The Nottingham Lions fell by five goals to two at home to the Whitley Warriors on Sunday evening and the game began in the worst possible way for Matt Bradbury’s side when the visitors went in front on the powerplay inside the first four minutes. Luke Thomas was serving a two-minute minor for tripping when Harry Harley was the first Warriors player to beat Tom Hovell from the assists of David Longstaff and Dean Holland at 3.57. The two sides exchanged penalties for the remainder of the first period but neither were able to capitalise on their man advantage and it was Whitley who went in at the end of the first leading by a goal to nil.
END OF THE FIRST PERIOD: NOTTINGHAM LIONS 0 – 1 WHITLEY WARRIORS
The second period started slowly but it was the Lions who would put the next marker on the board and tie the game when Ondrej Pniok beat Mark Turnbull from the assists of Ruskin Hughes and Jamie Hovell at 27.25. They stayed tied for only 24 seconds though when Whitley immediately answered back with their second goal of the game. This time it was Shaun Kippin with the goal, assists from Longstaff and Kyle Hindmarsh-Ross.
It took the visitors just another three minutes to double their advantage when Philip Edgar found the twine from the assists of Niall Simpson and Callum Watson at 31.08. Then came the big event of the evening when Marc Levers and Dean Holland came together at 33.05, Levers receiving two minutes for holding the stick and Holland getting a 2+10 for checking to the head. Both penalties were served without incident and the sides went in after 40 minutes with the Warriors leading 3-1.
END OF THE SECOND PERIOD: NOTTINGHAM LIONS 1 – 3 WHITLEY WARRIORS
The Lions reduced the deficit to one goal midway through the final period on the powerplay from Ruskin Hughes from the assists of Joe Aston and Elliot Perrin at 48.59 as they took advantage of Watson’s slashing call eight seconds earlier. In the final ten minutes though it would be the Warriors that would tip the scoreboard more heavily in their favour as they scored two inside four minutes. Firstly Adam Finlinson at 53.39 from Josh Maddock’s assist before Watson put the game to bed at 57.18 from Watson’s pass.
Tom Hovell in the Lions net finished with a save percentage of 87.5% from 40 shots whilst Mark Turnbull finished with a save percentage of 93.33% from 30 shots. The Lions now face the Sheffield Steeldogs at home on Sunday at 7.30pm.
END OF THE THIRD PERIOD: NOTTINGHAM LIONS 2 – 5 WHITLEY WARRIORS
FULL MATCH REPORT TO FOLLOW....
Images courtesy of Richard Davies / Chud Photography.