Two important points are on the line, as the Lions face off in Hull Arena against the Jets, on Saturday evening (5.30pm).

leehollandvhullLee Holland could be in contention to face his former team on Saturday.

September has been a tough month in the Laidler D2 and both teams will be looking to open October’s ledger with a win.

Neither side has played since the 20th September and will be hitting the ice with fresh legs and bold ambitions. Hull have opened their campaign with two wins and a loss from three games, whilst the Lions have chalked a win, a draw and two losses in their opening four fixtures.

Last season saw a series of tight games between the Lions and Jets. At Hull Arena the points were shared in a 4-4 tie back in September 2013, whilst February saw Nottingham take both points away from Humberside, after a narrow 1-0 win. The Lions triumphed in both encounters at the National Ice Centre, a 5-2 victory last November was followed by March's dramatic 6-5 win, in what was an emotional final home game before Alan Levers' retirement.

Goaltending could be the big story this Saturday, as current Lions back stopper Warren Gilfoyle could well be between the pipes to face his former team, in a barn he knows well.

Another theme may be penalties, as the Jets have kept strict discipline taking just eight minutes in three games whilst the Lions have registered forty-two over four. In games that have often been close, this may put extra emphasis on the special teams.

Road wins in Hull are always tough to come by but with head coach Matt Bradbury hoping to welcome back Lee Holland and Sam Illsley to boost his backline, Nottingham should be able to ice a strong line-up, in what should be an entertaining clash between two young sides.

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Wednesday, 01 October 2014.
Nathan Charlish - Lions Media Team