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Sheffield Scimitars


Solway Sharks

Date: 13/11/2021
Time: 4.00pm
Away Game
Location: Ice Sheffield

Match Report

Sharks Take Points in Double Delight

The Building Craftsman Dumfries Solway Sharks were away on the road last weekend.  With no home game at Dumfries Ice bowl, Saturday saw the team travel to Sheffield to take on Scimitars in the league, the teams last meeting seeing Sharks emerge 2-0 victors in the opening game of their season.

Sharks got off to a fast start, Liam Stenton passing to Peter Gapa who slid the puck to Scott Crane on a breakaway, who shot past James Hadfield in Scimitars’ net for the opening goal after a mere 41 seconds of play.  With confidence up Sharks took the game to Sheffield, who didn’t make it easy for them and put up determined resistance to Sharks continued offensive play.  It was a powerplay opportunity that saw Sharks double their advantage, Gapa feeding Callum Boyd the puck from the boards, Boyd taking off at speed and giving Hadfield no chance – Sharks 2 goals up after 11 minutes.  Scimitars took advantage of a Sharks penalty to draw one back at 14:09, Warren Tait beating Sharks’ Calum Hepburn with a back door shot, assisted by Thomas Palmer and Vladimir Luka. With Hepburn working hard in Sharks net there was no further scoring, and the first break saw the score at Scimitars 1 Sharks 2.

Sharks got the second off to a similarly fast start, taking advantage of another powerplay, Ross Murray passing to Boyd who set up Gapa, his initial shot saved by Hadfield before Gapa tapped the rebound into the net at 21:42. Momentum had swung back in Sharks favour and they added another at 25:15, Boyd passing to Stuart Kerr who picked out Liam Stenton on the hashmarks, his shot going behind Hadfield to make it 4.  The good spell of pressure continued to be fruitful, Murray sending Boyd and captain Struan Tonnar on a 2-on-1 breakaway, Boyd passing to Tonnar who slipped the puck under Hadfield to make it 5 at 28:07.  Some more even-handed play saw out the reminder of the period, and the end of the second period saw the score at Scimitars 1 Sharks 5.

The final stanza saw some good spells of play for both teams, with some notable pressure from Scimitars early on, and there were credible attempts on goal which saw both netminders called into action.  There was no further scoring and the game finished Scimitars 1 Sharks 5, and Liam Stenton was man of the match for Sharks.

Coach Martin Grubb commented, “I thought we played a good road game especially coming in with 12 skaters against a team who always seem to know how to score. We got off to the best possible start with a goal in the first shift and we then went on to dominate the first two periods. We started to tire a little in the third, but our game management was good, and we managed to shut the game down and ensure we got the two points we wanted. It is never easy to play short, but the boys showed their character and determination to get the job done and it was a pleasing result.”

Solway Sharks MoM#10  Liam Stenton. Photo Credit Helen Hobbins Photography



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