For the last time this season the Lions are taking to the road to visit Flintshire and the home of the top club and possibly future Laidler Conference champions.
The Dragons have a formidable record this season helped by a substantial number of experienced, and the odd up and coming players, but strengthened massively by possibly the most lethal couple of imports in the conference. Between them Filip Supa and Adrian Palak are averaging around 4 goals a game. Supa as amassed 59 points and Palak 70 points to date this season. The Dragons top 6 senior Brits have, between them, contributed in excess of 150 points, so here we have a solid team with plenty of fire power.
The Lions go into this one as the definite underdogs but with a great chance to give the younger guys some valuable ice time against tough opponents. All good experience for the young guys particularly the u18 players that might find they will looking to be regular members of the Lions squad next season and wanting to impress.
The Lions results have not been that good of late against the Dragons but remain the only team, to date, to dampen the Dragons fire earlier in the season.
I suppose the biggest talking point at the moment is the rift that led to the split between Flintshire Council and Red Hockey’s Wayne Scholes, and the possible effects this might have on the Dragons organisation. A team like the Dragons need strong financial commitments to ensure that most of this winning team are able to ice next season in the Moralee Conference. I believe that should the team not be backed fully they might find life next season very uncomfortable. The Ex Laidler Solihull Barons are doing ok as are the Telford Tigers (NIHL) but the Sheffield Senators have really struggled to make their mark in the Moralee Conference,
It has to be remembered that during the 2014/15 season, before the short Red Hockey era, the Dragons ended that season fifth in the Laidler Conference behind the three already promoted and the Widnes Wild who missed out on promotion in the play off games. The Dragons made huge strides with Red Hockey backing but the big questions just have to be, what happens now the club’s main financial stream has dried up, and are the Flintshire Council going to pick up the tab?
Last Sunday saw Samantha Bolwell get the nod and a full 60min in nets for the Lions in what turned out to be a tight game with the Lions missing out with a 1-2 loss to Altrincham Aces. She took 33 shots on her net and kicked aside 31 so not a bad result in her first full home game.
I have noticed that although losing twice against Deeside and most recently the one loss against Aces the Lions achieved fairly even shots on goal but came out of those games pointless, therefore the obvious conclusion is reached that the striking potential is there but conversion to goals needs some improvement. Should the Lions keep plugging away the goals will surely come, and with it, a few more positive results for the team. The end of season play offs are still the target.