Lions Pay the Penalty in Pitbulls Defeat

Two weeks after their third overtime loss of the season against Slough, the Lions travelled to Oxford to take on the Bristol Pitbulls, hoping to go one better and finally win a game this campaign. The Pitbulls had won the reverse fixture 11-1 earlier in the season, however, so this looked to be another tough task for the East London side.

The Lions handed a debut to defenceman Matt Jackson, the third player to join the Lions from the MK Cyclones rec team this season after Tom Hurley and Ashley West. Missing from the Lions lineup were Ben Duffy, Robyn Maby, Ben Gillingham, Ross Sin-Hidge, Jordan Turner and Michael Crosse, giving them 16 skaters. Young netminder Brett Shepherd once again got the start with James Andrew backing up. The Pitbulls also iced 16 skaters, while Ross Miller started in net ahead of Andrew Leckie.

1st Period: The Lions started the first period with good intensity, getting in the Pitbulls’ faces and not allowing them time to settle on the puck. The away side were rewarded with the first goal as captain Nick Alley (6:08, assisted Chris Fox and Ashley Earll) followed up on a rebound from an Ashley Earll shot and put the puck past Miller for a 1-0 Lions lead. It was Alley’s 13th goal of the season, while the assist on the goal was also the first Lions point for former Invicta Mustangs defenceman Earll. It didn’t take long for the Pitbulls to equalise however, Bristol also getting a goal from their captain as Olly Shone (7:39, assisted Tom Egerton) buried past Shepherd in the Lions net to level the scores. It was Shone’s 150th career goal in Pitbulls colours.

As the period wore on, the Pitbulls put more and more shots on Shepherd – but the young netminder stood firm and did not concede any more goals in the opening stanza. At the other end, the Lions would take the lead with just under two minutes to play until the intermission, Matt Brown (18:03, assisted Simon Jones) putting a speculative shot on the Pitbulls net that found its way past Miller. It was the former Haringey Racers forward’s sixth goal of the season. This put Lee Valley 2-1 up, a lead they would hold until the first period break despite Shepherd facing 23 shots to Miller’s 13 in the period.

2nd Period: While the first period was an impressive one for the Lions, they came totally unstuck in the second. A tripping penalty against Daniel Tamasauskas just six seconds into the period put the Pitbulls on the powerplay, and they duly converted through Adrian Smith (21:44, assisted Grant Richardson and Jordan Jefferies) to level the scores at two. And, when Nick Alley sat for slashing just a few minutes later, the Pitbulls again converted on the man advantage as they took the lead through Logan Prince (23:57, assisted Olly Shone and Josh Galea).

And things would go from bad to worse for the Lions between the 31st and 38th minutes, as they conceded three further goals. Olly Shone (30:49, assisted Jamie Newton) made it 4-2 in the 31st minute before Josh Dolphin (35:16, assisted Prince and Jefferies) increased the lead to 5-2, five minutes later. And skipper Olly Shone (37:37, assisted Ryan McFarlane and Macaulay Coppock) completed his hat-trick with just over two minutes left in the period to make it 6-2 to the Pitbulls.

Late in the period, Nick Alley was shunted into Pitbulls goaltender Miller by a Bristol defenceman. This led to a fight between Lions forward Chris Fox and Pitbulls blueliner Sam Shone, who both received 2+2+2 for their troubles. Miller was injured on the play and was replaced by Andrew Leckie in the net for the remainder of the game. There would be no more drama in the remaining 1:40 of the second frame, with the Pitbulls taking a 6-2 lead into the final period having outshot the Lions 18-11.

3rd Period: The third period saw the Lions try everything they could to claw back the deficit, but the visitors were unable to find their way past replacement netminder Leckie’s defences. And the Lions weren’t helped by taking two more penalties just as they looked to build momentum; a bench penalty for an icing infringement was followed by two minutes for tripping against Ollie Glover. While the Lions were able to kill these two penalties, valuable minutes were lost from the game. Meanwhile the disciplined Pitbulls gave up just one powerplay in the whole game as Jordan Jefferies sat two for tripping at 55:01, but Bristol killed that penalty and also saw out the game as the final buzzer sounded with the score at 6-2. The Pitbulls edged the shot count 13-12 in the tight, goalless final period.

