Wild Win The NIHL North Cup

The YKK Widnes Wild team that won the 2021 NIHL North Cup after a 3-2 home victory over the Blackburn Hawks on Saturday. (Photo by Geoff White)


The YKK sponsored Widnes Wild won the NIHL North Cup for the first time ever after a weekend that saw them beat the highly fancied Blackburn Hawks 3-2 at Planet Ice Widnes on Saturday – to complete an historic double over them – before losing 7-4 away to Nottingham Lions in the dead rubber match on Sunday.

After an exciting 5 weeks of competition, Widnes finished top of the 4-team NIHL North Cup table with 8 points from their 6 games. Blackburn Hawks were second – also with 8 points from 6 games but were placed below the Wild in second due to an inferior playing record in games between those two teams. Sheffield Scimitars finished third with 7 points and Nottingham Lions fourth with 4 points.

For the record, the Wild’s Cup results overall were:

  • 27th Feb:  3-9 win away @ Blackburn
  • 6th Mar: 6-3 home v Nottingham
  • 13th Mar: 5-6 win away @ Sheffield
  • 20th Mar: 3-4 loss home v Sheffield
  • 27th Mar: 3-2 win home v Blackburn
  • 28th Mar: 7-4 loss away @ Nottingham

The Wild’s Richard Haggar was the overall top scorer in the NIHL North Cup competition with 7 goals and 11 assists for 18 points in total.  Adam Barnes was second with 8+5, level with Nottingham’s Jack Hopkins.

Widnes netminder Matt Croyle finished top of the pile in the goal tending standings with a 92.26 save percentage, having conceded just 13 goals from 168 shots faced.

  • Report by Paul Breeze
  • Photos by Geoff White

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