The four regional NIHL Cup competitions – Moralee, Britton, Laidler and Wilkinson Cups respectively – have reached their semi final stage with the first knockout ties being played this weekend.
After playing in regional qualifying groups through the season so far, the final four in each competition has been confirmed and most two-legged ties have been scheduled.
Here’s a quick at-a-glance guide to the state of play in the Cups.
The semi final pairings are Solway Sharks v Widnes Wild; Solihull Barons v Dundee Comets. Solway host Widnes at Dumfries Ice Bowl on Saturday 7pm, with the return leg at PI Widnes on Sunday at 5.30pm. Details of the second semi final tie will be confirmed on Monday.
BRITTON CUP (South 1)
Streatham IHC v Solent Devils and Slough Jets v Invicta Dynamos were the semi final ties, and all will be played this weekend. On Saturday it’s Solent v Streatham at 5pm followed by Slough v Invicta at 6.30pm. Then on Sunday the second legs are Invicta v Slough at 5.15pm and Streatham v Solent off at 6.45pm.
After qualifying it was Hull Jets v Sutton Sting and Telford Tigers v Bradford Bulldogs in the last four. This Sunday Hull host Sutton at 5.30pm. The return leg at Ice Sheffield is still to be confirmed. In the other tie next Saturday, December 18, Bradford host Telford (faceoff tbc) before the second leg on Sunday December 19 at Telford Ice Rink – Telford v Bradford at 6pm
The final four were only confirmed in the week after a league ruling on an outstanding fixture. It’s Haringey Huskies v Cardiff Fire and Guildford Phoenix v Peterborough Phantoms in the semi finals, with so far on the first leg of one tie confirmed. On Sunday December 12 it’s Peterborough v Guildford at 6.30pm. As soon as the other games are confirmed they will be publicised.
In all semi final ties, overtime and penalty shots only come into effect at the end of the second leg if the aggregate score is tied. The respective semi final winners will be play in a two-legged Cup Final which is scheduled for January 8/9 or 15/16.
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