Wild Out To Trump Aces On Saturday – Game Off At Hull On Sunday
Wild’s Mikey Gilbert (#16) will be looking to score against his former Altrincham teammates on Saturday. (Photo by Geoff White – www.gw-images.com)
The RTL-sponsored Widnes Wild have the chance to secure their place in the Laidler Division play offs this weekend when they travel to face north-west rivals Altrincham Aces on Saturday – 7pm face off.
Two points from a win against the Aces would ensure a top four finish for the Wild and qualification for the end of season finale, which will be staged at Planet Ice Widnes over the weekend of 14th & 15TH April. It will also leave the Aces needing to win their last game of the season and hoping that Telford Tigers – who currently hold fourth place – slip up in their two remaining games.
A win for the Aces, of course, would throw a spanner in the works and leave Widnes still needing two points from their three remaining fixtures to be sure of a top four finish.
Games between Widnes and Altrincham are always entertaining due to the comparatively close proximity of the two clubs and the regular interchange of players over the years. This season, the Wild have two home wins over the Aces – a dramatic 2-1 overtime win back in October and a 7-2 victory in January – while the Aces won their first encounter in Altrincham 2-0 in November.
The Aces have lost their last 4 games and their only points since the turn of the year have come against teams in the bottom half of the table. Widnes have won their last 6 games, beating both Hull and Telford in the process so morale should be sky-high on the short trip up the M56 on Saturday.
The Wild still harbour aspirations of finishing in second place in the league for the third season in a row and would have been hoping to take a step in that direction with a win over Hull Jets on Sunday. Unfortunately, that is not going to happen for the time being as the game away on Humberside has been postponed following a request by the home team.
A decision will now have to be taken as to how and when the game can be rescheduled, bearing in mind that the league is supposed to finish at the end of March and the Wild still have an away game against Deeside to fit in as well.
As things stand, the Wild’s next game after the trip to Altrincham is scheduled to be at home on Sunday 25th March when they entertain Sheffield Senators in the last home game of the regular season. Fans are advised to keep an eye on the club’s Twitter and Facebook feeds for updates regarding the re-scheduling of the away games at Hull and Deeside.
As the away game in Hull has been cancelled, any fans who still would still like to see some competitive ice hockey on Sunday might like to go and watch the Widnes Wild women’s team who play their last home game of the Women’s Premier League on Sunday against the Bracknell Firebees at Planet Ice Widnes, 5.30pm face off.
Following the Women’s game, the Halton Huskies recreational team take on the Coventry Spitfires in a challenge match – face off is 8.30pm.
Report by Paul Breeze – www.icehockeyreview.co.uk
Top image: Aces 2 – Wild 0 by allsportsphotography
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