The Widnes Wild women’s team were served up a tough lesson in finishing when they lost out 2-14 to the Bracknell Firebees in the Women’s Premier League at Planet Ice Widnes on Sunday.
The Wild women actually scored first in this game – a first ever WPL strike from Elizabeth Loss – in the 7th minute but, while they were pushing forward to build on this lead, they were caught out by the impressive skating and finishing abilities of Firebees’ Emily Harris who, despite being only 17, has over 30 games at Women’s Elite League level under her belt and has also played 15 times for the GB Under 18s women’s team.
Harris equalised for Bracknell in the 10th minute and then added two more solo efforts by the first break for a score of 1-3. She scored 4 more goals in the second period and, by the time that Sav Sumner had fired in a second goal for the Wild at 34.15, Bracknell already had got eight in the bag and went to lead 2-11 after two periods.
The third period was goal-less for Widnes and saw Bracknell hit 3 more for a final score of 2-14. The game as a whole was not as one sided as the scoreline suggests and the Wild women put together a lot of plays that, unfortunately, broke down before they could finish them off.
The Sarah Macnaughtan Memorial awards for most Most Valuable Player went to Elizabeth Loss for Widnes and Emily Harris for Bracknell.
After the game, Wild women player coach Amanda Williams said:
“Not our best performance, but I felt we improved over the 60 minutes. Bracknell had one stand out player doing the damage, but playing as a unit on the ice we should be able to shut individual players down.”
“We just lost focus of our own game and it was disappointing to end up on the wrong end of a high scoreline in an otherwise competitive match.”
“The fans are always loud and proud at Widnes, but this game especially and it gave the team the boost they needed to keep working until the final buzzer. Their support is much appreciated.”
The Wild women are next in action on Sunday 28th April when they entertain the Kingston Diamonds from Hull in the Women’s Premier League at Planet Ice Widnes.
The cream of British women’s ice hockey will be on show in Widnes when the EIHA Women’s Trophy weekend is staged at the Planet Ice rink over the weekend of 1st and 2nd June.
The prestigious tournament is being held in Widnes for the first time and will feature 10 games over two days.
The semi finals for the Women’s Elite League, Women’s Premier League and Women’s National League (north & south) will all be held on the Saturday, with the finals for all three play-off competitions on the Sunday.
The Sunday will also see the play off between the winners of the U16 leagues north and south to arrive at an overall U16 national champion.
The women’s league programme continues until the end of May so the final line-up of the teams taking part in the play offs will not be known until then but it will be a sensational weekend of ice hockey featuring many of the players from the Great Britain women’s national team and a few overseas players as well.
Admission to the weekend is free and details of the match schedule will be announced nearer the time.