Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Vipers Urged to Bounce Back; ICE HOCKEY

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Vipers Urged to Bounce Back; ICE HOCKEY

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"WE'RE gutted but we have to bounce back" is Newcastle Vipers player/coach Danny Stewart's verdict on last week's Cup semi-final thrashing at the hands of Nottingham Panthers.

The Hillheads side travelled down with high hopes of making the final after a 4-3 success in the first leg, but they were blown out of the water the minute they put their skates on to ice.

A fired-up Nottingham proceeded to tear the Vipers apart and, as the goals rained in, they not only ended their cup hopes, they smashed them out of the water. A thumping 15-0 thrashing left the Vipers shell-shocked. However, Stewart insists what's done is done and his men must shake off that horrendous defeat as they prepare for this weekend's doubleheader against Braehead Clan - and Nottingham Panthers.

"We played poorly that night and they played really well, and with the rosters that were on the ice when that happens you get results like that," said Vipers boss Stewart.

"Nottingham did a good job of playing their game and they didn't allow us to slow the game down. …

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