A cup semi loss on the road was followed by a tough home victory against MK on Sunday. Some great individual performances lit up the game which was a great victory and kept us the hunt for the top 3 places.
Saturday is chance to do it all again as we face the Lighting once more. This is followed by the biggest local derby we have with a visit to Sheffield. I’m positive there will be plenty of fans making that short journey.
At the back they have used 3 nettles this season. Jordan Lawday has faced 538 shots so far this season with an 89.96% save percentage whilst former Steeldog Brandon Stones has also featured with an 89.41% save percentage with Dean Skinns also appearing with an 87.43% save percentage. Jordan Lawday was on top form in this fixture last week and will be disappointed to have let a soft one in that ultimately cost the game for his team. This is maybe evidence that they are still even at this stage in the season not sure who their starting nettie is. Supporting these 3 at the back they have some respected players at this level. Jordan Stokes and Leigh Jamieson offer experience and quality at this level and have shown this in previous encounters.
At the opposite end they appear to have more depth and with big names such as Liam Stewart and former Hull Stingray Cale Tanaka in tow they will be no mugs in front of our net. Stewart sits on 39 points from 26 games and Tanaka has 44 from 37. This backed top by D man Jamieson with 42 points and import and leading scorer Tomas Kana who has 47. Lightning have scoring threat all over the ice and there will no easy shifts for Ash and his D this weekend.
In previous encounters with MK, apart from one blow out on the road, have all been tightly contested affairs with 1 or 2 goals in it. Let’s hope for another great game of hockey and yet another successful weekend with 2 more wins for the Pirates to further enhance the chances of a strong playoff position.
Author – Dave Heath
Hull Pirate Media