Vipers lose bad tempered game 5-0 against Chelmsford

Sunday saw the vipers face off against Chelmsford Cobras in the battle of the snakes at the NIC. Nottingham were hoping to build on their win against Widnes, but found themselves short benched against an undefeated Cobras.

Chelmsford scored 5 unanswered goals throughout the first two periods as Nottingham just failed to get their game going. Chelmsford did a good job of limiting Nottingham’s chances to just 12 shots, but when the scoring chances did come they were missed again. Frustrations built for the vipers as they failed to capitalise, resulting in top scorer Megan Rathbone being ejected for fighting in the 31st minute. Vipers poor discipline continued to hamper their play as a string of minor penalties followed in the third period, but the game was already out of reach for Nottingham at this point and all Chelmsford had to do was sit back and wait for the final buzzer.

Penalties
Megan Rathbone – Tripping (minor), fighting (match)
Lucy Kendall – Boarding (minor), body checking (minor), body checking (minor)

Netminders
Summer Cramer 54 shots (20,11,23), 5 goals, 90.74 SV%

Shots on goal
Vipers: 12

Vipers beat Widnes for first points of 2017!

The Nottingham Vipers travelled to Cheshire for their first away game of the 17/8 season and emerged victorious against the Widnes Wild with a hard fought victory, returning to Nottingham with a 5-3 score line. Vipers were without several key players, and coupled with an in-game injury to Amy Robinson meant that they were pushed to the limit against the superior bench size of Widnes, but each player dug in deep to give Nottingham the victory they deserved.

Vipers started the first period strongly in all three zones, outplaying their opposition and outshooting them 19 shots to 10. As the scoring chances came, so did the goals with Megan Rathbone putting her first of the game away at 8:34. More was to come just over a minute later at 9:52, when Vipers youngster Madison Wright continued her stella start to the season with a well worked goal. Vipers quickly saw their lead cut at 10:38 when their defensive coverage broke down enabling Widnes to score through traffic. This only spurred on the team as they continued to ask questions of the Widnes goalie, with Megan Rathbone again being rewarded for her prowess around net at 16:11. This third goal saw rookie Laura Richmond pick up her first point of the 2017-18 campaign, which was no less than she deserved with her 100% commitment to the Vipers cause.

During the second period Nottingham decided to push the self-destruct button. Perhaps the short bench and slow ice took their toll, combined with Widnes upping their game which left Nottingham at times found wanting. Mistakes and lacklustre play saw Widnes pull to within one, and they soon had the game tied up at 34:30 with a shorthanded goal following a netminder error. The tie was broken less than a minute later with Megan Rathbone completing her hatrick at 35:19 with a well worked play.

An ice cut for the third period gave the Vipers weary legs the jump they needed. Megan Rathbone quickly restored the two goal lead at 41:25, and the whole team then turned in a complete performance to keep Widnes at bay. Netminder Summer Crammer was excellent when called upon, making several key stops to frustrate Widnes, and the period wound down without further scoring to give Nottingham a well-earned two points.

Vipers outshot their opponents 53 shots to 47, and like the last game could be accused of failing to put their chances away when they came to put the game out of sight. Spirit of the game went to Becky Towsey for her excellent positional play and work ethic, as she continually helped break down the Widnes attack. Up next weekend for the Vipers is a fierce test in top of the table Chelmsford, which is sure to be another end to end game:

Scoring
Megan Rathbone 4+0
Madison Wright 1+1
Olivia Bennett 0+1
Laura Richmond 0+1
Emma Wilkinson 0+2

Penalties
Madison Wright – 2 minutes interference
Bench Minor – too many players

Netminders
Summer Cramer 47 shots (10,21,16), 3 goals, 93.62 SV%

Shots on goal
Vipers: 53

Vipers lose out on opening season game

Nottingham Vipers found themselves on the wrong end of a 5-4 score line in their opening game against the Kingston Diamonds on Sunday at the National Ice Centre. Vipers were pleased to hand debuts to Madison Wright and Laura Richmond, as well as welcoming back Jade Cito and Lucy Kendall.

