The RTL-sponsored Widnes Wild picked up four important Laidler Division points over the weekend with wins away at Blackburn Hawks N2 on Saturday and then at home to Sutton Sting on Sunday.
Looking back over the eventful weekend, Wild player coach Ollie Barron said:
“For the Saturday game away in Blackburn, we got what we needed. It is a difficult game to play when you are expected win quite heavily. We got the 2 points we needed while never really being threatened. All credit to the Hawks – they don’t stop working week in week out.”
“We had large spells of possession and arguably should have finished more of our chances. But 2 points is what was required and that’s what we got – albeit with 3 disallowed goals (all should have stood in my opinion, but that’s hockey…).”
“Sunday’s fixture was a completely different game as Sutton are a team challenging at the top of the table. In their games this year, they have had some impressive results – beating Aces and Senators – and only dropping points to us earlier in the season.”
“I think Simon Butterworth (Sting’s player coach) has built a strong squad capable of challenging for the league. They have a mix of experience and youth and prove difficult opposition. They played a strict game plan and it worked – they frustrated us and worked hard all night. I was delighted with the character we showed and that we didn’t give up. To score a equaliser so late on with all the pressure we had on the Sting’s net and then to go on and take 2 points in OT was a great feeling.”
“Again, thanks to all the fans who travelled to Blackburn and to all who supported us on Sunday. I’m sure it was a exciting game to watch and we thank you for your support.”
“We welcome Deeside next week to the Hive and I hope to see as many of you at the rink again cheering us on.”
The RTL-sponsored Widnes Wild are next in action this Sunday 19th November when they play the Deeside Dragons N2 team at Silver Blades Widnes. Face off is at 5.30pm and doors open at 4.45.
Report by Paul Breeze – www.icehockeyreview.co.uk