‘Good start’ for Camels boosts con­fi­dence ahead of Theebs show­down

The National - News - - SPORT - AMITH PASSELA

Dubai Camels are con­fi­dent they can make it three wins out of three when they face Al Ain Theebs, the only other side with a 100 per cent record in the Emi­rates Hockey League, (EHL) next week.

The Camels were 7-3 vic­tors over Dubai White Bears in their match on Tues­day at Al Ain Ice Rink, with the Theebs over­com­ing Abu Dhabi Scor­pi­ons 5-3.

Ron Mur­phy, the Camels cap­tain, said the team’s early suc­cess was a “good start” as they now pre­pare for a top of the ta­ble clash with Theebs in Al Ain on Oc­to­ber 20.

“We have a lit­tle bit con­fi­dence go­ing for us here after the two games,” Mur­phy said. “The Theebs are next for us and they are on two wins too.

“They have three or four amazing hockey play­ers and if we can shut them out I think we would be okay.”

How­ever the Cana­dian, who has played in every sea­son since the EHL was founded in 2009/2010, knows all teams know each other’s game well.

“White Bears were with­out a cou­ple of good play­ers and they will be a dif­fer­ent team when they re­join the team and with a few new play­ers ex­pected to join them,” Mur­phy added.

“Nev­er­the­less, it was a really good start for us and a really good team ef­fort with ev­ery­one chip­ping in for the good re­sult.”

Two goals each from Con­nor Mikin­ley and EHL debu­tant Chris Doolan along with ef­forts from Ross MacMil­lan, Ka­reem Hamza and Alex Riggs gave the Camels the vic­tory.

Troy Kahler scored twice for White Bears, with An­tonin Blecha also on tar­get.

Omar Ali Al Shamsi net­ted twice and Art­siom Karkot­ski scored an­other in just over three min­utes of play in the first pe­riod to set the plat­form for Theebs to pre­vail in their match over Scor­pi­ons.

Hazza Al Saadi and Ar­tur Zain­ut­di­nov also found the net for Theebs, with the con­so­la­tion goals for the Scor­pi­ons com­ing from Mi­lan Rabas, Kyle Fred­er­ick and Lubomir Ze­leny.

In the other game this week, at the Dubai Ice Rink on Wed­nes­day, Dubai Vipers scored six goals in seven min­utes of the last pe­riod to emerge 10-4 win­ners over Abu Dhabi Storms.

Vipers were 3-0 up through Luca Ciani, KC Finnegan and Janne Le­htos­ala be­fore a dou­ble strike from Mikhail Klimin saw them go into the break 3-2.

Jan Sare­lin made it 4-2 and Juma Al Dha­heri, the UAE cap­tain, was on tar­get with a fine solo ef­fort for a 4-3 score after the sec­ond pe­riod.

Sergei Belov lev­elled the score for Storms in the sec­ond minute of the fi­nal pe­riod but the Vipers then took charge. Chris Ale­d­er­man put them ahead fol­lowed by goals from Shawn Berg, Finnegan, Le­htos­ala, Matti Kasi and Ciani.

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