Cardiff Fire's Ricky Deacon. Pic: James Assinder.

National League Leaders Chieftains Face Trial By Fire

Lee Valley Lions 1, Cardiff Fire 8

Cardiff Fire take on a major ice hockey challenge at the Viola Arena in Cardiff Bay this evening.

Head coach Mark Smith and his Fire players, who scored eight goals against Lee Valley Lions on Saturday, now entertain National League leaders Chelmsford Chieftains on Sunday (6pm).

The visitors have won 14 of their 16 fixtures this season, scoring 527 goals.

Ross Brears has netted 25 goals and added 33 assists, while James Ayling’s points tally is 41 points (19+22).

Chieftains also have on Bradley Moore (13+15=28) and Grant Bartlett’s total is (15+12=27).

Fire are intent on qualifying for the play-offs and are hoping for a big attendance when Chieftains come calling this evening.

This is a first home match of the season for Fire and they are focused on causing an upset against a Chelmsford team who have set their hearts on winning the NIHL Division Two South title.

Match stats:

Scorers, Lions: Gus Zimmerman 1+0, Ben Gillingham 0+1, Joseph Berry 0+1. 

Fire: Jordan Powell 2+0, Cameron Basnett 1+1, Iwan Davies 1+0,  Chris Fox 1+0, Samuel Bryant 1+0, Tamas Elias 1+1, Phil Manny 1+0, Stephen Deacon 0+2, Elliott Murdoch 0+1,  Lewis Stevens 0+1,  Morgan Evans 0+1, Jackson Price 0+1, Josh Haslam 0+1, Ross Wilkinson 0+1.

Period scores (Fire first): 2-1; 3-0 (5-1); 3-0 (8-1).

Shots on goal: Lions (on James Whiting) 29, Fire (on James Andrew) 48.

Penalties in minutes: Lions 2+12+4=16; Fire: 4+8+18=30.

Men of the match: Lions, Ben Gillingham; Fire Whiting.

English Ice Hockey Association

NIHL South 2 (Wilkinson) 2018/19

P W OW OL L PIM F A Pts
1black_nochange.png Chelmsford Chieftains 16 14 0 1 1 527 127 36 29
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2black_nochange.png Slough Jets 15 12 1 0 2 225 111 49 26
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3black_nochange.png Solent Devils 14 12 0 0 2 309 104 35 24
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4black_nochange.png Oxford City Stars 13 11 0 0 2 213 96 33 22
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5black_nochange.png Raiders Junior S2 14 8 1 1 4 427 78 55 19
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6black_nochange.png Guildford 15 7 1 2 5 285 53 43 18
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7black_nochange.png Bracknell Hornets 13 7 1 1 4 410 86 53 17
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8black_nochange.png Peterborough Phantoms 15 4 4 0 7 304 69 64 16
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9black_nochange.png Cardiff Fire 12 6 1 0 5 447 58 60 14
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10black_nochange.png Bristol Pitbulls 16 5 1 2 8 254 65 72 14
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11black_nochange.png Invicta 15 3 0 1 11 298 47 88 7
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12black_nochange.png Haringey Huskies 14 3 0 1 10 553 52 81 7
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13black_nochange.png Basingstoke Buffalo 10 3 0 0 7 154 30 61 6
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14black_nochange.png Swindon Wildcats 2 13 0 0 1 12 216 19 106 1
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15black_nochange.png Lee Valley Lions 15 0 0 0 15 261 30 189 0
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