Firstly, I hope everyone is keeping safe and well, and is able to spend Christmas with family and loved ones. We’re currently living in very unpredictable times, and I hope more than anything we can continue with the season come new year and continue to fill the Palace week in week out.
As for the hockey, the run in to Christmas has been extremely positive for the team, and the results have reflected this fine run of form, the only loss coming from our home game against Peterborough in OT. Although I felt the performance deserved more, we just couldn’t find the goal, were unlucky with some bounces, and happened to come up against a goalie who stood on his head. The result away in Peterborough a few weeks later felt more reflective of our performance over the course of the mini-series.
Our fine run has propelled us up the table and kept us in the mix in a tight battle at the top with Peterborough, Guildford and Cardiff. I predicted all these teams would be there or there abouts at the start of the season. This made the away win against Peterborough all the more important and just makes the upcoming Cardiff games even more critical. It’s set to be a tight, edgy, feisty and entertaining affair!
On top of that we have qualified for the Wilkinson Cup semi-finals, with back-to-back games against Cardiff to come over the weekend of the 8th/9th Jan. The way we have been playing in the last few months, I have every confidence we can continue to push on and qualify for the finals. These games are huge for the club in our quest for silverware this season so let’s get as many people down to the palace as the regulations will allow (and is safe to do so) to support the boys!
The second half of the season is going to be challenging for a number of reasons! The West teams are strong, and every game is going to be a battle, so for fans and neutrals alike I can guarantee that thrill and excitement experienced over the last few months is set to continue.
Elsewhere in the room, I’m delighted Nasher got his goal in Peterborough the other week. Over the last few weeks Kyle has really started to grow in confidence and we’re starting to see his real potential. I’m really looking forward to seeing what he has to offer for the remainder of the season. His performance is the epitome of what we’ve become to expect from the boys this season. One of the big reasons for the team’s success so far is the depth in the room. We have 3 full even lines, each with goal scorers and if you look at the stats, goals have been spread amongst the whole team this year. This reduces the reliability on individual players and lines and enables us to offer more as a team. If one line isn’t firing, we can be sure another is.
On top of this it’s great to see Payney and Quaggs are well on the road to recovery, with Payney back out on the ice with us in training for the last couple of weeks. Hopefully we’ll see them both kitting up again early in the new year as they are big parts of the team and have been missed. Having them both back will certainly strengthen the squad further ready for the second half of the season!
Lastly it turns out Tom Adams is the star golfer amongst us having taken glory at the huskies Xmas top golf gathering. Clearly when he’s not sitting at home in his MK Lightning short covers, Tom is out channelling his inner tiger woods!
Oh, and I also saw Vearsey smile the other week; call it a Christmas miracle.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all Huskies fans across the country! Stay safe, and I hope to see you all in the new year!
Photos by Phil Hutchinson. Instagram: @77phil77sports