Tuesday 5 January 2016

Laidler Report: Nottingham Lions 3 - Widnes Wild 2

Kieran Strangeway in action for Widnes Wild
Photo by Geoff White - www,gw-images.co.uk
The Widnes Wild travelled to Nottingham on Sunday night for their first game of 2016 to face a hard working & gritty Nottingham Lions.

The game started at a frantic pace with Nottingham taking an early minor penalty. With the Wild being on the powerplay and having the man advantage, player coach Scott Mckenzie found Michal Fico wide open in front of the net to blast home and give the visitors a one goal lead early in the game. That was as good as it would get for the Wild however, as the Lions battled for every puck and scored 2 goals in quick succession to give the delighted home team a 2-1 lead going into the period break.

The second period ebbed and flowed with both teams having chances but struggling to break through. A tussle infront of the Nottingham goal ended with a 4 minute powerplay for the Wild but again, the Widnes men could not find a way past the ever impressive Alan Levers in net for the Lions. No goals scored leaving the game poised at 2-1.

A penalty strewn 3rd period saw both teams have chances but eventually it would be the home side to score, a scrappy but well deserved goal to give the Lions a 3-1 lead with little time remaining. As Widnes Wild fans have seen all season, the Wild continued to fight and battle with their never say die attitude, a powerplay goal from Scott Mckenzie giving the Wild hope. A superb pass from Kieron Strangeway opening up room for the player coach who managed to find the top corner.

The Wild would pull their keeper Greg Ruxton to gain a man advantage but it was to no avail as the home team would hold on to win the game deservedly 3-2. A disappointed coach Mckenzie had this to say about the game;

‘That is probably the worst 1st period we have ever played. We didn’t do anything that we set out to do, were second to loose pucks and played scared for the most part. I have said it to the guys over and over, no one is going to give us the two points each night, we have to earn them and tonight we just didn’t. It is frustrating because I know how good we can be but we will regroup, get back to work this week ready for another big weekend ahead of us next week.’

The Widnes Wild have two games this weekend. On Saturday they travel up to Billingham to play their first cup game of the season against Billingham Stars. Sunday sees the return of local rivals Altrincham Aces at Silver Blades Ice Rink Widnes, face off is at the usual time of 17:30, Adults £6 & Children £3. Tickets still available from box office, Call box office now on 0151 420 7930 to get your tickets.