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Nottingham Panthers 5 Sheffield Steelers 2

The first competitive match of the 2018/19 season occurred tonight as Nottingham Panthers came up against arch rivals Sheffield Steelers in the Challenge Cup.

The campaign has been advertised as the “New Era” for Panthers and on tonight’s showing it was just that. New entrance music, Paws playing on marked up Panthers drum and Thunderstruck by rock gods ACDC blaring out to a chorus of Panthers fans, ready, eager and raring to go.

Michael Garnett started in the net for Panthers, scratched from the line up were Joe Hazledine and Alex Guptill, the latter possibly injured although not confirmed at the time of writing.

The first period started off at a fast pace this something continued throughout the game. In the first 20 minutes Panthers passed the puck beautifully, playing with energy that put the Steelers on the back foot. Steelers were resolute in stopping the Panthers, when raining down on Jackson Whistles net until the end of the 10th minute. The deadlock was broken by Robert Farmer, who stole the puck from the Steelers defence and beat Whistle one on one.

The 2nd period started with intensity albeit slightly subdued to the first. The Steelers pushed Panthers harder in this period and were stopped by an in form Michael Garnett. On 26th minute Mark Hurtubise slotted home for Panthers to make it 2-0. Steelers kept up their intensity despite the score and on the 39th minute Garnett’s goal was breached, when the puck bounced behind on to the backboards and back in play towards Pitt who slotted home for the Steelers.

Brett Perlini at the face off. Credit: Panthers images

Panthers were the better side in the third and started with intensity like the first. Tommy Hughes took the puck on the right wing and fired a thunderous shot past Jackson Whistle’s top right corner within 3 minutes of the period.

Jaynen Rissling had been serving a penalty from the 41st minute however, moments after coming out the box, he was set up by Hurtubise and scored after going one on one with Whistle, scoring with a backhand, forehand, backhand move. This making the score 4-1.

At 53 minutes Brett Perlini made it 5-1 while Steelers were serving a penalty. Steelers then scored a consolation goal with 3 minutes to go however it would be just that.

A fantastic win for the Panthers against their nemesis and a fantastic birthday present for Rich Chernomaz on his 55th birthday. Onwards and upwards for Panthers as they start their Elite League campaign against Manchester Storm at home next Saturday.

The Elite League Years: 2017-18

We’ve reached the end of the line, as we bring you the last one in our trips down memory lane. It’s a look back at last season, 2017-18. It had been an incredible season in 2016-17 for Cardiff, coming so close to the EIHL’s first ever Grand Slam in its current format. Could they go one better?

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EIHL 2018-19: A season preview

Well it’s not far away now is it? The teams are fine tuning their preparations, playing the odd exhibition game here and there, ahead of the new season. 30 weeks of blood, sweat and probably plenty of tears await us as hockey fans. I’ve dissected each team and offered my own unique insight on them. Here we have, the 2018=19 season preview.

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The Elite League Years: 2016-17

It’s the penultimate trip in the time machine as we look back on another Elite League season. This time out, we go back to 2016-17. The Steelers had won the previous two titles, could they go all the way and record a first ever EIHL three-peat? Only one way to find out, read on..

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The Elite League Years: 2015-16

We’re inching closer to the present day as we continue to look back on each one of the previous EIHL seasons. 2014-15 saw the Steelers back on top after one of the most close run campaigns for a while, could they emulate Coventry and record back to back triumphs? Only one way to find out, read on..

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Double Deutschland

This weekend see’s the Fife Flyers play their last two friendlies matches before their first challenge cup match on the 8th Sept.

Freie Presse

Firstly A look back at last weekends action on the 25th and 26th of August the Flyers played host to firstly the Aalborg Pirates on the Saturday night.

Although a good first period saw both teams go in tied 0-0, at the start of the second period the Pirates came out with the wind firmly behind their sails and two quick goals gave them a two nothing lead. Former Edinburgh capitals player Mike Cazzola got his first goal for the Flyers to make it 2-1 but after that the result was never in doubt as Aalborg went out four goals to one winners.

On Sunday the Flyers entertained the Odense Bulldogs of the Danish Metal ligen. Fife took the lead through Chase Schaber and that was the only goal of the first period.

In to the second and Flyers would score again to make it two goals to zero and with Odense scoring in the third period that was the final goal of the night so Flyers came away with the two goals to one win. It was of course very nice to see Ned Lukacevic back in the auld barn once again.

On to this weekend and first up on Saturday the 1st of sept for the Flyers are the DEL 2 side Eispiraten Crimmitschau.

They finished 7th in the league last season and were knocked out of the playoffs at the quarterfinal stage.

A couple of players to watch out for firstly 32 year old Canadian and former Cardiff Devil defencemen Carl Hudson.


And up front 27 year old Rob Flick.


Flick is a former AHL player who played in 284 games in the AHL he has also played for a couple of ECHL teams as well as last season playing in 40 games for the EBEL side Villacher SV and a further 10 games in Slovakia with HMK Zvolen.

On Sunday night the 2nd of sept the Flyers will play host to another DEL2 side Tolzer Lowen.

The team didn’t have a great season last year and will be looking to improve on that, players to watch firstly, defencer 33 year old Casey Borer.


He has 16 games in the NHL and 201 AHL games under his belt, next is net minder Ben Meisner.

The Hockey House

Meisner is a former DEL goaltender for Fischtown Pinguins he is also a former ECHL player with several teams.

Lowen have two Canadian forwards this year the first is Kyle Beach.


He has had a really good career playing 251 games in the WHL, 208 in the AHL, 181 games in the EBEL.

The other player is right wing / centre Stephen MacAulay.

Halifax Mooseheads

He is 6th round pick by the St. Louis Blues in 2010, he has played in the AHL, ECHL, Usports league.

These two matches should yet again be another test for the Flyers.

Hopefully with another week of training under their belts, the Flyers can build on the first three games and be even better prepared leading in to the their first domestic game the following week, as Flyers play against our biggest rivals, now the Glasgow Clan in the Challenge Cup.


The Elite League Years: 2013-14

It was a memorable season for one EIHL team in 2012-13, the Nottingham Panthers as they scooped a fantastic treble. Could they repeat those efforts in 2013-14 or would it be a case of one season wonders? Time to read on as we look back on the eleventh season of the EIHL.

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