Canadian Robin Mullen joins the Vipers for the 2018-19 campaign.
Following a two year break with injury, Robin is eager to get back on the ice. In her last season with the Vipers she scored an impressive 23 goals in 11 games with a combined points total of 29, the highest in the league for that season.
Robin is key player both on and off the ice. Her hard work and commitment to the team will provide the Vipers with some strong leadership for the 2018-19 campaign.
We’re excited to see Robin back on the ice for the 2018-19 campaign.
The Nottingham Vipers coaching staff are pleased to announce their first signing of the 2018-19 campaign, Eva Harrison.
Eva returns to the Vipers for her second season following a successful fist year developing and integrating herself into the team. Her enthusiasm on and off the ice is second to none. She finished the 2017-18 season on a high with a strong performance at the BWIHFT at Swindon.
“Eva brings 100% every game. You can always rely on her to turn up for every practice and game with a great attitude, and know that she will do whatever she can to help the team.”
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.
So, the ladies have been back in training since the beginning of August in preparation for the new season. As we finished in the top 3 last season, we have been promoted to the Premier League, which is part of the new 3 tier league system:
Division 1 North/South
We kick start our season at home to Milton Keynes on Sunday 6th September at 7.30pm at the National Ice Centre. Come along and show your support!
The Nottingham Vipers played against unbeaten Coventry Phoenix this evening at Coventry’s Skydome.
After an even first period, the Vipers scored 2 goals in the second period, with the final period ending 5-3 in favour of the Nottingham team. A great end to end game with lots of positives to take away.
Next fixture: Sunday 1st February, 11.15am.
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.
The girls had a fantastic time at their latest off-ice session at Boxing last Wednesday.
Let’s hope they don’t all turn into goons!
Thanks to all at Beeston Boxing Club for your patience and support.
Click the link below to see us all in action!
Next week’s off-ice is Boxersize! Why not come and join us?