Thursday April 19, 2018

PREVIEW | Belfast Giants vs Fife Flyers Playoff 1/4 Final 1st Leg

PREVIEW | Belfast Giants vs Fife Flyers Playoff 1/4 Final 1st Leg

Perhaps the most intriguing tie of the 2017 Elite League Playoff quarter finals, Belfast are set to take on Gardiner Conference rivals Fife at The SSE Arena on Saturday night in the first leg of their two match series.

Home form has been significant in meetings between the Giants and Flyers so far this season, with each side boasting a 100% record in their own rink against their opponents – triggering Belfast forward Blair Riley to issue something of a rallying cry to his team to make the most of home ice advantage during the first leg.

Whilst the last two encounters have seen two clubs score no less than 23-goals between them, both Flyers netminder Shane Owen and counter part Stephen Murphy have the ability to win games on their own whilst defencemen Jim Vandermeer and Ric Jackman bring vast experience to their clubs respective blue lines.

Pavel Halas and Dean Smith will referee the game, with Andy Dalton and Ilia Kisil as linesmen.


In six meetings between the two sides this season, the home side has emerged victorious on each occasion.

The Flyers drew first blood with a 5-2 Challenge Cup victory at the Fife Ice Arena on September 3rd, but Belfast were quick to respond; bouncing back with a 4-2 win at The SSE Arena seven days later.

In the Elite League, the Giants claimed the early bragging rights with a 4-0 victory on November 11th with the Flyers battling to a 3-2 win in overtime during their next meeting in Kirkcaldy.

A wild 9-5 shootout ended in the Flyers favour on February 12th before the season series wrapped up in the Northern Irish capital with a 7-2 win for the Giants.

WATCH NOW – Highlights of Fife's and Belfast's last meeting in Fife on February 12th:


Flyers’ Chase Schaber says the club are ‘raring to go’:


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Elite Ice Hockey League

The Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) is a professional ice hockey league in the United Kingdom formed in 2003. The league currently consists of 12 teams, with Braehead (SCO), Belfast (NIR), Cardiff (WAL), Coventry (ENG), Dundee (SCO), Edinburgh (SCO), Fife (SCO), Guildford (ENG), Manchester (ENG), Milton Keynes (ENG), Nottingham (ENG) and Sheffield (ENG).

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The Fife Flyers, established in 1938, are the oldest professional ice hockey team in the United Kingdom. The team has a history of success through the ages, with over 60 Scottish and British cups and titles to their name.

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