10:30AM, Friday 19 April 2019
Slough Jets sealed the NIHL National 2 championship title on Sunday with a 7-1 win over Widnes Wild at the Coventry Skydome.
The match saw the winners of the NIHL South 2 winners Slough take on NIHL North 2 champions Widnes to see who would claim the overall title.
After a nervy opening from both sides the Jets took full control, with Sean Norris netting five of their seven goals.
He started the rout with a fine back hand finish into the top corner. In the middle frame the Jets then soared clear of their rivals with two more from Norris to complete his hat-trick. His fourth at 37.09 was followed by a goal for Widnes, with Chris Gee forcing the ball home from close range.
Player/coach Lukas Smital then teed up Norris for a fifth goal on 42.01 before Smital picked out the top corner and Liam Underdown completed the scoring before full-time.
Not surprisingly Norris was named man-of-the-match for the Jets.
Captain Dan Rose then collected and lifted the trophy on the ice, surrounded by his jubilant teammates.
The win capped off the hard work of the side throughout the season and Smital hailed the Jets’ ‘chemistry’ as the reason for their title success.
“We played really well,” said Smital
“We didn’t know the team before we played them so the first few minutes were both teams judging what they had to offer.
“But I thought end of the first quarter and second quarter we started to dictate and dominate.
“We were outsiders for the title but we have a great bunch of guys and the chemistry is great. That’s a big reason why I thought we won.”
Slough could be in for even more silverware this weekend when they take on Chelmsford Chieftains on tomorrow (Saturday) in Bracknell 3.15pm in the play-off semi-finals. A win there would see them advance to the Sunday final to take on either Oxford City Stars or Solent Devils, who play in the other play-off match.
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