21-02-17 Added photographs from Saturday's win over Blackburn ~ Added latest Sharks Radio interview with Martin Grubb ~ 20-02-17 Added full match video of Saturdays win over Blackburn courtesy of Duncan Speirs ~ 19-02-17 Updated league tables and player statistics to include all weekend results ~ Added match reports from both weekend wins over Blackburn ~ Added Sharks Lotto result
The BCD Solway Sharks travelled down to the Blackburn Arena on Sunday to play the Hawks for the third game in a row and duly made it a clean sweep thanks to Stuart Kerr's late winner.
The Hawks, back on home ice, came flying out of the blocks determined to avenge the previous evening demolition at the Shark Tank and quickly took the lead when Corey Stones (01:42) converted from Nicholas Oliver's pass. While there were no further goals for the supporters to celebrate their was certainly plenty of action and both netminders were kept busy with the Hawks outshooting the Sharks by fourteen shots to eleven.
Coach Grubb worked his magic during the first intermission and Solway and Stevie Moore (23:20) soon levelled the scores after good build up play from Connor Henderson and Daniel Abercrombie. While Blackburn always looked dangerous the Sharks were beginning to gain a greater share of possession and just before the mid-way point in the match Connor Henderson (29:31) netted from Stevie Moore's pass to take the lead.
Four minutes into the final period the home side were dealt a blow when netminder Stuart Ashton received his marching orders for unsportsmanlike behaviour and was replaced between the pipes by Niks Trapans. Lack of control was to further hit the home side eight minutes from time when player/coach Steven Duncombe was given a five plus match for boarding. These losses, however, didn't seem to affect the Hawks too much as Aaron Davies (55:32) once more found himself in the right place at the right time to level the scores from Robert Streetly's pass. The Sharks were in no mood to lie down and took the lead just thirty-two seconds later when Stuart Kerr (56:04) netted what proved to be the winner after being set up by Duncan Speirs and Stevie Moore.
The Solway Sharks Man of the Match Award was presented to Connor Henderson.
Full match details can be found here.
Saturday's numbers were 7, 10, 19 & 20. There was no jackpot winner. The Sharks Lotto Jackpot on Saturday 25th of February will be £1,750. Don't miss out - get your tickets at the merchandise stall.
The BCD Solway Sharks moved ten points clear at the top of the Moralee Conference on Saturday evening courtesy of a splendid eight-two victory over the Blackburn Hawks.
The defending league champions were without the suspended Ollie Lomax and Richard Bentham for their trip to Dumfries and soon found themselves under pressure as the Sharks launched wave after wave of attacks. However, it took until the sixteenth minute for Solway to break the deadlock when Duncan Speirs (15:48) fired home from the left face-off circle. Speirs soon turned provider as Ross Murray (18:49 pictured) pounced to fire home the rebound after the Hawks netminder failed to hold the former's shot.
After the first interval the Sharks returned to the ice in a positive frame of mind and Kim Miettinen (21:28) rifled home the third goal of the night from left point after Stevie Moore had won a face-off to the left of the Blackburn goal. Next on the score sheet was young D-man Stuart Kerr (25:35 PP) when he shot home after patient build-up play from Speirs and Miettinen on a powerplay. Aaron Davies (32:24), so often a thorn in the Sharks side, pulled one back for the visitors from close range as the Hawks never gave up and continued to contest every loose puck but it was always going to be Solway's night and Daniel Abercrombie (35:47) soon put the home side four ahead once more. The in-form Sharks forward was soon on the score sheet one more and Abercrombie (38:54) slotted home his second of the night after good work from Coulter and Murray to give the Sharks a six-one lead at the second intermission.
Blackburn continued to put up a strong fight in the third period despite two further strikes from Stevie Moore (42:24) and Kim Miettinen (45:01) giving the home side an unassailable lead and were rewarded for their efforts when James Riddoch (52:55) netted a consolation goal from close range. It was, however, merely a consolation for their travelling support and Solway expertly closed out the game without any further trouble.
The Man of the Match Awards were presented to Thomas Parkinson for the Hawks and to Juraj Senko for the Sharks.
Full match details can be found here.
Travel information to Billingham Stars on Sunday 26th February
Anyone wishing to travel to Billingham on Sunday the 26th of February for our Moralee Conference fixture against Billingham Stars are advised that the team bus will leave Dumfries Ice Bowl at 2:00pm prompt for the 6:30pm face-off.
The BCD Solway Sharks are delighted to inform you that the charity match organised in memory of Mark Johnston and Luke Sherman on Saturday the 5th of November raised the grand total of £1,068.53.
The money raised was very generously donated to the 2016 Solway Sharks charity partner, Dumfries & Galloway Blood Bikes.
The BCD Solway Sharks would like to thank and congratulate everyone who helped to make this fantastic tribute night such a success and such a fun occasion. It certainly was a fitting tribute to two young men who were sadly taken from us so early.
We are pretty PUMPED to announce that Martin and Colin Grubb together with Elite Goalies (aka EG) will be bringing a goalie camp to the U.K. next summer at the Dumfries IceBowl on August 7th-10th.
The camp will be led by Thomas Speer who is a three time Kelly Cup champion (ECHL) and he is the Goalie coach for the Allen Americans. He is also the Director of Youth Goalie Development for the Dallas Stars and Goalie coach/scout for the NAHL Whicita Falls Wildcats.
Furthermore we will be bringing two other coaches who currently play AHL and attend their respective NHL teams training camps!!
We will be bringing the most Experienced coaching staff a goalie camp in the U.K. has EVER had!!!