April 19, 2018
The three weeks of the #NIHLChampionshipSeries will come to a close this weekend as Bracknell Ice Rink hosts the NIHL South 2 playoff finals.
We began at the beginning of April with the NIHL 1 Final Four in Coventry, and last week Widnes hosted the NIHL North 2 finals in a sell out barn. Now the four remaining Wilkinson division sides will battle for the South 2 Playoff title.
The top eight sides from the regular season qualified for playoff hockey, and they met last weekend in 1v8 2v7 3v6 4v5 seeded quarter finals. Oxford City Stars, Solent Devils, Guildford Phoenix and Chelmsford Chieftains are the four sides who won through to the last weekend of NIHL hockey this season.
Here’s our run down of the four sides who will be at JNL Bracknell this weekend.
OXFORD CITY STARS
Record 23-3-0 = 46 pts (1st place)
Quarter-final: beat Bristol Pitbulls 14-4 (4-3, 10-1)
Top scorer: Kamil Kinkor 38+37 = 75pts
Goalie: Milan Ronai 0.913 save percentage
22-3-1 = 45pts (2nd place)
Quarter-final: beat Slough Jets 6-3 (0-0, 6-3)
Top scorer: Richard Facey 43+42 = 85pts
Goalie: Christian Cole 0.927
20-6-0 = 40pts (4th place)
Quarter-final: beat Peterborough Phantoms 17-5 (9-4, 8-1)
Top scorer: Grant Bartlett 28+27 = 55pts
Goalie: Sonny Phillips 0.914
15-10-1 = 31pts (6th place)
Quarter-final: beat Bracknell Hornets 2-1 (0-0, 2-1)
Top scorer: Andrew Hemmings 15+33 = 48pts
Goalie: Jacob Stoodley 0.906
Saturday 21 April
Oxford City Stars v Chelmsford Chieftains – 3.15pm faceoff
Solent Devils v Guildford Phoenix – 6.45pm faceoff
Sunday 22 April
NIHL 2 Playoff Final – 5.45pm faceoff