The YKK sponsored Widnes Wild are within touching distance of their first ever league title after a comprehensive 11-3 win over Hull Jets at Planet Ice Widnes on Sunday. The win sees them lead the Laidler Division table with 50 points with three games left to go and they need just one more point to ensure that they cannot be beaten.
The game on Sunday actually started badly for the Wild as Hull scored the first goal after just 51 seconds. Widnes were level less than a minute later with a strike from Danny Bullock and, after a lot of end to end play and chances for both teams, the same player finally edged the Wild ahead with his second goal in the 18th minute.
A goal from defenceman Dan Bracegirdle gave the Wild a 3-1 lead at the first period break but the Jets still looked dangerous and there was still a lot of work to be done.
The Jets scored the next goal just 90 seconds into the second period to bring the score back to 3-2 but were unable to build on that and two goals from Stuart Brittle gave the Wild a 5-2 advantage after 40 minutes of play. Widnes moved further ahead in the third period with goals from Chris Gee in the 42nd minute and Ross Jordan in the 48th.
An injury to Hull netminder Dean Bowater saw him leave the ice with 11 minutes left to play and the Wild fired 4 goals past his replacement in just 3 minutes. A late goal for Hull in the 57th minute gave the Jets fans something to cheer about on the way home but the Wild went on to win the game 11-3 and get one hand at least on the Laidler Division trophy.
After the game, Wild player coach Ollie Barron said:
“It was a great victory for us last night as we knew Hull would pose a tough test. We have had close games with them not just this season, but last season also. I thought we dominated large parts of play but Hull took an early lead but what pleased me was our immediate response to level the game.”
“We then we worked hard to take a 3-1 lead at the end of the first period. Hull had a good spell in the second but we still had some great spells of hockey in the second taking a 5-2 lead in the final period. A brilliant third saw us come away with a impressive 11-3 victory.”
“There were some great individual performances with Danny Bullock grabbing a hat trick, Chris Gee scoring twice, and a rare goal from Daniel Bracegirdle. Overall, it was a very pleasing team performance with hard work and determination. We now have a weekend off with no game scheduled so we will work our in team practice ready for the visit of Altrincham Aces to Widnes on the 17th.”
The Wild are without a game this weekend and are back in action on Sunday 17th March when take on the Altrincham Aces at Planet Ice Widnes – 5.30pm face off.
In the meantime, the Wild Academy Under 13 team are at home to the Nottingham U13s on Saturday 9th March at Planet Ice Widnes. Face off is at 6.50pm and admission is free.
The Wild women’s team are at home on Sunday 10th March when they take on the Milton Keynes Falcons in the Women’s Premier League. Face off is at 5.30pm.
- Sunday 3rd March 2019 – Laidler Division
- Widnes Wild 11 – Hull Jets 3
- Period Scores: 3-1, 2-1, 6 -1
- Shots on Goal: Widnes 40 – Hull 35 ( 13-8, 13-16, 14-11)
- Penalties In Minutes: Widnes 6 – Hull 2
- Widnes Scoring: Danny Bullock 3+1, Stuart Brittle 2+1, Chris Gee 2+0, Simon Offord, Michal Novak & Ollie Barron both 1+2, Dan Bracegirdle & Ross Jordan both 1+0, Shaun Dippnall 0+4, Scott Cooper, Mikey Gilbert, Jakub Hajek & Mike Mawer all 0+2, Bez Hughes & Simon Offord both 0+1
- Match Officials: Juris Susters – Referee, Faye Andrews & Lorna Beresford – Linesmen
- MVPs: Widnes – Mike Mawer / Hull – Richard Haggar
- Report by Paul Breeze – www.icehockeyreview.co.uk