The YKK-sponsored Widnes Wild have another tough Laidler Division game this Sunday 25th November when they welcome the Hull Jets to Planet Ice Widnes.
With the Wild leading the league table and the Jets just 3 points behinds, there is a lot at stake and fans will probably still feel a tingle down the spine as they remember the highly dramatic Play Off semi final back in April when these two teams could only be separated by a sudden death penalty shoot out.
Widnes won that day and went on to win the play off final against Sutton Sting but the Jets probably thought they should have won the game in regulation time and will have a lot to prove on Sunday.
In the only meeting between the two teams this season so far back in October, the Jets won 4-2 on Humberside having initially been 0-2 down. Since that defeat, the Wild have won their last 8 games in a row while, in the same period, Hull have won 6 from 8.
As usual, the player to look out for on the Hull team on Sunday will be Richard Haggar who has been the Laidler Division’s leading points scorer for the past two seasons and currently has 13+12 from just 8 games.
The Wild’s Ollie Barron and Jakub Hajek lead the Laidler scoring table at present with 15+20 and 18+17 respectively.
The YKK sponsored Widnes Wild take on the Hull Jets this Sunday 25th November at Planet Ice Widnes. Face off is at 5.30pm and doors open at 4.45.
The Wild’s next home game after that – Sunday 2nd December against Coventry Blaze – will see the annual “Teddy Toss” event where fans are encouraged to bring soft toys that can be distributed to sick and needy children over the Christmas period.
The idea is that, at a certain point in the game (yet to be announced), everyone throws their teddies onto the ice and the players gather them up. Because they will come into contact with the ice surface (which is wet…), fans are asked to make sure that their soft toys are wrapped up in plastic so that they don’t get damaged, otherwise they can’t be used. For health and safety reasons, toys must be new but, last year, any toys that were damaged or unsuitable to be given to children were taken to the dogs’ home – so nothing went to waste!