Hull Jets 2 Nottingham Lions 4.

The Nottingham Lions  secured back-to-back wins for the first time this season, with a close-fought victory over Hull Jets at Hull Arena on Saturday night, in the first of three games in four days for Matt Bradbury's side.

91ivodimitrijevsLatvian Ivo Dimitrijevs scored the game-winning goal for the Lions.

The Lions were fresh from last Sunday's impressive 10-3 home demolition of Midlands rivals Coventry Blaze and were looking for revenge over their Humberside-based opponents, after a narrow 5-4 away loss to the Jets at the beginning of October, which saw Nottingham come back from four goals down, only to lose by a solitary third period strike from the home side.

Meanwhile, Hull had failed to pick up any points in their four games since their victory over the Lions, setting up an entertaining encounter, with both sides needing little motivation to battle for the two points on offer and improve their respective positions in the Laidler D2 standings.

Bradbury was still unable to call upon the injured forward pair of Reece Glossop and Christy Johnson-Brown, with Conor Gordon and Joe Humphries now joining them on the treatment table. Veteran attackers Stuart Parker and Slawomir Kasprzak, along with D-man Craig Wallis also did not make the trip.

Youngster Jordan Bloom made his first appearance for the Lions since January, whilst Luke Evans returned to the roster after missing out on last weekend's win over the Blaze.

Keen to avoid a repeat of the poor start which saw them go 4-0 down inside the opening 18 minutes in their last trip to Hull Arena, the Lions began the game in much sprightlier fashion this time around but still found themselves behind after nine minutes, via a Kieran Beach strike.

Not to be undone, Nottingham were back on level terms within a minute, thanks to Hamish Hall's second goal of the season, making it four points from four starts for the promising youngster, so far in this campaign.

The home side then went on to dominate the second half of the period but were unable to capitalise on their pressure, mainly thanks to some excellent netminding from the Lions' starting goalie Tom Hovell.

A much more even second period was to follow with both teams creating chances but again struggling to find the net.

Top-goalscorer Dan Hazeldine finally found a way past Jack Dalby in the Jets goal to put Nottingham ahead, via a power play goal on 32 minutes but three minutes later, Hull were back on level terms through Matt Jeffcock, who made the most of his side's 5-on-3 advantage, after Ivo Dimitijevs and Lee Holland were sent to the penalty box in quick succession.

31tomhovellLions' Man Of The Match - Tom Hovell in action against the Jets.

The third period saw the Lions come out on top, looking in control from the off, they we're rewarded for their efforts on 47 minutes thanks to a well-taken goal from Latvian import Ivo Dimitijevs.

Six minutes later, Nottingham gave themselves some deserved breathing space, with Hazeldine netting his second of the night and his tenth of the season.

Three minutes from the end, Hazeldine thought he had bagged himself a hat-trick, only for the goal to be waved off, some would say harshly, by the referee for goaltender interference.

Hull pulled Dalby in the dying seconds in an attempt to salvage something from the game but it was to no avail, as the Lions held on for the two points, which saw them leapfrog their opponents in the Laidler D2 table.

All focus now reverts to the National Ice Centre, as Bradbury's side welcome the Deeside Dragons to the Lions' den, for the first meeting between the two sides this season, on Sunday evening (7.30pm face off - tickets details available by clicking here). This is then quickly followed by a charity challenge match against Great Britain Under 20s on Tuesday night (4th November), with Tom Norton, Marc Levers and Perry Doyle all guesting for Nottingham. Ticket details for what promises to be a very special evening are available by clicking here.

A Lions Radio post-game interview with Matt Bradbury can be heard by clicking here.

Match Stats:

Hamish Hall 1+0, Dan Hazeldine 2+0, Ivo Dimitrijevs 1+2, Jordan Bloom 0+1, Adam Andrews 0+1, Ben Wood 0+2, Luke Thomas 0+1.

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

Shots: 1st 18-15, 2nd 16-9, 3rd 6-14. Total 40-38.

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

Lions MOTM: Tom Hovell.

Saturday, 01 November 2014.
Simon Ball-McQueen - Media Manager