Before the month could end the Lions’ impressive unbeaten run, stretching back to the start of the season, had come to an abrupt halt after a surprise 5-3 defeat in Hull but prior to that, two victories over Sheffield and Blackburn helped to maintain Matt Bradbury’s side’s position at the top of the table in Division Two North.

November also saw Nottingham embark on their first ever Movember fundraising campaign as players and staff took on the challenge to grow a moustache over the course of the month, all in the aid of charity.


Cherry Deville gives the Lions a Movember boost.

Having already dispatched of Sheffield at the National Ice Centre the previous month, Nottingham were up to their old tricks, as once again they came from behind to triumph over the Senators, this time by a 6-1 scoreline with youngster Ollie Betteridge netting another hat-trick against the Lions’ local rivals.

Nottingham were also buoyed by the news that a second import player had joined the pride in the form of Canadian forward Jose Leon. Peruvian-born Leon joined up with the Lions having played in Switzerland for last two seasons with Geneve-Servette Under-20s and Under-17s and had recently moved to Lace City to study at Nottingham Trent University.


Lions’ Matt Bradbury with Jose Leon.

Jose was quick to make his Lions debut against the Blackburn Eagles at the NIC just a few days later and managed to get himself on the scoresheet in a 13-0 thrashing of the Lancashire-based side. Braces were also shared between Betteridge, Joe Wightman and Christy Johnson-Brown.

A brief respite from on-ice matters followed as the squad attended the grand re-opening of their sponsor Ice Locker’s new-look store; located in the foyer of the National Ice Centre. The boys were on hand to pose for photos and promote the opening of the biggest ice sports shop in the country.


The Lions and Store Manager Phil Jones outside the all-new Ice Locker store.

The loss on Humberside followed, but it would be intriguing to see how the Lions would react to their first defeat as they prepared for some big games against Solihull and Sheffield heading into December and the festive break.

The month did end on a positive note however, as the Lions players and staff who took part in the month-long Movember challenge helped Blue Bell Hill Trust to raise a magnificent £1293 over the 30 day period.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013.