It was a tale of what might have been for the Lions. They were leading coming into the second period, but two early penalties saw them go behind in the game, and they never quite recovered from that. Bristol for their part were disciplined and made the most of their chances, skating off with a comfortable win despite only being on top for one of the three periods. Man of the Match for the Lions was defenceman Simon Jones, while captain and hat-trick hero Olly Shone took home the award for the Pitbulls.


Final Score: Bristol Pitbulls 6-2 Lee Valley Lions

Period Scores: 1-2/5-0/0-0

Shots: Bristol Pitbulls 54-36 Lee Valley Lions (23-13/18-11/13-12)

Penalty Minutes: Bristol Pitbulls 8-14 Lee Valley Lions

Scorers – Bristol: Olly Shone (3+1), Logan Prince (1+1), Jordan Jefferies (0+2), Adrian Smith (1+0), Josh Dolphin (1+0), Jamie Newton (0+1), Josh Galea (0+1), Macaulay Coppock (0+1), Tom Egerton (0+1), Grant Richardson (0+1), Ryan McFarlane (0+1)

Scorers – Lee Valley: Nick Alley (1+0), Matt Brown (1+0), Ashley Earll (0+1), Chris Fox (0+1), Simon Jones (0+1)

Goaltenders – Bristol: Ross Miller (38:20 played, 23 shots/2 goals against), Andrew Leckie (21:40 played, 13 shots/0 goals against)

Goaltenders – Lee Valley: Brett Shepherd (60:00 played, 54 shots/6 goals against)

Man of the Match: Simon Jones (Lee Valley), Olly Shone (Bristol)

The Lee Valley Lions are next in action at home to the Oxford City Stars on Saturday the 17th February. Faceoff is at 5:30pm.

You can keep up to date with the Lions on FacebookTwitter and Instagram using the hashtag #LeeValleyLions.

Lions Defeat Champions Chelmsford

After starting 2017 with a disappointing loss to Bristol, Lee Valley welcomed Chelmsford Warriors to East London for the second time this season. The first game ended in a 7-3 win for the Champions.

Lions boasted a near full strength squad, only missing Robin Young, Joe Weare & Jordan Turner. Chelmsford featured former Lion TJ Fillery, former Chelmsford Chieftain Ross Brears & new addition Bailey Chittock from Lions’ co-tenants London Raiders.

1st Period: After a technical difficulty with the Zamboni, the game started without a resurface. Lee Valley took advantage early on as Henry Aiken (2:45, unassisted) shot from a turnover that was deflected past Billy Cook in the Warriors’ goal. The Lions kept the pressure on and were rewarded again for their hard work, an interception led to a 2-on-1 breakaway and Nick Alley found Ross Sin-Hidge (7:13, assist Alley) with a backhand pass. The momentum stayed with the Lions but Chelmsford were creating chances too. Lions tripled their lead through Chris Fox (14:24, assist Jay Hepburn), and from there the momentum swung in Chelmsford’s favour. The Warriors finished the period strongest and were rewarded when Sean Martin (19:39, assist Boolkah) saw his shot fool James Andrew, giving his side a foothold at the close of the period.

2nd Period: The Warriors had come out to play and began to create chance after chance early on, not helped by Ross Sin-Hidge being given a 10 minute penalty for illegal equipment. Chelmsford were forcing mistakes from the Lions and reduced the lead to one after Lee Valley failed to clear the zone, Thomas Wilson (26:43, unassisted) with the solo goal. Smelling blood, Chelmsford continued to pepper Andrew and a turnover in the neutral zone saw a goal from Gary Brown (29:56, assist Polston). Lions called a timeout and began to re-assert themselves into the game, drawing a penalty from Ethan Boolkah for Hooking. The resulting powerplay lasted only 22 seconds when Ross Sin-Hidge (PP goal 33:35, assists Alley, Aiken) fired a wrist shot past Cook from the blue line to give Lions the lead once more. Both teams went close again, Chelmsford hitting the post and Nick Alley having another powerplay goal disallowed for a player in the netminder’s crease. With 8 seconds left, a quick breakaway saw Nick Alley (39:52, assist Geldart) fan on a shot that trickled past Cook to restore the Lions’ two-goal lead going into the 3rd.

