Solway Sharks vs Sutton Sting

Recap

Building Craftsmen Dumfries sponsored Solway Sharks made it five wins from five in League play this season with a 3-0 home success over Sutton Sting last Saturday. The result leaves the Dumfries club three points clear at the top of the NIHL North Division 1 ahead of this weekend’s blank schedule.

Sutton arrived at the Ice Bowl for the second time in three weeks, this time boosted by the signings of import Martin Finkes and highly experienced Lloyd Gibson. Sharks were playing for the first time since Richard Bentham returned to Blackburn but were otherwise at full strength.

Duncan Speirs, Connor Henderson and Jordan Buesa had been in Bratislava with GB U20 but flew into Glasgow on Saturday morning and took to the ice for the game.

The Sharks started brightly and played at a high tempo early on. As in their previous encounter goalie Dmitri Zimozdra was standing tall in the Sutton net, thwarting the chances that the home side were creating.

A breakthrough was finally made halfway through the first period – defencemen James Wallace and Kim Miettinen built play from the back before setting up Marc Fowley to shoot high past Zimozdra for the opening score. Despite further pressure this was the only goal of the period.

The middle session saw Sharks dominate once again, 14-9 the shot count, but only a single goal came from their pressure. Jordan Buesa was on hand to sweep the puck into the net after Struan Tonnar and Ben Edmonds had created the opportunity. 36.42 the goal time, and Sharks 2-0 ahead at the second break.

Solway’s complete control over the game saw a final frame shot count of 15-4 – even more one-sided, but a mixture of good goaltending and wasteful finishing meant there was yet again just a single counter on the scoreboard. Daniel Abercrombie with the scoring touch at 41.27 with helpers from Marc Fowley and Steven Moore. Time played out on the home win with Sharks and goalie Kieran Hobbins recording their first shutout of the season – saving all 19 shots fired from Sutton forwards.

Sharks bench coach Scott McMeeken said: “For the fourth game in a row we’ve outshot our opponents two-to-one but haven’t taken full advantage of the chances. That meant it was harder work to get the win but I thought we were always in control of the game with Sutton.

“We need to be more clinical and that’s an area for us to work on, but five wins from five in the League is a great start and we have to be happy with that.”

McMeeken recognised the contribution of the team’s defensive core, backstopped by goalie Kieran Hobbins.

“Tonight was the first time we’ve shut a team out, and Kieran deserved his shutout. While we were on top but without taking chances, we needed him to come up with big saves and he did that at the right times.

“Defensively we’ve looked very solid at the back end and that has been the platform we’ve used to get the results we have this season.

“We’ll use this free week to rest a couple of bumps and bruises then we’ll come ready to work for the game against Billingham. From now through November it’s going to be a very busy month so we need to make sure we don’t lose our momentum and our focus as the games come thick and fast.”

Match Report By Craig Simpson

Details

Date Time Competition Season
8th October 2016 7:00 pm NIHL (North) D1, Moralee Conference 2016/17

Venue

Dumfries Ice Bowl

Results

Team1st2nd3rdPPGPPOT
Solway Sharks111013
Sutton Sting000030

Solway Sharks

# Player Position G A SOG SA GA SV PIM
6Stuart KerrDefenceman0000000
7Daniel AbercrombieForward1000000
9Joe CoulterForward0000000
12Jordan BuesaForward1000000
18Juraj SenkoDefenceman0000000
21Stuart AndrewsDefenceman0000000
24Ben EdmondsForward0100000
25Connor HendersonForward0000000
28James WallaceDefenceman0100002
30Chris RaeNetminder0000000
31Kieran HobbinsNetminder000190190
34Marc FowleyForward1100000
38Duncan SpeirsForward0000000
47Kim MiettinenDefenceman0100000
51Struan TonnarForward0100000
55James HutchinsonDefenceman0000000
75Stevie MooreForward0100000
89Scott HendersonForward0000000
90Ross MurrayForward0000004
 Total 3640190196

Sutton Sting

Position G A SOG SA GA SV PIM
 0019403374
G
3
0
A
6
0
SOG
40
19
SA
19
40
GA
0
3
SV
19
37
PIM
6
4