Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Viper to Await an Express Delivery!

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Viper to Await an Express Delivery!

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Byline: By Lee Ryder

Newcastle Vipers will welcome Matus Petricko back to the fold with open arms ahead of their crucial trio of fixtures this weekend.

The Slovakian Express has been suspended for the last four games and, while his side have remained in touch with Elite League leaders Belfast Giants, it is fair to say the Vipers have missed the Eastern European ace's presence.

Petricko was suspended due to a kicking incident in the game at Nottingham earlier this month as Vipers triumphed 5-3 at the National Ice Centre.

Without him the Vipers experienced a mixed weekend after first beating Coventry 3-1 before slipping up 5-2 in the return at the Sky Dome.

The 25-year-old has been one of Newcastle's star men this season after contributing 15 goals and 29 assists in 42 games.

The Vipers will be needing some of that this weekend as they face a gruelling schedule.

That begins with away trips to Sheffield Steelers on Friday and then Basingstoke Bison 24 hours later before a long haul trip back to Tyneside for the big one against Cardiff Devils at the Arena on Sunday night. …

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