The first period was kept scoreless due to the Sharks inability to score on three powerplays and a superb save by Niks Trapans after a delightful toe drag presented Daniel Abercrombie with a shooting opportunity.
Solway stepped up a gear after the break and devastated the home side with a three goal burst in just ninety-five seconds. First on the scoresheet wad Jordan Buesa (25:36) when he converted from Kim Mietinnen, second was Stevie Moore (27:00) set up by Stuart Andrews and finally Struan Tonmar (27:11) after good work from Connor Henderson and Marc Fowley. Most sides might have thrown in the towel at that point but Blackburn fought back and brought the deficit back to one with two quick strikes from Aaron Davies (31:54 & 32:26).
In the thirty-fourth moment the Hawks captain, Ollie Lomax, saw red and was awarded a match penalty for roughing by referee, Mr Paul Brooks. However, he continued to make matters worse for himself and received two more match penalties for abuse before he left the ice.
As play returned to the ice Solway were the first to regroup and Jordan Buesa (36:33) was on hand to put them two goals ahead when he scored after being set up by Juraj Senko and Duncan Speirs.
This set up another flashpoint for the home side and ex-Shark and major goal-threat Richard Bentham received a ten minute misconduct for abuse immediately followed by a match penalty for abuse.
After a closely-fought opening to the final period Solway extended their lead when Stuart Kerr (49:43) netted after being set up by Stevie Moore and Ross Murray. The home side again fought back and Aaron Davies (56:47 PP) completed his hat-trick on a powerplay before James Riddoch (57:06) scored to draw the home side to within one and ensure a tense finish to the game. As Blackburn pressed for the equaliser they pulled their keeper in favour of an extra skater. Unfortunately for them they lost possession to Jordan Buesa (59:32) who calmly completed his own hat-trick as he slotted the puck into the empty net.
Man of the Match for the Sharks was Stuart Kerr.
|11th February 2017||5:45 pm||2016/17|
|Blackburn Ice Arena|