SENS WEEKEND PREVIEW….
This weekend your 2J Design Sheffield Senators are back in action with 2 must win games. As the battle for promotion at the top of NIHL2 opens up, the Sens will be keen to take the maximum amount of points to ensure they stay in the hunt.
Fylde FlyersÂ vsÂ Â Senators – 16th Feb 2013
On Saturday we will be making the trip to the coast to take on the Fylde Flyers. The Sens have taken maximum points from our meetings so far and will be looking to make it a clean sweep of 4 wins.
Although the Sens are well aware of the threat posed by the Flyers, especially when they hold the unique home advantage at Cleveleys.
One to watch:
Bobby Caunce is the Flyers leading scorer, with 27 points amassed to date.
An even more impressive feat considering the Flyers -62 goal difference, hisÂ Â tally keeps him in the top 10 points leaders in NIHL2.
The Flyers are currently 2nd from bottom in NIHL2 and will be looking for a strong finish to the end of the season. With Fylde being the league leaders for PIM’s ( 595 total, 254 mins more than the Sens ) this one is sure to be a physical affair and by no means an easy game.
SenatorsÂ vsÂ Â Solihull Barons – 17th Feb 2013
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The Sens have a busy weekend and not for the first time this season, follow up an away trip the previous day with a difficult game against a promotion rival. This time with a difficult game against the Solihull Barons.
The Sens stunned the Barons early in the season, beating them here at Ice Sheffield. Since then the Barons have recruited an increasing number of talent, felt especially in the form of EPL signing Joe Henry, who’s goals proved pivotal in the Barons wins against the Sens at Hobs Moat.
We will be keen to even up the 4 game series to 2 wins each, ensuring it remains tight in the battle for promotion. With scoring threats throughout the team, high physicality in the form of ex-Steeler Perry Doyle and the prospect of getting 2 clear points on one of their rivals, the Barons will be a formidable opponent.
Ones to watch:
In Chris Allen, the Barons undoubtedly added the most experienced defended in the entire league. The Chicago Blackhawks player, with real NHL experience, has a shot that all goalies in the league have felt the wrath of.Â With pin point passing and an eye for goal, the big Canadian impressively sits in the top 10 points leaders in the NIHL2 with 26 points gained.
To further bolster an already experienced squad, the Barons addedÂ Perry Doyle to their ranks mid-way through the season. Perry is well known to Sheffield folks, having plied his trade with the Sheffield Steelers. A notorious hard hitter, Doyle brings a massive physical presence to the Barons line-up.
With the spending power to be able to attract talent, the Barons made an astute signing in the form of Joe Henry. The ex-EPL forward signed from Telford Tigers and immediately added goals to the Barons set-up. With a real eye for goal, the Sens will have to be on their toes to keep his chances to a minimum.
With 16 goals and 14 assists to his name, Richard Slater leads the Barons in terms of points this year.
A consistent goal getter, Slater will be keen to add to his tally and climb up the NIHL top 10 points leaderboard, where he currently sits 6th.
The Sens will have some players return for the weekend, having been unable to select our Under 18′s prospects and some experienced players for our recent games. The Sens and NIHL2 league leading point scorer Tom Humphries will also return to the team and look to add to his points tally for the season.
With it coming to the business end of the season, the Sens need to be looking for every single point they can get. You can expect a fast and hard weekend of hockey.
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