The Nottingham Lions’ face their final test of the season against local rivals Solihull Barons on Sunday evening in the CapitalFM Arena (7.30pm face off), followed by the presentation of the league championship trophy.
Due to high ticket demand from both the Nottingham hockey faithful and the traveling Solihull supporters, the decision was made to switch the game from the Lions’ usual home of the Capital One rink, to the much grander surroundings of next-door’s arena pad.
This now provides an opportunity for all Panthers fans who will have been watching the play off quarter-final against Fife to give themselves an extended Easter Sunday hockey-fix by taking their Panthers ticket to the box office after the game to gain entry to the Lions’ big season finale for just £3.
Not only will you get to see two fierce Midlands rivals battle it out on the hallowed arena pad but also, with no school or work for many on Monday morning – there simply has never been a better time to catch a Lions game!!
A win for Matt Bradbury’s side would be a great end to what has been an outstanding season for the Lions, whilst a victory for Solihull would secure them second place in the table and a two-legged promotion/relegation playoff against their Division One-based, West Midlands rivals Coventry Blaze.
When the two teams first met at the Hobs Moat Road rink back in December, goals were in short-supply for both teams as Matt Bradbury’s men came away with a narrow 2-1 win. All the goals came in the first period, as Jake Larkin put the Barons ahead inside the first three minutes but strikes from Gareth O’Flaherty and Luke Branin meant the Lions came away with the spoils.
January’s return game at the National Ice Centre saw Nottingham storm to an 8-3 victory. A first period hat-trick from Joe Wightman and a goal against his former club, on his Lions debut from Stuart Parker, helped secure another massive win for the home side in their quest for promotion.
However, Nottingham will be licking their wounds and planning their revenge after last Sunday’s uncharacteristic 8-0 defeat at Solihull Ice Rink.
The Lions should be largely unchanged from last Sunday’s road defeat, although they will be hoping to see the return of ex-Panthers hero Simon Hunt, whilst Reece Glossop continues to miss out as he serves a suspension.
Matchday Ticket Prices:
Children (under 16) & OAP’s: £3.00
Students (with NUS card): £2.50
Panthers Season Ticket Holders: £3.00 (Panthers season ticket must be shown)
Panthers vs Fife Ticket Holders: £3.00 (if bought after the Panthers game)
Tickets can be bought on game night or can be booked in advance by ringing 0843 373 3000 between 9am and 9pm Monday to Sunday or by visiting the National Ice Centre Box Office in person between 8am -9pm Monday to Sunday.
Tickets are available for collection only and all major credit & debit cards are accepted.
PLEASE NOTE: All Panthers v Fife tickets holders must go to the box office after the Panthers game to purchase their discounted Lions ticket. Panthers tickets will not be accepted for the discount at the box office before or during the Panthers game.
All spectators will be required to have a ticket for this game including club members and partners.
All players for the Nottingham Junior Ice Hockey Club are entitled to gain free entry to the game. To gain free entry all players must go to the Box Office and show there Ice Locker discount card and they will be issued with a free ticket. (This is only available on the night)
Coaches/Managers of the Nottingham Ice Hockey Club are also entitled to gain free entry to the game. To gain free entry all coaches/managers must go to the Box Office and show there EIHA registration card and they will be issued with a free ticket. (This is only available on the night)
All accompanying guests of the players, coaches and managers of Nottingham Ice Hockey Club are still subject to the full admission price.