Year: 2019

Matchday Information – Hawks V Solway Sharks

Tonight your Blackburn Hawks will be hoping to put an end to Solway’s unbeaten run in what promises to be a feisty encounter.

This evening we welcome 540 families from the following schools:
Rishton Methodist Primary
Griffin Park Primary
Longshaw Juniors
Sacred Heart Primary
Gisburn Primary
Turton & Edgworth Primary
St Mary’s Primary

Don’t forget, if your school or community group would like a visit from the Hawks, please email Chris on chris-riley2011@hotmail.co.uk

Here’s all the information you need ahead of the game:

Doors Open: 4.45pm Face-off: 5.30pm Ticket prices:

Adults – £10.00 Concessions – £7.50 Children – £5.50 (4 years to 15 years) Family – £26.00 (2 adults and 2 children)

Entry for the Game

This season your Blackburn Hawks will be providing a fast track entry lane for all season ticket holders and pre-paid ticket holders from doors open for approximately 15 minutes. This will be on the shop side of the entrance area and will be stewarded.

We hope this assists fans who have purchased tickets in advance a more convenient and faster way of entry into the arena.

Bar and Café Areas

The rink bars will be open all evening long.

The rink café, hot dog stand and Tea bar will be open serving hot and cold food and beverages.

50/50 Draw

Our regular draw will once again be back, with one lucky winner each week taking home a huge cash prize. Tickets cost just £1 and are available from our roving sellers.   They will be easily identified in their match night uniforms so keep your eye out for them.

Shirt Off the Player’s Back

For just £2 a ticket you could win Petr Valusiak’s game worn jersey, with the bonus that Petr will present the jersey to the winner after the game on the ice. Tickets will be available from the roving seller.

Chuck-a-Puck

Get your pucks next to the hot dog stand, head to the DJ stand after the second period and aim for the centre of the rink to win yourself a great prize!

Hawks in the Community – Update

We are constantly telling you all about our community project. Why don’t you read the thoughts of one of our partner schools……

LYNNE MARTIN, St Matthews Primary School, Blackburn – ‘We invited Blackburn Hawks in to deliver an assembly at St Matthews Primary School in Blackburn.

The assembly was a huge hit with children and staff. Everyone was talking about it for the rest of the week.

Chris delivers a fun, interactive and insightful presentation. We can’t recommend this enough’

Chris has been busy over the last 2 weeks visiting 5 Primary Schools throughout Lancashire.

He was accompanied by Aaron Davies at Longshaw Primary School and by Ollie Lomax who went back to his old school, Meadowhead Junior School.

This Sunday we welcome 540 families from the following schools for our game against Solway.
Rishton Methodist Primary
Griffin Park Primary – Blackburn
Longshaw Juniors – Blackburn
Sacred Heart Primary – Blackburn
Gisburn Primary – Clitheroe
Turton & Edgworth Primary – Bolton
St Mary’s Primary – Oswaldtwistle

Don’t forget, if your school or community group would like a visit from the Hawks, email Chris at chris-riley2011@hotmail.co.uk

Match Report – Hawks V Solihull Barons

Line up: Hawks 16+2 Barons 17+2

Netminders: Hawks Harrison Walker, Solihull Sam Hewitt

Referee: Roy Hamilton 

The Hawks welcomed the Solihull Barons to Planet Ice Blackburn for and NIHL N morth 1 encounter as Hawks sought to wreak revenge for last week’s 6-4 away defeat.

The fans are treated to some thrilling end to end play from the face off with some heroic saves from Hawks’ 17 year old shot-stopper Harrison Walker.  The Barons pepper Harrison’s net with shots a plenty.  Matthew Maurice skates around Hawks defence far too easily and whips in a lifted shot that finds the top of the net.

Goal: Blackburn Hawks 0-1 SOLIHULL BARONS. 4 minutes 57 seconds

With 10 minutes remaining in the first Barons are given too much space and coast into the final third.  Barons give Hawks no respite and bear down on Harrison. He is drawn wide to his right post allowing a pass to the slot can be fired home by Barons’ Callum Bowley.

Goal: Blackburn Hawks 0-2 SOLIHULL BARONS. 13 minutes 37 seconds

Hawk’s Lee Pollitt takes Barons’ netminder Sam Hewitt on one-on-one with a dangerous lifted shot but it’s too wide.  He again shows promising play feeding James Riddoch the puck in front of crease. He tips the puck in but Hewitt drops to his pads to save.  Hewitt denies him for a third time as he shoots from short range in front of net.

