The Nottingham Lions will be hoping for a four-point weekend, as they head to the Hull Arena to face the Jets on Saturday (5.30pm) before coming back to the National Ice Centre on the Sunday to battle the Deeside Dragons (7.30pm).
Connor Glossop celebrates a goal at Hull Arena earlier this month.
Hot from last Sunday's feisty 10-3 home victory over Coventry Blaze, Nottingham will be bringing momentum and determination to the ice. However, their two opponents both have very different styles of play and each game will demand versatility and hard graft if the Lions are to begin November in winning ways.
Matt Bradbury's side have experienced every kind of victory, loss and tie within the opening eight weeks of the Laidler D2 2014 season, learning and developing from every game, which could prove the difference between triumph and loss when tackling two tough sides this weekend.
A possible return from Reece Glossop and Christy Johnson-Brown could see the Lions very close to full strength, a luxury Head Coach Matt Bradbury has yet to experience this season.
The first hurdle to the four point weekend comes in the form of the Hull Jets. Hull are currently in the midst of a four game losing streak and last celebrated victory against the Lions in an incredibly tight affair that ended 5-4. Nottingham were able to dismantle Hull’s 4-0 lead in methodical fashion over the course of two periods, only to see the Jets squeeze a goal in the third to secure the two points on offer. With the mistakes of the clash analysed and logged, the Lions will enter the Jets' homestead with renewed vigour, hoping to make amends for the lost points.
Next up the Lions entertain the Deeside Dragons at the NIC for their first clash of the season. The Dragons got the best of the Lions in 2013/, when they took three out of the four victories leaving Nottingham with just two points to show for their own efforts. The Welsh club, like the Lions, have had a punishing season to date and have tallied four victories and seven losses from 11 games, most recently they lost 4-3 to the highly skilled Telford Tigers. They will have to face the Lions just 24 hours after taking on the Sheffield Senators at home which ensures neither team will be icing with the advantage of fresh legs.
It is an exciting weekend ahead for the Lions’ pride and should they come out with the four points they could climb as high as fourth place in the Laidler D2 standings depending on other results. The points would also put them ahead of both of the weekend’s opponents, which will only add spice to the games.
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