Vipers still seemed to be showing signs of off season rust and a poor first period proved to be the difference, as Kingston converted 3 goals in a disastrous 5 minutes. Vipers did manage to pull one back towards the end of the period as Megan Rathbone converted for her first of the season.

This was a sign of things to come, as Vipers piled on the pressure in the second period outshooting the visitors 20 shots to 5. The pressure told and the Vipers were able to finish two well worked Powerplays, with Megan Rathbone finding her second and debutant Madison Wright firing home for her first goal for the Vipers, which set up a tied game for the third period.

Vipers started the third period slowly, and two Kingston goals in the first two minutes of the third period buoyed the visitors, but Vipers weren’t done yet as Madison Wright grabbed her second of the night with eight minutes remaining to set up a tense finish to the game. Vipers continued to push, but were unable to find that equaliser even with netminder Summer Cramer pulled for the extra skater, and the score line remained unchanged until the final buzzer.

Vipers will perhaps feel that this was a missed opportunity with several good chances spurned, but will have the chance to bounce back on the 15th October when they face Widnes away.

Scoring
Megan Rathbone 2+2
Emma Wilkinson 0+1
Madison Wright 2+0
Jade Cito 0+2
Philippa Wheeler 0+1

Penalties
Megan Rathbone – 2 minutes body checking
Bench Minor – too many men

Netminder
Summer Cramer 31 shots (12,5,14), 5 goals, 83.87 SV%

Shots on goal
Vipers: 38

Snake Battle ends in 3-3 Draw

The Nottingham Vipers managed to steal their first point of the season in a 3-3 draw against the Chelmsford Cobras in their second road game of the season. Another long bus journey beginning at 7am saw the Vipers struggle yet again in the first period falling behind 2-0 despite many scoring chances.

Mullen managed to bring the Vipers within one goal halfway through the second before the Cobras bounced back 4.5 minutes later. A first line surge saw Cooke and Chillman set up Mullen in the final 10 seconds of the 2nd period to pull within one goal heading into the 3rd period.

Great defending in the third kept the Cobras at bay while Mullen notched a hat trick to even the game 3-3. Despite the many scoring chances and pressure put on by the Vipers as well as a final seconds time-out, Vipers were unable to pull ahead for the win, resulting in a 3-3 draw.

Vipers have now moved up to 6th place in the league table as they set to face the Whitley Squaws in their second home game of the season on November 8th, 2015—7:30pm Face-off at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham.

SCORING SUMMARY
1st Period
03:01  CHE     Tereza Plankova, Unassisted
11:47 CHE     Jennifer Bolton ASST: Karen Law

2nd Period
07:03  NOT    Robin Mullen, Unassisted
11:32  CHE     Tereza Plankova, Unassisted
14:10  NOT    Robin Mullen ASST: Rebecca Cooke, Belinda Chillman

3rd Period
05:45  NOT    Robin Mullen, Unassisted

Man of the Match—Belinda Chillman

Report by Robin Mullen.

Vipers get hit by the Storm

The long, 4-hour bus journey took its toll on the Vipers as they fell 9-4 to the Streatham Storm.

Nottingham fell behind in the first minute of the game before bouncing back to level it at 1-1 with C. Jones pinching to set up Mullen. However, Streatham notched another two to take the first period 3-1.   A rough second period saw Streatham extend their lead by five despite the Vipers notching two more goals (Mullen and Cooke) as they capitalised on a couple powerplays due to a couple bad changes leading to “Too Many Men” penalties.

The Vipers finally found their legs in the third period only conceiving one goal and continuing to outshoot Streatham. Mullen scored in the third to complete the hat trick, however, it was not enough in the end to grab the win.

The Nottingham Vipers head out on the road again in search of their first win of the season on Sunday, October 25th to Chelmsford to faceoff against the Chelmsford Cobras at 12:30pm.