Just as the Hawks seem to have stepped things up up a gear there’s a delayed penalty against James Riddoch as he takes 2 minutes in the penalty box for tripping giving the Barons a power play.  The Barons work the puck well around Hawks and don’t take long to create gaps in Hawks defence. Baron’s Thomas Soar finds the top shelf from the face off spot to Harrison’s right.

Power Play Goal: Blackburn Hawks 0-3 SOLIHULL BARONS. 19 minutes 7 seconds

End of first: Blackburn Hawks 0-3 Solihull Barons

Hawks show some great communication and well worked play from the start of the second perios and pepper the goal with shots.  All three attempts come close but are somehow kept out.  The Barons counter-attack quickly but Hawks’ Alternate Captain Craig Lutkevitch does just enough to put off former Hawk Adam Brittle and break down Barons’ play.

Hawks do well to keep Barons at the edges of their defensive zone but the danger is not cleared and Barons manage to work the puck into the slot where a waiting #79 snipes the puck home.

Goal: Blackburn Hawks 0-4 SOLIHULL BARONS. 24 minutes 32 seconds

Hawks strike back almost immediately. Valusiak approaches goal and Hewitt drops to his pads. Petr circles round the back of net and fires the puck over Hewitt to notch up a goal for the Hawks.

GOAL! BLACKBURN HAWKS 1-4 Solihull Barons. 24 minutes 56 seconds

Petr comes close to doubling Hawks score as Barons are caught scrambling but the puck is kept out.  James Riddoch takes a 2 minute penalty for holding resulting in boos from the Hawks crowd).

Hawks defenseman Ethan Mayoh makes a solid block in front of net to deny the Barons.  He makes a hit but with the Baron already on the way down Hamilton classes it as boarding. He takes a 2+10 minute penalty and the Barons are again 5 on 4.  Barons out-pace the Hawks as Maurice fires in a powerful shot that has Harrison beat.

Goal: Blackburn Hawks 1-5 SOLIHULL BARONS. 29 minutes 9 seconds

Hawks change their net minder to Niks Trapans.  The Barons look dangerous on the attack and hit Hawks where it hurts. Former Hawk Phil Mulcahy skates in to the edge of the crease, flicks the puck high and it’s in off the cross bar.

Goal: Blackburn Hawks 1-6 SOLIHULL BARONS. 30 minutes 37 seconds

Barons challenge again but a pad save from Traps keeps them on 6.  Frustration boils over and Hawks’ Aaron Davies receives a 2+2+10 for a late hit and Barons are 5 on 4 for 4 minutes

Petr makes a great solo attacking effort short handed but can’t unleash a threatening shot at the end.  Hawks work the puck well between them with one less man to keep Barons at bay.  The puck makes its way to a waiting #17 from behind the net and his accurate one timer passes Traps by.

Goal: Blackburn Hawks 1-7 SOLIHULL BARONS. 36 minutes 2 seconds

Hawks’ Valusiak is shoulder to shoulder with Solihull’s David Rogers at the face off and Rogers takes offence. He slashes Petr and tempers rise.  Both players come together but nothing more than words are exchanged.  Barons Rogers sees the box as he takes a 2 minute penalty for slashing giving the Hawks their first power play.

Lee Pollitt passes round the boards in the final third but Neil is not set at the point and the puck is cleared on Barons’ behalf.  Hawks work the puck well until Solihull’s Niklas Ottoson falls and sits on it.  Hawks win the resulting face off to Hewitt’s right and local lad James Royds wastes no time firing the puck on goal. It beats Hewitt to make the back of the net bulge.

POWER PLAY GOAL! BLACKBURN HAWKS 2-7 Solihull Barons. 38 minutes 17 seconds

Barons return to full strength. Hawks come again but Barons clear.  James Neil claims the puck and controls it well under pressure

End of second:Blackburn Hawks 2-7 Solihull Barons

From the third period puck drop Thomas Soar can’t connect in front of net and the puck crosses the blue line to Hawks advantage.  He doesn’t make the same mistake again as he one times the puck passed in from a team mate. His short range shot ends up in the top of the net.

Goal: Blackburn Hawks 2-8 SOLIHULL BARONS. 41 minutes exactly

Barons’ Marcus Maynard takes a 2 minute penalty for holding for Hawks’ second power play of the game but Hawks are almost immediately in trouble as Barons look to break. Lee Pollitt chases back to prevent Barons getting very far.  With two Barons against netminder Niks Trapans the goal seems inevitable but Barons’ one-two pass is poor as is the finish which goes wide

Barons return to full strength and #91 scores an incredible goal as he skates behind net, picks the puck up on the tip of his stick and places it back handed into the top of the net.

