Tonight we welcome for the first time this season the Altrincham Aces to the National Ice Centre.
Last season saw the Aces in their first season back in the Laidler Conference following their relegation from the Moralee Conference. They were at that time under the banner of the Manchester Minotaurs but rebranded to their old but better known name of the Altrincham Aces as they prepared for the 2015/16 season.
During that season they met the Lions four times and ended with slightly better stats with the Aces pipping our home team by the odd goal over the series but ending two places down on the Lions in 5th place to the Lions 3rd in the conference.
The Lions went through to the play offs and the Aces looked to the 2016/17 season to make the changes necessary to have a real shot at the title, or at least a play off place this time around.
Although the Aces pre season games did not go too well against the Widnes Wild they started their league campaign in good form beating the Hull Jets on the road and repeating that result against the Lions up at Altrincham the next night. Although in both cases these were quite tight results nevertheless it was a four point weekend for the Aces and all looked positive.
Against the Blackburn Eagles all appeared to go somewhat pear shaped as the Aces lost both the home and the away games in a back to back weekend. The Aces soon got back on track when the following weekend they achieved a good solid home win against the Sheffield Senators.
The Lions have had a week off following their home win against the Hull Jets and will be looking to reverse the loss to the Aces earlier in the season. The Hull game was, as usual, a tough affair but the Lions took the honours winning two periods and tying the third. Paul Stanley had a stand out night with a three goal haul and MOM Elliot Perrin showed why he has been promoted to Captain the team with a very solid performance. In the end it is a team game and the support from the other players enabled the team as a whole to achieve a positive result on the night.
The game against the Aces will be as competitive as ever and we look forward to fast paced physical affair with hopefully more points in the bag.
Panthers over in Cardiff so any hockey fans requiring a good night out for a very reasonable price get down to the National Ice Centre. Your support would be very welcome at the Lions game. Face off is at 7.30pm.