Two games await the Nottingham Lions this weekend, as they aim to bounce back from last Sunday’s disappointing defeat to the Coventry Blaze.
On Saturday the Lions make the trip to Humberside to take on Hull Stingrays (5pm), before Sunday sees the visit of Coventry to the National Ice Centre (7.30pm), allowing a golden opportunity for Nottingham to gain instant revenge on the Blaze for last weekend’s 7-1 hammering.
The Stingrays have had a mixed start to their campaign, going down to two heavy defeats by the Deeside Dragons but they have picked up two positive home victories against Sheffield and Blackburn.
Last November saw the Lions suffer their first defeat of the 2012/13 season at Hull Arena, losing by a 5-3 scoreline, goals from Ollie Betteridge, Luke Branin and Joe Wightman were not enough to prevent a surprising result for many. However, on their return in February, Matt Bradbury’s men made amends for their previous loss, coming out with a comfortable 6-0 victory, helped along by a brace from Gareth O’Flaherty.
Don’t forget that if you cannot make the trip to Hull on Saturday, you can keep up-to-speed with all the goal action by following our official twitter feed for live updates from the game.
Like Hull, the Blaze have also notched up wins against the Senators and the Eagles this season and have only suffered one defeat so far, losing by the odd goal to local rivals Solihull Barons.
Nottingham last hosted Coventry twice during the 2011/12 season, October saw them lose by a 3-1 decision, Ciaran Quinn scoring the only Lions goal. A solid 4-0 win for Nottingham then followed in February, two goals from Joe Wightman made sure the points stayed at the NIC.
Dan Hazeldine should return to the line-up after serving his one game ban, whilst Matt Bradbury will also be hoping Chris Allen and Joe Wightman are also available for selection after both missing last Sunday’s defeat.
We strongly urge you to get yourselves down to the NIC on Sunday evening, for what promises to be a thrilling and feisty local derby between two sides who will be giving their all in order to gain the local bragging rights and claim the two valuable points on offer.
The Lions experience represents great value for money – ticket prices start from just £2.50 and with no Panthers game being played home or away that night, there really is no better time to come down and help roar the boys on to victory.
Matchday Ticket Prices:
Children (under 16) & OAP’s: £3.00
Students (with NUS card): £2.50
Panthers Season Ticket Holders: £3.00
(Must show Panthers season ticket)
Tickets can can be bought on game nights or can be booked in advance by ringing 0843 373 3000 between 9am and 9pm Monday to Sunday or by visiting the National Ice Centre Box Office in person between 8am-9pm Monday to Sunday.
Tickets are available for collection only and all major credit & debit cards are accepted.
Please note: Any special promotions or discounted tickets which may be introduced later in the season will only be available from the box office on game nights and will not be available to be purchased in advance.