The Playoffs of the EIHL’s Elite Series begin tonight with the first legs of both Semi-Finals taking place and both matches are set to be closely fought out and full of entertainment.

By Kris Smith

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Semi-Final 1 Leg 1: (2) Coventry Blaze V Nottingham Panthers (3)

The first post-season match bring us Coventry hosting Nottingham, after Danny Stewart selected home advantage for his side’s first leg against the number three seeds.

Despite winning three of their four regular season meeting with the Panthers, the Blaze will be coming up against an inform side, as Tim Wallace’s men have won five of their last seven fixtures.

 

(Picture Credit: Karl Denham).

 

WHEN

Tuesday 27 April, Face-off: 17:00

 

TEAM RECORDS

CB – 5-4-3

NP – 6-5-1

 

TEAM LEADERS

CB

Mike Hammond – 22 points in 12 games (6G, 16A)

Tristan Keck – 21 points in 12 games (15G, 6A)

Nick Jermain – 12 points in 11 games (1G, 11A)

NP

Christophe Boivin – 17 points in 12 games (8G, 9A)

Kevin Domingue – 16 points in 12 games (7G, 9A)

Austin Cangelosi – 12 points in 12 games (5G, 7A)

 

BETWEEN THE PIPES

CB

Shane Owen:

GP: 9

W: 4 L: 5

SA: 377 GA: 32

MIN: 536

GAA: 3.58

SVS%: 91.51

 

Jordan Hedley:

GP: 4

W: 1 L: 2

SA: 121 GA:14

MIN: 182

GAA: 4.62

SVS%: 88.43

 

 

NP

Jackson Whistle:

GP: 6

W: 3 L: 2

SA: 173 GA: 18

MIN: 335

GAA: 3.22

SVS%: 89.60

 

Ben Bowns:

GP: 7

W: 3 L: 4

SA: 197 GA: 24

MIN: 375

GAA: 3.84

SVS%: 87.82

 

*GP – Games Played, W – Wins, L – Losses, SA – Shots Against, MIN – Minutes Played, GA -Goals Against, GAA  – Goals Against Average, SVS% – Save Percentage

 

RESULTS SO FAR

Blaze 3 (Keck, Bryhnisveen & Duggan) Panthers 1 (Domingue)

Panthers 1 (Boivin) Blaze 3 (Bryhnisveen, Keck & Edvardsen)

Blaze 4 (Keck [2], Ferrara & Venus) Panthers 3 (Boivin, Cangelosi & Matheson) OT

Panthers 4 (Boivin, Betteridge, Domingue & Matheson) Blaze 3 (Ferrara, Hammond & Clements) OT

 

(Picture Credit: Mark Ferris).

 

Semi-Final 2 Leg 1: (4) Manchester Storm V Sheffield Steelers (1)

Tonight’s second match sees the first overall seeds, Sheffield take-on the Storm, who slipped to the foot of the table of the last day.

However, in their four meetings with each other this season, the results were split at two wins each and there is no indication who will come out on top.

 

(Picture Credit: Dean Wooley).

 

WHEN

Tuesday 27 April, Face-off: 20:30

 

TEAM RECORDS:

MS – 7-3-0

SS – 4-5-1

 

TEAM LEADERS:

MS

Scott Simmonds – 15 points in 12 games (5G, 10A)

Ciaran Long – 11 points in 12 games (7G, 4A)

Dallas Ehrhardt & Maxime Fortier – 10 points in 12 games (5G, 5A) & (5G, 5A)


SS

Tanner Eberle – 22 points in 12 games (11G, 11A)

Liam Kirk – 20 points in 12 games (10G, 10A)

Josef Mikyska – 17 points in 12 games (2G, 15A)

 

BETWEEN THE PIPES

MS

Sean Bonar:

GP: 11

W: 5 L: 6

SA: 335 GA: 40

MIN: 657

GAA: 3.65

SVS%: 88.06

 

Sam Gospel:

GP: 1

L: 1

SA: 22 GA: 4

MIN: 58

GAA: 4.14

SVS%: 81.82

 

SS

John Muse:

GP: 1

SA: 19 GA: 0

MIN: 34

GAA: 0.00

SVS%: 100.00

 

Ben Churchfield:

GP: 9

W:6 L: 2

SA: 252 GA: 32

MIN: 456

GAA: 4.21

SVS%: 87.30

 

Curtis Warburton:

GP: 4

W: 2 L: 2

SA: 86 GA: 12

MIN: 223

GAA: 3.23

SVS%: 86.05

*GP – Games Played, W – Wins, L – Losses, SA – Shots Against, MIN – Minutes Played, GA -Goals Against, GAA  – Goals Against Average, SVS% – Save Percentage

 

(Picture Credit: Dean Wooley)

 

RESULTS SO FAR

Steelers 4 (Hrabal, Dowd, Kirk & Olden) Storm 5 (Long [2], Davies, Ehrhardt & Fortier)

Storm 4 (Simmonds, Lundell Noer, Ehrhardt & Peacock) Steelers 6 (Dowd [2], Beaudry [2], Hewitt & Saxrud Danielsen)

Steelers 2 (Mikyska & Schulze) Storm 3 (Fortier, Klavestad & Long)

Storm 3 (Fawcett, Long & Ehrhardt) Steelers 5 (Schulze, Kirk, J. Phillips [2] & S. Jones)

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