It was another busy weekend of league competition for the Building Craftsmen Dumfries Solway Sharks, and one of mixed fortunes.
First up on Saturday night was a home game against league newcomers Widnes Wild. Not having met Wild before the Sharks got off to a cagey start, testing their opponents as they slowly took control of the game. They cemented their control at 17:08, Kieran Hair and Ruairi Lockerbie combining some neat passes to feed Scott Crane, who opened the scoring with a fine strike past Harrison Walker in the Wild net. The buzzer for the break followed swiftly, and the Sharks led by a single goal at the end of the first.
The second period saw the Sharks get an early advantage, their powerplay unit taking advantage of a Wild penalty to make the gap 2 after just two minutes of play, the always-dangerous line of Struan Tonnar, Iain Bowie and Scott Henderson moving the puck fast between them to beat the defenders, Henderson with the final rocket past Walker. Taking advantage Sharks struck again a minute later, Henderson feeding the puck to Christian Johnston on the blueline, who picked out Bowie in front of net, and once again Walker was beaten as Bowie coolly sent the puck to the back of the net to make it 3 goals to nil. The appreciative crowd at the Ice Bowl were kept entertained as Wild made the home team work hard, making their own forays into the Sharks end to test the defence and Calum Hepburn in the Solway net, but again it was a penalty that gave the Sharks the advantage. Shortly after the half-way point of the game the Sharks powerplay unit got into gear, Tonnar and Henderson working the puck to Liam Stenton in space, who shot over Walker to the top of the net, making the score Sharks 4 Wild 0 at 35:28. Play continued apace for the rest of the period, and the score stood at the second break.
The third stanza saw Sharks again with the man advantage, and they again made sure they used it, Stuart Kerr finding Callum Boyd in space, who picked out Kieran Hair who made no mistake with his finishing shot, and Sharks were a comfortable 5 goals ahead at 43:59. Sharks were dominant for most of the period, but Wild kept on playing and were rewarded with a goal of their own at 55:46, Lee Kemp the scorer from Liam Charnock and Chris Wilcox. Despite being on the penalty kill for the final 3 minutes of the game Sharks maintained the status quo, and the match finished with them 5-1 victors.
MoM went to Sharks #68 Callum Boyd and for Widnes Wild #21 Liam Charnock. Photo Credit Helen Hobbins Photography