Goal: Blackburn Hawks 2-9 SOLIHULL BARONS. 49 minutes 1 second

Barons use their pace to leave Hawks in the dust.  Niks Trapans a great pad save at full stretch to deny the Barons but they look comfortable and untroubled on the puck. Ronnie Grimes plays well out from the back setting Corey Lee going forwards.  He looks for the return pass in the final third but Corey is surrounded by red shirts and the puck doesn’t reach Ronnie.  Barons Soar and Ottoson combine well for a clinical 1-2 pass through three Hawks defenders. #79 pulls the trigger for Barons’ tenth goal.

Goal: Blackburn Hawks 2-10 SOLIHULL BARONS. 53 minutes 14 seconds

Final score: Blackburn Hawks 2-10 Solihull Barons

MVPs:

Solihull Barons – #79 Thomas Soar

Blackburn Hawks – #79 Petr Valusiak

Matchday Information – Hawks V Solihull Barons

This evening we will be welcoming the Solihull Barons at Planet Ice Blackburn in the NIHL N1 Moralee League game and Hawks are hoping wreak revenge for their loss at Solihull last Sunday.

Former Hawks Daniel and Adam Brittle, and Phil Mulcahy will return to Blackburn ice for what should be a thrilling encounter if last Sunday’s Match is anything to go by with end to end action before 2 sucker punches were dealt to the Hawks at the very end of the match.

Here’s all the information you need ahead of the game:

Doors Open: 4.45pm Face-off: 5.30pm Ticket prices:

Adults – £10.00 Concessions – £7.50 Children – £5.50 (4 years to 15 years) Family – £26.00 (2 adults and 2 children)

Entry for the Game

This season your Blackburn Hawks will be providing a fast track entry lane for all season ticket holders and pre-paid ticket holders from doors open for approximately 15 minutes. This will be on the shop side of the entrance area and will be stewarded.

We hope this assists fans who have purchased tickets in advance a more convenient and faster way of entry into the arena.

Bar and Café Areas

The rink bars will be open all evening long.

The rink café, hot dog stand and Tea bar will be open serving hot and cold food and beverages.

50/50 Draw

Our regular draw will once again be back, with one lucky winner each week taking home a huge cash prize. Tickets cost just £1 and are available from our roving sellers.   They will be easily identified in their match night uniforms so keep your eye out for them.

Shirt Off the Player’s Back

For just £2 a ticket you could win Craig Lutkevitch’s game worn jersey, with the bonus that Luco will present the jersey to the winner after the game on the ice. Tickets will be available from the roving seller.

Chuck-a-Puck

Get your pucks next to the hot dog stand, head to the DJ stand after the second period and aim for the centre of the rink to win yourself a great prize!

Hawks Community Spotlight

This week has been a busy one for our Community Development Manager Chris Riley. Chris has visited 4 schools to deliver assemblies – Griffin Park, Rishton Methodist, Turton & Edgworth and Sacred Heart. At Griffin Park he was accompanied by Aaron Davies who told the children all about his career in hockey and how it feels to be Hawks all time leading scorer, and Harvey was also in attendance!

This Sunday we welcome over 500 families to the Arena for the game against the Solihull Barons. The families will be representing the following schools:

BLACKBURN – St Matthews, St Thomas C of E Primary, St Anne’s RC Primary, St Mary & St Joseph’s RC Primary & St Aidans C of E Primary

DARWEN – Avondale Primary, St Edwards RC Primary & Lower Darwen Primary

RISHTON – St Charles RC Primary

ACCRINGTON – St Nicholas C of E Primary

If you have contacts at a primary school or community group in Lancashire and would like a visit from the Hawks, please email chris-riley2011@hotmail.co.uk

Own & Loan Shirt Scheme Update

Would you like to own the shirt of your favourite Hawks player, and watch with pride as he wears that very shirt for the duration of the season? A selection of shirts are still available, which could be presented to you at the End of Season Presentation Evening.

Each jersey will cost £80.00 each which you will loan to the player to use until the end of the season.

If you would like to apply for a jersey on the Blackburn Hawks 2019-2020 Own and Loan scheme please register your interest by sending an email to blackburn@planet-ice.co.uk stating in the subject line: (Players Name), (Home Match Jersey) or (Away Match Jersey).

You will then be contacted by email to request payment.

Payment must be made within 48 hours of the payment request otherwise the shirt will become available for purchase again.

