The Lions hit the road tomorrow for their last meeting of the season against he Solihull Barons who may be smarting a bit after their road loss to Billingham a team 3 places below them in the conference. Hopefully Matt Bradbury can call upon sufficient players to fill the bench for the meeting at the always lively Hobs Moat Rink. Thankfully one of the shorter journeys for the team.
The Nottingham Lions ended up in what amounted to a war zone down at the Hobs Moat as the Barons and the Lions locked swords as the officials failed to make decisive decisions. One Lions player took a hit to the head which caused an injury and the officials did not call it and shortly after the hit all the troubles commenced. The Lions bench maintained control whilst others from the Barons entered the affray. The game for the Barons was already in the bag but decided to rough it up. The team then met some hostility from the crowd as the Lions left the ice and due to an incident in the crowd the police were contacted. As an aside the result was an 8-2 win for the Barons. Period Scores:3-0/4-2/1-0. Scorers Thomas Palmer 1+1, Ruskin Hughes 1+0, Cameron Pywell 0+1, and Luke Gerald Evans 0+1.
Weekend Games: Saturday Billingham Stars v Telford Tigers Hull Pirates v Blackburn Hawks Sheffield Steeldogs v Solihull Barons The Nottingham Lions head up the M1 to Sheffield to play the Sutton Sting. The Sting who came back to the Moralee at the start of the season have really confounded the critics and find themselves in a play off position should they continue to put the points on the board. Yet another tough old struggle for the Lions but they have spent the season fighting an uphill battle but battle they will of that there is no doubt. The Lions then return to home ice to face the Blackburn Hawks on Sunday with a 7,30pm face off.
Sunday Nottingham Lions v Blackburn Hawks Whitley Warriors v Hull Pirates Sheffield Steeldogs v Billingham Stars Solihull Barons v Sutton Sting Telford Tigers v Solway Sharks
The Lions faced a determined and well organised Sutton Sting up in Sheffield with the Lions absorbing massive pressure and for long periods they held out. Teams just pile on the pressure knowing that the Lions will begin to get a bit weary and the goals will come. The Lions tactics tend to rely on attempting to close the plays down in the defensive zone and look for the breakaway goal. The inevitable outcome is that loss of concentration and the goals against start to mount. As an attacking force the team relies on a very small number of players and the opposition are well aware of this weakness. Tonight's game saw the guys keep the game tight for long periods but then concede several goals within minutes and tonight was one of those games. The Lions lost the game 9-0 with the period scores being:3-0/2-0/4-0. When you look at the scores around the conference tonight Blackburn conceded 15 goals and Solihull Barons went down 9-0. The big boys in this conference are ripping into the opposition on a very regular basis.
After their mauling at the hands of the Hull Pirates the Blackburn Hawks came to Nottingham to vent their spleen on the Lions and achieved a good result. The game itself was delayed due to contamination believed to be blood on the ice so yet another late night. Due to the lateness of the game the game sheet is not available for stats.
Period scores from last night's game against the Hawks. 0-3/0-2/1-2. Scorers; Ruskin Hughes 1+0, Joseph Gretton 0+1, and Thomas Parkinson 0+1. The Lions did create more chances than of late but unfortunately only one counted on the night.
Why cannot the Panthers give some publicity on the Lions either on their website or the advert packed / nothing worth reading Panthers Journal ? Oh for the old days when we had a true NOTTINGHAM ICE HOCKEY CLUB. I'll bet the vast majority of Panthers fans don't even know of the existence of the Lions let alone their next home fixture.
Hi loupowell52. The days of the link between what was the Trojans and the Panthers were good days as the players, apart from the imports, moved between both teams. That link was cut many years ago as the Trojans became the Jaguars then the Lions and were then linked with the Nottingham Junior Ice Hockey Club. Many Panthers players passed through the Trojans including the likes of Rhodes, Weber, Hunt, Parker, Perkins, and numerous others. Injured players also regained match fitness within the then link between the teams. During those days a number of imports helped out within the junior section with players such as Kurtenbach very much involved. There appears to be absolutely no interest in the development of local talent by the Panthers organisation but in reality there doesn't need to be as they are a separate business whereas in the dark distant past the whole of ice hockey in Nottingham came under the umbrella of one club from Peewee to Panthers.
Weekend Games: Saturday Telford Tigers v Hull Pirates Solway Sharks v Billingham Stars Table topping Tigers take on the 3rd placed Pirates with the Telford team just 2 points ahead of Hull with both teams on the same number of games. Could be a few fireworks and an exciting night for the fans of both teams. Sheffield Steeldogs presently in 2nd place just one point behind Telford will be taking a real interest in this weekend's schedule as Hull and the Tigers play back to back games.
Sunday: Hull Pirates v Telford Tigers Blackburn Hawks v Whitley Warriors Billingham Stars v Solway Sharks Nottingham Lions v Sheffield Steeldogs The Lions take on one of the top three in the conference as the second placed 'Dogs' pay their final visit of the season to the NIC. Although losing out to the 'Dogs' in the previous three games the Lions best results have been achieved in their away games keeping the score in single figures 5-0 and 6-2. The 'Dogs' are after the top spot their goal being to achieve winning their second championship in the two seasons since moving from the ENPL to the NIHL 1. The Lions netminders look to be in for another busy old night. Face off planned for 7.30pm and with the kids on their half term break the late night should not prove a problem. The cheapest hockey night on offer so bring the family along to the NIC.