Deeside Dragons 3 Nottingham Lions 1.
The Nottingham Lions' third period play once again proved to be their undoing, as they fell to defeat to the Deeside Dragons for the second time in eight days, at Deeside Ice Rink on Sunday evening.
Connor Glossop in action at Deeside Ice Rink.
Seven days earlier, a below-par Lions performance saw them throw away a two 2-1 lead in the last ten minutes of a 4-2 home defeat at the hands of their Welsh opponents and Matt Bradbury's side needed little motivation to go for the win this time around but fell short in their bid for revenge, over a Dragons side who had lost a local derby in Widnes the previous night.
Nottingham travelled without their injured top-scorer Dan Hazeldine, whilst regular seniors Lee Holland, Slawomir Kaszprzak, Christy Johnson-Brown and Reece Glossop also did not make the journey across the border to North Wales.
D-man Conor Gordon made a welcome return to the line-up after missing out on last weekend's defeat and was joined in the squad by Under-18s Connor Glossop, Cameron Pywell, Hamish Hall and Luke Evans.
Considering the team's late arrival due to traffic, the Lions started the game in positive fashion, producing some good attacking play during the opening ten minutes.
The home side then began to take a hold on the second half of the period, with starting netminder Tom Hovell called upon to make a number of fine stops, ensuring the game remained deadlocked at the first intermission.
The game continued to be a tight affair going into the second period, with both teams having good chances to open the scoring and Connor Glossop, Stuart Parker and Ivo Dimitrijevs looking dangerous for the Lions but with little sustained pressure being applied on either netminder, the game remained scoreless.
There was certainly no doubting the commitment and passion on display but despite numerous power plays coming and going, solid goaltending and lack of clinical finishing seemed to be the order of the day, as forty minutes whistled by without a goal.
Ivo Dimitijevs couldn't find the net on the night, despite his best efforts.
Three minutes into the final period import-forward Dimitrijevs found himself in two separate short-handed breakaway situations but failed to convert either chance, as the Dragons goalie Matty Compton closed the door on the lively Latvian.
Dimitijevs was left rueing those missed chances just seconds later as Simon Furnival firstly put the Dragons ahead with a power play goal on 44 minutes before James Parsons shattered Nottingham's steely resolve with a second goal, 50 seconds later.
The Lions landed themselves in more trouble on 49 minutes when Deeside capitalised on another power play, Marc Lovell making it 3-0, after Ben Foster-Wilson was sent to the box for a slash.
A late consolation goal from Ben Wood, who deflected Gordon's shot from the point, gave the Lions some reward for their efforts but it was too little, too late, as Deeside saw out the game, despite Nottingham pulling Hovell for an extra-skater in the final minute.
Tom Hovell took the Lions Man Of The Match award.
The Lions now look return to winning ways with a home clash against Hull Jets at the National Ice Centre next Sunday (7.30pm). Each side have won a game apiece in the two meetings between them so far this season and with the Jets winning their first game on the road in this campaign on Sunday, it is set to be an entertaining clash in Lace City next weekend. Ticket details are available by clicking here.
Photographs courtesy of Ed Chappell / www.edchappell.com
Ben Wood 1+0, Conor Gordon 0+1, Sam Illsley 0+1.
Period Scores: 1st 0-0, 2nd 0-0, 3rd 3-0.
Shots: 1st 17-11, 2nd 20-11, 3rd 11-19. Total 48-41.
Penalty Mins: 1st 6-6, 2nd 4-4, 3rd 2-4. Total 12-14.
Lions MOTM: Tom Hovell.