The YKK-sponsored Widnes Wild suffered their first defeat of the new Laidler Division season, losing a battling encounter 2-0 away to the Telford Tigers on Saturday.
The Wild team had long periods of possession and out-shot the home team by a considerable margin but were unable to convert any of that pressure into goals on the night.
The first two periods were both (unusually for ice hockey) goal-less and the first goal of the game didn’t come until the 45th minute when the Tigers finally made the breakthrough – somewhat against the run of play.
The Wild set siege to the Telford goal during the closing stages – out-shooting their hosts by 16 to 5 over the period – but they got caught out while pushing forward for the equaliser with a powerplay goal with just 3 minutes left to play.
The Tigers defence held strong and the clock ticked down to a disappointing 2-0 defeat for the Widnes team.
Following the other weekend results – which, incidentally, saw league leaders Bradford Bulldogs lose at home to Sheffield Senators, the Wild find themselves as one of three teams all locked together on 6 points, 3 points off top spot.
They have a chance to make up ground on the league leaders with 2 games this coming weekend – playing Hull Jets away on Saturday – 5.15pm face off – and then at home on Sunday to the Blackburn Hawks development team at Planet Ice Widnes. Face off is at 5.30pm and doors open at 4.45pm
Saturday 29th September 2018 – Laidler Division
Telford Tigers 2 – Widnes Wild 0
Period Scores: 0-0, 0-0, 2-0
Shots On Goal: Telford 31 – Widnes 48 (12-16, 14-16, 5-16)
Penalties In Minutes: Telford 18 – Widnes 20
Match Officials: Andrew Jarvie – Referee, Andrew Wood – Linesman, Jason Lambly – Linesman
Report by Paul Breeze – www.icehockeyreview.co.uk
Photos by Steve Brodie