Five Things We Learned: …and the Flames got higher
It's time for the last word of the weekend as we share what we picked up from the weekend action and we start in Surrey where, again, everything goes a little under the radar
1. Guildford is aiming high
After weeks of kicking in the lower half of the table, Guildford began to take the form that sees them watching the teams in the top four positions.
A staggering 20 points in their last 15 games – making it one of the best teams – not to mention only four losses in their last 19 games in all competitions and we see the Flames climb on everyone.
Once they face the Panthers of Nottingham this week, they go to the Glasgow Clan on Saturday and a team just above them in the standings. This could be the weekend where Paul Dixon's team could officially join the title race.
2. Dundee must reset again
A month ago, Dundee Stars started a five-game unbeaten streak after a winning streak of nine, with coach Omar Pacha claiming fitness while he and his team "were relying on the reset button ".
Before the return leg of Wednesday's Challenge Cup at Glasgow Clan, with a finely balanced tie at 1-1, it will be interesting to see if they feel the need to do the same.
These are four consecutive losses for them in the last two weeks, the last three being all at home, so with the big game against a team against which they did well, will Omar feel the need to review the exercise that has brought them some success in the short term?
3. The Tigers show a brave victory for stay ahead of the pack
We have said quite often that the NIHL National League race is fascinating and this has once again proved that Telford Tigers rulers have dug deep to get something out of the weekend.
You could call it a surprise loss for Milton Keynes on Saturday while they were coming down 5-2 against the Lightning's improvement, but they kept their cool to concede a late ERA to the Peterborough Phantoms then took the match on penalties.
It's going to be a long, painful journey to continue and claim the title, but the character shown may have placed them in a better position than the others.
4. Douglas's Hand in the success of Racers
The Murrayfield Racers won another cup final by beating Aberdeen Lynx 5-0 in the Stuart Robertson Cup semi-final to book their place, where they will meet the Dundee Comets.
But the whitening hero Craig Douglas was made of stronger things than the others when it was reported that he was in the hospital on Friday night, the day before the match, having had an allergic reaction to antibiotics that he had taken for a lung infection.
The next thing, 24 hours later, he whitens the Lynx to help Racers at a cup final. It is not surprising that he did not participate in their 8-3 win over SNL against the Belfast Giants. Well deserved, let's say.
5. We were right about Coventry … somehow
In the blog Monday After last week, we wrote that after a series of defeats, we were hoping that Coventry Blaze would change the deal as it seems like the form of a team seems to be changing. 39 one way or another if we talk about it from top to bottom.
And, in a way, this turned out to be the case when the Blaze finished their six-game winless run with a win at the Dundee Stars on Sunday to show that there are had life there.
Of course, they had to suffer a defeat against the Panthers of Nottingham on Saturday first, but this showed once again that once you focus on the only club and its form, you guarantee that 39, it gives the opposite result next weekend. At least for us anyway.