Five Things We Learned: Pride, Panthers and Plots
It is time to bring the last word for the weekend that has just passed while we share the five things we have learned from the action through the Elite League and the NIHL National League.
1. Sometimes operations fail
Sheffield Steeldogs had promoted his double weekend header with Milton Keynes Lightning as "Operation: Stop Stewart" in order to prevent Liam Stewart from causing damage.
It didn't work as Stewart scored twice in Saturday's game and helped Lightning win 4-3 against the Dogs in the first of two games for bringing his season total to 25 goals in 19 appearances at the time.
We must point out that the Steeldogs had a little more success in the second leg on Wednesday, preventing the international GB from winning a point and that they won a 5-4 overtime victory.
2. Pride in the Elite League
We must admit that we are very excited by the next “You Can Play” weekend that is coming to the Elite League and the clubs have started to reveal their special jerseys for that.
What have we learned from this? Not only are the jerseys absolutely amazing from the teams we've seen so far, but there are so many looking forward to them and supporting the weekend, it promises to be a real success for EIHL.
Promoting awareness and inclusiveness in LGBTQ + is a big thing in this country and we can't wait to see everyone involved in the event 39; a weekend.
3. The sound drums
Who would have thought that the people of Yorkshire would be so upset by the sound of some rowdy Scottish people and the drums they brought with them?
It was pretty revealing to read that so many people thought they were too noisy, so much so that a complaint was made to the Sheffield Steelers, who decided to move the fans in another block.
So, if you visit the Fly DSA Arena anytime soon, grab a good book, a sudoku puzzle and a packed lunch and you are going to have a blast.
4. Panthers still do it in Europe
Well, it should not have been for Tim Wallace as they returned to Denmark to compete in the Continental Cup, but their reputation as a competitive team in European competition remains as strong as ever.
They rebounded well with two comeback victories against Krakow and Neman Grodno after losing on penalties against Sønderjyske on Friday and even if it was not the success they hoped for, a medal Money is not a bad memory to go home.
This is further proof that under Wallace the Panthers have grown and seem to be going in the right direction and with a player as good as Sam Herr leading them on the ice, they are a hard nut to break.
5. Grubb for the EIHL?
Another team that got closer to a tournament last week is Great Britain U20 who ended their week in Vilnius with a silver medal at the World Championships, winning four of his last five games.
Under Martin Grubb, they grew up in the tournament and it was another decent demonstration, with the coach adding to his portfolio of experience in the GB program, having worked in the U18s and previously in the U20.
Could he be another British coach who will be given the keys to an Elite League club in the future? He is highly respected in the game and someday could be a possibility, so keep an eye out for that. We would certainly like to see him mix it up at the top of the page (Sorry, Solway fans!)
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– EIHL (@officialEIHL) January 12, 2020