In a thrilling local derby, the Aspray Chester Deeside Dragons faced a tough home defeat against their rivals Widnes Wild, ending with a score of 5-2 in favour of the visitors. The game, which drew an impressive crowd of over 700 spectators, was a testament to the intense rivalry and passion in the English Ice Hockey Association National Ice Hockey League Division One North.
The match started with both teams showing great energy, but it was the Widnes Wild who seized the early advantage. Matthew Barlow’s power play goal set the tone for the Wild, showcasing their strategic prowess on the ice. This was swiftly followed by a clinical slap shot from Rhys Edwards, further solidifying the Wild’s control. However, the Dragons’ top scorer Brodie Jesson demonstrated his skill by pulling a goal back, keeping the Dragons in the hunt.
The second period mirrored the first in terms of intensity and pace. Widnes Wild maintained their dominance with Kyle Carruth finding the net early, widening the gap. The Dragons, showing their resilience, fought back with Alex Parry scoring on the power play, a crucial moment that kept their hopes alive.
Entering the third period, the game’s momentum slightly favoured Widnes Wild. Rhys Edwards, with a remarkable display of skill, scored a short-handed goal, his second of the night, further dampening the Dragons’ spirits. In a bold move, the Dragons pulled netminder Jace Gledhill in the final minute in a bid to leverage the man advantage. However, this strategy backfired as Gilber from the Wild seized the opportunity to score an empty net goal, clinching the 5-2 victory for Widnes Wild.
This match was not just a game but a showcase of skill, strategy, and the undying spirit of ice hockey. Both teams displayed commendable performance, but it was Widnes Wild’s day to shine. The Aspray Chester Deeside Dragons, despite the loss, showed glimpses of brilliance and resilience that their fans can be proud of. The attendance of over 700 spectators is a clear indication of the growing interest and support for ice hockey in the region, making this local derby a significant event in the NIHL Division One North calendar.