The Widnes Wild made the short journey to Altrincham on a cold Sunday night to play against the Altrincham Aces. The game was billed “old time hockey” by the Aces highlighting the physical style favoured by the home team
Altrincham netted the first goal of the game after 8 minutes, when Jaroslav Kucej guided to puck home after the initial shot rebounded out. The Wild came back fighting with goals from Michal Fico and Captain Shaun Dippnall to give the travelling team a 2-1 advantage at the end of the first period.
The opening of the second was very end to end with neither team gaining a clear cut opportunity at goal. Finally, the league’s top goal scorer, Scott McKenzie, saw an opening and made it three goals to one using one of his trademark rocket shots. The Wild then added constant pressure to the Altrincham goal, only to be denied by Arron Fox who was having one of the games of his life.
An agonisingly wrong decision was then made by Joshua Benstead, who tried to catch the puck only to see it bounce out his glove to leave a golden opportunity for Aces’ Mason Howard to put away the puck and put Aces back in contention.
The final period saw Wild top goal scorer Scott McKenzie light the lamp for his second of the night however less than a minute later Aces dug deep to bring it back to one goal, when Mason Howard scored his second of the night after some sloppy defending from the Wild. This was followed shortly by another Aces goal when former Wild player, Joe Greaves, powered forward to slot the puck into the net for a four all tie.
The final minutes were extremely tense with both teams going for the win but failing to break through. A draw was probably the fairest result but with having a two goal lead, the Wild players were sure to be a little disappointed not to get the full 2 points.
The Wild return to action this coming weekend as the travel to Blackburn on Saturday then return home to face the same team, Blackburn Eagles at Silver Blades Widnes, 17:30 face off.
The Widnes Wild would also like to send their condolences to the family and friends of Antony Morris who sadly passed away last weekend. Antony played Ice Hockey at Widnes Silver Blades and was a very friendly and good natured person, he will be sadly missed by all.