With Christmas looming, the team travelled to Nottingham for the fourth game of the new season. As always, the lengthy coach journey allowed for some team building between the players who were in buoyant mood when we arrived
Following on from the last game, the team started well and an early shot from Haven took Nottingham by surprise. Although the home team rallied, it wasnt long until the deadlock was broken with a superb solo effort from Haven. After settling well, the team kept possession of the puck resulting in further chances kept out by the in form Nottingham netminder. A lapse in play enabled Nottingham to equalise but this was followed by good chances for both Haven and Oscar. With the game on a knife edge it really was end to end with both teams creating chances through good periods of possession. Both netminders were kept busy with Mattie showing great concentration between the pipes. With the period ending 1-1, this was easily the best 15 minutes of play all season with some great hockey on display.
Into the second and the team started in much the same way creating some good chances and pressuring the Nottingham team into several mistakes. The home team weathered the storm and started getting back into the game with Mattie being called upon to produce some good saves. Cameron, Lucas and Jack worked hard to get the puck out of defence and keep possession for the team, further frustrating the hosts. Kobe and Oscar pushed forward and were unlucky not to score. Slowly, Nottingham started to get more into the game with some great passing between the players and this was rewarded with three quick goals. Although unlucky to concede, the away team refused to give up and finished the period the much stronger team.
Again, the away team started the final period in a positive manner with a good early chance falling to Haven well stopped by the Nottingham net-minder. Nottingham then worked the puck well out of defence scoring their fifth goal of the game. Rather than crumbling, the team pulled together with Oscar bursting through the Nottingham defence smashing the puck into the back of the net. Not to be outdone, Kobe and Haven traded passes down the middle of the ice with Haven managing to get a shot on goal. Within a minute, Haven broke through the Nottingham defence scoring a fine goal and bringing the team right back into the game. Nottingham then lifted their game and without some great play from Sol, Ronnie and Lewis, could easily have scored again. With time running out, the team pushed forward looking to reduce the deficit further, only to be denied by some fine saves.
Overall, a good team performance with the score line slightly flattering Nottingham. Although going 5-1 down in the second, the team kept pushing forward and were unlucky not to score more. It was pleasing to see the team working well together and keeping possession of the puck whilst being pushed constantly by a strong Nottingham team. Each and every player should be proud of the effort and professionalism shown throughout the game which was a pleasure to witness. Watch out Grimsby.
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
Monday night is learn to play night
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
Each introduction programme consists of twelve weeks of structured training with on-going assessment throughout. Attendance at each of the consecutive sessions is necessary for successful completion of the programme, and progression onto the next stage.
Each 12 week programme costs £70, which is payable at the start of each programme.Videos