The DMUK Widnes Wild women put in a battling performance away to Sheffield Shadows on Sunday but narrowly lost out 5-4 in an entertaining game at iceSheffield.
Widnes took the lead in the 8th minute with a goal from Lise Gillen but Sheffield equalised late in the period and the score stood at 1-1 at the first break.
The second period went badly for the Wild women and they conceded three unanswered goals to trail 4-1 after 40 minutes playing time. Sheffield scored a fifth goal just 2 minutes into the third period but this seemed to spur the Wild team into mounting a late rally.
A shorthanded goal from Gillen narrowed the score on 50 minutes and then a brace from Preston Gennoe just 45 seconds apart on 55 minutes brought the deficit down to just a single goal.
Widnes piled pressure on the Shadows net and withdrew goaltender Stephanie Drinkwater for the last minute in favour of an extra attacker in an attempt to force a late breakthrough. Unfortunately, it was to no avail, and Sheffield held on to record a 5-4 victory.
The Wild women have one more away game - at Telford Wrekin Raiders on 25th November - before their next home game on Sunday 10th December when they entertain Kingston Diamonds at Planet Ice Widnes.