3rd Period: Chelmsford were determined to keep themselves in touching distance, and were back within one goal almost immediately, Gary Brown (41:34, assists Campbell, Fillery) the recipient of good play from the visitors. Chelmsford had the better of the possession but they were being reduced to mostly long-range efforts, although they came close on a couple of occasions. With the game finely poised, neither side was able to break through until very late in the game when Chris Fox (56:24, assists James Hepburn, Matt Hepburn) found the net. The resulting celebration saw James Andrew penalised for leaving the blue zone, giving a Chelmsford a powerplay but Lee Valley were able to kill it off. The Warriors then pulled their goalie to keep the man advantage but again, the Lions withstood the pressure to pick up their first win since October.


Final Score: Lee Valley Lions 6-4 Chelmsford Warriors

Period Scores: 3-1/2-2/1-1
Shots: Lee Valley 32-41 Chelmsford (11-11/10-12/11-18)
Penalties: Lee Valley 14-14 Chelmsford
Scorers: Lee Valley – Nick Alley (1+2), Chris Fox & Ross Sin-Hidge (2+0), Henry Aiken(1+1), James Hepburn (0+2), Simon Geldart & Matt Hepburn (0+1)
Chelmsford – Gary Brown 2+0, Thomas Wilson & Sean Martin (1+0), Donald Campbell, TJ Fillery, Will Polston & Ethan Boolkah (0+1)
Lee Valley – James Andrew 41 shots/4 goals, 90.24%
Chelmsford – Billy Cook 32 shots/6 goals, 81.25%

The Lions are back in action today against the Wightlink Buccaneers in a challenge match at Lee Valley Ice Centre.

Face off is at 5:30pm and entrance to the game is free.

Ticket and travel information can be found in the Game Day section of our website.

You can follow the Lions on Facebook & Twitter with #LeeValleyLions for up to date news and live scores.

Early Mustangs Blitz too Much for Lions

After picking up their first win of the season the day before in Slough, Lee Valley were looking to keep a streak going against a resurgent Invicta Mustangs.

Lions welcomed back Joe Weare & Chris Fox. Missing were Robin Young, Ben Gillingham & Ben Duffy.

Invicta travelled to East London featuring former Dynamo Jamie Smith, returning goalie Matthew Passmore.

1st Period: The Lions couldn’t have had a worse start to the game. After a poor turnover on the Invicta blue line, Jake Luton (0:29, assists Ferris, Dennis) raced down the left wing and fired a quick shot through the legs of a defence-man and past James Andrew to take the lead. The Mustangs continued to press aggressively but Andrew held the fort well, before the Lions began to gain a bit of momentum. Lee Valley maintained possession but weren’t getting enough shots on Passmore, and the not following up on the rebounds proved fatal again as Jake Stedman (16:38, assists Holt, Smith) to double the Mustangs lead ending the period.

2nd Period: Despite starting the period on the Power-play, the Lions weren’t able to take advantage, they were starting to get more shots on Passmore but Invicta were also creating opportunities. More aggressive pressure on the Lions defence saw a hit on James Gosling go un-punished, and the resulting turnover allowed Tom Dennis (27:17, assist Luton) to make it 3-0. Shortly after Ollie Glover was penalised for Holding the Stick and Invicta capitalised on the power-play through Danny Terry (PPG 31:16, assists Stokes, Dennis). Lions continued to probe but Passmore was holding them at bay and the period closed at 4-0 to the Mustangs.

3rd Period: With the odds heavily stacked against them, Lee Valley finally broke Passmore’s resistence through Nick Alley (42:31, assists Horter, Jones), but Invicta added another goal, again through Danny Terry (45:57, assists Ferris, Stokes). Invicta took a Too Many Men penalty and the Lions were able to score through Matt Hepburn (PPG 50:31, assists Geldart, James Hepburn). Lee Valley started to up the ante and were finally keeping consistent pressure on the Invicta goal but weren’t breaking through. Finally Chris Fox (57:17, assist Geldart) blasted a slap shot to bring the game within two goals, which made for a tense finish but Invicta held out for their second win of the season, leaving the Lions still winless at home.


