Weekend Preview

Wild’s Daniel Haid fires into the Dragons’ net in the most recent match against Deeside  (Photo by Hannah Walker)

The YKK-sponsored Widnes Wild make the relatively short trip to North Wales this Sunday 15th March to take on local rivals Deeside Dragons – 5.45 pm face off.

These local derby matches are always very robustly contested and there is some extra spice added on this occasion as the Wild need to extend their seven-game recent winning run in order to maintain the pressure at the top of the Laidler Division table.

A fierce rivalry has developed over the years between the Wild and the Dragons, due to the relative close proximity – in ice hockey terms at least – and a regular interchange of players. This season, Widnes have former Dragons players M.J. Clancy and Jonah Armstrong in their ranks while, on the flip side of the coin, the Dragons’ Matthew Wainwright played a season for the Wild back in 2014/15 and Sam Plant, Geraint Evans and Mike Rogers have also played Rec. Hockey at Widnes in recent years.

The Wild lost the first meeting between the two teams this season 2-4 at Widnes back in December but have since slayed the Dragons 2-7 away in Deeside in early January and 5-4 at Planet Ice a few weeks ago and, following recent wins over league leaders Hull Jets, are still in with a chance of winning the league title, if they are able to win their four remaining games – and if other results go their way.

After Sunday’s game at Deeside, the Wild then play Telford Tigers II away next Saturday 21st March and are then at home the day after, when they play Blackburn Hawks II at Planet Ice Widnes – 5.30 p.m. face off.

Widnes Wild Women

The Wild Women team are away to Solway Sharks Ladies on Saturday 14th March – 4pm face off – where a win could secure them the WNIHL Division 1 North title.

Wild Academy

The Wild Academy Under 15s are at home to Deeside at Planet Ice on Saturday – 6.15 pm face off – and not 7.45 pm as previously advertised and the Under 13s are at home to Manchester Storm at Planet Ice on Sunday – 4.30 p.m. face off.

Admission to all Wild Academy games is free and spectators are encouraged to come along and cheer the stars of the future.

The Under 11s are away to Kingston Under 11s in Hull on Saturday – 12.45 p.m. face off.

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