Wild night of scor­ing af­ter mis­ery in Hull

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Theguide -

THE YKK-spon­sored Widnes Wild had a mixed week­end los­ing 4-2 at the Hull Jets on Satur­day night and then beat­ing the Black­burn Hawks de­vel­op­ment team 22-2 at Planet Ice Widnes on Sun­day.

The game at Hull started well with Widnes tak­ing the lead in the 12th minute with a pow­er­play goal from player -coach Ol­lie Bar­ron and Jakub Ha­jek dou­bling the ad­van­tage with just 90 sec­onds left to play in the pe­riod.

That, un­for­tu­nately, was as good as it got for the Widnes team on the night.

A Hull pow­er­play goal with 26 sec­onds on the clock meant the score was 2-1 at the end of the first pe­riod.

The only goal of the se­cond stanza also went to the hosts as they drew level at the half­way stage of the game.

The Wild had their chances – and eas­ily matched their op­po­nents in terms of shots and pos­ses­sion – but they were sim­ply un­able to breach the Hull de­fences and hit the back of the net.

Hull took the lead with a pow­er­play goal in the 55th minute and rounded off the scor­ing two min­utes later.

The home game against Black­burn on Sun­day was a com­pletely dif­fer­ent story al­to­gether and the Wild notched up their high­est scor­ing to­tal in a league match ever seen at Planet Ice Widnes – match­ing the 22-2 score­line from their onesided en­counter last sea­son away to the Dragons II team at Dee­side.

In all fair­ness to this ‘Hawks II’ out­fit, they have been specif­i­cally set up as a de­vel­op­ment team and the point is not so much to win tro­phies as to help de­velop young lo­cal play­ers by giv­ing them more ice time and valu­able game ex­pe­ri­ence. That be­ing the case, the team is com­posed mainly of promis­ing young­sters backed up with a few ex­pe­ri­enced heads to pull the team to­gether and, as such, this game was al­ways likely to be a home banker for the Wild.

The goal rush started in the fifth min- ● ute with a strike from the Wild’s Ross Jor­dan and, by the end of the first pe­riod, the score was 7-0 cour­tesy of two goals from Jakub Ha­jek, one from Ol­lie Bar­ron and an in­cred­i­ble first pe­riod hat-trick from Michal No­vak.

The se­cond pe­riod con­tin­ued in sim­i­lar vein with goals from Danny Bul­lock, Chris Gee, Tom Jack­son, a brace from Mike Mawer and two more from No­vak and the Wild went into the se­cond break with a healthy 15-0 ad­van­tage.

Goal­tender Barry Sprakes took over in the Widnes net from Luke Wil­son-Owen in the third pe­riod and the Wild con­tin­ued to be­siege the Black­burn goal.

Goals came from Ross Jor­dan and Tom Jack­son and a third from Mawer. Ha­jek and Bar­ron made the score 20-0 to the Wild be­fore the Hawks made the most of a break­away and scored the first of their two goals of the night in the 50th minute. Fur­ther goals from Ha­jek and Gil­bert rounded off the scor­ing and the 22-2 win handed the Wild two im­por­tant league points which saw them move back up into se­cond place in the Lai­dler Di­vi­sion ta­ble.

Look­ing back over the two games, player-coach Bar­ron, said: “A split week­end for the Wild. Satur­day’s game was very frus­trat­ing.

“I felt we didn’t play any­where near to our full po­ten­tial, not tak­ing any­thing away from Hull as they worked hard from 2-0 down to take the win. But as a team we know we have to be much bet­ter in all as­pects of our game and be pre- pared to play for a full 60 min­utes in ev­ery game we go into.

“On Sun­day, we played much harder and for each other, tak­ing a com­fort­able win. I was keen for us not to drop our game and play hard for the whole game.

“As re­sults around the league this week­end have shown, any­one can beat any­one in this league and we face a tal­ented Brad­ford team away next Satur­day – which I’m sure will be a great game.

“Again, as al­ways, thanks to all the fans that made the trip to Hull and all the fans who packed the stands against Black­burn.”

The Wild are away to league lead­ers Brad­ford this Satur­day – 5pm face-off – and then visit the Black­burn Hawks’ de­vel­op­ment team the Satur­day af­ter.

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Widnes player Danny Bul­lock sees an ef­fort saved by the Black­burn goal­tender.

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