The YKK-sponsored Widnes Wild will be looking to extend their winning run in the Laidler Division to 12 games in a row when they travel the comparatively short distance to take on the Aces at Altrincham this Sunday 9th December – 5.45pm face off.
Widnes have already beaten Altrincham once this season – a 6-1 win at home in early November – but the Aces picked up a morale boosting win over the Blackburn Hawks 2 team last weekend after a disappointing run of 7 straight defeats and they will definitely be a difficult proposition on their own ice.
With the close geographical proximity between the teams and a regular interchange of players over the years, games against the Aces are always keenly contested feisty affairs and the most recent meeting saw 105 penalty minutes being handed out.
The Laidler Division ‘s leading goalscorer to date – Wild’s Jakub Hajek with 24 goals in 16 games – played for the Aces last season and his replacement Jakub Pavlicek has a similarly impressive scoring record of 17 goals (plus 13 assists) in 13 games – and that while playing with a struggling team.
The Wild are 5 points clear at the top of the league table, albeit having played one game more than second place Sheffield Senators. A win on Sunday would give them 30 points from 17 games and would be ideal preparation for back to back games with Bradford Bulldogs the weekend after to round off their league matches for the calendar year.
For anybody not travelling to Altrincham to see the Wild at the Aces on Sunday, there is still competitive ice hockey at Planet Ice Widnes as the Widnes Wild women’s team play their first home game of the season in the Women’s Premier League – 5.30pm face off.
The Wild women have played their first 4 games away from home and now host the Whitley Bay Squaws in their – rather late – league opener on Sunday.
The Wild women have an ambitious new development policy in place this season and have given league debuts to over a dozen players who have never played competitive ice hockey before but the league is wide open at present with everybody beating everybody else so, with the benefit of home advantage, anything could happen – and it is bound to be entertaining!
Looking ahead to the game, the Wild women’s Amanda Williams said:
“The team’s had a good 4 weeks of training to improve on aspects of our game where we were particularly weak in Hull. We have a big squad ready to play this weekend – unfortunately Leen De Decker is still out of action, but Danni Skilander has now returned after her break to recover from surgery. For many of the players it’ll be the first time they’ve ever pulled on a Widnes Wild shirt on home ice in front of family and friends, so there’s a lot of excitement for this game.”
The day before, Saturday 8th December, the Wild Academy Under 15 team play Blackburn U15s in their next league game at Planet Ice Widnes. This is the first season that the Wild Academy have entered teams into the league and it is a bit of a steep learning curve – so all support is greatly appreciated. The game faces off at 6.50pm and admission is free.