The Nottingham Lions face a vital clash with fellow relegation rivals the Coventry ENL Blaze at the National Ice Centre this Sunday (7.15pm Face-Off)
The Blaze currently sit just one place and two points ahead of the Lions in the Division 1 North standings, they also have a potentially crucial three-goal advantage in the head-to-head record between the teams which the Lions will be doing their utmost to overturn.
Back in September the Lions came away from the Skydome with a 4-1 victory over Coventry but come October, the Blaze exacted their revenge with a 3-1 win at the National Ice Centre. Nottingham’s last visit to the West Midlands, just two weeks ago, ended in a disappointing 5-2 defeat, leaving the Lions with something to prove this Sunday.
Nottingham have struggled with key injuries all season and this weekend’s clash will be no different with club captain Chris Colegate and netminder Alan Levers missing plus Michael Rose is looking doubtful to be fit in time.
With this in mind the Lions have been busy signing up a mixture of youth and experience to fill in the gaps before the transfer window closed on Tuesday, to help with the push away from the relegation places.
Matt Bradbury, Head Coach of the Lions said: “We’ve made four signings prior to the deadline and each one has brought a mix of skills and confidence to the line up. Johnny Bell and James Robinson have added strength and knowledge to the back lines as well as positivity and focus in the changing room – in fact Robbo never shuts up on and off the ice!”
“Nicky Balchin has played at the highest level of the British game and has been brought up the correct way, this is rubbing off on all the players and everyone wants to play on his line to gain experience and understanding along the way “.
And of latest new signing, ex-GB roller hockey international Jack Clarkson, Bradbury said: “Jack’s in great shape, he has some work to do with his skating, but what he can do with his hands is what interests me most – he shoots well, has good stick skills and I’m just hoping he’s another piece of the jigsaw and the kind of player with a real eye for goal”.
“Player selection is becoming more and more difficult each week and that is how the coaching team like it”.
Matchday Ticket Prices:
Children (under 16) & OAP’s: £3.00
Students (with NUS card): £4.00
Panthers Season Ticket Holders (Must Show Panthers Season Ticket): £3.00
All tickets are available on match nights only, from the Box Office.
Box Office opens at 6:45pm.