The 2018 British Para Ice Hockey league and Play Offs have finished. The season was embroiled in thrills, hits, skill, wonder goals and wonder saves. Starting in April 2018 and finishing in September 2018 this season was one of the most exciting and competitive yet.
Kingston Kestrels went into the season as the 2017 league champions determined to defend their title. Peterborough Phantoms missed out on the Play Offs last year and wanted to make sure they qualified this year. Manchester Mayhem were looking to build on their Play Off victory last year with Cardiff Huskies looking to build on their disappoint of losing the final. Sheffield Steelkings were looking to continue their development after qualifying for their first Play Offs last year.
The 2018 league campaign saw Kingston Kestrels dominate proceedings with 7 victories and one draw and only conceding 5 goals all season. The draw came against Manchester Mayhem (the achilles heal of the Kestrels). Although Sheffield Steelkings lost every game, they had lost their star player Gary Farmer to Australia this season. The Steelkings continued to be competitive and off the ice earned recognition for their efforts developing the sport at the National Lottery Awards. Kestrels, Mayhem, Huskies and Phantoms qualified for the Play Offs that would be held in Widnes.
The Play Off weekend was at the end of September and saw Kestrels vs Phantoms and Mayhem vs Huskies in the semi – finals. Kestrels won the first semi – final 8-2 and Huskies earned a tight 2-1 victory over Mayhem. The next day saw Mayhem claim third place with a 6-4 victory over the Phantoms. The final began close with Kestrels winning 2-1 after one period but Huskies began to dominate and the game eventually finished 9-4. Huskies won the Play Offs!
Thank you to all the fans, sponsors and volunteers for your support his year. We will be back in 2019 for another exciting season of Para Ice Hockey!