The RTL – sponsored Widnes Wild will be looking to make it three wins out of three when they entertain the Deeside Dragons N2 team this Sunday 19th November at Silver Blades Widnes.
Following last weekend’s back-to-back wins over Blackburn Hawks and Sutton Sting, the Wild will be keen to keep the momentum going and also keep up the pressure on league leaders Altrincham Aces who are 3 points ahead in the Laidler Division but face a difficult game away to Sutton Sting on Saturday night.
The Dragons N2 side is a new team to the league this season and, as a “development team”, are composed of mainly younger players and former recreational players under the guidance of a few experienced old hands.
Due to the close proximity (in ice hockey terms) and regular movement of players back and forth, there is always a lot of friendly rivalry between Widnes and teams from Deeside and the new Dragons N2 has a lot of familiar faces in it.
The team includes Gez Evans, Sam Plant, Dave Priestley, Owen Tennant and netminder Charlie Perry who were all in the Widnes-based Riverside Raiders team that won this year’s Puckstop.Com Summer Classic play offs while the second netminder – Tegan Lavery – made two appearances for the Widnes Wild women’s team last season.
The Dragons team also features former Widnes import Michal Fico who originally played for the Wildcats rec team before moving up to the Wild for the 2015/16 season and then moving to Blackburn the year after. Fico is the Dragons’ top scorer this season with 7+7 from 10 games.
The fledgling team have struggled to compete at this level of play and have only managed 1 point from their 12 league games to date. That came from an overtime loss to the other development team in the league, Blackburn Hawks N2, back in September when they drew 6-6 in regulation time before losing on penalty shots.
The Dragons have been on the wrong end of some very one-sided scorelines and have conceded 139 goals in their 12 league games – scoring only 28 in reply. Sunday will be the first time that the Wild have played the Dragons N2 team and the game at Widnes should be as passionately fought and entertaining as any local derby.
The RTL-sponsored Widnes Wild take on the Dragons N2 team this Sunday 19th November at Silver Blades Widnes. Face off is at 5.30pm and doors open at 4.45.
Report by Paul Breeze – www.icehockeyreview.co.uk