Solway Sharks vs Blackburn Hawks

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Recap

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.

Details

Date Time Competition Season
18th February 2017 7:00 pm NIHL (North) D1, Moralee Conference 2016/17

Venue

Dumfries Ice Bowl

Results

Team1st2nd3rdPPGPPOT
Solway Sharks242138
Blackburn Hawks011002

Solway Sharks

# Player Position G A SOG SA GA SV PIM
6Stuart KerrDefenceman1000000
7Daniel AbercrombieForward2100000
9Joe CoulterForward0100000
16Darren StattersfieldDefenceman0100000
18Juraj SenkoDefenceman0100000
20Chris RaeNetminder0000000
21Stuart AndrewsDefenceman0000000
24Ben EdmondsForward0000000
25Connor HendersonForward0300000
32Calum HepburnNetminder000282260
34Marc FowleyForward0000000
38Duncan SpeirsForward1200000
47Kim MiettinenDefenceman2100000
51Struan TonnarForward0000002
75Stevie MooreForward1200000
89Scott HendersonForward0000000
90Ross MurrayForward1200000
 Total 81469282262

Blackburn Hawks

Position G A SOG SA GA SV PIM
 2428698618
G
8
2
A
14
4
SOG
69
28
SA
28
69
GA
2
8
SV
26
61
PIM
2
8