Perfect 10 As Wild Go To Hull And Back
Saturday 24th September 2016 – Laidler Conference
Hull Jets 2 – Widnes Wild 10
Period Scores: 1-3, 1-5, 0-2
Shots on Goal: Hull 26 – Widnes 51
Penalties in Minutes: Hull 6 – Widnes 6
Widnes Scoring: Will Barron 3+2, Nick Manning 2+2, Karl Niamatali 1+3, Kieran Strangeway 1+2, Shaun Dippnall & Ollie Barron both 1+1, Lee Kemp 1+0, Joe Gilbert 0+2, Pavel Vales 0+1
The RTL sponsored Widnes Wild continued their winning start to the NIHL Laidler Conference season with an emphatic 2-10 victory away to Hull Jets on Saturday.
The result puts them level on points with Blackburn Eagles at the top of the table and – with 7 different players finding the net – demonstrates a strength in depth that bodes well for the rest of the season.
The Wild stamped their authority on the game as early as the 3rd minute with a goal from Nick Manning and they raced into a three goal lead by 6.51 with further goals from Karl Niamatali and Kieran Strangeway.
With Hull seriously short-benched and only icing 10 skaters, the game could easily have turned into rout at this point but the hosts dug deep and pulled themselves back into contention with a goal on the 10 minute mark.
They pulled a second goal back at the start of the second period and the Wild goal came under some heavy pressure as the Jets threw everything at it in search of an unlikely equaliser. Matt Croyle – making his first competitive start in goal for Widnes after joining from Sheffield in the summer – performed heroically to keep the swooping Jets at bay during this crucial period and, once the storm had been weathered, the Wild were able to re-take the initiative.
Five unanswered goals in the latter half of the second period put the game beyond the reach of the battling Hull team – two from Will Barron and one each from Manning, Lee Kemp and captain Shaun Dippnall. Two more strikes in the last period – from Will Barron again and then player coach Ollie Barron in the last minute – secured the points for Widnes.
Will Barron received the MVP award for the Wild but that accolade could very easily have gone to any of the Widnes players on the ice.
The Wild are at home tonight (Sunday 25th September) to Bradford Bulldogs at Silver Blades Widnes. Face off is 5.30pm and doors open at 4.45.