The YKK sponsored Widnes Wild have two away games this weekend. On Saturday, they travel the relatively short distance to North Wales to take on the Deeside Dragons – 5pm face off - and then, on Sunday, they travel to the Steel City to take on Sheffield Scimitars, 1pm start.
Widnes made their first trip to the Dragons’ Queensferry rink since the Covid lockdowns two weeks ago and ended up on the wrong end of 5-2 scoreline. They beat the Dragons 8-6 earlier in the season at Planet ice Widnes but a 4-6 home reverse in the M56 Cup means that Deeside currently hold local bragging rights in derby meetings and the Wild will be keen to put that right on Saturday.
Deeside are currently 7th in the Moralee Division table and are playing catch up in terms of games played due to a delayed start to their league campaign. They are 5 points behind 5th place Widnes but have played 3 games fewer, so every point is critical as we approach the business end of the season.
Sunday’s opponents, Sheffield Scimitars, are bottom of the table with just 1 point from their 24 starts. The Wild won 1-3 on their first visit to Sheffield back in October and then beat them 5-3 in both league meetings in Widnes and will be keen to extend that record on Sunday as they look to improve their position in the league table.
Following this weekend’s away games, the Wild are next at home the weekend after when they have a double header facing Nottingham Lions on Saturday 25th February and Deeside on Sunday 26th at Planet Ice Widnes.
DMUK Widnes Wild Women
The DMUK Widnes Wild women’s team travel to Lincolnshire to take on the Grimsby Wolves this Saturday 18th February.
Grimsby are currently bottom on the Division 2 North table with just 1 win from 6 games while the Wild women are in second place with 6 wins from 8 - and are hot on the heels of leaders Solway.
The league table is very close this season with just 4 points separating 1st to 4th and only 1 point separating 5th to 8th so the two points from a win would make a big difference to both teams on Saturday.
Following Saturday’s away game, the Wild women are next at home on Sunday 5th March when they play Grimsby at Planet Ice Widnes.
WILD JUNIOR ACADEMY
The Wild Junior Academy Under 14s are at home this Saturday 18th February when they take on Blackburn U14s at Planet Ice Widnes, 4.20pm face off.
The Academy Under 18s are in action straight afterwards when they play host to Leeds U18s, 6pm face off.
Also on Saturday, the Under 16 team travel to play Solihull U16s – 6.20pm face off.
On Sunday, the Under 14s are away to Solihull U14s, 6.0pm face off, while the Under 10 team are taking part in a 4-team cross-ice tournament at Bradford, with the fun starting at 5pm.
Admission is free to all Wild Academy home games at Planet Ice Widnes and spectators are encouraged to go along and cheer on the Wild players of the future.