Mixed fortunes for the Sharks

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Sol­way Sharks got their league cam­paign un­der­way on Satur­day night, wel­com­ing last sea­son’s league cham­pi­ons Sh­effield Steel­dogs to Dum­fries Ice Bowl.

The Sharks, spon­sored by Build­ing Crafts­men Dum­fries, ex­pected a tough test and they were not to be dis­ap­pointed.

The pace, and the play, was fast, fu­ri­ous and phys­i­cal and with the sides fairly evenly matched, it took al­most the whole of the first pe­riod to break the dead­lock.

Josh Grieve­son found the net on the pow­er­play from Joe Coul­ter and Steven Moore, much to the delight of the home crowd and Sharks, went into the first break 1-0 ahead.

Sec­ond pe­riod play con­tin­ued rapidly, the Dogs next to find the net via Nathan Salem with a short­handed goal to even the score at 1-1.

Not to be out­done, Sol­way replied, Iain Bowie scor­ing from Lewis Bald­win and Moore to put the Sharks back in the lead.

Min­utes later Ash­ley Calvert found the net for Steel­dogs, bring­ing scores back even, the score re­main­ing tied up un­til the end of the sec­ond pe­riod at 2-2.

The Sharks bat­tled hard through­out the fi­nal pe­riod and re­mained strong and res­o­lute un­til the Dogs broke through the de­fence and past Kyle John­ston in net on the pow­er­play to re­take the lead through Ben Mor­gan; 3-2 Dogs.

The game was put out of Sol­way’s reach when Mi­lan Kolena found the net with the fi­nal goal of the game.

Josh Grieve­son was Sol­way’s man of the match.

Cup game at Black­burn

Sun­day saw the team travel to take on Black­burn Hawks in the North Cup.

The Sharks looked strong from the start and took ad­van­tage of a pow­er­play to open the scor­ing, Scott Hen­der­son find­ing the net from Kyle Horne and James Hutchin­son.

De­spite nu­mer­ous Sol­way for­ays on the Hawks’ net, the score re­mained 1-0 to Sol­way go­ing into the pe­riod break.

An­other strong start saw the Sharks take the up­per hand in the sec­ond pe­riod and an­other goal soon fol­lowed, Hen­der­son find­ing Sharks man of the match against Steel­dogs was Josh Grieve­son and he is pic­tured here with young fan Aaron Lorimer. the net again, as­sists com­ing from Joe Coul­ter and Josh Grieve­son.

Hawks man­aged to pull a goal back cour­tesy of Peta Valu­siak and the end of the sec­ond stanza saw the score at Black­burn 1 Sol­way 2.

The fi­nal pe­riod saw Sol­way ex­ert their dom­i­nance and a flurry of scor­ing fol­lowed, firstly Peter Gapa with a pow­er­play goal from James Hutchi­son and Lewis Bald­win, swiftly fol­lowed by Iain Bowie as­sisted by Liam Sten­ton and Joe Coul­ter.

With a now com­fort­able 4-1 lead, Sol­way were caught on the hop when Lee Pol­litt scored an­other for Hawks, find­ing a way past Jor­dan McLaugh­lin in goal to make the score 4-2 in Sol­way’s favour.

Richard Ben­tham re­stored the gap from James Hutchin­son and Lewis Houston. A pow­er­play goal from Scott Hen­der­son saw him get his hat-trick from Ross Mur­ray and James Hutchin­son and put the re­sult of the game in no doubt.

The fi­nal score of Hawks 2 Sharks 6 sees the Dum­fries team progress in the cup cam­paign.

Scott Hen­der­son was Sol­way’s man of the match.

Coach Martin Grubb, said: “On Satur­day I thought we played re­ally well against Steel­dogs for 45 min­utes and we should have been fur­ther ahead, then a few de­fen­sive lapses let us down.

“We need to be stronger in front of the net but we can work on that in train­ing and you need to take your chances when you are on top against a qual­ity team like Sh­effield.

“Against last year’s cham­pi­ons I thought it was a good per­for­mance but dis­ap­point­ing re­sult.

“Sun­day saw us get the win on an ice sur­face that is tough to play our game on.

“I felt we were al­ways in con­trol of the game but it took us un­til the third pe­riod to ex­e­cute on our pow­er­play and put the game to bed.

“It was a good re­sult and nice to get our first win of the sea­son.”

Sol­way Sharks are back in ac­tion at Dum­fries Ice Bowl on Satur­day at 7pm when they face Billing­ham Stars.


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