Wild’s Lee Kemp (#15) scores against Sheffield in the first game at Planet Ice Widnes back in September. (Photo by Geoff White)
The YKK-sponsored Widnes Wild will be looking to continue their climb up the Laidler Division table with back-to-back games against the Sheffield Senators this weekend. They play away in Sheffield this Saturday 11th January – 7.30 pm face off – and then play the return game at Planet Ice Widnes on Sunday – 5.30 pm face off.
Games between these two teams have been very close this season, with one win for each side. With both teams having won their last two home games, it is very difficult to predict what will happen over the weekend but some exciting ice hockey is assured.
The Senators currently occupy fourth place in the Laidler Division table, with 18 points from 15 games. The Wild are just three points behind them, with games in hand and will expect to be occupying a significantly higher League position once they have caught up with the other teams in terms of games played.
The Senators have two players in their ranks who figure at the top of the Laidler scoring tables in Thomas Humphries and Nathan Parkes-Britton who have 38 and 37 points respectively and they will be players to watch out for over the weekend.
The Wild are slowly getting players back from injury and will be hoping to build on their recent positive performances.
The game on Sunday faces off at 5.30 pm at Planet Ice Widnes and doors open at 4.45.
Widnes Wild Women
The Widnes Wild women’s team make the journey to Lincolnshire this Saturday 11th January to take on the Grimsby Wolves in WNIHL Division 1 North – face off is at 4.00 p.m.
The Wild Women have never played Grimsby before and the Lincolnshire rink is renowned for its small ice pad, however, that home advantage has done little to help the Grimsby team this season and they are yet to win a game at home. The Wolves have one win from four League starts this season, that coming from a 7 – 2 win away to Nottingham Vipers back in October.
The Wild women have won their last three league games and will move to the top of the table if they win on Saturday.
After Saturday’s trip, the Wild Women have five weeks before their next league game when they will be facing the Grimsby Wolves at home at Planet Ice Widnes on Sunday 16th February.
The Wild Academy Under 15s are at home to Solihull Under 15s this Saturday 11th January – 7.45 pm face off.
Before that, the Academy Under 13s are also at home to local rivals Deeside Dragons Under 13s on Saturday – 6.15 p.m. face off. Admission to all Academy games is free and supporters are encouraged to come along and cheer the Wild stars of the future.
Also on Saturday, the Wild Academy Under 9s Team travel away to Deeside to take part in a multi-team cross-ice tournament.