Final Score: Lee Valley Lions 3-5 Invicta Mustangs
Period Scores: 0-2/0-2/3-1
Shots on Goal: Lee Valley 34-37 Invicta (8-8/12-17/14-12)
Penalties: Lee Valley 4-12 Invicta
Scorers: Lee Valley – Simon Geldart (0+2), Nick Alley, Matthew Hepburn & Chris Fox (1+0), Oskar Horter, Simon Jones & James Hepburn (0+1)
Invicta – Tom Dennis (1+2), Danny Terry (2+0), Jake Luton (1+1), Michael Stokes & Aaron Ferris (0+2), Kwame Holt & Jamie Smith (0+1)
Galtending: Lee Valley – James Andrew 37 shots/5 goals, 86.49%
Invicta – Matthew Passmore 34 shots/3 goals 91.18%

Lee Valley now have two weekends off before a local rivals Haringey Racers come to Lea Bridge Road on Sunday 13th of November.

Face off at Lee Valley is at 5:30pm. Ticket and travel information can be found in the ‘Game Day’ section of our website.

You can follow the Lions on Facebook & Twitter with #LeeValleyLions for up to date news and live scores.

Lions’ Weekend Ends in Double Disappointment

LV Website-6After the first two games of the season being played at home, Lee Valley faced their first two-game weekend of the season, including their first away game to Peterborough Islanders in the NIHL 2 Cup, before hosting local rivals Haringey Racers on the Sunday.

For the trip to Peterborough, Lions were missing Robin Young, Joe Weare, Sam Awoyemi, Ollie Glover, Ben Gillingham & Jordan Turner. Returning to the line up were captain Nick Alley & James Hepburn.

Peterborough featured many of last year’s squad, including Nathan & Conor Pollard, former EPIHL forward Shawn Yardley and a host of junior prospects.


1st Period: The game started at breakneck speed with both teams going back and forth, the Lions having the early dominance. Dan Lane in the Islanders’ net made several good saves from Alley, Fox & Duffy before Peterborough began to settle and momentum swung their way. James Andrew turned away several chances before a shot deflected off his helmet and fell to Nathan Pollard (19:50, assists C. Pollard, Yardley) with ten seconds left in the period.

2nd Period: Lee Valley again started the period brightly with two powerplays and came close on several occasions but couldn’t beat Lane. The Islanders again grew into the game before seven minutes of mayhem ensued for the Lions. First Michael White (29.09, assists Stokes, Yardley) scored, before three quick goals from Conor Pollard (PP Goal 33:15, assists Yardley, McDonald), Clint Herring (34:05, assist Worthington-Evans) & Pollard again (36:59, assists Yardley, Stokes) made it 5-0 going into the 3rd.

3rd Period: The Lions were keen to make amends for the previous period but started slowly, giving Peterborough some early chances. With some messy play going on in their own zone, a scramble in front of net saw James Joseph penalised for Interference, with Simon Geldart & Islanders’ Connor Stokes both sat out for Fighting after dropping the gloves. Lions then proceeded to kill two penalties, despite being down to two defencemen at one point. Nick Alley and Chris Fox both went through on Lane again but the Islanders’ goalie stood up well, the game ending 5-0.

Game Stats
Period Scores: Peterborough 1-0/4-0/0-0 Lee Valley
Shots on Goal: Peterborough 43-29 Lee Valley
Penalties in Minutes: Peterborough 12-14 Lee Valley
Scoring: Peterborough – Shawn Yardley (0+4), Conor Pollard (2+1), Connor Stokes (0+2), Clint Herring, Nathan Pollard & Michael White (1+0), Robert McDonald & Callum Worthington-Evans (0+1)
Lee Valley – No Scorers.
Goaltending: Peterborough – Dan Lane 29 shots/0 goals 100%.
Lee Valley – James Andrew 43 shots/5 goals 88.37%
Man of the Match: Peterborough – Dan Lane, Lee Valley – James Andrew


In the first London derby of the 2016/17 season, fellow Londoners Haringey Racers were the guests at Lee Valley, in what was their first game of the season.

Lions were missing James Gosling, Ben Duffy, Joe Weare, Jordan Turner & Ollie Glover.

Haringey arrived in East London with former Lions Ryan Payne, Jack Ball, Alistair Band & Swiss-born Philippe Mueller amongst their ranks.

