For the third weekend in a row the Lions hit the road this time taking their final trip of the season to visit Altrincham, the home of the Aces.
It is the first season for the Aces in the Laidler Conference having had to do a certain amount of re-building and re-branding. After the last season The Manchester Minotaurs were finally committed to hockey history and the Aces, great old hockey name that , returned to continue under the Altrincham Aces banner.
It would be true to say that it has been a quite mixed season for the Aces losing out to the two main big guns in the conference although managing one tied game with the Widnes Wild. Also against Blackburn Eagles the Aces have missed out in their two meetings this season but at least running the Eagles quite close in both of the games.
The Aces have fared better against the Nottingham Lions with two wins and one loss this season. Recently the Aces travelled to the National Ice Centre and managed a close win, and with it two valuable points as they attempt to push on and to topple either the Lions or the Eagles for that all important play off slot.
The Aces have hit a bit of a purple patch of late with three straight victories so will definitely fancy their chances of another win in this game especially with the home advantage.
The Lions will be looking to build on their fine performance against Widnes Wild last Sunday.
Well after the fall out following the Deeside Dragons game some sanity returned and tempers cooled off as the Lions took a final road trip to Widnes with, on this occasion, a better bench strength and in the end a better result. Period Scores: 2-1/2-2/1-2 and a tied game. A real end to end game with a few incidents but, no more than you would expect with a contact sport such as ice hockey. It is an unfortunate truth that sticks do end up high and mostly unintentionally and some hits are not perfectly timed but one has to accept that this is the nature of the world’s fastest team sport.
Within the last three minutes of the game against Widnes the Lions were 4-5 to the good but it only takes that one lapse in concentration and you can be punished. With just two and half minutes to go in the game Widnes grabbed the goal that tied the game and led to a tense run to the finish and with the Lions determined to take a point, at the very least, from the game. Head Coach Matt Bradbury was well satisfied having won over the series of four games against the Wild this season with two wins a tied game and one loss.
The Deeside Head Coach Lol Paul was at the game and met with Matt for a brief but friendly chat.
Face off this evening in Altrincham is at 5.30pm.