The Lions take to the road to face the Aces who have just had a successful start to their campaign with a 3-5 win at Hull Jets so the Lions will be facing a very confident Aces team. The only two set backs that the Aces have had have been in their pre-season warm up games when they agreed to go head to head with the potential Laidler Conference front runners the Widnes Wild.
The Aces had strengthened considerably from the team that had their first season in the Laidler Conference last season following their move from Div 1 Moralee Conference and finished just outside the play offs in fifth position.
Maybe showing their hand before the season in warm ups against the Wild might be considered foolish as the initiative lies with the victor in both games and unfortunately it was the Wild that came out on top, but it did give the Aces an insight into what they are up against at the top end of the Conference.
Given their depth and the new additions the Aces should improve on last season and will be aiming for a play off spot at the very least.
Last season the results between the Lions and the Aces proved a tight affair with both teams grabbing a couple of games each but with the Aces having a slightly better goal difference 11 to the Lions 10 but the Lions maintained consistency overall in their games during the season and ended up in third place and into the play offs.
The first game of this season saw the Lions at home to our very well known near neighbours the Sheffield Senators who had just returned to the Laidler Conference after a hard season in the Div 1 Moralee Conference.
The good thing from the Senators point of view was that they maintained their strong core of players such as Mark Hartley, Paul Lofthouse, Elliott Knell, Nathan Britton and the prolific Thomas Humphries and others whilst the Lions, once again, were rebuilding following the loss of some key players.
The result after a hard fought and with fairly equal opportunities to win this one the result went the way of the Senators in a tight 3-4 finish.
A good few new names in the Lions ranks as a number of the young Nottingham players moved up and it was good to see Luke Smith who moved across from Coventry Blaze NIHL to the Lions. After a long hockey lay off and a great career with the GB Olympic Speed Skating Team, Paul Stanley (now retired) has returned to the Lions to recommence his hockey career and it was good to see him back.
Period Scores against Sheffied Senators: 1-1/1-1/1-2
Scorers: Liam Redwood 1+1,Elliott Perrin 1+1, Dan Hazeldine 1+1, Joe Humphries 0+1, Stuart Parker 0+1