Academy Round-Up
Saturday 19th October 2019: Blackburn U15 3 – Wild Academy U15 6 (U15 North Div 3)

The Wild Academy Under 15s team continued their winning start to the season with a 3 – 6 win away to Blackburn Under 15s on Saturday.

The Wild opened the scoring after just 2 minutes, with a goal from Jake Meehan and ended the first period with a 0 – 1 lead. Further goals from Adam Vigh-Yecsey and a second period hat-trick from Benjamin Fox put the Wild 0 – 5 ahead before the home side managed to score their opening goal on 27 minutes.

With a 1 – 5 lead heading into the third period, things looked good for the Widnes youngsters but 2 goals within 90 seconds of each other dragged Blackburn into contention but a well-taken short-handed goal by Wild captain Liam Eaton with just 3 minutes left to play made sure of the points.

Netminder Harry Bird – playing up an age group – put in an excellent display and deservedly picked up the MVP Award for Widnes.

The Wild Under 15s remain in 2nd place in the Junior League Under 15 North Division 3 table, with 2 wins from their 2 games so far this season. They are 2 points behind league leaders Deeside Dragons, who also have a 100% record.

The Wild Under 15s are next in action on Sunday 17th November, when they travel to face the Solihull Under 15s in the West Midlands. They are then at home for the first time this season on Saturday 23rd November, when they take on the Deeside Under 15s at Planet Ice Widnes – 7.45 pm face off.

Saturday 19th October 2019: Nottingham U18 9 – Wild Academy U18 6 (U18 North Div 2)

The Wild Academy Under 18 team put in a sterling performance in their Under 18 North Division Three game away to Nottingham Under 18s and were frustrated to come home with a 9 – 6 defeat.

This was a really close-fought game throughout and for much of the time it looked as if the Widnes youngsters were going to pick up the first win of their debut season.

Nottingham opened the scoring after 2 minutes but Widnes equalised with a goal from captain Sam Anderson just 2 minutes later. Nottingham edged ahead again but David Geroc pulled the Wild level. Widnes then took the lead with a Sam Anderson goal at 15.33 but Nottingham then equalised just 18 seconds later. This first period goal fest continued with a fourth Nottingham goal on 18 minutes and another Widnes equaliser a minute later from Charlie Evans.

At the end of an exciting first period, the score was tied at 4 – 4 and ,in contrast, the second period, while full of flowing end-to-end hockey and plenty of shots, only elicited 2 goals.

Nottingham edged back into the lead on 29 minutes but Widnes equalised once again with Sam Anderson’s hat-trick goal with just 2 minutes left in the period. With the score standing at 5 – 5 after 40 minutes of play, there was still plenty to look forward to in the third period.

Sam Anderson edged the Wild ahead once again, with his fourth goal of the match just 41 seconds into the third period. However, Nottingham drew level once more 16 seconds later. The hosts edged ahead with a power play goal on 46 minutes and then extended their lead 5 minutes later.

Unfortunately, any hopes of a Wild fight back were quashed as the game was running late and had to finish before the regulation 60 minutes had been completed. A ninth goal for the hosts on 52 minutes rounded off the scoring for the evening and, despite having played superbly throughout, the Wild found themselves on the wrong end of a 9 – 6 scoreline.

Despite being heavily out-shot throughout the game – by 55 – 18 – The Wild defence and netminder Jake Lowndes put in a superb performance, which demonstrates that this newly-formed Widnes Under 18s Team is making progress with every game they play.

The Wild Under 18s sit bottom of the league table with 1 point from their 6 games to date but captain Sam Anderson is top of the scoring standings with 13 goals and 4 assists from 5 games.

The Wild Under 18s Team are at home this Saturday 26th October, when they take on the Sheffield Steel City Under 18s at Planet Ice Widnes, 7.45 pm face off.

The Wild Academy Under 11s team are also in action on Saturday, playing their first home game of the season at Planet Ice at home to Bradford Under 11s. That game faces off at 6.15 p.m. and admission to both Academy matches is free.


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