Wild Women Chase Play Off Place
Coach Owen Tennant talks to the Wild women’s team during a home game this season. (Photo by Geoff White – www.gw-images.com)
The Widnes Wild women’s team face their last game of the regular Women’s Premier League season this weekend when they travel to face the Kingston Diamonds at Hull Arena this Saturday 27th May.
There is a lot riding on this game as, if they win, they will move up into 4th place in the league table, overtaking Slough Phantoms, and qualify for the end of season play offs which take place at iceSheffield on 5th & 6th June.
A victory in Hull would actually mean that the Wild women finish on the same number of points as Slough but, due to the superior record in games between the two teams – a 3-3 draw at home back in October and a 4-9 win at Slough at the end of April – the Widnes team would finish in the higher league position.
Saturday’s opposition have struggled for most of the season since winning promotion from Division 1 North at last season’s play offs and their only points this season have come against Nottingham Vipers, with the two teams occupying the bottom two slots in the league.
Widnes beat the Diamonds 6-4 at Silver Blades Widnes back in November and will be hoping that their recent form of two away wins in their last two games will carry them through at the weekend.
Looking ahead to the game, Coach Owen Tennant said:
“There’s not too much to say really about Saturday’s game. Either we win and prepare for playoffs or we lose and start to prepare for next season. I believe that the girls are more than capable of coming away with the win – especially if they play as they have the past few games – but anything can happen. We’ve put the effort in in training so it now comes down to how much we want it.
Ask me for thoughts on playoffs after the game as for now we are solely focused on coming away with the win on Saturday – playoffs are just an incentive.”
The women’s team might be away but there is a double bill of great competitive ice hockey action at Silver Blades Widnes this Sunday 28th May as the two senior recreational teams are both in summer league action.
The Widnes-based Riverside Raiders face the Sheffield Ice Tigers in the 5-team Puckstop Summer Classic competition in a game that faces off at 4.30pm
The Raiders lost at home 5-6 to second place Grimsby Stormers in an enthralling game last weekend and will be looking bounce back with a win over the Ice Tigers, who they beat 1-5 away in early April.
After that, the second game of the day features the Widnes Wildcats who face the Solihull Vikings in the 8-team Summer Cup competition with an 8.30pm face off time.
Admission to both games is free.
Report by Paul Breeze (www.icehockeyreview.co.uk)