Weekend Roundup

Warriors Too Strong for Hawks

Full 9 yards sponsored Blackburn Hawks fell to defeat at the nest in their only game of the weekend.

The home side lined up without Rick Ravey, Adam Barnes, Ollie Lomax, Jared Dickinson and James Neil. Coach Neil was performing his duties on the bench. Harrison Walker took his place between the pipes.

Warriors started the strongest and spent most of the first two minutes in the Hawks defensive zone. The pressure paid off on 2.31. Daniel Good took a pass from Callum Watson and crossed the blue line through the Hawks defence and fired the puck past Harrison Walker. The goal fired Hawks up and good play by Valusiak and Pollitt produced shots on Boyle in the Warriors net but the netminder was up to the task.

Ross Kennedy, playing like a man possessed after his lay-off then hit a wicked slapshot from the point onto Boyle’s pads but nobody was there to follow up. Robin Kovar was troubling Warriors defence with some great skates, including a shot that rebounded off Boyle but nobody was following up. The crowd of over 1000 were being treated to an excellent end to end game. Chances fell to both sides with both netminders on their A game. Warriors finished the stronger but the score remained 0-1 at the end of the period.

    

The second period started pretty much like the first ended with both teams working hard to advance the score. Chances came and went for both sides until 27.46 when Warriors doubled their lead on the powerplay with Aaron Davies in the box on a tripping penalty.  A concerted attack orchestrated by veteran David Longstaff and Ben Campbell ended up with Rolands Gritans slotting the puck home between Walker’s pads and the post.

Hawks went on the powerplay after a delay of game penalty on the Warriors quickly followed by another for misconduct as something was said to referee Miller by Campbell as he made for the bench. Hawks threw the puck on the net several times but Boyle was up to the task. A superb move on the power play by Hawks saw them reduce the arrears on 29.51. Lee Pollitt, behind the net, found Luke Boothroyd on the point, on to Robin Kovar who sent a pass across the blue line to Ross Kennedy who one-timed the puck into the net. With Hawks still on a 5 on 3 after another Warriors infringement, Luke Boothroyd found James Royds on the far post and with the puck heading for the net, Boyle made an incredible save to keep his side in the lead. Whitley worked the puck from the back on 36.08 with Callum Watson and Phillip Edgar worked the puck over the blue line. Ross Kennedy did his best to narrow the angles but Ross Connolly surged into the gap to bury the puck past Walker. 1-3.  Hawks heads dropt a minute later with the visitor’s 4th goal. Edgar won a face off and a quick pass to Callum Watson sent the puck goalwards. The screening did the rest as the puck went high into the net. Goal timed at 37.09. Hawks fought back bravely but the period ended with Warriors in command and leading 4-1.

    

Fans in the stands thought Hawks had got a goal back early in the third period when James Riddoch sent the puck goalwards after a great passage of play but with Boyle beaten the puck agonizingly hit the post and went to safety. The fans had good reason to celebrate on 43.56 when Blackburn hit their second of the night.

Robin Kovar won a couple of battles on the boards and released the puck to Luke Boothroyd on the point and a trade mark slapshot found the net. 2-4. Second assist went to Jordan Bannon.

Hawks were having a good period of play and slowly forcing Warriors onto the back foot but any chance of a comeback was lost on 46.47 with a 5th goal, A quick face off win was sent from the back of the net to Daniel Good who wasted no time in finding the string bag. Warriors took control of the game from then and further goals from Maddock and a hat trick score from Daniel Good finished the game at 7-2 to Whitley Warriors.

A spirited performance in parts of the game by Hawks but Warriors were well worth their win and Hawks will need to regroup for next weeks must win game against Billingham.

Man of the match for Hawks deservedly went to Ross Kennedy for his all round play at both ends of the ice. Mentions must also go to Harrison Walker and Craig Lutkevitch

Hawks next home game is on Sunday 24th February against Billingham with the usual face off at 1730hrs.

Community Project Update

Hawks Community manager Chris Riley and his team have been out and about visiting schools and meeting community groups again since the last update.

Last Thursday he visited St Anthony’s Primary School in Blackburn and on Friday it was St Edwards in Darwen. One of Hawks promising juniors Cian Shorrock is a pupil at St Edwards and he dressed in his kit and also shared his experiences in hockey to his school friends.

Chris spoke at both schools about Ice Hockey in general and the Hawks as well as taking a selection of hockey kit along. He was accompanied by Hawks favourite fan Harvey. Pupils were also given a letter about forthcoming games.

On Saturday the team went to the AHF girls Scout group.

This week they visited  St Charles Primary School Rishton and the Madrassah Group AHF and the WEGS female group from One Voice foundation from Blackburn visited the rink.

As a result of visits recently, 520 tickets have been sold for this weeks game against Whitley Warriors.

The following groups will be attending:

Whalley Primary School Whalley

Huncoat Primary School Accrington

Shadsworth Primary School Blackburn

AHF Scout Group Blackburn

St. Francis Cub Group Blackburn

They will be sat in Blocks 2 and 3 and if the atmosphere created is anything like previous visits, the Nest will be rocking.

The team still have 7 more visits to complete before the end of the season, taking the total visits to 35 since the project started in November.

Next season they have big plans to increase the community output, creating and sustaining links with organisations throughout Lancashire.

If you would like to be one of our community partners please contact Chris Riley on chris-riley2011@hotmail.co.uk

Here are some photographs of the team’s great work and some of the participating groups.

