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WIDNES WILD 3 SHEFFIELD SENATORS 5
4:04pm Thursday 16th January 2014 in Sport
Wild returned to home ice for the second leg of a double header weekend. Despite a bad facial injury, Joe Charlton bravely decided to play. A good sized crowd greeted the teams.
The two previous clashes between the teams had seen both teams win on away ice and from the first minute an absorbing, exciting game was in prospect.
Widnes took the lead in the 3rd minute, when Filip Supa shot home low from a Shaun Dipnall pass. Within a minute Sheffield had equalised.
They went on to take a 9th minute lead from Joel Aheran. Widnes equalised in the 12th minute. Defending short handed, Wild pushed the puck out to Ken Armstrong who raced from his own end to fire low between netminder Mark Hartley's legs. Within seconds, Sheffield were ahead again with a second from Aheran.
Tony Melbourne put Bobby Caunce away down the right and his searching pass found captain Tom Revesz. He fired home to bring the scores level in the 24th minute.
Tom Procter put Sheffield back in front on the powerplay in the 35th minute.
The final period saw both sides struggling to keep up the high speed action - both teams playing their second game of the weekend.
After Martyn Gray put Sheffield further ahead in the 43rd minute, the home side battled hard to score. Despite a five minute powerplay, the home team couldnt find a way past a well organised Senators defence.
Defenceman Callum Ruddick took the MVP in a game which could so easily have gone the way of the home team.
Next Sunday at Widnes sees the big local Derby when Deeside Dragons travel from Queensferry for a much awaited clash - with the game facing off at 18.15.
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