ICE HOCKEY: FLINTSHIRE Freeze could be without up to five senior players for this weekend's ED1 play-off double-header with Blackburn Hawks.
The Freeze, who haven't played since capturing the title with victory over the Hawks at the end of last month, go to Blackburn tomorrow (6pm face-off) before entertaining the same opponents at Deeside Ice Rink on Sunday (6.30pm).
But with the domestic season running on longer than player-coach Mark Stokes expected, the Freeze will be without Russ Richardson, Aaron Davies and Brian Worrell due to holidays. And Alan Hough and Dave Costello are likely to miss tomorrow's game due to work.
The play-offs are contested on a mini-league format, with Freeze going head to head with the Hawks, Nottingham Lions and Sheffield Scimitars.
The winners of the league take on the top side in the southern section for the right to be crowned overall English League champions.
Two matches have already taken place, with the Hawks notching up a 4-2 taming of the Lions, who have also drawn 1-1 with Sheffield.
Admission for Sunday's match is £3.75 for adults and £2.75 concessions. Family tickets (for two adults and two juniors) cost £10.