The Senators are making their final visit of the season to Nottingham holding third place in the conference but looking over their shoulder at the chasing pack. With the Lions just below them in 4th spot and with Altrincham Aces not far behind both the Lions and the Senators as the pressure is beginning to build as teams head towards the final third of the 2016/17 season.
With the Blackburn Eagles and Widnes Wild battling for the top slot and promotion the teams presently below them are looking to gain a play off spot as the very minimum to consider the season to have proved a success.
The Sheffield Senators have, to date, had a quite good season considering the hardships they faced in NIHL 1 last season where success totally eluded them and even winning a game proved a non starter.
The Senators began their 2016/17 season here in Nottingham and leaving a hard fought game with the points and a 3-4 win. The Lions then visited Sheffield and suffered an 8-3 result in a game where the second period sealed the Lions fate and is best used as a lesson to be learned rather than forgotten. In that game the Lions lost the first period by the odd goal and in fact won the third period but by then, of course, the game was well beyond retrieval.
The Senators managed to get wins against the top two teams and sat in second position until they paid the Bradford Bulldogs a visit and on their smaller ice pad the shock result occurred as the ‘Dogs’ ripped into the Senators beating them 9-4.
It would be true to say that the Senators will feel more comfortable on the larger ice pad here in Nottingham and will be seeking to impose themselves on the home team. With two wins already in the bag this season against the Lions the Senators will be looking to continue that trend therefore the Lions will require a top drawer performance to ensure this does not happen.
This local game is always a good one to watch with our near rivals seeking to stay around the promotional zone and our home team attempting to stay in contention for a play off spot by gaining a positive result - game on!
With the Panthers away in Coventry why not pay the Lions v Senators game a visit, you will be very welcome. Face off is at 7.30pm at the National Ice Centre.