Solway Sharks vs Billingham Stars

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Recap

stars_221016_001Solway Sharks charge to the top of the Northern Cup table with an emphatic eight-two win over the Billingham Stars at the ice Bowl last Saturday. Blackburn Hawks had the chance to go top on Sunday but crashed six-nil away to a resurgent Whitley Warriors in a clash that counted for both league and cup points.

The Northern Cup remains very close with the Sharks now on eight points, Stars on seven, with Hawks and Warriors both on six points.

Solway went into last weeks clash with Billingham looking to dispel the gossip that with the loss of Richard Bentham they would find scoring very difficult. Having outshot most teams so far this season without really capitalising on their efforts the Sharks finally found some goals but still passed up three glorious chances that would have saw them hit double figures.

Sharks, without a game the previous weekend, looked sluggish in the early exchanges and went behind after six minutes but they slowly clawed their way back into the game and were level at 10:02 from Abercrombie with assists going to Henderson and Moore. Struan Tonnar, starting in defence for the missing Wallace, fired Solway ahead at 16:38 assisted by Edmonds and Fowley. Sharks ended the period on a powerplay but failed to take advantage of the extra man.

Into the second and Solway increased their lead to two at 22:45 through Speirs assisted by Murray and Andrews. Miettinen then shot wide of an open net but made amends minutes later with the home sides fourth goal at 28:55 assisted by Murray. With Sharks now in full control the visitors pulled a goal back at 36:55.

Into the final period Solway found the net at regular intervals racking up four goals in twelve minutes from Moore, Speirs, Andrews and Tonnar unassisted with assists on the other goals going to Miettinen, Henderson, Coulter and Buesa. Sharks ran into penalty problems playing four of the last five minutes shorthanded and giving away a penalty shot into the bargain. However, Hobbins in the Solway net kept the Stars at bay with a string of saves and a little help from the post. That cameo of pressure strangely saw the Stars outshoot the Sharks 18-14 in the final period with the overall shots on goal 43-35 in the home sides favour.

Overall this was a good performance with the promise of more to come and if the sharks can fin their powerplay touch there may be some good times ahead.

Details

Date Time Competition Season
22nd October 2016 7:00 pm Northern Cup 2016/17

Venue

Dumfries Ice Bowl

Results

Team1st2nd3rdPPGPPOT
Solway Sharks224018
Billingham Stars110032

Solway Sharks

# Player Position G A SOG SA GA SV PIM
6Stuart KerrDefenceman0000000
7Daniel AbercrombieForward1000000
9Joe CoulterForward0200000
12Jordan BuesaForward0100002
18Juraj SenkoDefenceman0000000
21Stuart AndrewsDefenceman1100000
24Ben EdmondsForward0100000
25Connor HendersonForward0200000
31Kieran HobbinsNetminder000352330
34Marc FowleyForward0100000
38Duncan SpeirsForward2000002
47Kim MiettinenDefenceman1100002
51Struan TonnarForward2000000
55James HutchinsonDefenceman0000002
75Stevie MooreForward1100000
90Ross MurrayForward0200006
 Total 812443523314

Kit Man: Scott Houston
Webmaster: David Morrison
Match Day Announcer: Craig Simpson
Vice Chairman: Graham Robson
General Manager: Rab Murray
Chairman: Les Maxwell
Assistant Coach: Scott McMeeken
Head Coach: Martin Grubb

Billingham Stars

Position G A SOG SA GA SV PIM
 23354483610
G
8
2
A
12
3
SOG
44
35
SA
35
44
GA
2
8
SV
33
36
PIM
14
10