League cam­paign con­tin­ues for ju­nior U16 Sol­way side

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The Ju­nior Sol­way Sharks un­der 16s team was the only team in ac­tion last week­end, with backto-back games.

First up was a long road trip to Aberdeen on Satur­day to face an amal­ga­mated High­land Lynx team.

Sol­way took a while to loosen up af­ter their long jour­ney and play flowed evenly for the first eight min­utes of the game.

Jump­ing on a pow­er­play ad­van­tage, Liam Sten­ton sent the puck to Me­gan Gourlay who found Scott Rae in space and he found the back of the net to put Sol­way a goal ahead.

This score stood un­til the end of the pe­riod, thanks to fine de­fend­ing by Jack Lit­tle, Jack­son Col­lett and Scott Kirk­patrick.

Sol­way set­tled into their lines by the sec­ond pe­riod and just shy of 22 min­utes it was Sten­ton and Rae who com­bined for the next goal, slot­ted home nicely by the lat­ter.

Sten­ton scored an unas­sisted goal two min­utes later, be­fore Matthew Wat­ters de­liv­ered the puck to Gourlay, who sent Sten­ton net­wards to score.

Mere sec­onds later Kirk­patrick won the puck in the D-zone, sent it to Sten­ton, who made no mis­take find­ing the net and scored his third in four min­utes. Sol­way fin­ished the pe­riod com­fort­ably 5-0 ahead.

The third pe­riod started with Josh Leu­ven­nink mak­ing way in nets for Jonathan Spence.

Lynx were quick to strike against a cold goalie, scor­ing within 10 sec­onds.

Five min­utes later they struck again, bring­ing the score to 5-2 to Sol­way. Liam Sten­ton replied on Sol­way’s be­half on 38 min­utes, go­ing coast to coast to score an unas­sisted goal.

Lynx clawed an­other one back with six min­utes left and the game fin­ished 6-3 Sol­way. Scott Kirk­patrick was man of the match for Sol­way.

Sun­day game

Sun­day morn­ing saw the play­ers back on home ice at Dum­fries Ice Bowl, wel­com­ing their op­po­nents from Mur­ray­field.

This was a much harder test of the team’s met­tle, against a strong and well-or­gan­ised group of play­ers.

Mur­ray­field were dom­i­nant in the first pe­riod, their fast- paced play quick to swamp the Sol­way de­fence, and man­aged to score twice over the pe­riod. The pe­riod-break talk by coach Kerr ob­vi­ously had the de­sired ef­fect and the team came out reen­er­gised.

Hard work fol­lowed and when Liam Sten­ton got on the end of a Me­gan Gourlay pass and struck it into the back of the net, the team was de­lighted. Mur­ray­field were swift to re­ply, scor­ing again sec­onds later, to con­sol­i­date their 3-1 lead.

By the fi­nal pe­riod Sol­way were start­ing to tire and Mur­ray­field were swift to cap­i­talise, rack­ing up an­other two goals within 10 min­utes. Sten­ton again found the net, this time from a pre­cise Jack Lit­tle pass to bring the score to 5-2 af­ter 42 min­utes. When Mur­ray­field scored again five min­utes from the end, the game was all but over and the score held un­til the fi­nal whis­tle.

Josh Leu­ven­nink was man of the match for Sol­way.

Coach Jamie Kerr said: “The team have had a very de­mand­ing week­end. We trav­elled to Aberdeen and played some hard and sen­si­ble hockey for two pe­ri­ods be­fore tak­ing the foot off the gas a bit in the third. It’s hard for guys that are so young to main­tain in­ten­sity when sit­ting pretty at 5-0.

“The Ed­in­burgh game was an amaz­ing ef­fort. Af­ter trav­el­ling back from Aberdeen the night be­fore, to play one of the strong­est teams in the coun­try the next morn­ing was al­ways go­ing to be tough. We played well and nul­li­fied most of what they had un­til the last 10 min­utes.

“It took some awe­some in­di­vid­ual tal­ent from one of their guys who scored five and as­sisted one out of their six goals to prize a re­sult from us.

“We are on the right tracks here and the big­ger, stronger and more ex­pe­ri­enced teams are hav­ing to work to the max­i­mum abil­ity and ef­fort to take re­sults from us. If we take that work rate into next week’s game we will be look­ing to score a fair few goals again.”

Sol­way Sharks Un­der 16s are in ac­tion at Dum­fries Ice Bowl on Sun­day at 12 noon, fac­ing Ayr Bru­ins. Any­one in­ter­ested in play­ing ice hockey should con­tact Dum­fries Ice Bowl on 01387 253100 for de­tails of learn to play ses­sions.

The last open event of the club’s sea­son, the John Pa­gan mixed triples, was held at the club on Satur­day. The win­ners were John Mair, Joe Dacre and Mau­reen Jack­son (Maxwell­town). Pic­tured left to right are Kenny Hope (rep­re­sent­ing the spon­sors), Jake Hys­lop (club pres­i­dent) John Mair, Mau­reen Jack­son, Joe Dacre and Chris­tine Web­ster (also rep­re­sent­ing the spon­sor).

C McClure, A McClure and B Don­ner were the win­ners of the com­pe­ti­tion, spon­sored by Dig­nity Fu­neral Ser­vices, at the Crich­ton Royal Bowl­ing Club re­cently. Pres­i­dent R Bernard pre­sented the prizes.

Crich­ton

Maxwell­town

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