Northern UK round-up: Barons hit Hawks for a dozen, Giants pound Pirates into submission

(Image permission: Keith & Jenny Davies)

UNITED KINGDOM – Solway Sharks have opened up a four-point lead at the top of NIHL North Moralee D1 after recording two victories over the weekend.

The Sharks kicked things off with an 8-4 win at home to Billingham Stars and followed up with a 6-5 success after a shoot-out at Widnes Wild.

Rolands Gritans weighed in with a couple of goals as second-placed Whitley Warriors triumphed 5-3 at home to Sheffield Scimitars.

The Scimitars had better luck the previous day as they ran out 5-1 winners on home ice against Nottingham Lions – Scott Morris (2), Thomas Palmer (2) and Sam Rodgers got the goals.

Niklas Ottosson (3) and James Smith (3) topped the scoring for Solihull Barons as they raced to a comprehensive 12-5 home victory over Blackburn Hawks.

In Laidler D2, Sutton Sting defeated Altrincham Aces 7-3 while Nottingham Lions 2 beat Coventry NIHL Blaze 4-3 after overtime.

John Dolan (2), Lewis McIntosh (2) and Joel Gautschi were on target as Dundee Comets won 5-3 at home to Billingham in the Moralee Cup (North).

Hull Jets beat Bradford Bulldogs 8-5 in the northern group of the Laidler Cup, while Telford Tigers won 4-3 at Coventry in the Midlands section.

Aberdeen Lynx maintained their unbeaten record in the Scottish National League with a comfortable 10-3 win at Kilmarnock Thunder – Jordan Leyden (3) led the scoring.

Belfast Giants bounced back from a 4-3 defeat at North Ayrshire Wild with an impressive 7-1 road victory at Paisley Pirates.

Kirkcaldy Kestrels collected their first points this season courtesy of a hard-fought 7-4 home win over North Ayrshire.


NIHL North Moralee D1

Sheffield Scimitars 5-1 Nottingham Lions
Solihull Barons 12-5 Blackburn Hawks
Solway Sharks 8-4 Billingham Stars
Whitley Warriors 5-3 Sheffield Scimitars
Widnes Wild 5-6 Solway Sharks (SO)

NIHL North Laidler D2

Nottingham Lions 2 4-3 Coventry NIHL Blaze (OT)
Sutton Sting 7-3 Altrincham Aces

NIHL Moralee Cup (North)

Dundee Comets 5-3 Billingham Stars

NIHL Laidler Cup (North)

Hull Jets 8-5 Bradford Bulldogs

NIHL North Laidler Cup (Midlands)

Coventry NIHL Blaze 3-4 Telford Tigers 2

Scottish National League

Kilmarnock Thunder 3-10 Aberdeen Lynx
Kirkcaldy Kestrels 7-4 North Ayrshire Wild
North Ayrshire Wild 4-3 Belfast SNL Giants
Paisley Pirates 1-7 Belfast SNL Giants