Weekends preview

Preview Swindon Wildcats and Milton Keynes Lightning
Where to start with last weekend? A shootout loss to an improving Milton Keynes side before a big loss to rivals Telford. Not the weekend any of us wanted or that the team would have envisaged. There is, however, no point in dwelling on the past and instead we move onto this week where we have two big games against Swindon away and Milton Keynes at home.
Our weekend starts with Swindon who are currently second in the table. They look defensively sold conceding just 62 goals in 21 games. Under 3 goals a game in this new league is not an easy thing to achieve. Kenny Marr appears to have everything he needs at the back to make this team competitive and his 91.25% save percentage is testament to this. Going forward they have scoring in abundance. Import Tomasz Malasinski has 43 points in 21 games and Aaron Nell has 39 in 21 games. Only our very own Jason Hewitt sits above them in the points table.
At home on Sunday we see the Milton Keynes Lightining arrive in Hull for what will be our annual Teddy Toss night. They look a stronger unit than previous visits to the arena and have added some quality to the roster. This change has also seen them improve results over the previous few weeks. The Lightning come into the game with a league high amount of penalty minutes so this contest should be tough and gritty. Another opportunity for us to show a better temperament and utilise our special teams fully.
At the back they have used 3 nettles this season but predominantly for Steeldog Brandon Stones. He currently sits on an 89.83% save percentage. Experienced D man Leigh Jamieson will no doubt need to have a strong game to stem the offence of the Pirates and will be suitably supported by Jordan Stokes at the back.
Going forward they look to have struggled somewhat early doors. They have replaced an import and are hoping for more success from current import Tomas Kana who has 23 points in 20 games. Former Hull player Cale Tanaka is always threat and has the ability to grind opportunities out for himself and others. Equally the addition of Liam Stewart to the roster looks a good piece of business with the player scoring 10 times in his first 7 games.
Hull will hope to be back to there best for 2 games that will once again be tight and tough affairs. Big nights will be needed across the team a we look to stem the goals we concede whilst continue our blistering form in front of the net.
By Dave Heath
Hull Pirate Media Partner