EIHL Playoffs 2018
It’s playoffs finals weekend. The anticipation is palpable as a nation of hockey fanatics prepare to descend on Nottingham for the annual carnival of hockey that is the playoff finals weekend.
With a league season dominated by the Cardiff Devils, who won both the Erhardt Conference and the league at a canter, losing 6 times fewer than any of the other “big 3” from the same conference, it’s going to be difficult to look past them this weekend. Of course, the Challenge Cup Final, in Cardiff, demonstrated that knockout hockey is not the same as league hockey with Belfast claiming that pot on away ice. The consistency which has served Cardiff so well this term is irrelevant, it’s all about the performance on the day.
At 1pm, Cardiff face off against Gardiner Conference Champions, Fife Flyers, who came through in dramatic fashion with a spectacular comeback against Manchester Storm. A tricky test for the league winners, but one they would expect to come through.
When 5pm arrives, The Motorpoint Arena is likely to be at capacity and bouncing for the headline semi-final encounter between the Panthers and Steelers on Saturday as one of European Ice Hockey’s great rivalries takes centre stage at the showpiece event. It’s going to be lively; don’t miss it.
As for Reverb, we will be loud and proud in Bunkers Hill across the weekend, so please come and join us for a beer, or 3. The tunes will be blaring and you can collect a Bunkers Hill exclusive discount card, for your first order with Reverb Hockey.
Here’s to a spectacular weekend and may the best team win.