April 13, 2018
This weekend Planet Ice Widnes will welcome fans and guests from throughout British Ice Hockey to watch the Hull Jets, Sutton Sting, Telford Tigers and Widnes Wild compete for the NIHL Laidler Playoffs.
The doors will open at 3:45pm for fans and guests to enter the building using the main entrance. Everyone attending is asked to have their ticket ready to present to the rink staff in exchange for a wrist band. Standing and guests wrist bands will be available to collect from the reception window whilst all other wrists bands can be collected from a table in reception.
The rink will be undertaking bag searches and fans and guests are reminded that food and drink may not be bought into the building.
Seating for the Saturday is unallocated however fans are asked to sit in the designated blocks as per the diagram below:
There will be additional food and beverage sales points located throughout the rink and there will also be volunteers selling 50/50 and raffle tickets.
In recognition of the tragic events this week involving the Humboldt Broncos there will be a minute silence before each game on the Saturday and the players will be asked to stand around the centre circle for this. There will also be a Humboldt Broncos flag on display which all players will be asked to sign and which will then be raffled for the Humboldt Broncos fund.
Here we look at the records of the four sides taking part to give a form guide heading into the weekend.
Record (W-L-OT): 28-5-3 = 59pts. First place.
Top scorer: Joe Colton 30+47=77pts
Top goalie: Warren Gilfoyle 0.903 save percentage
25-9-1 = 52pts. Second place.
Top scorer: Oli Barron 43+39=82pts
Top goalie: Matt Croyle 0.935
26-10-0 = 52pts. Third place.
Top scorer: Richard Haggar 72+56=128pts
Top goalie: Dean Bowater 0.891
25-10-1 = 51pts. Fourth place.
Top scorer: Karol Jets 43+74=117pts
Top goalie: Zack Brown 0.908
ORDER OF PLAY at Widnes this weekend
Saturday 4.30pm – Sutton Sting v Telford Tigers
Saturday 7.30pm – Widnes Wild v Hull Jets
Sunday 5.30pm – NIHL North2 Playoff Final