 70+ points within the first 60 games of a season: Stamkos (71), Point (75) & Kucherov (94).

For the Bolts, it’s 5 wins on the bounce, and points out of their last 9 games. Next up are back-to-back road games against the Blue Jackets & the Flyers.

 

 

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Steelkings win Kings Cup in 3-2 Overtime Thriller

Sheffield Steelkings won the first ever Kings Cup with a dramatic 3-2 Overtime win against France’s Para Ice Hockey HCCA Dahu 63 in front of around 200 spectators at IceSheffield on Sunday evening; with around 150 more watching a live stream.

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