 

SCORING SUMMARY:
1st PERIOD
00:40   STRE  Joanna Li How Cheng ASST: Parris Moore
07:05   NOT    Robin Mullen ASST: Clare Jones
14:05   STRE  Hannah Carnegy ASST: Joanna Li How Cheng
14:23   STRE  Rachael Wood ASST: Joanna Li How Cheng , Hannah Carnegy

2nd PERIOD
00:22   STRE  Hannah Carnegy, Unassisted
09:03   STRE  PPG – Hannah Carnegy ASST: Sarah Audsley, Joanna Li How Cheng
09:47   NOT    Rebecca Cooke ASST: Robin Mullen
12:07   STRE  Catherine Pinder ASST: Sarah Audsley
13:27   STRE  Isabelle Taylor ASST: Joanna Li How Cheng, Hannah Carnegy
19:23   STRE Joanna Li How Cheng ASST: Sarah Audsley
19:48   NOT    Robin Mullen ASST: Rachel Sheppard

3rd PERIOD
12:46   NOT    Robin Mullen ASST: Rebecca Cooke , Sasha Cater
13:07   STRE  PPG – Hannah Carnegy ASST: Katherine Procopiou, Kaori Okumura

 

Report by Robin Mullen.

World Girls Ice Hockey Weekend!

The Nottingham Vipers were pleased to support the International Ice Hockey Federation’s World Girl’s Ice Hockey Weekend 2014 on Sunday 12th October.

IMG_3168

The event in Nottingham was part of hundreds across the world with countries like Canada and Finland leading the way.

The Nottingham event saw females take to the ice, some for the first time. All of the equipment was available to borrow thanks to the English Ice Hockey Association and the National Ice Centre. The event was also supported by Ice Hockey UK.

Marie Would, Vipers assistant managers said, “It was great that even a girl who didn’t want to get on the ice and couldn’t skate didn’t want to get off, when she did come off the ice she had a smile on her face & really enjoyed the session”.

IMG_3157

During the event the girls were given basic tips from the Nottingham Vipers players and coaching staff. They learned how to skate, pass, control the puck and shoot. This was all taught in a fun and playful way which even included playing some badminton on the ice.

Find out about future events and taster sessions by following @IH4Girls on twitter.

Match Report Vs Telford Raiders

Nottingham Vipers opened their 2013/14 league campaign entertaining Telford Wrekin Raiders at the National Ice Centre. This fixture marked the Vipers debuts for Canadian Robin Mullen and new starting netminder Holly Steeples. Telford’s roster remained largely unchanged from last season. 

 

After the puck drop, both teams started speculatively, perhaps showing signs of early season rustiness. Despite the slow start, both netminders were tested with Nottingham’s Holly Steeples coming up big for her team. At the 8:15 mark, Telford were handed a golden opportunity when Vipers number 8 Lucy Kendall landed a body check on an unsuspecting Telford player. However, it was Nottingham who capitalised when Robin Mullen stole the puck and netted on her debut to the give the Vipers a shorthanded 1-0 lead at 9.19. This was to prove the end of the action for the first period. 

The second period saw the Vipers up the intensity, and it paid off instantly with Rebecca Cooke burying the puck after only 17 seconds. Telford refused to give up, and continued to  push for their opening goal with only smart work from the Vipers defence, a goal post and some more stirling work from netminder Steeples denying them. It was to be Vipers who would land the killer blow at the end of the period, with two goals in two minutes. Robin Mullen popped up with her second of the night on the delayed penalty, with the assist going to alternate captain Michelle Peat at 27:57. Shortly afterwards, Telford could consider themselves the victims of some bad luck when a Kendra Hourd shot deflected off a Raiders player into their goal at 29:48.

 

The third period saw Nottingham content to sit on their lead, absorbing the Telford pressure as they pushed for a breakthrough, including an impressive five on three penalty kill when Lucy Ebinger and Micky Johnson took penalties for roughing and slashing respectively. Telford finally achieved this at 41:18, with Heather Metcalf firing past Nottingham’s Steeples, who was desperately unlucky not to get a shutout on her debut, saving 21 of 22 shots. Nottingham restored their four goal lead minutes later, with Laura Smith netting for her first of the season at 44:22, with assists going to Rebecca Cooke and Robin Mullen for her third point of the game. This was to conclude the action for this match, with Nottingham firmly in the knowledge that tougher tests are to come, starting with Kingston Diamonds on Sunday 6th October. Spirit of the game went to Lucy Ebinger for her hard work and consistency on the blue line.