Solihull Barons V Hawks – Match Report

Hawks line up 13+2, Solihull Barons 17+2

The Blackburn Hawks travelled to the midlands with a depleted team on Sunday for an NIHL North 1 clash with the Solihull Barons, hoping for a positive result against a side hotly tipped to be in the running to pick up some silverware this season.

With less than a minute played the Barons used pace to draw Hawks defence and their netminder Harrison Walker wide. As the puck was passed across the face of goal former Hawk Adam Brittle slotted the puck home behind Harrison’s back.

SOLIHULL BARONS 1-0 Blackburn Hawks

The goal sparked Hawks to seek revenge as Hawks’ recent signing Ethan Mayoh passed the puck out to Jared Dickinson who fired from the slot to find the top corner of the net to even the score.

Solihull Barons 1-1 BLACKBURN HAWKS

After continuous end to end play Hawks claimed the puck in the neutral zone and James Royds, set up by new signing Corey Lee, fired a huge slap shot from the slot to back of the net giving Blackburn the lead to take into the second period, but were left a man short after Jared Dickinson was sent to the penalty box for 2 minutes for interference. The referee also handed Dickinson a 10 minute misconduct penalty following a discussion where Jared vented his frustration.

Solihull Barons 1-2 BLACKBURN HAWKS

The Hawks travelling faithful were treated to some heroic saves from netminder Harrison before Barons’ persistance paid off as Marcus Maynard sailed into Hawks’ defensive zone down the right wing. After cutting in towards goal, he nutmegged Harrison with a cracking goal to even the scores once more.

SOLIHULL BARONS 2-2 Blackburn Hawks

After a time out was called to cool frayed tempers, the Barons won the face off and took the puck to the other face off circle. A shot from Solihull’s Tom Soar hit Harrison and continued in off his body giving the Barons the lead again.

SOLIHULL BARONS 3-2 Blackburn Hawks

In a comeback from the Hawks, Lee Pollitt fired a tape to tape pass to Ronnie Grimes in front of the far post. Ronnie responded, and making no mistake, sniped the shot home to level up at 3 a piece.

Solihull Barons 3-3 BLACKBURN HAWKS

Again, both sets of fans were treated to plenty of end to end play as the Barons counter attack quickly. Richard Slater fired the puck into the right of the net for the Midlands outfit.

SOLIHULL BARONS 4-3 Blackburn Hawks

Petr Valusiak soon evened things up for Blackburn. As Hawks made a quick attack of their own. James Neil flew over the blue line but went wide of the near post and dropped the puck back to Petr. Petr whipped the puck in and, although it caught a bit of Danny Brittles leg, it was enough to cross the goal line.

Solihull Barons 4-4 BLACKBURN HAWKS

Sadly it just wasn’t Blackburn’s night though as the Barons netted a 5th from Thomas Soar then a 6th from ex-Hawk Adam Brittle to snatch the victory.

Barons up the ante and take it back to Hawks. Petr lands a big hit on a Baron who goes into the boards and Petr and Barons’ Elliott Perrin drop the gloves. Petr takes a 2+2+2 penalty for boarding and fighting . Perrin takes a 2+2 for fighting

With the Barons on a power play they break into the final third and take a quick powerful shot from the face off circle to Harrison’s right. It’s over his shoulder and into the top corner.

SOLIHULL BARONS 5-4 Blackburn Hawks

Barons don’t let up and strike again quickly. Addy Brittle drags the puck across crease and around Harrison to slot the puck home inside the far post.

SOLIHILL BARONS 6-4 Blackburn Hawks

Final score Solihull Barons 6-4 Blackburn Hawks

MVPs:
Blackburn Hawks – #32 Harrison Walker
Solihull Barons – #26 Adam Brittle

James Neil’s Blackburn side are sure to be fired up to seek a revenge win when the Barons come to Blackburn Arena for a Midland Cup Match this Sunday. Doors open 4:45, Face off 5:30

Hawks V Widnes Wild – Match Report

NIHL Midland Cup

Hawks line up: 14+2 – Widnes Wild line up: 13+2

Netminders: Hawks Niks Trapans – Widnes Wild Philip Pearson

The puck drops… Lee Pollitt makes the first impact in the game with a lifted shot saved by Pearson’s blocker. Hawks are the attacking team as James Riddoch tries to find Joe Greaves in the slot from the far corner. Wild intercept and pass the puck quickly up the ice and have a one on one with Niks but the eventual shot is across the face of goal rather than at it and is dealt with easily by Traps. Jack Murray clears from the crease to find Royds on the right. Pearson drops to his pads to deny him. It’s end to end hockey but neither team can create a real chance.

