Following an exciting and evenly fought battle at the home of the Widnes Wild at the Silver Blades last Sunday we now have the Wild paying their first visit, this season, to the NIC.
It proved an epic game in all respects the last time they met with the Lions taking the points on that occasion by a narrow but decisive margin with both teams going toe to toe for the full 60 minutes. A real crowd pleaser for those of a neutral disposition but a heart in the mouth experience for both sets of fans as the game progressed.
The team Scott McKenzie has assembled for the 2015/16 season has experience in abundance and plenty of players to call upon when goals are required and have proved to be defensively well able to close teams down in their zone.
Judging by last Sunday’s game with a 0-0 first and a 1-1 second it became apparent that with the game as tight as it was the next goal could prove decisive. The Lions took the opportunity, when it was offered, scoring the next goal, but this was quickly followed by a goal to the home side thus tying the game up once again. The Lions managed to get their noses in front with the third goal of the night and with Widnes deciding to pull their netminder for the extra skater the Lions grasped the opportunity and scored their fourth and last goal to wrap up the game 2-4.
Scott McKenzie and the Wild will be looking for the two points to get their season back on track as they pursue the Deeside Dragons who along with the Wild are, if you were a betting person, the two teams, pre season, tipped for probable promotion at the end of the 2015/16 campaign.
Tonight we have a game that potentially has all the ingredients necessary for an outstanding match with both teams now having some ideas regarding the opposition’s strengths and their possible weakness and both team coaches will definitely be out to exploit any of these to the full.
As has been said before the Lions remain on a learning curve and will be so throughout this season and the seasons ahead as new and younger players are brought through into the senior team. We know that a number of the up and coming players are being watched with increasing interest as has been the case with many others over more years than I can remember. The conveyor just keeps on running which is testament to the Nottingham Junior system as a whole.
Should be a great game, and one that the outcome is proving very difficult to predict. A win would be nice.
Face off tonight at the National Ice Centre is 7.30pm - please join us at the Lions Den.