Unlucky 13 As Wild Women Dazzled By Diamonds
The Widnes Wild women’s team’s roller-coaster experimental season continued with a slightly disappointing 1-13 defeat at home to the Hull-based Kingston Diamonds at Planet Ice Widnes on Sunday.
As with previous games, the Wild women had lots of puck possession but were unable to convert that into goals, while the Diamonds had great strength in depth – with 8 different players finding the back of the net and three more adding assists.
While many of the Wild players are only in their first season of competitive ice hockey and are learning as they go, the vast experience of the visitors clearly showed – with several players having GB caps and many of them having played for the Diamonds Elite League team – and they made the most of their chances on goal.
Kingston opened the scoring after just 90 seconds of the game but Widnes equalised on 9 minutes with a great goal from team captain Emma Pearson. At that point, the game looked very evenly balanced and, had the Wild women been able to build on that breakthrough, things might have gone differently. Unfortunately, Kingston scored three quick-fire goals within 60 seconds of each other just before the break and the Wild women found themselves 1-4 down at the end of the first period.
The Diamonds moved up a gear in the second period, scoring 5 unanswered goals, and then hit 4 more in the third period but the final score of 1-13 was probably a little harsh on the Wild women who battled hard throughout and chased the game until the final buzzer.
The Sarah Macnaughtan Memorial awards for most Most Valuable Player went to Daisy Lloyd-Hazlegreaves for Widnes and Ketziah Robinson for Kingston.
The Wild women’s team are next in action on Sunday 19th May when they take on the Sheffield Shadows in what will be their last home game of the season. They then finish their league campaign with a visit to Whitley Bay Squaws on Sunday 26th May.
- Sunday 28th April 2019 – Women’s Premier League
- Widnes Wild Women’s Team 1 – Kingston Diamonds 13
- Period Scores: 1-3, 0-5, 0-4
- Shots on Goal: Widnes 13 – Kingston 76 (6-25, 0-32, 7-19)
- Penalties In Minutes: Widnes 4 – Kingston 6
- Widnes Scoring: Emma Pearson 1+0
- Match Officials: Oliver Trusswell & Kieron Furlong
- MVPs: Widnes – Daisy Lloyd-Hazlegreaves / Kingston – Ketziah Robinson
- Photos by Geoff White – www.gw-images.com
- Match report by Paul Breeze – www.icehockeyreview.co.uk