Honours are pretty much even between the two teams thus far in the competition with both having beaten all the other teams and, intriguingly enough, each having won on each other’s ice pad during the group stage.
The Raiders inflicted Grimsby’s only defeat home or away with an 8-10 win on the East Coast back in May before losing 5-6 at home in a game that they had led 3-0 at the end of the first period.
Both teams finished up with an identical playing record of “won 5, lost 1” but Grimsby topped the group on goal difference after a couple of landslide victories over short-benched visiting teams on their difficult home rink.
The top two sailed through the semi-finals - beating Blackburn Buccaneers and Wyre Seagulls respectively – and now meet in a one off game at a neutral venue to decide the winners of the play-off trophy.
Photo: match action from the Riverside Raiders v Grimsby Stormers group match at Silver Blades Widnes on 21st May. Credit: David Law Photography – see more great photos HERE