The ju­niors play Bru­ins

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - MOTORS -

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.”

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