Last Sunday the Lions travelled to Altrincham Aces for their second game of the present campaign and were definitely the unfancied team as the Aces were playing this home game having come off an away win the night before.
The Aces are a strong outfit in many ways so the Lions knew they were in for a battle royal to achieve anything positive in this game. The first period ended goaless and the second at one goal apiece so all to play for in thr final 20 minutes.
The Aces grabbed an early goal in the third period but the Lions fought back to even the score at two apiece. Within minutes the Aces scored their third goal and from thereon in the game remained close but with the Lions unable to make the breakthrough to tie the game. Tom Hovell was pulled for the extra skater but to no avail as the Aces grabbed that important empty net goal to seal the points.
Head Coach Matt Bradbury spoke of the Lions efforts in Manchester "I was really pleased with how the team approached the game and we were unlucky not to walk away with a point. At times our defensive zone coverage and neutral zone coverage was working well and you can see our team game coming together nicely. I cannot fault the teams efforts and commitment for the first two games and we are unfortunate to have no points on the board as yet. We'll need to keep working hard, pull together and i'm sure things will come good. We've played two very good teams and the level of competition in the Laidler this season has definitely stepped up which is a good sign."
The Altrincham Aces will certainly be one of the more fancied team's for honours this season with probably Widnes Wild and Blackburn Eagles also high in the frame. Early days for predictions and it must be said that the Lions cannot be ruled out of contention as they fought well in both of their opening games and the commitment from the team is showing and that has to be positive as the season develops and the new players settle in for a long campaign.
Altrincham Aces v Nottingham Lions
Period scores: 0-0/1-1/3-1
Lions points scorers: Dan Hazeldine 2+0, Rob Perks 0+1, Joe Humphries 0+1, Cameron Pywell 0+1
The Lions have chance to put things right on Sunday 18th September 2016 vs Hull Jets at the National Ice Centre 7.30pm