LV Website-41st Period: The game began at a slower pace than the previous night in Peterborough, with Lee Valley allowing the Racers a lot of space to set up in their zone. Once the pace of the game changed, Steve Nightingale in the Haringey goal was forced into a couple of good saves, as was Lions’ goalie James Andrew. Haringey were first to break the deadlock, Solomon Smith (PP Goal 7:09, assists Osborne, Clayton). Lions then went back on the offensive and as Alistair Band sat a penalty for Holding, Lions finally broke through when Nick Alley (PP goal 14:31, assists Fox, Eggen) rung a shot in off the post to tie the game going into the break.

2nd Period: Lions started the 2nd period with a man advantage after Haringey received a penalty for ‘Too Many Men on the Ice’ but were unable to convert their chances. The period remained cagey with both teams having breakaway opportunities; both goalies were holding out though. As tensions rose, both teams started to take penalties. First James Hepburn & Henry Aiken were penalised, leaving Lions with a 5-on-3 to kill off, then the visitors’ Philippe Mueller & Ryan Payne both sat respective penalties. Despite the opportunities, neither team was able to score and the score remained at 1-1

3rd Period:  The 3rd period started badly for Lee Valley. Whilst on the Powerplay, a long pass from the Haringey zone saw Mueller (SH Goal 43:15, assist Smith) breakaway quickly to give Haringey the lead. Haringey then doubled their lead when Mueller (47:54, assists Osborne, Smith) fired a quick wrist shot across Andrew. Lions upped the tempo and a scramble in front of the net saw Nick Alley (53:38, assists Fox, Geldart) react fastest to round Nightingale. Tomas Gilheany was sent to the penalty box for ‘Slashing’, and the Lions converted the opportunity as James Hepburn (PP goal 56:02, assists Jones, Geldart) blast a slap shot past a screened goalie to tie the game again.

A slow line change got the Lions penalised for ‘Too Many Men’ as well, and the resulting Powerplay saw Jack Lee (58:28, assists Mueller, Clayton) all alone in front of the goal  to give Haringey the lead again. However, 20 seconds later Lee Valley tied the game again through Chris Fox (58:48, assists Alley, Jones). Haringey had the last say in the game though: as the Lions failed to clear their zone, Matt Brown (59:39, assists Appleby, Osborne) wasn’t put under enough pressure & scored a wrap around goal, giving Haringey the final goal in a manic finish to the game. Despite Lee Valley having one final attempt on goal, they were unable to convert and the Racers went home with both points.

Game Stats
Period Scores: 1-1/0-0/3-4
Shots on Goal: Lee Valley 40-25 Haringey
Penalties in Minutes:  Lee Valley 12-18 Haringey
Scoring: Lee Valley – Nick Alley (2+1), Chris Fox (1+2), Simon Jones & Simon Geldart (0+2), James Hepburn (1+0), Matthew Eggen (0+1)
Haringey – Phillipe Mueller (2+1), Solomon Smith (1+2), Ben Osborne (0+3), Daniel Clayton (0+2), Matt Brown & Jack Lee (1+0), Stuart Appleby (0+1)
Goaltending: Lee Valley – James Andrew 25 shots/5 goals 80%, Haringey – Steve Nightingale 40 shots/4 goals 90%
Man of the Match: Lee Valley – Nick Alley, Haringey – Steve Nightingale

The Lions have a week off before facing champions Chelmsford Warriors at Lea Bridge Road on Saturday 1st of October, before making the short journey around the North Circular to face off with Haringey again at Alexandra Palace on Sunday 2nd of October.

You can find information about tickets and travel to our home games in the ‘Game Day’ section of the website.

You can also keep with, and follow the Lions on Facebook & Twitter with #LeeValleyLions

League Campaign Begins with Jets Draw

With the wind and rain howling outside, Lee Valley were looking like the odds were against them for their first game of the NIHL 2 South East season. 

The Lions were missing captain Nick Alley, James Hepburn, Jordan Turner, Joe Weare, Robin Young & Ben Gillingham. Matt Hepburn took over the captaincy for the game.

Visitors Slough were playing their first game of the 16/17 season, and brought a young team featuring EPIHL and London Raiders goalie Chris Douglas.

