Solway Sharks vs Solihull Barons

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Recap

Building Craftsmen Dumfries-sponsored Solway Sharks were made to work till the very last minute last Saturday, but work they did and secured a 3-1 win over Solihull Barons to maintain their lead atop the NIHL Division 1 North.

The Sharks players rebounded from the previous weekend’s ‘rollercoaster’ Cup games to put on a solid, professional performance and make it four wins from four in league play this season.

Icing a full strength roster, Sharks jumped to a 2-0 lead for the second Saturday in succession. First captain Struan Tonnar was put through by Connor Henderson’s defence-splitting pass and the Sharks #51 made no mistake to open the scoring at 3.26.

Five minutes later, Kim Miettinen fired through traffic from the blueline to beat Sam Hewitt to put Sharks two goals up on the Barons.

A rare defensive lapse gave Solihull an odd-man break. Josh Bruce drew the covering defender before passing to Matthew Maurice and he shot past Kieran Hobbins in the Sharks’ net.

A one-goal game at the first interval remained so through the middle session, though Sharks doubled their visitors shot count 16-8 neither side was able to add to their tally.

The final frame brought a rare powerplay chance for the home side, and it also brought a moment of magic from Juraj Senko.

The blueliner picked up the puck in his own zone before embarking on a mazy skate up the ice past several Solihull players before rifling a shot past Hewitt for the insurance marker at 3-1 with 13 minutes to play.

Solway controlled the play for long periods and were full value for their win, but were made to work for the full sixty minutes – a fact which pleased coach Martin Grubb.

“I thought we were always in control but Solihull kept going and we had to match that – it was good to show our solid defensive qualities and battle to the end,” he said.

“We needed that third goal to be sure but I felt we were comfortable all night, we were still creating chances and but for some wayward finishing and good goaltending the margin could have been wider.”

 

Details

Date Time Competition Season
1st October 2016 7:00 pm NIHL (North) D1, Moralee Conference 2016/17

Venue

Dumfries Ice Bowl

Results

Team1st2nd3rdPPGPPOT
Solway Sharks201123
Solihull Barons100021

Solway Sharks

# Player Position G A SOG SA GA SV PIM
6Stuart KerrDefenceman0000000
7Daniel AbercrombieForward0000000
9Joe CoulterForward0100000
12Jordan BuesaForward0000002
18Juraj SenkoDefenceman1000000
21Stuart AndrewsDefenceman0000000
24Ben EdmondsForward0000000
25Connor HendersonForward0100000
28James WallaceDefenceman0000000
30Chris RaeNetminder0000000
31Kieran HobbinsNetminder000211200
34Marc FowleyForward0100000
38Duncan SpeirsForward0000000
47Kim MiettinenDefenceman1000000
51Struan TonnarForward1000000
55James HutchinsonDefenceman0100000
75Stevie MooreForward0100000
89Scott HendersonForward0000002
90Ross MurrayForward0000000
91Richard BenthamForward0000000
 Total 3540211204

Kit Man: Scott Houston
Match Day Announcer: Craig Simpson
General Manager: Rab Murray
Chairman: Les Maxwell
Assistant Coach: Scott McMeeken
Head Coach: Martin Grubb

Solihull Barons

Position G A SOG SA GA SV PIM
 1221403374
G
3
1
A
5
2
SOG
40
21
SA
21
40
GA
1
3
SV
20
37
PIM
4
4