The start of a new season brings the first competitive game for Joel Smith of the Hawks. The Hawks presented themselves looking smart and in good spirit and proceeded to show an energetic warm-up which highlighted the size of the Deeside players.
The Blackburn Team:
1 - Will Outram - Net Minder
19 - Owen Woods - Captain
12 - Dan Sanderson - Defence,Assistant Captain
13 - Warren Cooper - Defence
17 - Joel Smith - 1st Ever Game
14 - Evan Corner
7 - Jack Murray - Defence
20 - Nathan Dove - Defence
9 - Koby Ludlow
10 - Oscar Wilding
16 - Haven Vincett
The Game started with Deeside gaining possession and having two quick attacks, which were broken down by the hawks the second lead to a breakout by (14) Evan, down the left wing and a 10m shot across goal saved by the keeper. The rebound was picked up in the centre of the attack zone by (12) Dan who had a close range flick shot which sailed just wide. The Hawks then fought valiantly to stove of several attacks from Deeside with net minder Will deflecting several shots. When they did break slight exuberance resulted in being offside. (19) On a break from the back through to centre left just inside the Deeside Half thwacked the puck and hit the right hand side of the Crossbar. With the succession of attacks from Deeside and (1) Will making many saves along with the defence (7) Jack and (20) Nathan working overtime to repel them the odd breakout occurred from the Hawks (17) Joel, (16) Evan and (9) not finding a way through and losing the puck. (12) Dan turned defence into attack down the left but ran out of steam when the Deeside defence caught up and muscled him off the puck. (14) Evan and (12) carried the breakouts on with a couple of unsuccessful attacks. At the 6 minute point (19) Owen intercepted a loose pass by Deeside and with a good passing play through the middle of the again broken down by a quick Deeside Defence. The Period showed that the Hawks were standing off the Deeside players and allowing them to attack quite freely. (1) Will had to be on his game for the final few minutes of the game as Deeside had several attacks. With 5 minutes to go the Hawks started to settle and took the game to Deeside. An intercept in the middle by (12) Dan saw him skate through three Deeside players and get a hard shot away which was saved and deflected to be cleared by the Deeside number 10. Warren (13) broke and was denied a goal by a last ditch slide by a Deeside player. The loose puck gave Warren (13) another chance but again was denied by the Deeside net minder. The game then had several icings at both ends, eventually Dan (12) showed some slick stick control and weaved the puck from Defence to attack and let a shot off again denied by the keeper. With two minutes thirty seconds to go things got a bit edgy with Nathan (20) tripping Deeside (15) who retaliated (roughing) Nathan. Both were sent to the Penalty Bench for two minutes (12:35)
The second period saw the hawks come out positively and attack from the off with Owen coming close with an early shot. Some play ensued with the puck being lost by both sides and the game becoming a little more physical. Haven (16) was presented with an opportunity to break with a pass to Owen and returned haven continued but was thwarted near to goal. Deeside piled on the pressure following this and it paid off with a solid shot flying into the top right of the net from their right side attacker. Evan (14) and Owen (19) started to pass the puck around the Deeside players and sustained attacks on the Deeside opposition. Haven had a shot deflected wide by the Deeside net minder. Stealing the puck back shortly after the face off Dan broke from middle right and let a long shot with a shallow rising trajectory through several players and nesting itself in the top left back of the net.GOAL (17:40) and justified celebrations from the players and the crowd ensued [0-1]. The game was end to end with both teams defending well and breaking up the attacks. Deeside were coming the closer of the two teams but Hawks Will (1) was on form and not looking like letting much past him. Haven (9) Broke out and resisted a battling defender to let off a shot which the keeper saved in her glove. The game gathered speed and the Hawks were caught off side, Deeside broke quickly from the face off and their number 18 hit a belter of a shot from 20meters out which skimmed past the right post. Deeside found themselves on a breakout and made the most of it with a cracking shot from their right which rocketed into the top of the net past Will (1) (27:34) [1-1]. Joel (17) found himself in the game more and was introduced to the rough and tumble when checked against the barrier by an Deeside player intent on stopping Joels lined up shot, this didnt put him off as he continued to get the puck and try to pass it or dribble. Koby (9), Dan (19) and Evan (14) had several chances which did not come off. In the latter stages of the period Deeside started to control the game again coming closer and closer to goal. At one point more or less every player had a shot or tried to clear it from the Hawks goal area, which to the Hawks relief eventually ended.
The third period saw the Hawks apply pressure to Deeside from the off. Haven (16) once again hitting a great shot forcing the Deeside keeper into a reaction save. Warren found himself on the Penalty bench, for 3 minutes for interference (32:41). After a trip on Oscar (10), on the left near to the defence line, was not given by the referee Deeside had a shot on goal with Will (1) again up to the challenge with another superb save. Haven (16) and Dan (19) broke from the face off and haven managed a shot with was saved the rebound collected by Warren and embedded the puck into the back of the net, GOAL! (37:42) [1-2]. DS took the game to the hawks and piled on the pressure again with the odd break out by the hawks resulting in nothing. Joel (17) was again getting stuck in and nicked the puck from the Deeside number 10 with a neat check against the boards, the Deeside player took the opportunity to elbow Joel in the head and duly received Penalty against him (3 minutes on the bench, 39:18). Deeside made the Hawks chase them around the rink with some great passing but the Hawks were hanging on desperate not to concede in these last minutes of the game. The atmosphere was electric with every Deeside attack raising the level. With three minutes to go the Hawks started to retain possession a little more and the pressure from Deeside waned. Deeside found themselves with a three on one attack from a breakout, Evan (14) stayed central and somehow managed to break up the attack brilliantly for the Hawks. Oscar (10) found himself getting to make breaks down the right and with 10 seconds to go cut in to the right of the goal and with a nice chip from 2 meters out slipped it past the keepers right hand into the the top corner.What a GOAL, a great match winner.
We run teams at all ages from our Under 10's Merlins to our senior team the Blackburn Eagles. If you want to try out for any of the teams then come along to the Blackburn Ice Arena at 6pm - 7pm Monday nights where we run a session where you can learn skating skills and how to handle a hockey stick. Don't worry about kit to get started, we have a room full of loan kit in all sizes, even skates.Club Sponsors
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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
- Learn to Play Hockey 2: 20:00 - 21:00
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