Wild are hop­ing to go one bet­ter in Friend­ship Tour­na­ment this time

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Theguide -

THE Widnes Wild women’s team travel to Swin­don this week­end to take part in the an­nual Bri­tish Women’s Ice Hockey Friend­ship Tour­na­ment, which is now in its 22nd year and in­volves teams from right across the coun­try.

A dozen teams all play against each other in short for­mat games across two days, with the top four ad­vanc­ing to meet in semi-fi­nals and a fi­nal on the Sun­day evening.

The Wild women came sec­ond in the tour­na­ment last year just los­ing out to hosts Swin­don Top Cats in an ex­cit­ing fi­nal, and will be keen to do well again this time around. ● The Widnes-based River­side Raiders lost out 7-5 to a strong Flintshire Phan­toms in the Sum­mer Clas­sic Cup match at Dee­side on Sun­day night.

They trailed 2-1 at the end of the first pe­riod and 5-2 af­ter two. A late rally in the third was not enough to sal­vage the game.

Jack Walker was the Raiders’ top scorer with two goals while Mike Filek, Lau­rence le Vay and Mike Tein­ert all net­ted once.

The Raiders have an early chance to put that de­feat be­hind them when they en­ter­tain league lead­ers Wyre Seag­ulls this Sun­day at Planet Ice Widnes. Both teams will be tus­sling for league points and qual­i­fi­ca­tion po­si­tions for the play-off stage of the com­pe­ti­tion so it should be a closely-fought and en­ter­tain­ing en­counter.

The game faces-off at 4.30pm and ad­mis­sion is free.

The same evening, the Hal­ton Huskies take on the Black­burn Buc­ca­neers in a challenge game.

That clash faces-off at 8.30pm and ad­mis­sion is also free of charge.

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