The second game of the weekend and the Sens took the trip to face Widnes for the second time this season, having lost a lead in the
previous game in which they thought should have been a win.
Sens travelled with a strong squad and were hoping to turn the tables and inflict the first defeat on the Wild, who have not dropped a
point so far. The puck dropped for the first period and it didn’t quite go as planned when Stuart Brittle put a shot past Mark Hartley
after only two minutes. There were a few more chances for both sides and both Phil Crosby and Mark Hartley making some good
saves to keep the score at 1-0, until Stuart Brittle scored his second of the night after it appeared Hartley had covered the puck but the
whistle wasn’t blown and Brittle took advantage to poke the puck home to make it 2-0. At this point Sens decided to change their
tactics and line matching and this was immediatley successful when Elliott Knell scored back-door after a lovely passing play from Tom
Proctor and Joel Aheran. There was no further scoring in the period and it ended 2-1 in favour of the home team.
The second period proved to be one in which the Sens totally dominated the play, a few positive words from the coach sent them out
in a good frame of mind. Sens had many chances to score, hitting the crossbar and some near misses, and Phil Crosby making some
very good saves to keep Widnes in the game. It took just over 14 minutes of the period for Tom Proctor to score a 2-on-1, with Tom
Humphries slotting the puck back to Proctor leaving Crosby no chance in the net and evening the game at 2-2. The Sens could not
take any further advantage, despite outshooting Widnes 30-7 in this period alone and the scores were level going into the third.
The Sens continued where they left off, Tom Proctor bagging his second of the night and keeping up his scoring form, to get the
go-ahead goal making it 3-2 on a delayed penalty. Sens had more time in the offensive zone, but this was the dowfall when a turnover
was picked up by Elvis Veldze who danced his way through the defence and put a shot past the blocker of Hartley. The Sens were quite
disappointed with this goal and tried to up their game again when a nice face-off win by Elliott Knell went to Shaun Wild who put a shot
towards the net which was tipped by Joel Aheran through the legs of Crosby who didn’t see the puck through traffic. With less than 10
minutes to play, the Sens didn’t want to change how they were playing and still wanted to take the game to Widnes rather than sitting
back on their lead, which was costly in the reverse fixture. A combination of solid defending and goaltending managed to keep the
lead, even with Widnes pulling their goalie for the extra attacker and the final score was 4-3 in favour of the Sens.
A well deserved victory and finishing a great 4 point weekend for the Sens who played some fantastic hockey and showed that they
really can compete with, and beat, anyone in the league. The shot count of 58-27 to the Sens team was a prime example of how the
game had gone and they were extremely happy with how things had gone and move onto the next game in a positive frame of mind.
Mark Hartley – 27/3 88.89%
Phil Crosby – 58/4– 93.10%
Tom Proctor – 2+1 Elliott Knell – 1+2 Joel Aheran – 1+1 Tom Humphries & Shaun Wild – 0+1
MOTM – George Crawshaw
Sens Shield – Mark Hartley