The Nottingham Lions are still waiting for their first victory in the NIHL Moralee League after a 4-1 defeat to the Whitley Warriors in their first away game of the campaign.

Matt Bradbury took a full side to Tyneside and they found themselves a goal behind inside the first ten minutes of the game when Philip Edgar put the home side ahead from the assists of Finlinson and Smedley at 8.15. The Warriors struck again just before the end of the first period when Shaun Kippin fired home from Longstaff and Smedley and they went in at the end of the first period two goals to the good.

END OF THE 1ST PERIOD: WHITLEY WARRIORS 2 – 0 NOTTINGHAM LIONS

The second period was goalless with the most notable event being a 2+2+10 penalty given to Josh Maddock midway through the period, but the Lions were unable to capitalise on this powerplay spell. Joe Aston then sat for two minutes for high sticking with a little over five minutes of the period remaining with the Lions penalty killing proving effective, the teams heading in at the end of 40 with the score remaining 2-0 in favour of the Lions.

END OF THE 2ND PERIOD: WHITLEY WARRIORS 2 – 0 NOTTINGHAM LIONS

Whitley extended their lead early in the final period when Edgar scored his second of the game unassisted at 43.56 and as the game ticked towards its conclusion, it was looking increasingly unlikely that the Lions would be able to eradicate the deficit. Matt Bradbury’s side played with passion and energy and were rewarded for their efforts with less than two and a half minutes remaining. After Whitley’s captain Daniel Pye received two minutes for boarding, the Lions required just five seconds on the powerplay to put a marker on the board. Marc Levers scoring the goal assisted by Adz Andrews.

With the deficit reduced to just two goals Bradbury decided to pull netminder Tom Hovell with one minute and nine seconds remaining in an attempt to utilise the extra attacker, but it was only empty for fourteen seconds before Edgar found the empty net for his hat-trick.

END OF THE 3RD PERIOD: WHITLEY WARRIORS 4 – 1 NOTTINGHAM LIONS (SOG WARRIORS 41 LIONS 42)

Tom Hovell finished with a save percentage of 92.5% and this weekend the Lions head to Solway to take on the Sharks on Saturday before returning to the National Ice Centre on Sunday evening for a 7.30pm faceoff as they take on the Blackburn Hawks.

Sunday, 24 September 2017.
Chris Gadsby