Ju­niors storm to vic­tory

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The Ju­nior Sol­way Sharks were back in ac­tion last week­end af­ter a break from fix­tures and they were glad to be back in what turned out to be com­pet­i­tive games against near-neigh­bours La­nark­shire Light­ning.

Un­der 12s

The U12s were first on the ice, wel­com­ing their coun­ter­parts to the Ice Bowl on Satur­day af­ter­noon. The young Sharks looked keen and made a strong start, To­mas Vy­rostek giv­ing them an early lead with an unas­sisted goal af­ter just two min­utes of play. This lead was ex­tended five min­utes later when Jaiden Simp­son found the net from a Ewan Duig­nan pass, the team work­ing hard all over the ice.

Light­ning man­aged to take ad­van­tage of a pow­er­play to sneak one past Braiden Howat in net sec­onds be­fore the end of the first to make it Sol­way 2 La­nark­shire 1.

The sec­ond pe­riod saw Sol­way con­tinue to play skil­ful hockey and this paid off with a pow­er­play goal com­ing from Cassie Mc­Gre­gor af­ter some nice pass­ing from Bai­ley Thom­son and Vy­rostek.

Again La­nark­shire pulled one back just be­fore the end of the pe­riod, again on the pow­er­play, slip­ping the puck past Loan Reid who had taken over in nets and the end of the sec­ond pe­riod saw Sharks 3-2 ahead.

The fi­nal stanza saw Sol­way take charge of the play, Mc­Gre­gor open­ing the pe­riod with an unas­sisted ef­fort straight from the face­off to the back of the net in six sec­onds.

La­nark­shire did not give up and kept up their ef­forts, mak­ing Sol­way work for every puck, but the young Sharks kept their com­po­sure right to the end, when cap­tain Owen Rae scored from the blue­line to seal the deal, clos­ing the scor­ing at 44.56 from Thom­son and Mc­Gre­gor.

The fi­nal score was Sharks 5 Light­ning 2 and Jaiden Simp­son was man of the match for Sol­way.

As­sis­tant coach Liam Sten­ton said: “The team did a great job to­day, I was proud of them all.

“They re­mem­bered what we have been do­ing in train­ing and car­ried it into the game, show­ing the depth of talent we have in the team.

“They re­sponded to what they were told dur­ing the game and made a good La­nark­shire team work for their goals. We took our chances well when we got them and the coach­ing team is de­lighted with the win.”

Un­der 14s

Sun­day morn­ing saw La­nark­shire ar­rive with their un­der 14 and un­der 16 teams to carry on the week­end games.

The un­der 14s were out first, keen to fol­low the ex­am­ple set by the U12s.

The team started off pow­er­fully, U14s player of the match Jack­son Col­lett open­ing their ac­count with a fine unas­sisted shot from the blue­line af­ter only a minute and a half.

The team had barely stopped cel­e­brat­ing when To­mas Vy­rostek stretched the lead with an unas­sisted goal of his own a minute later, taking the score to 2-0.

La­nark­shire were work­ing hard as well and were quick to take their chance when pre­sented with a pow­er­play, mak­ing the score 2-1 Sharks. Af­ter some even play La­nark­shire man­aged an­other at the 10 minute mark and the first pe­riod ended 2-2.

Play con­tin­ued apace in the sec­ond pe­riod, Cassie Mc­Gre­gor with a quick goal in the sec­ond minute of play on the end of a Bai­ley Thom­son pass. La­nark­shire were quick to re­spond, claw­ing one back.

The young Sharks kept the tempo up, Kyle Car­ruth was next on the score­sheet from a Mc­Gre­gor pass. The rest of the sec­ond played out with end-to-end, flowing hockey but no fur­ther goals and the buzzer saw Sol­way 4-3 ahead.

Sol­way kept their in­ten­sity up as the third pe­riod started and were un­lucky to con­cede an early goal, La­nark­shire draw­ing even again.

Sol­way found re­serves of en­ergy and re­sumed their end to end at­tack­ing play and it was Car­ruth who put them back on the front foot with a pow­er­ful goal, Scott Kirkpatrick and Owen Rae work­ing clev­erly on the blue­line be­fore de­liv­er­ing the puck.

Re­gain­ing their mo­men­tum the Sharks kept up the at­tacks and min­utes later Kirkpatrick found Mc­Gre­gor in space and she made no mis­take in adding a lovely short-handed goal, mak­ing the score 6-4 to Sol­way.

There was no fur­ther scor­ing and the game fin­ished with the team tired but happy, Cassie Mc­Gre­gor was MVP for Sol­way.

Coach Gary Car­ruth said: “I think we are re­ally im­prov­ing as a team. We out worked La­nark­shire the whole game and were re­warded for it. Cassie set the bar for the team; she worked hard all over the ice.”

Un­der 16s

The U16s fol­lowed onto the ice, look­ing for a vic­tory of their own af­ter be­ing de­feated at La­nark­shire re­cently.

Sol­way were quick off the mark in the first pe­riod, Scott Rae lead­ing from the front and putting the team ahead with a splen­did unas­sisted goal af­ter merely a minute of play. La­nark­shire were very quick to re­spond, equal­is­ing within 30 sec­onds, two goals in the first two min­utes show­ing in­tent from both teams.

Hard and fast play fol­lowed, lots of ice cov­ered and nu­mer­ous at­tempts on both goals but no­body could break the deadlock and at the first break the score was Sol­way 1 La­nark­shire 1.

Sol­way were fast out of the traps again for the sec­ond pe­riod and again it was a Rae unas­sisted goal that beat the La­nark­shire net­min­der, mak­ing the score 2-1 to Sol­way.

La­nark­shire worked hard but were un­able to find a way past the Sharks de­fence and their workrate was more than matched all over the ice as Sol­way showed their de­ter­mi­na­tion.

De­spite dic­tat­ing the play, the Sharks found them­selves even again when La­nark­shire snatched an equal­is­ing goal in the 24th minute, against the run of play.

Sol­way were res­o­lute in their de­ter­mi­na­tion to get the win and threw ev­ery­thing into at­tack­ing the La­nark­shire net.

Rae struck again to take the lead, his hat-trick goal com­ing on the end of a smart Noah Kidd pass in the dy­ing sec­onds of the pe­riod to see Sol­way lead by three goals to two.

There was no respite for Sol­way in the third, as they re­fused to rest on their lau­rels with a one goal lead, con­tin­u­ing their hard work­ing per­for­mance, bat­tling to win every puck.

A slew of penal­ties for both teams saw pow­er­play op­por­tu­ni­ties but none were con­verted and the fi­nal pe­riod was goal­less.

At the end of the hard-fought game U12s man of the match Sol­way were 3-2 win­ners. Noah Kidd was man of the match for Sol­way.

Coach Car­ruth said: “We spoke about our poor per­for­mance a few weeks ago when we played La­nark­shire away and agreed that to­day only a win was go­ing to be ac­cept­able. Ev­ery­one worked hard to­day. We out­worked La­nark­shire and we got the re­sult in the end. I am proud of them all.”

Sol­way Sharks U16s team

Cassie Mc­Gre­gor

Jaiden Simp­son

Noah Kidd U16s man of the match.

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