The YKK sponsored Widnes Wild have their last game of the regular season this Saturday 25th March when they take on Solihull Barons at Planet Ice Widnes – 7pm face off.
Both teams are already confirmed in their final positions in the Moralee Division table - Solihull in 4th and Widnes in 5th – but there is still plenty to play for. In the three league games between the two teams this season, Solihull have two wins to the Wild’s one.
Widnes won the first meeting 5-1 back in October but the two away games both ended in single goal defeats so the Wild will be keen to level the tally with the Play Offs coming up the following weekend.
Because of the way that the Moralee Division table has finished, Widnes will also play Solihull in the quarter final of the play offs, with the away game on Saturday 1st April and the home game on Sunday 2nd April at Planet Ice Widnes – 7.15pm face off. The winner over the two legs will qualify for the finals weekend at Altrincham on 8th/9th April.
For anybody who is not able to attend the home game against Solihull on Saturday, the Wild’s broadcasting partners BASN are livestreaming all home league games this season over the internet. Online viewing tickets can be booked to watch the game HERE
The game will be a special Halton Haven night, in aid of the Runcorn based hospice, which is the Wild’s chosen charity this season.
Volunteers from the Hospice will be in attendance at the game and there will be a bucket collection and fundraising raffle.
The Widnes club are very keen on community involvement and have supported numerous local charities and good causes over the years.
This season, as well as their main charity partnership with Halton Haven Hospice, they have hosted fundraising and awareness events for, among others, Merseyside & Cheshire Blood Bikes, Team Mind mental health ice hockey team and have also been collecting for Deeside Dragons player Josh Richardson who is in hospital in Thailand after being seriously injured on holiday.
The game on Saturday faces off at 7pm and doors open at 6.15.
DMUK WIDNES WILD WOMEN
The DMUK Widnes Wild women’s team face their biggest home game of the season this Sunday 26th March when they take on league leaders Solway Sharks Ladies in a top of the table clash at Planet Ice Widnes – face off 4.25pm.
The Sharks have a 100% record with 10 wins from their 10 games this season and the Wild women are in second place just 2 points behind.
This is a “must win” game for the Wild team if they are to have any chance of winning the league title, but they would still need to win their remaining games and hope that other results go their way as well.
Solway won the first meeting between the two teams 8-4 in Dumfries back in October but the Wild women had to play without a regular netminder and will be hoping for a more positive result with a full strength team.
If teams are tied on points in the final league, the results in matches played between those teams are used to decide final league positions. That means that Widnes ideally need to beat Solway by 5 clear goals in order to gain the upper hand in case of that eventuality.
Following Sunday’s game, the Wild women have two more regular season fixtures scheduled – away to Kingston Diamonds on 2nd April and at home to Leeds Roses on 23rd April.
WILD JUNIOR ACADEMY
The Wild Academy Under 12 team are at home to Bradford U12 this Saturday 25th March at Planet Ice Widnes – 4.20pm face off.
The Academy Under 10 team are away at a 4 team cross ice tournament in Bradford the same day – 4pm start - and the Under 18 team are away to Sutton U18s at iceSheffield, 12.50 face off.