20-11-17 Added a full match report from both weekend games ~ Updated league tables and player statistics to include all weekend results ~ Added full match video from Saturday's loss to Hull ~ 19-11-17 Added video interviews from Saturday nights loss to Hull Pirates ~ Updated this weeks Sharks Lotto results
The BCD Solway Sharks travelled across country to Billingham on Sunday night and returned victorious after an excellent seven-three victory to maintain their position at the top of National Cup Group A with a four point advantage and with just two games against Blackburn remaining.
The Sharks were fast out of the blocks against the Stars and took the lead on a powerplay in the fourth minute when Stevie Moore (03:17 PP) was on hand to net after good build up play from James Hutchinson and Duncan Speirs. Solway continued to press (06:10) and it was not long before Stuart Kerr doubled their advantage from the blueline with Moore and Speirs claiming assists. Goal number three came when Vaclav Kolarik (14:27) scored unassisted with a fierce wrist shot from the slot and within a minute Struan Tonnar (15:18) found his way onto the scoresheet when he prodded home from close range after a swift break down the right wing involving Marek Charvat and Ross Murray.
Billingham netminder Mark Watson was having a rare poor game and the home side chose this moment to call a time out and replace him in goal with regular number one, James Flavell. This seemed to give the Stars more confidence and a short spell of pressure paid dividends when Michael Elder (18:41) was on hand to stroke home Darren Stattersfield’s pass to get the home side on the scoreboard.
The Stars began the second period on a powerplay and quickly set about reducing the deficit to two which came courtesy of Chris Sykes (20:28 PP) when he was on hand to score assisted by Callum Davies and Darren Stattersfield. Solway were soon back on the scoresheet through Ross Murray (27:25) when he was on hand to deflect home a high puck from close range which the home side unsuccessfully claimed was high sticks. Goal number six came right on the midway point in the match when Duncan Speirs (30:02 pictured) netted from a very narrow angle via a deflection from the back of Flavell’s pads. Billingham reduced the deficit to three and gave their vocal support hope when Darren Stattersfield (37:03) found the net from Deniss Baskatov’s pass.
The Stars knew that they needed a quick goal at the beginning of the final period if they were to have any hope of getting anything out of this game and they certainly gave it their best efforts but the only goal in this session came in the final minute of the game when Scott Henderson (59:05) fired home with a powerful shot from the high slot.
The Man of the Match Award for the Sharks went to Joe Coulter for the Sharks and to Jack Davies for the home side.
A full match report and match statistics from this fixture can be found by following this link. Sharks Lotto
The numbers drawn in the BCD Solway Sharks Lotto on Saturday 18th of November were as follows - 12, 13, 14 & 17. There were no jackpot winners. Three runners-up with three numbers share £50.
As the jackpot was not won last weekend it will rise to £2,600 on Saturday 25th of November.
The BCD Solway Sharks fell to a disappointing six-three loss to the Hull Pirates on Saturday evening at the Shark Tank in a match that was, much like the Curate’s Egg, good in places.
From the opening puck drop the visitors brought the game to the Sharks and for long periods enjoyed a greater share of territory and possession. That is not to say that the home side didn’t have their share of chances with Struan Tonnar in particular unlucky to see his shot cannon of the goal frame with the Hull keeper beaten. However, it was to be the visitors who found the net twice in the opening session with two early goals from Samuel Towner (04:49) and Matthew Davies (07:40).
After the break Solway returned to the ice in a far different frame of mind and Connor Henderson (22:09) was quick off the mark to score with a wicked shot from a tight angle to the right of goal. The fans were barely back in the seats before Vaclav Kolarik (22:53 pictured) fired home from close range after good work from Duncan Speirs and Iain Bowie.
The visitors regained their advantage nine minutes into the session when Matthew Davies (29:00) netted his second counter of the game but that was a lead that was to last just five seconds. From the re-start the Sharks won possession and Scott Henderson sent Connor Henderson (29:05) through the centre to score with a powerful shot. Towards the end of the period Solway killed a long five-on-three powerplay but the visitors continued to press and Bobby Chambelain (39:48) was in the right place at the right time to give the visitors a four-three advantage.
In the final period the visitors stepped up a gear and once more were largely on the front foot and ran in two unanswered goals when Matthew Davies (47:53) netted his hat-trick goal and Jason Hewitt (51:50 PP) added the final nail in the Sharks coffin on a powerplay. Overall Solway showed that they could live with Hull for twenty minutes in the second period but were unable to produce the required intensity for a full sixty minutes.
Man of the Match for Hull was awarded to Matthew Davies while Connor Henderson picked up that award for Solway.
A full match report and match statistics can be found by following this link.