The Lions travel up to Hull knowing that the Jets are into a four game unbeaten run with three wins, and managing a very creditable tied game with second placed Sheffield Senators.
Some of their earlier games in the season were more noticeable by the lack of players available and having to play very short benched on occasions. In recent weeks they have managed much improved bench strength in some games and the results have improved. Although lacking numbers this has not stopped the team making their opponents really battle for points. At Nottingham in September a hard fought 4-2 result was achieved by the Lions.
The most recent win for the Jets occurred in a game up at Bradford with the Bulldogs losing out to the Jets 7-11 and again the Hull team turned up with just thirteen skaters but still managed to pull the ‘dog’s’ teeth. In the Bradford game two Jets players (Beach and Haggar) scored hat tricks and Joshua Blissett bagged five goals. This latest result definitely shows that given the opportunity the Jets can punish teams with the firepower available to them therefore the Lions will need to keep the game tight defensively and make the most of whatever opportunities that they are presented with on the night.
There is no doubt that this game is crucial as there are few points separating the Lions and the Jets with the Hull team also looking to achieve a play off spot at the end of the season.
Face off today in Hull is at 4.45pm.