Blackburn Hawks vs Solway Sharks

vs

Recap

The BCD Solway Sharks were on NIHL National Cup duty on Sunday night with a short trip down to Blackburn to face the Hawks but, despite taking a lead into the third quarter, were hit with three late goals to loose four-two.

In the first period there was little to separate the two teams with Solway slightly edging the scales on territory and possession and they finally they got their break when Daniel Abercrombie (18:21) won the race to collect a Stevie Moore pass and calmly slot the puck past Niks Trapans from close range. Before the end of the period the Hawks did have the puck in the net courtesy of James Neil but luckily for the Sharks the linesman was already signalling offside well before it crossed the line.

After a slow start Sharks doubled their advantage eight minutes into the second period when Scott Henderson broke at speed along the right-hand boards. The Solway youngster had the time and presence of mind to look up and see Iain Bowie (27:53) moving into the slot. The pass was inch perfect past a diving defender and into the path of Bowie who fired home past Trapans with surgical precision.

However, the Sharks supporters didn’t have long to celebrate as the home side responded almost immediately when Jozef Istocy (28:23) forced the puck home from close range in a goalmouth scramble. For the remainder of the session both teams prodded and poked hoping to find a hole in the oppositions defence but to no avail and the scorers were not to be troubled further.

In the final period Calum Hepburn made several good saves to maintain Solway’s lead but as an attacking force they looked spent and it was always going to be a difficult job to keep the back door closed for a full twenty minutes. So it proved as Blackburn ran in three unanswered goals before the final buzzer sounded.

With a little more than seven minutes remaining Aaron Davies (52:39) found himself in the right place at the right time to fire home from close range after a spell of Blackburn pressure. A little over a minute later a James Neil shot flew wide of the Sharks goal but cannoned off the back boards and back into play on the other side of the net where James Royds (53:50) was waiting to prod it home.

The final nail in the Solway coffin was hammered home ninety seconds later when Lewis Baldwin (55:37) ventured forward from his defensive duties to slot the puck home from close range after Calum Hepburn had blocked an Aaron Davies shot to give a final scoreline of four-two to the home side.

The Man of the Match Awards were presented to Connor Henderson for the Sharks and Matt Viney for the Hawks.

A gallery of photographs from this match can be found by following this link.

Details

Date Time Competition Season
8th October 2017 5:45 pm National Cup 2017/18

Venue

Blackburn Ice Arena

Results

Team1st2nd3rdPPGPPOT
Blackburn Hawks013004
Solway Sharks110062

Blackburn Hawks

Position G A SOG SA GA SV PIM
 47212822612

Solway Sharks

# Player Position G A SOG SA GA SV PIM
5Kyle HorneDefenceman0000000
6Stuart KerrDefenceman0000000
7Daniel AbercrombieForward1000000
8Iain BowieForward1000000
9Joe CoulterForward0000000
24Marek CharvatDefenceman0100000
25Connor HendersonForward0000000
30Calum HepburnNetminder0000000
33Chris RaeNetminder0000000
51Struan TonnarForward0000000
55James HutchinsonDefenceman0000000
75Stevie MooreForward0100000
89Scott HendersonForward0100000
90Ross MurrayForward0000000
93Vaclav KolarikDefenceman0100000
94Kieran HairForward0000000
 Total 2428214170
G
4
2
A
7
4
SOG
21
28
SA
28
21
GA
2
4
SV
26
17
PIM
12
0