Saturday 22nd February: Deeside Dragons U15s 13 – Wild Academy U15s 7 (U15 North Division 3)
The Wild Academy Under 15s team lost away to local rivals Deeside Dragons Under 15s 13 – 7 in North Wales on Saturday.
The Dragons scored first after just 35 seconds and were 3 – 0 ahead by the time Widnes scored their first goal on 12 minutes, with a great solo effort from Adam Case. Case scored again just 30 seconds later but this mini purple patch for the Wild youngsters was thwarted with a fourth goal for Deeside with just 5 seconds to play in the first period.
Widnes came out for the second period looking very fired up and two more goals for Adam Case levelled the score on 19 minutes. Two quick-fired goals for the Dragons put them into a 6 – 4 lead but a goal from the Wild’s Samuel Daintith – his first ever competitive goal – kept the Wild in contention. The second period continued in this vein, with Deeside pulling ahead and Widnes reeling them in with two more goals for Adam Case and the score ended up at 9 – 7 at the second break.
Deeside ran away with the game in the third period, with four unanswered goals to win 13 – 7 overall.
The result sees the Dragons draw further ahead at the top of the Under 15s North Division 3 league table. They have 16 points from 9 games, while Widnes are in second place with 12 points from 11 games.
The Wild Under 15s are next in action on Saturday 14th March when they play host to the Deeside Under 15s team at Planet Ice Widnes.
The Wild Academy Under 9s team took part in a multi-team cross-ice tournament at Bradford on Sunday. The games are played for fun with no scores being kept and the emphasis is focused on learning and improving basic playing skills. The Under 9s are next in action at a tournament away at Deeside on Saturday 7th March.
Wild Academy Under 18s netminder Jake Lowndes made a guest appearance for the Leeds Chiefs team in the NIHL National Division at the weekend. He was named back-up netminder for their games away at Basingstoke on Saturday and at home to Sheffield Steeldogs on Sunday.
Although Lowndes did not get to ice in either fixture, he was able to get important experience being on the bench and mixing with players of a higher level, which will be useful for his continued development.
The Wild Academy Under 11s are at home to Bradford Under 11s this Saturday 29th February at Planet Ice Widnes – 6.15 p.m. face off. Admission is free.