Aceâ€™s Low in Widnes
Wild were able to bench almost a full team with only Ben Brown still unavailable to play and the game started at a lightning fast pace with both Scott McKenzie then seconds later Sheldon Cassidy having good attempts on goal stopped by Aces Netminder, Aran Fox.Â However, the Aces were unable to stop a rampant Wild for long as McKenzie, Crawshaw and Gee each found the back of the net within the first twelve minutes.
With passions running high the Aces fought back, quite literally as brawls, scuffles and the penalty points starting to creep up, as expected in a local derby. The Wild constantly pressured Aran Fox in goal however some great netminding and some physical defening kept the Wild at bay.Â Tensions were certainly strung high and the game threatened to boil over as two scuffles broke out less than ten second apart.
Going into the final five minutes, the Aces took advantage of a full Wild penalty box as first Brian Worrall and then Oliver Bayne guided the puck passed Greg Ruxton.
Thankfully the second period started a lot slower than the first one finished, giving both teams the opportunity to show their skill rather than their brawn. However Wild were soon on the attack and were rewarded with two quick fire goals.Â Unfazed, the Aces clinched one back through Deivid Cetvertak and the teams left the ice at the end of the second period with Wild leading 5 -3.
The Aces came back fighting in the third and did a resolute job of defending until Scott McKenzie completed his hat-trick with an uncharacteristic long shot. The team from Altrincham were quick to respond as John Murray clawed a goal back to make the score six â€“ four
The Wildâ€™s captain Shaun Dippnall then got his first of the night before Aces new signing Jake Nurse scored his debut goal for the Aces. Nearing the end of the game the Aces called a time out to re-group with only two goals in it leading to them taking a massive decision to pull Fox to add another attacker on the ice.Â This was clearly expected and George Crawshaw out raced all six Aces outfield players to score a fantastic empty net goal from an acute angle.
MVP for the Aces was given to for Wild player Joe Greaves, while Chris Gee was recognised as Wilds MVP for his sterling contribution.Â With the players still on the ice the Wild Ones awarded player of the month to Geoff Wigglesworth.
Reported by Jess Cowie