Dragons 7 Lions 5
This was the first League meeting of two teams rooted to the foot of the table. Undoubtedly both teams, struggling for confidence, had targeted this game and the return fixture next weekend. Both teams had also travelled North the previous day and suffered heavy defeats. The importance of the game could not be underestimated.
A noisy Den had an electric atmosphere, filled with tension, in the build up to face off.
The Dragons had shuffled their pack moving #14 Mickael Brodin in to defence and moving #72 Chris Jones into the attack. From the first puck drop the game was played at a frenetic pace, with end to end play resulting in opportunities on both nets. Early in the first period, the Dragons squad adjustment appeared to have paid off when #72 Jones scored from in front of the net, following a powerful drive and sensational pass from #13 Wainwright.
Dragons indiscipline once again punished them, and the Lions scored two quick goals to take the lead at the midway point of the first period. The Dragons further demonstrated the importance of penalties at this level and scored their own power play goal by #5 Parsons, to finish the period all square at 2 apiece.
4 ½ minutes into the second period, the Dragons took back the lead when Power D Man #13 Wainwright cut in from the left and finished on his back hand, top shelf.
The Lions briefly drew level once again before #12 Wigglesworth tipped in an excellent short handed goal.
The second period ended early following an injury to a Lions player, which resulted in more Dragons in the penalty box than on the bench. The third period got underway, with both teams knowing that the next goal was vital. To the delight of the home crowd, the Dragons lead was extended to 2 by #55 Kennedy. The visitors however had no intention of laying down and dying, and quickly answered back to bring the score within 1.
Skipper #5 Snipper Parsons was in the right place at the right time once again to grab his second of the evening and bring the lead back to 2. Never say die Lions scored their 5th in the 55th minute, but 25 seconds later #92 Austin, settled the team and fans nerves, expertly picking his spot, through traffic, with a cracking drive from the point.
The Dragons saw out the remainder of the game, to register there long awaited second win of the season that lifted them off the foot of the table.
With a 3 point game veteran #21 Worrall capped an excellent weekend with the Man of the Match award.