December 3, 2011

UK Hockey Round Up Friday 2nd December - Drama Off the Ice as Personnel Change

It was a dramatic end to the week in the EIHL as sudden personnel changes shocked the league. The saga started on Thursday night as Coventry Blaze announced that forward Luke Fulgham had left the side with immediate effect. No other details as to why the Canadian, who had been at the side for 2 ½ years since signing from Manchester, but less than 24 hours later on Friday morning Fulgham was in Sheffield signing for the Steelers. The Steelers had earlier announced that defenceman RG Flath had decided not to stay on with the club after his trial period but a replacement is on his way but will not be available until next weekends critical game with league leaders Belfast at the Odyssey. However long term injury hit Great Britain international Jonathan Phillips will return to side for the first time this season at the weekends games. Coventry meanwhile have not announced any new signings to replacement Fulgham but watch this space as Coach Thompson will not be spend long with a short bench.

Elite League
Edinburgh Capitals 2 Dundee Stars 1
The action continued on Friday as the ice as Edinburgh looked to continue their good run of form in Dundee. Against a Stars team that inflected the first defeat in 2 games on the Capitals last weekend in Murrayfield. The Stars took that game 6 – 0 in the Capitals back yard but it was the Capitals that returned the favour by returning to winning ways in Dundee. It was the visitors that took the 2 goal advantage before Dundee fought back late in the second with Lee Mitchell. The pressure continued in the third  from the home team but despite outshooting the Capitals 17 to 7 in the third period could not get past an inspired Nathan Craze as Edinburgh took the 2 points.

The Capitals are now up to sixth place in the league moving over their next opponents the Braehead Clan. The fourth straight home loss for the Stars though means they are 4 points of the playoffs now.
Neil Tucker

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