The latest round of fixtures in the 2018-19 season conclude on Sunday with more games in the Challenge Cup and Elite League. It’s safe to say that the season is well underway now. So who’s playing who on Sunday? Here’s your guide to the games themselves.
Two of the games are in the Challenge Cup, with one in Group B and the other in Group C. Group B’s game comes from Tayside as the Dundee Stars host the Fife Flyers. These two sides face off against each other the night before, so who gets the win on Saturday will have a confidence boost going into Sunday. In Group C, Cardiff begin their Challenge Cup adventure with a home clash with Milton Keynes Lightning: it’s a game most will be expecting a home win but Lightning deservedly won in Sheffield so the Devils cannot discount the surprise factor.
Three games in the Elite League and for four sides it’s the Elite League bow of the season. The first of those takes place in the confines of the Sky Dome in Coventry as they have a Midlands derby against Rich Chernomaz’s Panthers. Panthers have made a good start to the season and will be looking to continue that against a Blaze side who have been reshuffled again in a bid to bring the glory days which seem so far away. Miika Wiikman will face his old team and could be in for a busy night’s work if the Panthers sharpshooters are in the zone.
Game two is in the Storm Shelter as Ryan Finnerty welcomes his old team which means returns back to Cheshire for Matt Beca and Scott Pitt. Clan will have a had long old road trip as they were in Belfast the night before but have the capability to come away with a success. Storm themselves will have had a tough game themselves as they were in a no quarter given encounter with old foes Sheffield. This could be a physical encounter too so it’s difficult to see who will come out on top.
The final encounter on Sunday sees last season’s surprise packet Guildford entertain a Steelers side yet to hit top gear. Flames have kept their big names who propelled them to high finish in their opening season in the EIHL which will be a test for anyone; never mind the Steelers. The Reddick-Dunbar-Watters line is ready to roll again. Steelers haven’t shown anything spectacular yet and there are already mumblings that they are ready to jettison one of the 16 new faces with less than a month played this season. The trip to Surrey will be another serious test against a side that continues to improve.