Billingham Stars 4 Nottingham Lions 2

The Lions were unable to repeat their heroics of last November as they fell 4-2 to the Billingham Stars at the TFM Radio Arena on Sunday night.

At the end of the first period a repeat performance did look possible as Nottingham found themselves a goal to the good thanks to Michael Rose (04.25).

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Marcus Maynard and Richie Griffiths sandwich Billingham's Scott Ward. ©IceHockeyMedia

The home side got themselves back into the game in the second, courtesy of Cal Davies (27.20) leaving a 1-1 scoreline heading into the third.

The Lions couldn’t hold on against the league leaders in the final period, finding themselves 3-1 down with nine minutes to go – Simon Hehir (47.22) and Andrew Fletcher (51.19) giving the Stars a two-goal cushion. Marcus Maynard gave the Lions hope with three minutes left on the clock (56.58) but James Moss finished matters just a minute later (58.00) to put the game out of the Lions’ reach.

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Michael Rose and Matt Sellars fight it out. ©IceHockeyMedia

The Lions’ attention now turns to next Sunday (15th January) as they take on an improving Telford Titans team at the NIC (7.15pm Face-Off).

Game Stats:

Michael Rose 1+0, Marcus Maynard 1+1, Gareth O’ Flaherty 0+2, Joe Wightman 0+1.

Period Scores: 1st 0-1, 2nd 1-0, 3rd 3-1.

Shots On Goal: 1st 13-12, 2nd 15-8, 3rd 17-8 – Total 44-28.

Penalty Mins: 1st 4-6, 2nd 20-8, 3rd 2-2. Total 26-16.

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Thursday, 12 January 2012.