The YKK sponsored Widnes Wild travel to Nottingham this Sunday 18th September when they face the Lions at the National Ice Centre in the Lace City – face off 7.15pm.
The first meetings between all the teams in the Moralee Division this season – home and away – count towards the qualifying group for the cup tournament as well as the league competition so, even at this very early stage of the new season, all results are highly important. The Wild have enjoyed a long-term rivalry with the Lions over they years and games between the “Big Cats” have always been closely fought and entertaining. They have played the Lions 29 times overall, winning 16 games, losing 10 and drawing 3. From 14 meetings away in the Lace City, it is 7 wins apiece but the Wild have the edge in terms of goals scored in those games with 60 to 53.
Widnes won all 4 Moralee Division encounters with the Lions last season but Nottingham did pick up some impressive results towards the end of the campaign.
The Lions lost 1-8 in their league opener on Sunday to last season’s champions Solway Sharks but it is much too soon to read much into that so early on in the season. With the Wild having only very narrowly lost out to league runners up Whitley Warriors 4-3 on Sunday, this weekend’s game should give an early indication of the relative strengths of the two sides.
For any Wild fans who are unable to make the journey to Nottingham, the Lions usually livestream their home games via YouTube.
After this Sunday’s away trip, the Wild will be at home the Sunday after that – 25th September – when they take on Whitley Warriors in their first home league fixture of the season at Planet Ice Widnes, 5.30pm face off.
MEMORIAL GAME FOR MURDERED POLICEWOMEN
North west ice hockey fans may be interested to know that there will be a memorial game played at Altrincham this Saturday 17th September to mark the 10th anniversary of the deaths of two Greater Manchester Policewomen, Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone, who were murdered in a gun and grenade ambush while on duty back on 2012.
The memorial match will be played between the “Peelers” team – which is made up of current and former members of police forces from across the north of England, along with other constabulary support staff – and the South Wales Police “Enforcers” team, who are based in Cardiff.
Former GB international and Manchester Storm defenceman Paul Swindlehurst – who is now a PC with Greater Manchester Police – will be taking part in the game, along with a number of other former league players.
The memorial game faces off at 6pm at Planet Ice Altrincham on Saturday and tickets cost £6.50 for adults and £4.50 for children. Proceeds from the game and will be shared between 2 separate charities – the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund & The Police Treatment Centre.