Nottingham Lions 2 Deeside Dragons 4.

The Nottingham Lions had to settle for a two-point weekend, after a disappointing 4-2 defeat by the Deeside Dragons at the National Ice Centre on Sunday evening.

30warrengilfoyleLions Man Of The Match Warren Gilfoye had a busy night at the NIC.

Goals from Connor Glossop and Dan Hazledine put the Lions ahead early in the second period but four unanswered strikes from Deeside saw them deservedly take the two points back to North Wales.

Nottingham were entering the game buoyed by Saturday night's solid 4-2 win in Hull, claiming their first back-to-back wins of their 2014/15 Laidler D2 campaign.

The Dragons were the only team that the Lions had yet to face this season, making the 2013/14 league runners-up somewhat of an unknown quantity to Matt Bradbury's side and in stark contrast to the Lions, the Welsh outfit were coming into the game on the back of two straight defeats, including a 5-1 loss in Sheffield the previous day.

Still unavailable for selection were the injured quartet of Reece Glossop, Christy Johnson-Brown, Conor Gordon and Joe Humphries .

Forwards Stuart Parker and Slawomir Kasprzak, along with defencemen Craig Wallis and Sam Illsley all returned to the line-up, after missing the previous day's trip to Humberside.

A scrappy opening period saw little in the way of action, with a lack of composure on the puck evident from both sides in the early exchanges, although Nottingham starting netminder Warren Gilfoyle was called into action on a number of occasions to make sure the game remained deadlocked going into the first intermission.

connorglossopgoalConnor Glossop scoring the Lions' first goal.

It was clear that the Lions had not yet stepped in to high gear in the opening twenty minutes but it took just 70 seconds into the second period for them to open the scoring, after young forward Connor Glossop tucked away his own rebound, mid-fall, from the edge of the crease.

Two minutes later, Nottingham doubled their lead when Connor Glossop's shot was tipped into the net by the stick of Dan Hazeldine, for the marksman's 11th goal of the season.

However, shortly afterwards, Deeside found a way back into the game on the power play, with Aled Roberts capitalising on Rob McDonald being sent to the box for delaying the game.

Connor Glossop then struck the Dragons' upright on 32 minutes but it was the visitors who looked the more likely to find the net as the period wore on, with the Welshmen continuing to find gaps in the Nottingham backline, with Gilfoyle having to be at his best once again, to prevent further damage to the young back-stopper's goal.

The third period saw the Lions continue to live dangerously, as they continued to soak up wave after wave of Dragons attacks until Nottingham's resolve was finally breached with ten minutes remaining, when Chris Jones found a way past Gilfoyle for Deeside's second power play goal of the night.

The visitors then took the lead for the first time in the game with seven minutes left, James Parsons striking the killer blow on a Lions side which seemed more disjointed and less fluid than in Hull, just 24 hours prior.

The Dragons then finished off the game as a contest with five seconds remaining, when Steven Fellows grabbed an empty net goal.

14danhazeldineDan Hazeldine netted his 11th goal of the season.

Nottingham now look forward to a brief break from league action with a charity challenge match against Great Britain Under-20s at the National Ice Centre on Tuesday night (7.30pm). Tickets are just £3 each and are available from the NIC box office on match night. All proceeds from the game go to Special Olympics Nottinghamshire. For more details click here.

The Lions then return to Laidler D2 action next Sunday, when they make the return trip to Wales to try and gain their revenge over the Dragons, at Deeside Leisure Centre (6:45pm).

Photographs courtesy of Peter McConnochie / Urban Scot Photography.

Match Stats:

Connor Glossop 1+1, Dan Hazeldine 1+0, Stuart Parker 0+1, Luke Thomas 0+1.

Period Scores: 1st 0-0, 2nd 2-1, 3rd 0-3.

Shots: 1st 8-12, 2nd 7-19, 3rd 9-13. Total 24-44.

Penalty Mins: 1st 2-2, 2nd 8-4, 3rd 4-0. Total 14-6.

Lions MOTM (sponsored by Ice Breakers): Warren Gilfoyle.

Sunday, 02 November 2014.
Simon Ball-McQueen - Media Manager