Nottingham Lions play their second home game against a Hull Jets team who along with the Lions suffered late losses against the Altrincham Aces. The Jets were down 3-4 and pulled their netminder for the extra skater and suffered the agony of an empty net goal to give the Aces a thin but vital away win 3-5. The Lions suffered a similar fate the following evening up at Altrincham as they were 3-2 down when they withdrew Tom Hovell for the extra skater and the Aces sealed the win with an empty netter to grab the points. So a 4 point weekend for the Aces but with very tight results in both games.
Hull Jets started their campaign with the unenviable task of attempting a positive result up at this season's most fancied team the Widnes Wild and went away empty handed having suffered an 8-1 defeat but in saying that there maybe a few others who suffer up at Silver Blades, Widnes over the season.
Last season the Jets and the Lions fought out some epic battles with both teams desperate to achieve the upper hand and on both of the occasions that the Lions headed for Hull the results were always going to be swing decisions with both teams very capable of taking the points. As it turned out the Lions managed to come away from Hull with tied games 2-2 and 4-4. On the Jets two visits to Nottingham the results went against the visitors 5-3 and 6-2 but in saying that these were hard fought games with the Lions having to be at their best to grind out both of these results.
With the results against the Altrincham Aces being so close for both teams and with both suffering narrow losses the game tonight could prove to be a bit of a cracker and well worth a look for any ice hockey supporters not travelling up to Sheffield for the Steelers v Panthers game.
Face off at the National Ice Centre is at 7.30pm