A decisive 7-1 home victory over Hull Jets last Sunday, will provide the momentum the Nottingham Lions will need this weekend, as they fight for four points away from home. Saturday sees the Lions face the Widnes Wild, whilst on Sunday, they make the short hop to take on local rivals Sheffield Senators.
Slawomir Kasprzak in action against the Wild, earlier this season.
Last weekend, the Lions iced close to full strength, with the only senior absentee being Reece Glossop whose fitness still remains questionable, as he works to recover from injury. However, Matt Bradbury will be hoping to find his squad boosted, should the contingent of Under-18s become available to him, after their absence against the Jets, last Sunday.
First up in an exciting weekend hockey are the Wild (5:30pm), who currentlny sit sixth in the Laidler D2 standings, level on points with fifth-placed Nottingham. Widnes have not recorded a win since the begining of November and will be looking to halt their losing skid in front of a noisy home crowd at Silverblades Ice Rink.
This is the second time the Lions have faced their Cheshire-based opponents in the 2014/2015 season, with the first match-up seeing Bradbury's side squeeze a 5-4 win at the National Ice Centre, back in October.
Sunday afternoon should see another feisty encounter, when Nottingham travel to face the Senators at Ice Sheffield (4:30pm). The surging Senators are currently sitting pretty in second position, six points behind the Solihull Barons and with just four losses on their record from sixteen games, the Senators are sure to be tough customers, although last weekend saw their resolve tested, as they were routed 6-0 on home ice, by the Telford Tigers.
In the Sens' only encounter with the Lions this season back in September, they were pushed hard at the NIC before eventually taking two points away from the Pride, in a narrow 5-4 victory
Jamie Hovell takes on the Senators at the NIC back in September.
A tough and entertaining weekend’s action awaits and with the Lions showing they are capable of winning well, the next task will be to begin to string the wins together and graft their way up the standings.
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