Five Things We Learned: We didn’t want to go to Beijing anyway
It was a different week for us to look back this week with the Winter Olympic qualifiers, a limited schedule Elite League and more dramas in the NIHL National League but there was more than enough for us to choose our biggest takeaways.
1. Anyway, we didn't want to go to Beijing
After so many heroics in recent years at the World Championships, it was still likely that no one would come off and it happened on Sunday when the British men's team fell to the final hurdle to end his hopes of qualifying for the Winter Olympics.
All kinds of things went wrong on Sunday. Guys who don't click, an excellent goalkeeper by the Hungarian goalkeeper and one or two somewhat questionable non-calls from officials, but that doesn't change anything that this team can be proud of.
In addition, we didn't want to go there anyway. The next qualifying round will take place in late August, around the time the CHL is in full swing, so it's a Pete Russell puzzle and some of the players could have done without it. They bypassed this mine for sure.
2 Team of the week? Fife
There were 14 consecutive losses and a spiraling season into oblivion for Fife Flyers but to paraphrase Al Pacino: "Just when they thought they were out , they withdrew. "
The Kirkcaldy team had three points out of four in a weekend, which could very well have given new life to their play-off hopes, which looked very precarious.
Giving a 3-0 defeat to Manchester Storm was a concern, but it was a point to add to Saturday's huge win over Dundee Stars . If they can start to get back into shape, Stars and Storm should start to worry.
3. Beware of ghosts
We have seen Telford Tigers and Swindon Wildcats lose points recently and now we do not know if what was a two horse race will now last the rest of the season.
Enter Peterborough Phantoms in third place and close the quick gap over the Wildcats above them four points after Swindon won one and lost one and Tigers came away with nothing.
The ghosts are on a series of eight consecutive victories and who do they play a week on Saturday? Only the side of Aaron Nell, of course, makes this campaign even more fascinating as the encounters begin to run out.
4. Braylon Shmyr on fire for Flames
He may have had a stop-start season after brief spells at Norfolk Admirals and Jacksonville IceMen in ECHL, but the recent signature Guildford Flames of Braylon Shmyr s & # 39; is definitely well established in Surrey.
The 22-year-old winger has five goals and nine points since joining Paul Dixon's team, scoring five points this weekend only, with three and two against Dundee and Coventry respectively.
It is interesting to note that in his nine games with the Flames, he only managed to get one point in three of them. So it's a decision that looks good to the Guildford coach before the last few weeks.
. Houston poses a problem for the Tigers
It was their second game in their brand new ice rink, but what a way to score their first home win for the Leeds Chiefs, achieving an overtime win against league leaders Telford Tigers on Saturday.
Lewis Houston's tinsel is certainly one of the memorable moments of the season of the Chiefs and you should only feel happiness for them on the back.
With results elsewhere, this helped to give the NIHL National League an increasingly interesting aspect and even if a push for the playoffs could be beyond Leeds, it certainly reminds teams that they cannot be underestimated.