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.
Megan Rathbone 2+2
Emma Wilkinson 0+1
Madison Wright 2+0
Jade Cito 0+2
Philippa Wheeler 0+1
Megan Rathbone – 2 minutes body checking
Bench Minor – too many men
Summer Cramer 31 shots (12,5,14), 5 goals, 83.87 SV%
Shots on goal
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.
03:01 CHE Tereza Plankova, Unassisted
11:47 CHE Jennifer Bolton ASST: Karen Law
07:03 NOT Robin Mullen, Unassisted
11:32 CHE Tereza Plankova, Unassisted
14:10 NOT Robin Mullen ASST: Rebecca Cooke, Belinda Chillman
05:45 NOT Robin Mullen, Unassisted
Man of the Match—Belinda Chillman
Report by Robin Mullen.
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.
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
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
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.
The Nottingham Vipers were pleased to support the International Ice Hockey Federation’s World Girl’s Ice Hockey Weekend 2014 on Sunday 12th October.
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”.
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.
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.