Former Hull Pirate, James Archer, is returning to the rink as one of Leeds’s star attackers
After four negative results on the spin we welcome the new kids on the block, the Leeds Chiefs to the Hull Arena. The Chiefs currently prop up the rest of the division with one win in six games although this was a shut out win on the road in London. Could this be a turn in fortunes for the Leeds based team?
Looking more closely at the games Leeds have played, it becomes apparent that they are not a team who have been blown away by the opposition. A 4-3 loss away at Bracknell and a 4-2 loss away at Peterborough show this. Steeldogs, who managed eight goals against the Pirates last week, were held to only three in their game with Leeds. Defensively they look steady and it is no surprise when you see the experience at the back. The Chiefs have a high calibre netminder in Sam Gospel and bags of defensive experience with Steve Duncombe and captain, Luke Boothroyd.
Going forward the Chiefs have signed import, Radek Meidl, who is currently averaging 2 points a game with 5 goals and 7 assists. He is being suitably backed up by former Pirate, James Archer, who is currently the clubs joint top scorer alongside Meidl. Next in line offensively is 20 year old Adam Barnes. He currently sits on 7 points but also has 25 penalty minutes which is a team high for the Chiefs. If he can keep his cool and keep on the ice he could be dangerous going forward. Other than these three, points have been hard to find for the Chiefs. These three players account for 68% of all points scored by the Chiefs. To put this into some context, nine of the Pirates nineteen players have scored more than the fourth highest Chiefs scorer. We hope our offensive unit fires like we all know it can and that defensively we have our heads on to prevent the Chiefs from racking up plenty of points.
The Pirates have endured a torrid run with four straight losses, which has resulted in a rallying cry from the owner. I’m positive that the players and staff of the Pirates are hurting just as much as we all are with the current form. I’d expect a big response from the players this weekend and will be boosted on Sunday by the return of the ever combative, Bobby Chamberlain. If Bobby plays his game he is without doubt one of the best forwards in this league. Both imports have shown glimpses of their best but wouldn’t it be brilliant to see them both burst into life and fire with all guns blazing? Regardless of whether or not these things happen we will see. What I do know is that regardless of outcomes of games our fans make a massive impact. Opposition players don’t enjoy coming to Hull because of the intensity of the team and our fans. Let’s be loud and back the lads this weekend and give them every opportunity to drag themselves out of this streak.