After a weekend without ice hockey the Lions travel to play third game of the four game series against the Coventry Blaze for this season. To date the Lions have the upper hand but as we have witnessed very recently past results are no guarantee of future success. It has been noted thatany team inwhatever position in this conference is capable of ripping up the form book and turning over the most fancied team on the night.
The Lions, have in some ways, proved this point of late as on the road against supposed stronger opposition they have come away with points, but on a number of occasions they have held the lead, against the odds, until quite late in certain games that were eventually tied.
The losses at home against Hull Jets and Altrincham Aces have cost the Lions dearly as the Aces now occupy a strong fourth place in the conference with a three point lead and the bonus of a play off spot beckoning.
With the games available to get back into a play off place reducing rapidly the Lions need to pull off a good run of results and they do have the ability and the quality to achieve that if the focus remains strong. The Lions just cannot rely on the Altrincham Aces gifting them the points as they will be equally determined to have a solid run in to the end of the regular season to maintain their advantage.
It was good to see Alan Levers coming out of retirement, once again, to help out and a big vote of thanks also to Angus Laing of the Sheffield Junior System for turning out in goal for the Lions. Angus played in the tied game at Widnes whilst Alan played in the tied game at Blackburn. They shared the home game against Altrincham Aces.
I noted from last weekend’s results that the Coventry team just missed out in a 4-3 game at Hull but in the return game in Coventry lost out 1-8. The Blaze are a bit Jekyll and Hyde at times getting a good win against the Bradford Bulldogs and a tight 6-4 loss at Widnes. They are certainly capable of causing an upset so the Lions better be up for this game and set aside recent reversals in form.
Face off at the Skydome 7.30pm