Hull Pirates head into the reverse play-off games this week, starting tomorrow night (Wednesday) against Basingstoke at the Hull arena on the back of three defeats including a 7-0 drubbing at the hands of the Bison last week, which was followed by a weekend double defeat to leave the Pirates bottom and pointless in Group B of the play-off race.
In all probability the hopes and aspirations of a play-off finals weekend in Coventry are all but over but Jason Hewitt’s men can use the upcoming three games as a stepping stone to next season and gauge how his players can adapt to play off hockey and give the Pirates faithful a good send off from an up and down season.
Pre Christmas the Pirates where flying high in the EPIHL, playing with vigour, style, intensity and flair and making the other teams in the league sit up and take notice of the fledgling franchise, but the last few months of the season have been tough to take for all involved with the Pirates. A string of poor results and roster changes and the change of head coach has lead to a disjointed end to the 2016-17 season.
This said though the Pirates have made the play-off series and have taken their first piece of silverware with an unforgettable comeback overtime win over bitter Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Steeldogs, so there is always a silver lining! and of course the outstanding form of the league’s leading marksman and points scorer, Andrej Themar
The Pirates and Hewitt will want to send the local’s home happy both tomorrow and Saturday (vs Swindon) before the daunting away fixture at Milton Keynes on Sunday who have dominated this group thus far sweeping all before them in the first 3 games.
Overall the Pirates deserve a big crowd at their own rink over the next two games, so if you can get down tomorrow, face off 7:30pm or Saturday 6pm and give the boys a cheer. If not you can follow our updates on Twitter @FanaticHulllive
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