Nottingham Lions 7 Hull Jets 1.

The Nottingham Lions climbed up to fifth in the Laidler D2 standings, following a convincing win over the Hull Jets at the National Ice Centre on Sunday evening.

10adamandrewsAdam Andrews opened the scoring for the Lions inside the first three minutes.

A brace from Stuart Parker and individual strikes from Adam Andrews, Ivo Dimitrijevs, Ben Foster-Wilson, Luke Thomas and Dan Hazeldine saw the Lions run out comfortable winners over their East Yorkshire-based opponents.

Nottingham were aiming to return to winning ways after two consecutive defeats, both coming against the Deeside Dragons, losing by a 4-2 scoreline at the NIC at the start of the month followed by another two goal deficit at the hands of their Welsh opponents, going down by a 3-1 decision at Deeside Ice Rink last Sunday.

Forward Christy Johnson-Brown returned to the line-up after a lengthy spell on the sidelines, alongside fellow attackers Dan Hazeldine, Slawomir Kasprzak and D-man Lee Holland, who were all named on the team sheet after missing last weekend's loss in North Wales.

Reece Glossop was the only senior player to miss out through injury, whilst head coach Matt Bradbury was unable to call upon his brethren of talented youngsters, as the club's Under-18s side had a prior engagement in Whitley Bay.

The Jets were coming into the game buoyed by of their first away win of the season, snatching a 5-3 win over Blackburn Eagles the previous weekend but four early Lions goals soon took the wind out of the visitors' sails.

Andrews opened the scoring with less than three minutes on the clock, netting his second of the campaign. Latvian forward Dimitrijevs then scored a second just over a minute later before Foster-Wilson made it three on the five minute mark.

Thirty seconds later, veteran forward Stuart Parker showed sublime skill and vision to weave his way past two defenders before cooly slotting home.

22stuartparkerTwo goal hero - Stuart Parker.

Conor Gordon then struck the metalwork on nine minutes before Luke Thomas' shot from the point found the back of the net on the power play a minute later, rounding off a miserable first period for Hull.

It would get worse for the visitors in the second period, when on twenty-four minutes, after Foster-Wilson was sent to the penalty box for a cross-check, Hazeldine scored his twelfth of the season, when he pounced on a defensive error to fire home short-handed.

To their credit, the Jets did not let their heads drop and fought gallantly to try and get back into the game. Lions' goalie Tom Hovell had to make a number of good stops as the period wore on but Hull finally broke through on the power play, Jordan Fisher capitalising on their man advantage on thirty-nine minutes, to make the score 6-1 at the end of forty minutes of play.

With the game effectively over as a contest, their was little drama to discuss in a rather uneventful third period, with the only real highlight being Parker scoring his second goal of the night on the power play, thanks to another fantastic solo effort on fifty-five minutes.

2craigwallisLions Man Of The Match - Craig Wallis.

They may be back to winning ways but the Lions now face a tricky double-header on the road next weekend, starting with a trip to face Widnes Wild on Saturday 22nd November at Silverblades Ice Rink (5:30pm) before heading up the M1 to take on local rivals the Senators at Ice Sheffield the following day (23rd November - 4.30pm).

Match Stats:

Adam Andrews 1+1, Ivo Dimitrijevs 1+1, Ben Foster-Wilson 1+1, Stuart Parker 2+2, Luke Thomas 1+0, Dan Hazeldine 1+1, Craig Wallis 0+1, Jamie Hovell 0+1.

Period Scores: 1st 5-0, 2nd 1-1, 3rd 1-0.

Shots: 1st 15-8, 2nd 12-11, 3rd 15-8. Total 42-27.

Penalty Mins: 1st 0-2, 2nd 4-0, 3rd 2-6. Total 6-8.

Lions MOTM (sponsored by Ice Breakers): Craig Wallis.

Sunday, 16 November 2014.
Simon Ball-McQueen - Media Manager