Time is ticking down to the keenly anticipated Moralee Cup Final, which will see the YKK sponsored Widnes Wild take on the Dundee Comets to decide who will win the first major trophy of the season.
This is easily the biggest game to be staged at Planet Ice Widnes since the Laidler Play Off final in April 2019 and, in terms of league status – with the Wild playing up in the higher Moralee Division for the first time ever this season – could reasonably be viewed as the biggest ever game to date.
Having qualified from a tough preliminary group that included established Moralee teams like Solihull and Blackburn as well as gritty opponents Sheffield – and then gone on to beat highly regarded Solway Sharks over two legs – the Wild have already achieved much more than most people might have expected for this season, and to have the chance to actually win a major trophy like this at the first attempt is a really exciting proposition.
Their opposition in the two-legged final – Dundee Comets – are pretty much an unknown quantity as they play in the Scottish National League. They have won the SNL league title three times – most recently in the 2017/18 season when they also won the Play Off title. They beat Whitley and Billingham home and away in their Moralee Cup qualifying group but lost both games against Solway Sharks, finishing second overall out of the four teams, the same as Widnes did in their group.
The Comets play in the 2000-seater Dundee Arena – which is also home to the Dundee Stars Elite League team and the Dundee Tigers SNL side – and the Tayside club has a long tradition of producing successful teams and developing home grown talent.
Former Wild player and coach Richard Charles originates from Dundee and played junior and senior hockey there for many years. Commenting on the set up there, he said:
“The current ice rink was built after I left Dundee so I never got to play officially on the pad, but have been on it many times skating and scrimmaged there a few times. It’s a great facility – nice surface, good facilities and a reasonable amount of spectator seating. I’ve attended a few Stars games many years ago and there was a great atmosphere.”
“John Dolan is a key player to keep an eye on in the Dundee team. He has played over 350 games at Elite League level for the Dundee Stars and Fife Flyers and, before that some 70 games in the British National League, with over 300 career goals to his name.”
The away leg of the Cup Final is to be played in Dundee on Saturday 19th February – 7.30pm face off – and the home leg is on the day after, Sunday 20th February, at Planet Ice Widnes starting at 5.30pm.
Admission for the home game is £11 for adults and £6 for children and tickets can be booked in advance via the online booking system.
There is a special offer in place for season ticket holders who can buy their tickets at the reduced price of £8 for adults and £5 for children – however, these offer tickets have to be bought in person at the rink box office.