The Nottingham Lions host the Hull Jets at the National Ice Centre this Sunday in what should prove an intriguing battle between two fairly evenly matched teams, on current showing in the Laidler Conference.
Last season the Hull team managed one win against the Lions but in all other games the Lions proved too strong for the Jets.
The Lions opened this season up at Hull and came away with a 4-4 result having led for most of the game but that goes to show that the Jets never back down and fought through to the final hooter to gain the tie.
The Jets have had a promising start to the Season and presently head the Laidler Conference with seven points having already notched up three wins plus the tied game.
The Lions failed last time out to gain the points, at home, against a strong Blackburn Eagles team losing out in a 2-3 game here at the NIC. Although leading into the final period in this game the Lions suffered a loss as an injury to Tom Hovell called for a change of netminder with Jonny Betts taking over for the remainder of the game. Although putting up a sterling performance the Lions could not add to their tally whilst the Eagles managed the two goals necessary to seal the win.
With Tom Hovell possibly out for, hopefully, only a short while Head Coach Matt Bradbury has found cover in Lions stalwart Alan Levers who is putting on the pads coming out of retirement . The Lions will also add Dan Hazeldine to the team alongwith a quartet of under 18's (Raynor, Pywell, Humphries and Jackson) and under 20's (Gretton, Woodward, Hall, Connor Glossop and Liddell),
Lions will be without Reece Glossop who remains sidelined due to an injury sustained in the game with Bradford Bulldogs last week.
The Lions will need to put behind them last week’s result and get back to winning ways but the visitors will be here to ensure that their own unbeaten start to the season continues.
The Panthers are at home to the Braehead Clan with a 4.00pm face off so why not get an extra hockey fix by staying on to watch the Lions v Jets game facing off at 7.30pm.