U20s dom­i­nate against north ayr­shire

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Sol­way Sharks un­der 20s team trav­elled to Auchen­harvie on Satur­day night to take on their ri­vals from North Ayr­shire.

The Sharks, spon­sored by Jar­dine Mo­tors were first onto the score­board, Ben Coughtrie scor­ing from the blue line with a pow­er­play goal on 3.27, as­sists com­ing from Luke Hous­ton and Liam Sten­ton.

De­spite dom­i­nat­ing the game and mak­ing most of the play, it took un­til 10.24 for Sol­way to find the net again – Hous­ton the scorer this time with a pow­er­ful slap­shot goal, the pass com­ing from Kieran Hair. Sol­way hap­pily passed the puck around un­til the end of the pe­riod and the score re­mained static at 2-0.

The Sharks con­trol con­tin­ued into the sec­ond pe­riod with Liam Sten­ton next on the score­sheet, fol­low­ing some nice pass­ing play from Hair and Lewis Hous­ton. More endto-end play con­tin­ued, be­fore an­other flurry of goal-scor­ing en­sued, start­ing with a fine unas­sisted goal from Sten­ton on 31.13.

Hous­ton was next, scor­ing with a force­ful shot from the slot on 31.56, as­sisted by Hair and big brother Luke. Sten­ton fol­lowed shortly after, scoop­ing up an Evan Cham­bers shot that was spilled by the keeper, send­ing it over the keeper on 33.44.

At six goals to nil ahead, the Sharks re­laxed and saw the pe­riod through to the break.

The fi­nal pe­riod was taken at a slower pace, Sol­way happy to sit on their lead and let North Ayr­shire bring the play to them. The home team even­tu­ally scored past a hard-work­ing Lewis Dolan in the Sol­way net on 47.48, tak­ing ad­van­tage of Sol­way penal­ties on the pow­er­play, be­fore Ai­dan Ni­col wrapped up the Sol­way scor­ing with a fine strike straight to the back of the net from a Luke Hous­ton pass. The fi­nal score was 7-1 Sol­way, with Ai­dan Ni­col man of the match.

After the game coach Craig Jack­son said: “The game got off to a fast and phys­i­cal start which suited us quite well.

“We took ad­van­tage of North Ayr’s ill dis­ci­pline and went in at the end of the first pe­riod 2-0 up through two power play goals.

“The sec­ond pe­riod saw us tak­ing to­tal con­trol of the game, scor­ing four unan­swered goals.

“The team’s move­ment, The Sol­way Sharks U20s team

pass­ing and team spirit dur­ing this pe­riod was ex­cel­lent and just what we had spo­ken about dur­ing the break.

“The third pe­riod saw North Ayr pick­ing up their only goal of the game. Un­for­tu­nately dur­ing the third we stopped play­ing our game and let the ill dis­ci­pline

of North Ayr rub off on us but a late goal from Ai­dan Ni­col made sure we did not lose any pe­riod dur­ing this game.

“We played well for 45 min­utes to­day and showed that there is still room for im­prove­ment, es­pe­cially in see­ing games out.

“We re­main top of the Scot­tish U20s league and hope to main­tain the cur­rent run of form we are on.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in play­ing ice hockey should con­tact Dum­fries Ice Bowl on 01387 251300 for de­tails of learn to play ses­sions.


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