Another four point weekend and I feel the guys did very well considering we had two full weeks off from training. I think it was important that we had a rest, but I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t worried that the lay-off might have been too long. It turns out that the guys were keen to get back on the ice and it was great to see everyone excited to get the second half of the season underway.
On Saturday we traveled to London to play the Raiders and they seem to be in a bit of turmoil at the moment. I know that I don’t have the best relationship with their fans, but it would be a sad sight to not have them in the league. We came away with a 8-5 win and if it wasn’t for a couple lapses late in the game, it wouldn’t have been that close. Lets hope they can continue on and finish the season, I’m sure Danny will be able to find and get the best out of the players for the remainder of the season and play-offs.
Sunday we played a wild one at the Gosport Civic Auditorium and we eventually came away with a 6-3 win. Gosport played a much stronger game this week and at one point brought the game back to a 4-3 score line. It was important to remember the importance of this game and just focus on the two points. The guys did a great job and it was a great way to cap off a solid weekend of Raiders hockey. I think it’s a good time to mention how well Dan ‘Wild Cat’ Weller-Evans played over the weekend, with Matty out for a week or so it was awesome to have Dan back-stop and lead the team to two big wins.
The team has been playing some excellent hockey of late, but to be honest the biggest tests are coming up over the next couple weeks. It has been our goal all season to be staying competitive and around the top of the table each week and so far we have been doing that. I really do believe after next weekend we will see what our team is made of. This Saturday’s game against Romford is massive and we really need our fans support. The three games before Christmas saw the lowest crowd numbers that I can remember during the course of my five years on the Island. The team really needs big turn out after so many away games and I hope the fans are excited to see us back on home ice.
Lets get excited for the second half of the year, there is nothing better than playing in front of a packed Ryde Arena!
See you Saturday,