James Neil plays the puck out from the back to Petr Valusiak who passes up to Aaron Davies who unleashes a big slap shot from wide right which rebounds high after a stick save. Hawks come again as the trio of Tom Revesz, Corey Lee and Ronnie Grimes surge towards Pearson. The puck is loose between bodies as the three pass the puck between them but Wild can’t get a hold of it. Ronnie takes the opportunity to slot the puck home.

GOAL! BLACKBURN HAWKS 1-0 Widnes Wild. 6 minutes 38 seconds

Hawks maintain momentum and look the more dangerous team. A pass out from behind Pearson’s net falls to James Royds on the edge of the crease. His short range shot rebounds off the post. Wild don’t have any respite as Hawks take control again

Petr and Aaron play an effective 1-2 to wrong foot Pearson and Aaron Davies doubles Hawks’ score.

GOAL! BLACKBURN HAWKS 2-0 Widnes Wild. 9 minutes 37 seconds

Wild step up to the Hawks challenge and challenge themselves. Craig Lutkevitch takes a 2 minute penalty for slashing putting the Wild on a power play and Hawks clear the puck and chase.

Lee Pollitt and James Riddoch battle at the corner to Pearson’s left and hold the puck up for a number of seconds. Wild claim the puck and push into the neutral zone, that is until they come face to face with James Neil who takes the puck and pushes back, controlling the puck to count the time down. Hawks play well short handed and return to full strength unscathed

Ronnie flies up the left wing and takes the puck round the back of Pearson’s net. Unluckily he can’t find a fellow Hawk. Tom Revesz goes solo into the final third and although he controls the puck well he’s crowded out. Wild take possession at the back boards in their own zone and Petr resorts to slashing, Taking a 2 minute penalty in the process. Wild have the one man advantage at 5 on 4. Wild set up around Hawks but a sloppy pass is latched onto by Pollitt who goes coast to coast but his eventual shot is high over the cross bar. It spurs Hawks on though as they continue good attacking play short handed until the buzzer goes signalling the end of the first period.

End of first: Blackburn Hawks 2-0 Widnes Wild

The second period gets underway with neither team taking full control in the first seconds but Hawks are still short handed. Just as Hawks return to full strength, Wild’s Matt Tarpey takes a 2 minute penalty for holding. Hawks make a slow start with the extra man and Wild clear but Hawks get more on the ball and set up around Wild. Petr makes a huge shot from centre ice and the rebound sits in front of an empty net but Wild pounce on it before Hawks do. Hawks regain possession and Aaron is caught in the face with a slapshot which then pings off the crossbar. Aaron leaves the ice to have his injury tended to.

Joe Greaves takes his turn for a slap shot from the blue line. Pearson spills a rebound and James Neil is in the right place at the right time to put the puck away.

GOAL! BLACKBURN HAWKS 3-0 Widnes Wild. 22 minutes 54 seconds

Wild return to 5 skaters but Hawks remain the team on top as we see more long range shots but Pearson deals with them well. The Wild pressure Hawks well and work a shot from in front of Traps’ goal but it pings off the cross bar.

The puck is turned over a couple of times as neither team can stamp their authority on play. Davies returns to the bench in shirt number 33 as James Riddoch and Lee Pollitt play a creative 1-2 and Lee tries a back hand shot but it’s into Pearson’s chest. Royds and Pollitt link up well on the offensive but Lee has to battle 3 Wild players for the puck. The puck is released to Jared Dickinson at point whose shot is just wide of the far post and Hawks come agonisingly close again as Royds, at the top of the crease, hits the post.

Traps gets no rest making save after save and crossing the goal mouth to deny Wild at the near post as they have a brace of shots on goal. Luco makes a big hit at the boards and Wild’s Tarpey takes offence. They drop the gloves but the ‘fight’ consists of Luco throwing one punch and Matt Tarpey seeing the ice. Both players take 2+2 for roughing

The commotion works in Wild’s favour as the re-set quicker than Hawks and strike immediately. Wild’s Shaun Dippnall needs no assist as he finds the back of the net.

Goal: Blackburn Hawks 3-1 WIDNES WILD. 33 minutes 39 seconds

Wild draw the puck across the blue line and whip in a fast paced shot but Traps is on his toes and holds onto it. Hawks win the resulting face off and Aaron Davies breaks away. The puck stays just in front of him down the ice and he can’t really get it under control. Both teams return to 5 with 2 minutes remaining in the second period.

