Wild Up To Third After Taming Tigers
Wild player coach Ollie Barron scored all three goals in Widnes’ win away at Telford Tigers.
The RTL-sponsored Widnes Wild moved up to third place in the Laidler Division table after a well deserved 2-3 win away at play off rivals Telford Tigers on Sunday.
The previous night’s game – away at Deeside Dragons – was cancelled by the league due to the non-availability of match officials because of the bad weather and, with the end of the season fast approaching, a decision will have to be made as to how and when to reschedule the match.
The game on Sunday saw the Wild take a narrow 0-1 lead into the first break after player coach Ollie Barron fired in a powerplay goal with just 47 seconds left to play in the period.
Widnes edged further ahead on 32 minutes with a second goal from Barron and the score remained at 0-2 at the end of the second period.
Telford upped their game noticeably in the third period and scored their first goal within three minutes of the restart. A second followed on 51 minutes and the game was all tied up with 8 minutes left to play.
Barron scored his hat-trick goal just two minutes after that and the Wild defence fought hard to keep the Tigers at bay during the closing minutes.
After game, Wild player coach Ollie Barron said:
“This weekend we were preparing for 2 games with 4 points up for grabs. Unfortunately Saturday’s game away at Deeside was called off as no officials could travel due to weather conditions. Hopefully, we can get this game re-arranged as soon as possible in an already very busy schedule.”
“We travelled to Telford knowing it was a huge game, with 2 big points at stake, and also the series decider between ourselves and the Tigers.”
“I felt we played a disciplined game and stuck to our roles well, the game itself was similar in style to our previous meeting a few weeks ago in Telford, we took a 2 goal lead, and I felt we had the run of the game until the third period. Telford got back into the game with 2 goals tying the game up but we dug deep as a team to get ourselves back in front and see out the game.”
“Next week sees the visit of Hull Jets – a very dangerous team, flying high in the table. We are currently tied 1-1 in the series and it is a vital game in our playoff position battle.”
“It was great to see so many Wild fans travel to Shropshire. Let’s fill the Hive Sunday to cheer on the boys.”
The 2-3 win moves Widnes above Telford in the Laidler Division table as, while both teams now have an equal number of points, the Wild have the superior playing record in matches between the two teams with 3 wins to 1.
Sutton Sting lead the league table with 52 points from 32 games and Hull Jets are second with 50 points from 32 games. Widnes are just behind the Jets with 46 points from 31 games and, crucially, have two more games coming up against Hull which will have a huge impact on final league positions.
The RTL-sponsored Widnes Wild are at home this Sunday 11th March when they face the Hull Jets in an exciting 2nd v 3rd encounter at Planet Ice Widnes. Face off is at 5.30pm and doors open at 4.45.
Sunday 4th March 2018 – Laidler Division
Telford Tigers 2 – Widnes Wild 3
Period Scores: 0-1, 0-1, 2-1
Shots on Goal: Telford 29 – Widnes 39 (6-15, 12-11, 13-11)
Penalties In Minutes: Telford 20 – Widnes 16
Widnes Scoring: Ollie Barron 3+0, Nick Manning 0+2, Stuart Brittle and Simon Offord both 0+1
Match Officials: Kevin Biggs – Referee, Alexander Bowers – Linesman, Christopher Edwards – Linesman