The YKK Widnes Wild gave a very good account of themselves against a tough and skilful Sheffield Scimitars team, eventually losing out 5-2 at iceSheffield on Sunday.
Former Widnes Wild player coach Scott McKenzie was an interesting addition to the Sheffield line up and he scored the first goal with a little over minute gone in the game.
This was followed by a period of sustained pressure from the home side but gradually the Wild were able to get a foothold in the match and the Sheffield goaltender needed to be alert to keep out a good two on one chance for Widnes. The Scimitars ended the first period on the power play, without being able to capitalise further.
Early in the second period, Sheffield were again quick out the blocks, with a goal to double their lead and more pressure being applied on Widnes. The Wild were able to get on the score sheet with 09:23 left in the period with a scramble in front of the net resulting in a goal from Michael Gilbert. Shortly after, Widnes were able to level the scores at two a piece, courtesy of some excellent build up play and a wonderful one timer from Brady Doxey.
The Wild were then in the ascendancy and almost took the lead, but for a great save from the Scimitars net minder. Despite all the pressure from Widnes, Sheffield took the lead again on the power play late in the second period to restore their advantage at 3-2.
Going into the third period, Widnes were able to test the Sheffield goal tender a couple of times, before the Scimitars doubled their advantage four minutes into the third period – this goal coming from a nice finish from the area of the right faceoff circle.
The Wild were successfully able to defend against a five on three and then a five on four power play, with some great saves from Harrison Walker in the Widnes net. Late in the period, the Wild saw another opportunity go amiss when a breakaway chance was snuffed out by the Sheffield goalie. The Scimitars were then able to add another goal to their tally to put the game beyond the Wild’s grasp.
This was a tough game for Widnes, but one in which they can take a lot of heart. Sheffield were very clinical, but the Wild’s battling determination shone through at times and there can be a measure of confidence to take through into the next fixture.
- Sunday 11th April 2021 – NIHL North Three Rivers Cup
- Sheffield Scimitars 5 – YKK Widnes Wild 2
- Period Scores: 1-0, 2-2, 2-0
- Shots on Goal: Sheffield 34 – Widnes 31 (10-13, 11-11, 10-10)
- Penalties In Minutes: Sheffield 0 – Widnes 12
- Match Officials: James Tasker (Referee), Ethan Hardy & Paul Staniforth (Linesmen)
- Match Report by Robert Martin