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.