Hawks make their presence felt in the final third but Wild defend well. Ronnie fires in a short range attempt on goal but Pearson makes a pad save. Traps hugs his post at the other end of the ice to deny a Wild wrap around. With 11 seconds left of the second period, Hawks strike late. Davies on the left wing finds Petr powering forwards to his right. A shove in the back doesn’t deter Petr and he shoots at Pearson. An initial save sees the rebound fall straight back to Petr who makes no mistake second time around 11 seconds before the end of the second period.

GOAL! BLACKBURN HAWKS 4-1 Widnes Wild. 39 minutes 49 seconds.

End of second: Blackburn Hawks 4-1 Widnes Wild

As the third period gets underway Hawks push up the ice early but the puck is held against the boards in the corner by the defence. The ref blows his whistle for a face off in Wild’s zone and Hawks win it and pass well between them but Wild keep them at bay. Ethan Mayoh passes the puck goal wards from the far point. He finds Davies at the post and with a quick turn he takes a shot. It’s straight into Pearson’s pads for an easy save. Hawks continue from where they left off in the second period as Tom Revesz feeds Corey Lee the puck as he flies into the final third. A whipped in shot on one leg beats Pearson to male the back of the net bulge.

GOAL! BLACKBURN HAWKS 5-1 Widnes Wild. 42 minutes 36 seconds

Wild take a bench penalty for too many men leaving Hawks at 5 on 4. Theres some great passing play between Ethan, Rids and Pollitt but the 4th pass cross the blue line and Hawks clear on Wild’s behalf. Hawks keep up the tempo with well communicated team play but Wild clear and chase. Traps comes out of his net to claim the puck and holds his ground well.

Wild return to 5 skaters as Hawks still appear as if they’re on the power play and are still camped out on the final third when Joe Greaves’ shot is blocked and Wild’s Peter Toth’s foot suffers. It’s all Wild can do to keep defending as Hawks pepper Pearson with shots but the Wild manage to get out of their own zone and into Hawks’. Wild are called for offside but Hawks can’t keep control on the attack and Wild counter-attack. A 2 on 1 against Jared Dickinson is tough to deal with but Jared, with Traps, evens the numbers and keep the puck out.

Joe Greaves falls awkwardly and comes up injured, and he makes his way to the bench. Manages to keep out shots from Royds and Grimes Jnr who both make well aimed shots on goal. Ronnie tries again with a straight and true shot from point but Pearson makes a glove save.

Wild’s Sam Anderson takes a 2 minute penalty for hooking putting Hawks on the power play with 3 minutes 30 seconds remaining in the third period. Hawks set up around Wild and Petr shoots from centre blue line and Pearson spills the rebound. Wild are again surrounded. Pollitt fires a shot in which clips Ryan Kemp’s ear. Wild return to 5 skaters and Ronnie Grimes sets up Craig Lutkevitch who powers the puck in. Pearson gets something on it but it’s not enough to stop it for Hawks’ sixth.

GOAL! BLACKBURN HAWKS 6-1 Widnes Wild. 58 minutes 49 seconds

Again Ronnie comes close to finding the back of the net with a wicked shot to Pearson’s left. The net minder does well to keep it out. The remaining minute plays itself out and the buzzer goes for the end of the match.

Final score: Blackburn Hawks 6-1 Widnes Wild

MVPs: Blackburn Hawks – #37 Ronnie Grimes Jr, Widnes Wild – #30 Philip Pearson
 

Photos courtesy of Thomas Foy

Sutton Sting V Hawks – Match Report

NIHL Midland Cup

Hawks line up: 15+2 – Sutton Sting line up: 15+2

Netminders: Hawks Harrison Walker – Sutton Sting Ben Ward

Face off takes place and Sting look very dangerous in front of net right from the start. There’s a face-off to Harrison Walker’s right and Aaron Davies surges over the blue line and unleashes a slap shot. It’s off Ben Ward’s pad but Petr Valusiak, on Davies’ tail, follows up with top shelfer which unsettles Ward’s water bottle.

GOAL! Sutton Sting 0-1 BLACKBURN HAWKS. 11 minutes 33 seconds

Stings Scott Morris takes a 2-minute penalty for tripping leaving the Hawks on a power play but Sutton defend well to keep the puck out of Ward’s net. Sting return to 5 skaters. James Riddoch is set up going forwards and controls the puck well in front of the net. He draws the puck wide but Ward follows him well and protects his 5 hole. There’s a face-off to Ward’s left with 15 seconds remaining in the first. Sting take possession of the puck at the back but only get as far as Harrison’s blue line before the buzzer goes. End of First: Sutton Sting 0-1 Blackburn Hawks As the second period begins Hawks need to step it up a gear if they’re to remain in front and still challenge in the third period.

