Nottingham Lions 12 Fylde Flyers 0
Nottingham Lions go back to the top of the league after smashing twelve past Fylde Flyers.
This game felt more like a friendly than a league match as two teams from different ends of the league met at the National Ice Centre. With Nottingham Lions scoring no fewer than twelve goals past their Lancashire opponents.
It took just under two minutes for the Lions to open the scoring when Michael Rose scored from close range, although Ollie Betteridge was claiming the goal to be his, making the most of the powerplay. As Anthony Melbourne was sat in the sin bin for two minute minor for holding only twenty-nine seconds earlier.
Man of the Match Joe Wightman then doubled the lead at 6.29. Not long after Fylde mustered their first shot on goal just moments earlier.
Simon Hunt scored the third of the evening, putting the puck into the back of the net at 12.31 from Betteridge. After Fylde failed to score on the powerplay, Wightman added further misery to the visitors by netting the forth at 17.32. Twenty seconds later, Lions thought they had scored a fifth of the evening, however was controversially not given as no one saw it cross the line.
The second period carried on in the same vein. When Reece Glossop chipped the puck over Sam Heyes and into the top corner of the goal, within the opening minute of the period. Ruining any inspiring team talk in the away dressing room.
Assistant captain Ben Wood added his name to the score sheet at 27.03. As Fylde hearts started to sink, and preparing for what could turn into a very long night, and long trip back over the Pennines.
The hosts gifted the visitors a chance to get back into the game, or at least get onto the score sheet when Elliot Perrin and skipper Luke Thomas both went into the sin bin within seconds of each other, for roughing and tripping minors respectively. However Fylde failed to capitalise, firing not a single shot at Sam Gospel.
As the clock ticked down Wightman scored both his hat-trick goal, and forth goal of the evening. With both goals scored within nineteen seconds of one another. He could have even had fifth before the buzzer, but was denied by the netminder.
Surely the game plan for Fylde now was to go and win the third period and salvage something from the match. Unfortunately this was not to be because less than a minute and a half into the final period Michael Rose put away his second on the evening. It didn’t take Nottingham Lions long after to bring up the double figure score line as Christy Johnson-Brown put himself amongst the goal scorers with a fine strike, just before the midway point of the period.
Concentration started to slip on the home bench after the tenth goal. Allowing Fylde to play their best bits of hockey in the game. Also meaning they had to call upon Gospel in the Lions net, who up until this had a very quiet game between the pipes. In fact in the fifty-second minute the goalie was required to make a brilliant save after a sloppy pass had gifted the visitors a great one on one chance. Then covering the puck at the second attempt to stop the attack.
That seemed to spur on the Lions, with Luke Branin added two goals, again in quick succession. This finished off not only the scoring but also Fylde Flyers. Making their journey home a very sore one indeed.
Nottingham Lions now move onto next Sunday’s road trip to West Midlands side Solihull Barons, who should expect to put up a sterner test in their first meeting of the season.
LionsTV post-game interviews with players and coaches from both teams are available to view by clicking here.
Craig Wallis 0+1, Elliot Perrin 0+2, Luke Thomas 0+2, Jack Baveystock 0+3, Ben Wood 1+1, Michael Rose 2+0, Simon Hunt 1+1, Ollie Betteridge 0+3, Jose Leon 0+2, Luke Branin 2+1, Joe Wightman 4+2, Christy Johnson-Brown 1+0, Gareth O’Flaherty 0+3, Reece Glossop 1+0.
Period Scores – 1st 4-0, 2nd 4-0, 3rd 4-0.
Shots – 1st 17-8, 2nd 23-9, 3rd 29-10. Total 69-27.
Penalty Minutes – 1st 2-2, 2nd 4-2, 3rd 0-4. Total 6-8.
Lions MOTM – Sponsored by The Castle: Joe Wightman.