(Photo by Geoff White)
The YKK-sponsored Widnes Wild have a tough weekend ahead of them, travelling away to play league leaders Hull Jets on Saturday and then facing fierce local rivals Deeside Dragons at Planet Ice Widnes on Sunday.
Due to fixture re-scheduling, the Wild have yet to play the Jets this season and it is likely that, with four games to come between the two teams, the outcome of those matches will go a long way to deciding the destination of the Laidler Division title.
Hull are always a competitive side but seem to have an extra spark this season and currently lead the league table with 28 points from 17 games. Their top scorer, Richard Haggar, leads the division’s scoring standing with 17 goals and 38 assists. The Jets have only lost three games all season and have won their last four on the trot, so Saturday’s game will be a big test for the Wild.
Widnes have had a bit of a topsy-turvy season so far and their Laidler Division title defence has been hit by injuries to key players. They have actually won more games on the road this season to date than they have at home, so that may be a good omen for the game at Hull. The game on Saturday faces off at 5.15 p.m.
The following night, Widnes take on the Deeside Dragons for what is likely to be another fiercely contested “derby” encounter. The Wild lost the first home game against the Dragons 2 – 4 in early December but won 2 – 7 away in North Wales just a few weeks ago in a game that saw a huge amount of penalty minutes being handed out – mostly to the Dragons’ players.
Widnes have won 5 of their last 7 league games and will be keen to give their title hopes a boost with 4 points from the weekend.
The game on Sunday faces off at 5.30 p.m. with doors opening at 4.45 p.m., and is sponsored by Sprakes & Son, who have been very strong supporters of the club since it first started.
The Wild Academy Under 11s are at home again this Saturday, when they take on the Whitley Bay Under 11s for the second week in a row at Planet Ice Widnes – 6.15 pm Face Off.
The Wild Academy Under 13s are also at home on Saturday, when they take on Blackburn Under 13s – 7.30 pm face off.
Entry to all Wild Academy team games at Planet Ice Widnes is free and spectators are urged to come along and support the stars of the future.