Top three enjoy home cooking

LONDON, UK – Following their fruitless trip to Latvia last weekend, Team GB’s players from Nottingham, Belfast and Sheffield will be able to enjoy their first weekend back in the Elite League without the need for early wake up calls, long bus journeys or nights in a hotel. All 3 teams will host double headers as the race for the league title begins again after a weekend off.

Since their return only Sheffield’s British players have seen competitive league action with a 2-1 win away in Cardiff on Thursday night. That Victory for the Steelers has brought them right back into the race for the top spot with only three points separating them in third from Nottingham in first however both the Panthers EIHL logoand Belfast Giants now have a game in hand.

There hasn’t been any down time for Belfast and Nottingham’s players however since their return with the little matter of a Giants v Panthers Challenge Cup game on Wednesday going the way of the Panthers but now all attention returns to the league. Nottingham return as league leaders and have a Scottish double bill to look forward to this weekend with Braehead visiting on Saturday and Fife making the same journey a day later.

Belfast will have the chance to pull level with Nottingham if they can beat Coventry at the Odyssey Arena on Friday night and pile the pressure on the Panthers. On Saturday the Giants and Blaze will do battle one more time before Coventry head home to complete their three games in three nights with a visit from the inform Edinburgh Capitals.

Sheffield’s fans will have the chance to see their team twice this weekend with Fife beginning their two game road trip, and offering a debut to new signing Joshua Turnbull, with a visit to the Motorpoint Arena before Hull arrive the following evening for the latest instalment in this seasons Yorkshire derby.

The final two games on Saturday see Dundee travel south across the Forth Estuary to take on the Edinburgh Capitals while Cardiff head north to the banks of the Humber and the waiting Hull Stingrays.

Finally Dundee will help bring the curtain down on the latest weekend in the Elite League when they make the 460 mile journey south to the Welsh capital and their game against the fourth placed Cardiff Devils.

With time ticking down on this year’s league campaign it looks, once again, like the race for the league trophy will be heading down to the wire.

Jon.Chubb@prohockeynews.com

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