1st Period: Slough started strongly, controlling the puck well and kept the Lions pinned back in their own zone. After soaking up the Jets pressure, Lee Valley were undone when the puck was chipped in, caught a nick in the boards and popped out in front of a gaping net, falling to Christopher Hocquingy (05:44, assist Sanderson) after James Andrew and the defence lost track of it. The Jets continued to control the pace and possession, Harry Hatfield (09:35, assist Evans) scoring shortly after Slough set up camp in Lee Valley’s zone.
The Lions needed to respond quickly and began to put Slough’s defence under pressure with a succession of chip and chase plays, and the pressure paid off as Craig Cowell was penalised for interferance. Whilst Lee Valley weren’t able to score on the power-play, they were camped in the zone when Cowell returned to the ice. As he did, a shot from the blue line across Slough’s goal found Matt Hepburn (12:51, assists Gosling and Fox) and the captain chipped in to reduce Slough’s lead to one. Lee Valley’s woes continued as they received a penalty for two many men on the ice, meaning they would begin the 2nd period short-handed.

2nd Period: The Lions’ killed the penalty and having being out-shot 20-6 in the first period, started the 2nd period more brightly and kept Chris Douglas busy early on. It wasn’t long before Lee Valley were level and a quick break from a turnover in their own end saw Simon Geldart (21:54, assist Fox) break down the boards and score on a 3-on-1.
Lee Valley continued their resurgence and were controlling the puck much better in both ends of the ice, and with Flynn Cunningham sitting two minutes for slashing, the Lions broke insto Slough’s zone again and took the lead when Chris Fox sent a back hand pass to Ben Duffy (29:58, assists Fox, Aiken) who one timed a snap shot into the net, giving the Lions the lead.
It wasn’t long before Slough equalised though as a long range shot by James Sanderson (30:16, assist Cunningham) was initally caught, the dropped by James Andrew in Lee Valley’s goal.
As Lee Valley tried to regain the lead, a skirmish in front of the Slough goal saw Sam Awoyemi & Simon Geldart binned for roughing along with Slough’s Cowell and Chris Beal. Then, Ross Sin-Hidge was brought down for a penalty shot, but was unable to convert it.
The Lions continued to maintain control for the remainder of the period as it ended at 3-3.

3rd Period: This was a much tighter affair with both teams doing well to cancel each other out, with a lot of big hits in neutral ice. Slough started the period the stronger but couldn’t find a way past Andrew and the Lions’ defence. Lee Valley in turn found themselves frustrated but a couple of athletic saves from Chris Douglas.
Half way through the period, Matthew Eggen was was called for high sticks but the Lions successfully killed the penalty. Later on James Joseph took exception to a hit and was also penalised for roughing.
With Slough beginning to gain momentum, they called a time-out with just over two minutes left in the game. Despite this, it was Lee Valley who came closest to scoring a winner, Matt Hepburn being stifled at the death by Douglas with the game finishing 3-3.

Game Stats
Final Score:
Lee Valley 3-3 Slough Jets
Period Scores: 1-2/2-1/0-0
Shots on Goal: Lee Valley 27-36 Slough
Penalties in Minutes: Lee Valley 16-24 Swindon
Scoring: Lee Valley: Chris Fox (0+3), Matt Hepburn, Simon Geldart & Ben Duffy (1+0), James Gosling & Henry Aiken (0+1)
Slough: James Sanderson (1+1), Harry James Hatfield & Christopher Hocquigny (1+0), Flynn Sitch-Cunningham & Kirkland Rhys Evans (0+1)
Goaltending Stats: James Andrew (Lions) 36 shots/3 goals 91.67%,
Chris Douglas (Slough) 27 shots/3 goals 88.89%

Peterbourough’s win over Chelmsford Warriors sees the Lions start the season in 2nd place, and this Saturday (17/09/2016) sees us travel to face the Islanders in Peterborough.
Then on Sunday (18/09/2016) we welcome Haringey Racers for the first London derby of the season.

Face off is at 5:30pm and you can get information about tickets & travel to Lee Valley Ice Centre on the Game Day section of our website.

You can follow the Lions on Facebook & Twitter with #LeeValleyLions