With just two regular season games remaining the Raiders are gearing up for the post-season playoffs. However just one small matter remains outstanding, that of who will be the regular season NIHL Champion.
This one weekend alone will determine whether the Raiders finish third, second or with a little help from others in the glorious top spot. The Island side need to clinch two points from this weekends games to secure second place and push Romford to the third spot.
The Raiders do however have a shot, albeit a long shot to clinch the title. Should the Raiders bag the two points against Bracknell at Ryde Arena on Saturday, and local rivals and huge underdogs the Solent and Gosport Devils turn over the Chelmsford Chieftains in Gosport all will rest on Sundays battle in Essex as the Raiders themselves take on the high flying Chieftains.
A spokesperson for the Raiders had this to say earlier today…
“What a season this is turning out to be, what more can hockey fans ask for but a championship that comes down to the final weekend”.
“The Raiders need a bit of luck and help from our local rivals in Gosport if we want a chance to lift the cup again, but whatever happens lets not forget what a fantastic year we have had so far!”
“We already have silverware in the cabinet after a fantastic cup win, we are right up there in the league and we are already gearing up for the play-offs! The guys are hungry for glory and are ready to fight tooth and nail for the last few weeks of this thrilling season…”
Following this weekends games the Raiders have a week off before the playoff campaign begins on Saturday 6th April, 6pm face off at Ryde Arena.
The first of this weekends critical games is at Ryde Arena on Saturday against the Bracknell Hornets, face off at 6pm.
Meanwhile the 2012-2013 Raiders Shirt Auction is up and running, bids are coming in fast so check out the current bids on the Raiders official forum or visit the merchandise table on match nights for your chance to get hold of a genuine Raiders jersey!