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.

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

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:

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

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

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.

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
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.

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.


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.

New Season, New League…

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:

Elite League

Premier League

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!

Vipers Remain Top Flight…

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.

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.


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.

Boxing 09.04.14

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!

Vipers Boxing

Next week’s off-ice is Boxersize! Why not come and join us?

Match Report v Coventry 9.2.14

Nottingham Vipers 2 Coventry Phoenix 5

Nottingham Vipers entered this game on the back of a fine 7-4 win at Sheffield, following a disappointing home defeat against Billingham. Although Coventry had lost their previous game to Kingston, they had won their previous 3 and were therefore eager to turn their recent record into 4 wins from 5. Despite the hard work of Robin Mullen in attack, was the Phoenix who emerged victorious, taking advantage of the Vipers’ short bench.

After a scrappy start to the game, Nottingham’s Robin Mullen managed to get the first shot away, saved easily by net minder Tomara Donaghue.  This then precipitated a phase of Coventry pressure during which Coventry could not generate a meaningful chance but equally, Nottingham were unable to clear effectively. The pressure was released when Robin Mullen had a great shot from the left saved by Donaghue, followed up by a shot from Lucy Kendall from the blue line. Attack then went back into defence when Debra Gibson was forced to make a great save by a swift Coventry attack. There then followed a series of break-out chances; in the first instance Rebecca Cooke had a shot padded away by Tamara Donaghue, this was followed by a Coventry shot which had to be saved by the right hand pipe and finally Robin Mullen nearly broke the deadlock with a shot which powered into the net minder.  Coventry then went onto the offensive, aided by Nottingham’s inability to clear the puck, resulting in Debra Gibson having to freeze the puck in front of a crowd of players. The resulting face off produced a sharp shot which had to be saved at the right hand pipe; the puck was eventually cleared with icing called. From the resulting face off Rosanne Adey scored an even handed unassisted goal to Debra Gibson’s left on 9.31. Directly from the re-start, Coventry nearly scored from the right, the Viper’s only saved by Debra Gibson’s alertness. A further shot from the blue line went over the goal, bounced back from the plexi and produced a perfect shooting opportunity for Hayley Laverick who duly dispatched the puck on 9.58 (assisted Preston Gennoe). The remainder of the period then followed a pattern by which most of the play took place in the Vipers end, with Coventry much more composed on the puck. This pressure was punctuated by the valiant efforts of Robin Mullen. In one case a cleared puck was chased down, Robin then cut in from the left and nearly scored inside the right pipe. Later on, she nearly scored again from another breakaway with the rebound nearly being buried by Emma French. Unfortunately, this was Vipers’ last chance of the period and they found themselves 2 goals down. (Shots on goal 7-9; penalties 2-0.).

The Vipers began Period 2 knowing that they had to pull something back early on if they were to have a chance of getting back into the game. Emma French was soon in the action with a shot which was saved by Donaghue to her left. The resulting face off nearly brought further grief to the Vipers as it generated a Coventry break out which was snuffed out by Debra Gibson. Further pressure from the Vipers produced shots from Rebecca Cooke and Stephanie Thompson, the latter resulting in a melee in front of the Phoenix net which ended with a frozen puck right on the line. From the resulting face off, Emma French shot over the Coventry bar; the resulting bounce from the plexi then brought a Coventry attack which resulted in a pad save from Debra Gibson. Thoughts of a goal almost came to fruition when a run from Lucy Ebinger down the right forced a diving save from the Coventry nettie. From the face off, Kendra Hourd nearly squeezed the puck home in from the left. It was then the Vipers’ turn to breathe a sigh of relief when Debra Gibson was confronted with a 3 on 1 break. Fortunately for her and the Vipers, the final pass was poor and she was able to freeze the puck. However, this attack was a portent of what was to come. At 22.32 Hannah Worthington cut in from the right, taking advantage of Vipers’ inability to control the puck in centre ice, and put the puck past Debra Gibson’s right hand post to extend Coventry’s lead. The assist was given to Crystal Wilkins. Rebecca Cooke attempted to get one back but this was saved by Tamara Donaghue. Coventry continued to be the stronger team; Nottingham’s inability to connect passes together in centre ice meant they were always at a disadvantage from the point of view of initiating a sustained period of offence. At the end of the period Robin Mullen was given a 2 minute minor for a body check. The face off nearly generated a fourth goal for Coventry but the puck whistled past Debra Gibson’s left pipe. That attempt marked the end of the period, with Nottingham having a further 1 minute of penalty kill to withstand at the start of the third period. (Shots on goal 6-12; penalties 2-0).

The final period began with Coventry having a further 1 minute of power play to extend their lead. This produced some pressure on the Vipers’ net but both shots were saved easily by Debra Gibson. Out of nothing, Nottingham had a lifeline with Robin Mullen scoring 2 unassisted back to back goals on 31.27 and 31.55. The first was an inspired move down the left wing with a cut back into the centre to create the shooting chance. The second goal almost came immediately from the re-start with Robin powering through centre ice to slot the puck past the Coventry net minder. Ironically, she nearly scored again with another pick up in centre ice but was unlucky with the final shot. An opportunity to embrace the new momentum which the game had taken emerged on 35.10 when Preston Gennoe received a 2 minute tripping call.  The power play produced 2 substantive shots on goal. The first was from a cross by Robin Mullen to Catherine Jones who hit over and a second from Robin Mullen who took the most direct route to goal from centre ice, only for the puck to be buried by the net minder. However, the Vipers never really took the chance to cycle the puck as they were dispossessed too easily in centre ice. There followed a phase of play which took place in the Vipers’ half but produced no meaningful shot on goal from the Phoenix. However the dynamic of the game changed following an altercation on the right wing between Emma French (2+10) and Hayley Laverick (2). The Vipers then enjoyed the advantage of the extra skater when Agnese Zirdzina took a 2 minute hooking penalty on 41.14. However, the Vipers’ seemed to spend much of the time pinned in their own half unable to break out. Any hope that the Vipers might have had with respect to pulling something back was killed off when Rosanne Adey scored an even handed goal on 43.33. Vipers took a time out but it was inevitable, based on what had happened so far, that the Vipers would be unable to take advantage of the extra skater. Coventry duly ran in an expected empty netter on 43.55.  A disappointing end to the game but, on balance, Coventry did outplay the Vipers in the key areas. The final score was about right. (shots on goal: 7-11; penalties 12-6).

The spirit of the game award was given to Lucy Ebinger #11 which was thoroughly deserved for her hard work and passion every shift.