Wild Women Lose Out In 11-Goal Thriller

Leen de Decker (#5) was the Wild women’s top scorer with 2+1 against league leaders Chelmsford Cobras

The Widnes Wild women’s team came close to causing a major upset in their Women’s Premier League against league leaders Chelmsford Cobras at Silver Blades Widnes on Sunday but ended up losing 5-6 in a thrilling match.

The Cobras arrived having won all of their 5 league games to date and having conceded just 3 goals in the process so the Wild women knew that they were in for a tough time. The home side were comfortably out-shot throughout the game, but this didn’t stop them have a real go at the league leaders who had travelled with barely enough players to ice two full lines.

After a tense, end to end, start, it was the Wild who opened the scoring in the 12th minute through their Belgian international player Leen de Decker and, although Chelmsford equalised some three minutes later, the score of 1-1 at the end of the first period was a real credit to the Wild women.

They started the second period with two more goals – from de Decker, again, just 25 seconds from the restart, and then Sav Sumner just 90 seconds after that – to give the Wild a 3-1 lead. That advantage lasted less than a minute, however, as the Cobras fired in two quick goals themselves within 20 seconds of each other to tie the score at 3-3 with 37 minutes still left to play in the game.

Wild heads might have dropped at this point but they didn’t and the Widnes players rallied and came out battling once again. Team captain Charlene Chapman put them back in the lead in the 38th minute and the Wild women took a highly deserved 4-3 scoreline into the final period.

The third period was very tense and there were chances for both sides. Chelmsford equalised with 10 minutes left to play and then edged themselves into the lead for the first time in the match with a powerplay goal in the 55th minute while the Wild’s Megan Bowen Fell was sitting out the only penalty in the whole game for tripping.

An even-handed goal a minute later from Cobras’ Tereza Plankova – who scored 4 in total – put the game tantalisingly beyond the Wild women’s reach, and a strike by Widnes’ Amanda Williams with just 13 seconds brought the final score to 5-6.

This was the best performance by the Wild women this season so far and they can take heart from the fact that, not only did they lead the league leaders for 50 minutes of the game, but they also scored more goals against them in this one game than had been scored in all previous 5 league games put together.

The Wild women have three weekends without a game and then face three away trips in a row, playing Bracknell Firebees on 10th February, Swindon Topcats on 11th February and Kingston Diamonds on 18th February.

They are next at home on Sunday 25th February when they play Kingston Diamonds in the Women’s Premier League at Silver Blades Widnes – 5.30pm face off.

 

MATCH DETAILS:
Sunday 14th January 2018 – Women’s Premier League
Widnes Wild Women’s Team 5 – Chelmsford Cobras 6
Period Scores: 1-1, 3-2, 1-3
Shots on Goal: Widnes 32 – Chelmsford 52 (6-13, 12-20, 14-19)
Penalties In Minutes: Widnes 2 – Chelmsford 0

Widnes Scoring: Leen de Decker 2+1, Amanda Williams 1+2, Charlene Chapman & Sav Sumner 1+0, Lucy Kirkham 0+1

Match Officials: Ray Ormes – Referee, Lee Twell – Referee

 

Match report by Paul Breeze – www.icehockeyreview.co.uk
Photos by Geoff White – www.gw-images.com

 

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