SNL Play-Off Quarter Final – 2nd Leg
Sunday saw Wild come to the ice bowl for the return fixture, and again The Building Craftsmen Dumfries Solway Sharks were the dominant team, although Wild were determined not to make it easy for them. After a spell of back and forth play Scott Henderson was first to find the net, taking a pass from Peter Gapa and slotting it home at 7:58. There were numerous chances at both ends of the ice throughout the rest of the first period to keep the crowd entertained, but no further scoring, and the first break saw the Sharks with a 1 – 0 advantage.
The second saw the Sharks on the offensive again, Kyle Horne finding Iain Bowie who found Viktor Nestrasil who found the net for the second at 22:34. A few minutes later Nestrasil and Bowie combined again, the former with the final strike to make it 3 – 0. Towards the end of the period there was another, Nestrasil with his third at 38:52, on the end of smart passes from Bowie and Scott Rae. Going into the second break the score sat at Sharks 4 Wild 0.
A quieter start to the third period saw Wild contain the Sharks for a spell, and the play went from end to end. It was as the end of the game approached that the next goal came, Horne taking advantage of a powerplay and sending the puck to Steven Adams who found Bowie who found the net at 57:05. Marcus Murdoch scored the last goal of the game at 58:50, from Nestrasil. The final score was 6 -0 (aggregate 17 -0) to Sharks. Kyle Horne was Sharks’ man of the match.
Afterwards coach Martin Grubb told us, “The build up to this game was a little different and felt strange given the current situation everyone finds themselves in, and add to that an 11 goal lead it was easy to see why we never hit top gear. We dominated possession all game and created some good chances while limiting their chances and again we scored some nice goals and we were able to roll our whole roster to make sure everyone tasted playoff hockey and we got the job done. It wasn’t our greatest performance but it was important to make sure we won the game comfortably and reward our supporters as they were great all weekend both home and away and we wanted to qualify for the final four weekend for them.”
Due to the current Covid 19 situation EIHA and SIHA have cancelled all competitive ice hockey for the remainder of the season, so Sharks will not be fulfilling the remainder of their season.
Below Photo: Solway Sharks man of the match #5 Kyle Horne and North Ayrshire Wild man of the match #1 John Russell. Photo credit to Helen Hobbins Photography.
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