Week­end of woe for ju­nior Sharks

Dis­ap­point­ment as young guns faced de­feat

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - HARDROCK CHALLENGE -

Sol­way Sharks Juniors saw three of their teams take to the road this week­end, fac­ing op­po­si­tion on both sides of the coun­try.

Sun­day saw the un­der-16s team head to take on La­nark­shire Light­ning un­der­16s at the Time Cap­sule in Hamil­ton.

La­nark­shire caught Sol­way nap­ping, scor­ing af­ter just 19 sec­onds to take the early lead. Un­daunted, the Sharks re­grouped and pushed for­ward, cap­tain Scott Rae lead­ing the way with a fine short-handed, unas­sisted equaliser. La­nark­shire gave no re­prieve, tak­ing the lead back less than a minute later, be­fore Len­non McNee struck again to bring Sol­way back level, as­sisted by Rae – three goals in 90 sec­onds see­ing the score at 2-2.

The scor­ing con­tin­ued apace, La­nark­shire edg­ing ahead again only for Andy Craik to equalise with a short­handed unas­sisted goal. Jack Slater was next to find the net for the Sharks, putting them ahead, as­sisted by Noah Kidd, only to see La­nark­shire take ad­van­tage of a penalty to equalise on the pow­er­play. A fre­netic first pe­riod fin­ished 4-4.

Sol­way took to the ice in the sec­ond in de­ter­mined fet­tle, and were de­lighted when McNee put them back in the lead from Cor­byn Grace. Min­utes later La­nark­shire snatched back the equaliser on the pow­er­play, only for Rae to edge Sol­way ahead again sec­onds later with an­other unas­sisted ef­fort – Sol­way 6 La­nark­shire 5.

When La­nark­shire scored three more goals in the fi­nal two min­utes of the pe­riod, Sol­way could do lit­tle to stop them, and the buzzer saw the score La­nark­shire 8, Sol­way 6.

La­nark­shire hit the ice fast in the third, an­other two goals in the first three min­utes see­ing the Sharks fall fur­ther be­hind. Dig­ging deep, they man­aged to claw one back, Kyle Car­ruth find­ing the back of the net from Kidd and McNee to make it 10-7 in La­nark­shire’s favour.

Scott Rae, with his hat-trick and third unas­sisted goal of the morn­ing, drew Sol­way back within two goals sec­onds later. But the Sharks ran out of steam and La­nark­shire were quick to cap­i­talise, scor­ing three goals in the fi­nal four min­utes of the pe­riod to fin­ish the game 13-8 vic­tors. Jack­son Col­lett was man of the match for Sol­way.

Coach Car­ruth re­flected: “I ex­pected bet­ter from the team, and we will need to look to im­prove go­ing for­ward.”

The un­der-12s team headed off to Kirk­caldy on Satur­day, ac­com­pa­nied by the un­der-14s. The youngest Sharks were first into the fray in Fife and found them­selves a goal down af­ter five min­utes of play.

The team ral­lied, and with some hard work all round and some great stops from Braiden Howat in nets, the score stood at 1- 0 Kirk­caldy un­til the first break.

Sol­way started the sec­ond pe­riod fly­ing, Bai­ley Thom­son pounc­ing and scor­ing the equaliser af­ter a mere 15 sec­onds of play from Owen Rae and Ben Arm­strong. Kirk­caldy were hav­ing none of it and struck back sec­onds later to re­store their one goal lead. The wee Sharks kept their heads up and played some lovely pass­ing hockey, mak­ing chances for them­selves while keep­ing the Kirk­caldy for­wards at bay. The sec­ond pe­riod fin­ished with the score at Kirk­caldy 2 Sol­way 1.

The fi­nal pe­riod saw yet more con­cen­trated ef­fort from the Sharks and they were un­lucky to con­cede an­other af­ter five min­utes. Show­ing more of their strength of char­ac­ter the team again found re­ply, this time Sa­muel Wo­j­cik send­ing Cassie McGre­gor net-ward and she took her chance to make it Kirk­caldy 3 Sol­way 2. De­spite more fo­rays onto the Kirk­caldy net and a cred­itable workrate the wee Sharks could find no way past the Fife net­min­der, and the fi­nal buzzer saw the score un­changed. Tay­lor Car­ruth was Sol­way’s man of the match.

Coach Gary Car­ruth, said: “We were re­ally un­lucky not to take a point at least. Braiden made some big saves and kept us in the game and it could’ve gone ei­ther way in the end.”

The un­der-14s were next on to the ice, fac­ing a very well-es­tab­lished Kirk­caldy team. The young Sharks soon found them­selves swamped and fac­ing a bar­rage of shots from a for­mi­da­ble Kirk­caldy of­fence.

De­spite the best ef­forts of the team they could do lit­tle to stop on­slaught and at the fi­nal buzzer the ex­hausted Sharks were on the wrong end of a 14-0 score­line. Faith Coughtrie was the MVP for Sol­way.

Coach Car­ruth, said: “Kirk­caldy are a very, very good side and their un­der14s were just too much for us on the day. Tay­lor and Faith both had solid games and worked re­ally hard for their re­spec­tive teams on the big ice pad here in Fife.”

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

Ice war­riors Sol­way Sharks un­der-16s team. Pic­ture courtesy of cop­pertreep­ho­tog­ra­phy.co.uk

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