On the back of a tough game against Sheffield, it was back to business on home ice against Whitley who have had a decent season so far.
Into the first period, and the home team started well pushing forward and taking the game to Whitley. Increased pressure resulted in a chance for Haven which was well saved by the Whitley netminder. Whitley then reorganised and but for some great play in the centre of the ice from Noah, could have started to dominate possession. Instead, it was the home team that continued to push forward with further chances falling to Haven, Jack and Oscar.
At the back, Lucas and Lewis were fantastic and refused to allow the Whitley forwards any time on the puck. Any shot at goal that Whitley did get was blocked by Mattie between the posts. Helmuts and Sam also started troubling the Whitley defence both having shots saved by the net-minder. Nathan continued to show his strength in defence pushing the puck up the ice for Haven and Oscar. Towards the end of the first, Kobe saw the gap between the defence and after a neat pass to Haven the puck was in the net.
After taking the lead late in the first, Whitley came out fast in the second and took less than 90 seconds to equalise after a mix up in defence. Whitley saw their chance to extend their lead however Jack and Ronnie worked hard in defence to protect Mattie. Noah continued to work hard, this time down the wing feeding Haven and Oscar. That hard work paid off when Haven slotted home his second goal which he took superbly. Further chances fell to Oscar and Sam who were denied by an in-form Whitley net-minder. At the back, Mattie continued to stop anything that came his way.
Pushing forward as a unit, Oscar picked up the pick and scored his first of the game, much to the excitement of the home supporters. This goal lifted the team further and it wasnt long before Haven scored his third. For all his hard work, Noah got his reward towards the end of the period when his shot found the back of the net taking the score to 5-1.
Unlike the second period, it was the home team who started well with Haven smashing his fourth past the Whitley netminder. Ronnie also went close after skating from defence to attack. Haven then increased his tally to five after a great skate and shot. Although Whitley pulled a goal back, it was Helmuts who scored the eighth goal after a great skate from the centre of the ice. Sol also continued to work hard causing the Whitley defence problems throughout the game.
In defence, Lucas defended like his life depended on it pushing the puck forward at every opportunity. After finding space, it was Sam who scored the ninth goal putting the game out of Whitleys reach 9-2. Although it has been said before, this has to go down as the best performance this season. Not only due to the win and number of goals scored, but also the work rate, passing and commitment shown by each and every player. Be under no illusion, Whitley are a good team but they just could not handle the physical play and the speed with which the home team played. This team just go from strength to strength and are a real pleasure to watch.
They work hard for each other and stay positive throughout the game. A special mention for Noah who deservedly collected the MVP and the 42 shots the Whitley Netminder had to handle. Well done everyone, with only 2 matches left lets see if we can push further and end the season on a real high.
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All of our introduction sessions take place on a Monday night at Blackburn Ice Arena.
The timing of each session is as follows:
- Learn to Hockey Skate: 19:00 - 20:00
- Learn to Play Hockey 1: 18:00 - 19:00
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