The Junior Hawks entertained the league leaders with a short bench having lost the services of 4 players on the morning of the game. Beth wright is taking a break for hockey, Luke Erswell suffered a late reaction to a back injury he received in training, and u16s players Tom Hoyle and Joe Murphy reported ill and were unable to dress for the game. The Hawks did welcome back Lee Bentham who had missed the past 3 games so this left the home team with just 11 fit players facing a team which had brought 21 players meaning the home team would play with just 2 lines against the visitors 4 lines.
In the reverse fixture the Hawks had lost a very close game 3-2 with a very controversial late winner depriving them of a very well deserved draw, so the home youngsters were looking for revenge to maintain their position as number 3 in the division.
The game opened with the home team pressing for an early advantage and from the opening face-off Kyle Haslam burst free to send in a shot which the visiting keeper collected with a neat glove save. From the resultant face-off, and with just 37 secs. on the game clock, Lee Bentham clashed with Chadburn, the visiting captain and both players were given an early rest, with both sitting a 2 min. penalty for roughing. The game settled down and both teams were quickly into their rhythm. Home keeper Dom Jolly was soon showing why he is considered to be such a bright prospect with a stunning ‘double’ save as the visitors started to show why they top the table, and on 08-07 they eventually opened the scoring with a tip in by Joe Colton. In spite of the player disadvantage the home team were more than matching the Sheffield team but they suffered another penalty when the busy Abbie Rawcliffe received 2 mins. for tripping but the penalty kill unit of George Vose, Kieron Hardman, Dalton Mullin and Harry Bolton restricted the visitors to long-range shots which the home keeper easily covered. As the opening period drew to an end a neat move came so close to a deserved equaliser. David Kovacs won the puck deep in the defensive zone and his pass found Callum Strong who stormed forward and passed to Lee Bentham and he instantly passed to Josh Robinson who sent a shot just wide of the post.
The second period continued to be end-to-end with both teams determined to register the next score. On 29-14 Kyle Haslam received a 2 min.penalty for hooking but again the well drilled penalty kill unit proved too strong to breach. Slowly the momentum of the game was switching in favour of the home team. On 36-23 Sheffield player Lee received a 2 min.penalty for interference and the home team piled forward in search of a goal. The Hawks could not find a way through the solid Sheffield defence but within a minute of the teams returning to parity they scored a richly deserved equalizer. George Vose and Kieron Hardman exchanged passes in their defensive zone and George spotted Harry Bolton in space. His long pass gave Harry enough space to get in a shot which the keeper blocked – Harry was quickly onto the rebound and his wrap-round shot put the teams level on 39-10. There was just enough time for another home penalty when Lee Bentham received 2 mins for tripping.
The final period had all to play for. As the intensity of the game increased both defences were being tested but both keepers were showing why they top the league in save percentages with a series a saves. On 43-33 Sheffield’s Whitehouse knocked Callum Strong’s stick away as it fell to the ice and he received a 10 min. penalty for unsporting behaviour – this was not a team penalty so the sides remained at 5 skaters each. On 49-19 both teams lost the services of a player when Lee Bentham and Sheffield player Baggaley received 2 mins. for ‘delaying the game’ . As the game entered its final 10 mins it looked like the junior Hawks were about to break the deadlock. Some fine defensive play by David Kovaks and Callum Strong saw the puck arrive at Harry Bolton in the clear on the blue line – this is normally bread and butter for the high scoring forward but his fierce shot produced an outstanding save by the visiting keeper. The puck was quickly down to other end and on 55-12 a stunning 3 man move was finished by Peter Toth with a stunning wrist shot into the top corner to give the visitors the lead. With less than 5 mins remaining the home team stormed forward and their cause was helped when on 56-53 Sheffield’s Collinson received a 2 min. penalty for interference. In quick sucession chances fell to Abbie Rawcliffe , Lee Bentham, Kieron Hardman and Josh Robinson but in spite of their very best efforts the visitors held out to claim the 2 points.
In spite of the loss, the home team can take great pride from a wonderful team performance in which all 11 players had worked their socks off to match a Sheffield team which now looks odds on to claim the league championship this season.
MVP went to George Vose.
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