Hawks maintain possession in the final third but are kept to the edges and Sting take possession. Harrison makes a great glove save after the Sting fly up the ice and immediately challenge with a top corner shot. Hawks take their turn to attack as Aaron Davies crosses the blue line but his back pass intended for point is easily intercepted by Sting who break through Hawks defense and it’s left to Harrison to keep Hawks ahead. Craig Luketvitch stays strong at the back and poke checks well to slow Sting down. Hawks are playing well short-handed with Petr and then Pollitt with the puck in the final third to tick down the penalty clock. Hawks return to full strength after a very well dealt with penalty kill. Sting #14 takes a 2-minute penalty for slashing so the Hawks are 5 on 4. They spend a good minute in the final third and pass well between each other. Hawks do everything but score as Sting return to 5 skaters. James Riddoch takes a 2-minute penalty for tripping and Sting don’t give up and despite a Hawks defenceman sliding across the slot a shot from Cameron Glasby from the centre zone makes the back of Harrison’s net bulge.

Goal: SUTTON STING 1-1 Blackburn Hawks 30 minutes 56 seconds

Lee Pollitt and Stings Scott Morris both take a 2 minute penalty for tripping so play is now 4 on 4. Hawks attack but Sting soon turn the puck over catching Hawks off guard and high up the ice. Sting’s Ben Lowe is one on one with Harrison and deftly lifts the puck into the roof of the net.

Goal: SUTTON STING 2-1 Blackburn Hawks. 31 minutes 46 seconds

Hawks try to fight back but Sting have woken up in the second half of the second period. Hawks were punished severely for taking their foot off the gas but seem back to determined attacking play. Neither team keeps hold of the puck for very long as it passes through the neutral zone both way. Ronnie Grimes picks Sting’s pocket in the neutral zone but is a tad too zealous pushing the puck forwards and he can’t get back to it. Hawks come under pressure from Sting for a good few minutes while Sting pepper the goal with shots and the puck bounces round like a pin ball. Harrison does incredibly well to keep it out. It isn’t for long though as Sting keep firing the puck in. This time from the blue line and #25’s powerful shot beats Hawks’ last line of defense.

Goal: SUTTON STING 3-1 Blackburn Hawks. 37 minutes 42 seconds

Tempers are raised and players come together as Lee Pollitt and Sting’s Ben Lowe drop the gloves. Lee loses his helmet but Lowe keeps his on – it’s just as well as Lee lands punch after punch. He takes a few himself before the referees break it up. There’s blood on the ice so the decision is made to finish the second period at 17 minutes 42 seconds. The penalties following he fight are confirmed as 2+2+10 for fighting for both Pollitt and Lowe. Craig Lutkevitch also takes a 10-minute misconduct.

End of second: Sutton Sting 3-1 Blackburn Hawks

The rest of the 2nd period commences after the break and Joe and Petr link up well to trouble Sting. Joe takes a shot from the slot but takes his time about it allowing Sting to block it and that’s the official end to the second period Hawks win the face-off for the third period and attack but Sting ice the puck. Sting have a go on the offensive but are shut down quickly by Hawks. Joe challenges Ward with a big slap shot but again it’s saved. Hawks keep possession and their presence felt in the final third. Riddoch feeds Corey Lee at centre blue line and the puck flies past Ward.

GOAL! Sutton Sting 3-2 BLACKBURN HAWKS. 42 minutes 16 seconds

Hawks keep Sting under threat as Corey makes his way in front of net and fires on Ward. He saves but the puck is loose. Riddoch charges in to one time the rebound but Ward holds on to it Sting attack quickly and Jack Murray finds himself on the wrong side of a 2 on 1. The puck is passed across Harrison’s net and Ryan Johnson fires the puck home.

Goal: SUTTON STING 4-2 Blackburn Hawks. 43 minutes 57 seconds

It’s end to end hockey with both teams playing well defensively and offensively as Sting play incredibly well to glide through Hawks and wrong foot Harrison. A wrap-around is almost in and thankfully the Sting player in the crease fans on the puck but Harrison is aware enough to get back in front of net and prevent the inevitable looking goal. Sting all converge around the crease and traffic is heavy in front of Harrison. Sting’s George Crawshaw comes out on top and pokes the puck across the goal line.

Goal: SUTTON STING 5-2 Blackburn Hawks. 48 minutes 24 seconds

Sting just keep coming. Luco is undone as Sting’s Charlie Saunders moves past him and shoots. Jared at the far post can’t do enough to keep the puck out and it’s in off his stick.

