The RTL sponsored Widnes Wild face another tough test this weekend when they take on the Hull Jets in a massive 3rd v 2nd Laidler Division encounter at Planet Ice Widnes on Sunday.
With very few games left to play in the regular season and every point vital in the chase for play off places, the importance of this game to both teams cannot be stressed enough.
Hull are currently in second place in the Laidler Division table with 50 points from 32 games while the Wild are in third with 46 points from 31 games.
Honours are even between the two teams this season so far with Hull having won 4-6 in Widnes back in November and the Wild winning 1-5 away on Humberside in January. The two teams actually meet twice in the next two weeks – with Widnes at home this Sunday and then away in Hull next Sunday 18th March – and the outcome of those games, with the Wild also playing Altrincham Aces away on Saturday 17th, will have a huge bearing on who finishes where.
Hull topped the league back in December on the back of a 12-game winning run and following a defeat away at Sutton Sting a month ago, have since won their last 6 matches on the trot. Jets player Richard Haggar is currently the Laidler Division’s top points scorer with 70+51 in 29 games and his team mates Gowan Beddoes and Jay Robinson are also in the top 5 with 80 points and 79 respectively.
The Widnes Wild top points scorers are player coach Ollie Barron who is sixth place in the overall scoring standings with 40+35 in 29 games and Stuart Brittle, who is seventh with 23+49 in 30 games.
The Wild’s form was inconsistent over the Christmas and new year period but they have won their last 5 games – including a sensational 2-3 win away at Telford Tigers last Sunday, which handed them an important 3-1 “series win” in terms of games between the two teams.
The RTL-sponsored Widnes Wild play the Hull Jets this Sunday 11th March at Planet Ice Widnes. Face off is at 5.30pm and doors open at 4.45.
The Widnes-based Riverside Raiders recreational team play their first game of the year this Saturday when they travel to Telford to take on the RAF Cosford Stars. It will be a tough game against a team of serving RAF personnel and is a useful part of their preparations to defend their Summer Classic Play Off title that they won last year. The game is at Telford ice rink and faces off at 10.15pm. The Raiders’ first match in the 2018 Summer Classic Cup is on Sunday 1st April when they take on the Steel City Hawks at Planet Ice Widnes – 4.30pm face.