(Photo by Hannah Walker)
Saturday 2nd November 2019: Wild Academy Under 11s 1 – Kingston (Hull) U11s 9 (EIHA North U11 Div 3)
The Wild Academy Under 11s continued their roller coaster debut season of competition with a 1 – 9 defeat at home to Kingston at Planet Ice Widnes on Saturday.
The Wild youngsters were up against it from the start, with very experienced opponents and were out-shot over the course of the game by 50 to 10. Having said that, it was a very spirited performance from a group of players, many of whom were only playing their third ever competitive game and several of whom are actually Under 9s players who are playing up an age group.
Kingston opened the scoring after 3 minutes and led 0 – 3 at the first break. A fourth goal just 25 seconds into the second period edged the visitors further ahead and they were leading 0 – 7 by the time Widnes scored their first and only goal of the game. This was a superb debut goal by Caleb Eddleston and came just seconds before the end of the second period.
Kingston scored again at the start of the third period and rounded off the scoring for the game with a ninth goal on 33 minutes. The remaining 15 minutes of play saw chances for both teams but no further scoring and the end result of 1 – 9 to the visitors may seem a little harsh on the fledgling Widnes side.
Miks Kirsteins put in a good performance in goal for the Wild team, turning away 41 of the 50 shots that were fired at him, while Caleb Eddleston picked up the MVP Award.
The Wild Under 11s are at home again this Saturday 9th November when they take on league leaders Manchester Storm Under 11s at Planet Ice Widnes – 6.15 pm face off.
The Wild Academy Under 18s team are at home on Saturday when they take on Nottingham at Planet Ice Widnes -7.45 p.m. face off. This is the same opposition to whom they very narrowly lost away last weekend and this should be a thrilling encounter to watch.
Admission to both Academy games is free.
The Wild Academy Under 13s team are away to Billingham U13s on Saturday, – 5.30 p.m. face off.