Goal: SUTTON STING 6-2 Blackburn Hawks 49 minutes 59 seconds

Jared clears a stray puck from the face-off, lifting the puck and Corey raises his stick high to meet it. The ref blows for the high stick. Joe Greaves appears to be injured and limps from the ice to the changing rooms. Hawks captain Royds takes control of the game and Hawks set up around Sting. A shot and pad save sees Sting take possession and attack but it’s short-lived as Riddoch tackles and heads towards Ward. Referee Brown raises his arm for a delayed penalty against Sting and Josh Yeardley sits a 2-minute penalty for hooking Hawks control the puck around Sting defense and Neilly finds Pollitt in the slot who drops to his knee and one times it but it’s adrift of the target. Hawks arent deterred. James Riddoch passes the puck into the crease and Petr puts his all into a short-range shot. Ward gets to it but is still beaten by Petr’s power and the puck finds its way behind him.

GOAL! Sutton Sting 6-3 BLACKBURN HAWKS. 54 minutes 29 seconds

Hawks seem to have a second wind and are all guns blazing in the final third. A fast-paced shot from Pollitt is just wide of the post. Sting’s Scott Morris seems to take on every Hawks player on the ice as he makes his way goal wards and he wins out. He nutmegs Harrison for Sutton’s 7th.

Goal: SUTTON STING 7-3 Blackburn Hawks. 57 minutes 6 seconds

A face-off to Harrison’s left is won by Hawks and they charge up the ice. Hawks are crowded out and Sting go on the offensive but a Sting shot from the face-off circle is too high. Sting’s Jamie Scott and Tom Revesz each take a 2-minute penalty for roughing leaving the teams at 4 on 4. Pollitt finds himself in space and shoots but it’s into Ward’s chest. With 1 minute remaining in the game, Sting’s Mitchell takes a 2-minute penalty for slashing. Hawks are 4 on 3 and Jared pushes in and makes a strong shot from the slot but the aim is off. Hawks return to 5 skaters shortly before the final shortly before the final buzzer goes with nothing more of note.

Final Score: Sutton Sting 7-3 Blackburn Hawks

MVPs:

Blackburn Hawks – Corey Lee Sutton

Sting – #34 Benjamin Marples

Photos courtesy of Steve Pollitt

Hawks V Widnes Wild – Matchday Information

This evening we will be welcoming the Widnes Wild at Planet Ice Blackburn in the NIHL Midland Cup and Hawks are hoping for goals a plenty like the previous result at Widnes just 2 weeks ago.

Wild’s M.J.Clancy, Mikey Gilbert, Dan Bracegirdle, Tom Ratcliffe and Chris Gee are all unable to play through injury, while Czech import Michal Novak will be missing for personal reasons.

Blackburn are regrouping after the retirement of club legend and lionhearted D-man Ollie Lomax. We hope you will all join us for a pre match celebration of Ollie’s 17 seasons with the Hawks and give him the rapturous applause he truly deserves.

Here’s all the information you need ahead of the game:

Doors Open: 4.45pm Face-off: 5.30pm Ticket prices:

Adults – £10.00 Concessions – £7.50 Children – £5.50 (4 years to 15 years) Family – £26.00 (2 adults and 2 children)

Entry for the Game

This season your Blackburn Hawks will be providing a fast track entry lane for all season ticket holders and pre-paid ticket holders from doors open for approximately 15 minutes. This will be on the shop side of the entrance area and will be stewarded.

We hope this assists fans who have purchased tickets in advance a more convenient and faster way of entry into the arena.

Bar and Café Areas

The rink bars will be open all evening long.

The rink café, hot dog stand and Tea bar will be open serving hot and cold food and beverages.

Shirt Raffle

There will be a chance to win an Ollie Lomax game worn jersey an a raffle which takes place tonight. Tickets cost £1 per strip and will be available from Brenda Walsh who will be located near the merchandise table.

50/50 Draw

Our regular draw will once again be back, with one lucky winner each week taking home a huge cash prize. Tickets cost just £1 and are available from our roving sellers.   They will be easily identified in their match night uniforms so keep your eye out for them.

Shirt Off the Player’s Back

For just £2 a ticket you could win Aaron Davies’ game worn jersey, with the bonus that Aaron will present the jersey to the winner after the game on the ice. Tickets will be available from the roving seller.

Chuck-a-Puck

Get your pucks next to the hot dog stand, head to the DJ stand after the second period and aim for the centre of the rink to win yourself a great prize!