      

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Weekend Round Up

 

It was always going to be a tough weekend for the Full 9 Yards sponsored Blackburn Hawks away to 4th place Solway Sharks on Saturday and at home to table topping Sheffield Steeldogs on the Sunday.

SOLWAY SHARKS 10  BLACKBURN HAWKS 1

The Saturday game saw a depleted Hawks team travel across the border to Dumfries to take on the Solway Sharks and a powerful, energetic display by the home side left the Hawks with too much to do with only 11 out-skaters. Hawks goal came from James Royds.

BLACKBURN HAWKS 4  SHEFFIELD STEELDOGS 7

Hawks added to their roster during the week with Jared Dickinson and Ben Wood making their debuts. Adam Barnes returns wearing his usual nr 88. Hawks missing Rick Ravey, James Neil and Bobby Streetly – all out injured. Ross Kennedy sits out the 2nd of a 3 game ban. Ronnie Grimes Jr again plays up and wears nr 41.

Hawks made a blistering start to the game, taking the lead after 9 seconds. Adam Barnes drops the puck back from behind the net and James Royds hit a one timer past Stones in the Sheffield net. The second assist went to debutant Jared Dickinson

Steeldogs equalised on 2.37 with a goal from Cameron Brownley and they upped a gear, taking the game to the Hawks. Hawks, however were not overawed and made chances of their own with Adam Barnes causing havoc in the Sheffield defensive zone.

With Robin Kovar sitting a 2 minute holding penalty, the Dogs took the lead when a shot from the point by Ben Morgan was tipped into the net by Kolena. Steeldogs had the Hawks on the back foot and Niks Trapans was called on to make a succession of saves to keep the score at 1-2. The away side were looking the most likely to score next and on 12.27 they did just that. A neat move between Spiers and Hirst ended with a pin point pass to Salem all alone at the back post hit a perfect shot past Trapans. Hawks pulled a goal back on 14.53 when Adam Barnes lost control of the puck around the blue line. The defence fumbled and a loose puck found its way to Stones who fanned on the shot and the puck found the back of the net. The last action of the first period saw Petr Valusiak fly down the left wing, straight into a linesman and a promising move was halted. The period ended with no further scoring and the visitors hit the locker room with a 3-2 lead. A very entertaining period for the large crowd, boosted by several school visits.

    

Steeldogs came out strong at the start of the second period and doubled their led on 21 minutes. Youngster Alex Graham wristed a fine shot that beat Trapans for his first goal for Sheffield. The huge crowd raised the roof on 22.11 as Hawks reduced the arrears once again. Ben Wood and Petr Valusiak worked well and Lee Pollitt took the puck forward into the danger area and a superb pass found Adam Barnes at the far post and the young sniper hit the twine. The Steeldogs are top of the league for a reason and they increased the tempo and made it 3-5 on 26.24. A two on one break ended with Trapans making a great save from Salem but Spiers was on hand to score. Trapans again came good with two fine saves to stop the Steeldogs putting the game away. The injury jinx struck Hawks again as Craig Lutkovitch took a puck to the face and had to leave the ice. With 32.01 on the clock, a fine move by Brownley and Palak ended with Relf lifting the puck high into the net. Steeldogs controlled the rest of the period and the second intermission came with the visitors having a 6-3 lead.

 

   

Hawks started the third period without Lutkovitch who was on his way to hospital to have his mouth checked out. Robin Kovar had a couple of good runs with the second of them producing a good save from Stones. James Royds bore down on the rebound but was tripped just as he got to the puck.  Hawks pulled a goal back with a goal on the resultant power play when Lee Pollitt fed Adam Barnes and a neat flick found the net for his hat trick goal on 41.23 to make the score 4-6. Steeldogs went up a gear for the rest of the period and a battle-weary Hawk were hanging on. Hawks made a few chances as the game wound down and had the puck in the net in the last minute but the goal was washed out as the puck hit Stone’s face mask. The Steeldogs scored the final goal of the night when Brownley scored his 3rd goal of the evening into the empty net as Hawks pulled Trapans for the extra out skater.

Another great effort from a Hawks team who never gave up but lost out to a powerful display of finishing by the Steeldogs.

Hawks Man of the Match went to Adam Barnes.

James Neil commented after the game: “I thought we competed well with a very good side. Their finishing was clinical but we scored a couple of good goals ourselves. We have a week off now so we will rest the weary bones and come back fighting against Hull and Nottingham in a fortnights time.”

++++Stop Press++++

Full 9 Yards sponsored Blackburn Hawks are pleased to announce that fan favourite Adam Barnes will be icing for the Hawks this evening.

With Hawk’s injury crisis showing no signs of reducing, John Neville approached Manchester Storm Head Coach Ryan Finnerty to see if Adam could play for us in today’s game.  Alongside new signing Jared Dickinson and Ben Wood signing as injury cover, Adam will give us an extra body on the roster and as all Hawk’s fans know, can turn a game.

A large crowd is expected this evening with guests from various schools, Hawks are determined to put on a good show against table- topping Sheffield Steelers.

Blackburn Hawks would like to thank Manchester Storm  and head coach Ryan Finnerty for their help today.

Hawks Sign Temporary Cover

Hawks Sign Temporary Cover

 

30 year old Macclesfield born defender/forward Ben Wood has signed for the Hawks as temporary cover during our horrendous injury crisis.

Ben played over 400 games for Manchester Phoenix in the Elite League and the EPIHL. He is extremely versatile and played regularly as a d-man and a forward.

Ben, 6 foot 4 inch 198lbs personal trainer will bring much needed experience to the team as well as an extra body in their time of need.