The juniors play Bruins
Solway Sharks’ juniors headed to Ayr to take on the Bruins on Saturday evening.
Fast on to the ice the Sharks drew first blood, Kyle Carruth opening the scoring after two minutes from Jackson Collett, followed seconds later by Scott Kirkpatrick from Cassie McGregor.
Ayr rallied and soon countered with a goal of their own.
Some more even play followed before Solway turned up the tempo, McGregor taking advantage of a powerplay to score from Faith Coughtrie before Bailey Thomson followed with an unassisted goal.
Ayr fought back to manage another before the break and the end of the first period saw the Sharks with a comfortable 4-2 lead.
The second period saw the Bruins grab a goal in the first minute, only to see McGregor send an Ajay Turner pass into the net seconds later to restore the gap.
Niall Duignan added another for Solway, taking advantage of a powerplay for an unassisted goal before McGregor struck for her hat-trick, from newbie Rory Voss, again on the powerplay.
Kyle Carruth added a short-handed unassisted effort just before the buzzer and the Sharks ended the middle period 8-3 ahead.
The Bruins struck first in the final period but the Sharks weren’t finished, the Carruth brothers Kyle and Taylor combining for a goal, the latter scoring from the slot with what would be the final goal.
The score sat at Bruins 4 Sharks 9 and Rory Voss was the man of the match for Solway.
Coach Gary Carruth said: “We made a few errors in both ends but overall I was happy. We rested some guys to give some other under-12s a run out and they held their own well.
“This was only Rory’s second game. His first was last week and even in a week he looked to have Rory Voss and Kyle Carruth improved. He always looked to try to do the things we go over in practice and that’s what we’re looking for, so credit to him.”
The under-16s were next, keen to follow their clubmates to victory.
Solway took an early lead, Tony Ho scoring from Jake Gordon. The Bruins hit back with an equaliser on the powerplay, only to see Kyle Carruth restore the lead from Scott Rae.
The score seesawed back to level seconds before the buzzer, the end of the period seeing the teams at 2-2.
The second period saw Solway look stronger, Carruth scoring with a fine unassisted effort, a feat he followed up a few minutes later for his hat-trick, assisted this time by Niall Duignan.
The Bruins were keen to get into the game but the Sharks had most of the play and kept them contained.
Captain Scott Rae got the Sharks’ fifth, assisted by Jack Little, and going into the second period break the score sat at Bruins 2 Sharks 5.
There was no further scoring from Solway in the third, although Ayr snatched one back against the run of play.
The final score was Bruins 3 Sharks 5 and Kyle Carruth was man of the match for Solway.
Coach Carruth said: “It’s not a nice place. It’s small and the ice is terrible. We should’ve dominated all game with the talent we have but we didn’t.
“We need to be less selfish with the puck and we didn’t finish hard on the chances we had.
“At the back we need to be more alert. We didn’t clear the net, we didn’t breakout the zone with any real determination and we gifted them three goals and that might have been more if Josh hadn’t played as well in the net.
“Kyle was our best player. He calmed things down, controlled the puck and gave a mature performance. All our effective offense came through him.”
Man of match awards