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!

Size Of A Mouse, Heart Of A Lion – Tributes To Ollie

Since news broke of Ollie Lomax’s decision to retire from Ice Hockey, tributes and testimonials have been flooding in. We would like to share these with you all.

Bobby Haig

I would like to wish Ollie all the best in his retirement it couldn’t have been an easy decision to retire as the Hawks has been your life for so many years. It was a pleasure coaching and knowing you Ollie all the best for the future with your family. Best wishes, Bobby Haig.

Mai and Douglas Adams – Parents of Jon Adams #10

Ollie came as a representative for the Hawks, during a very difficult time for us. He fit in right away and conducted himself with such grace and kindness. Realise that is who Ollie is, on and off the ice. Just because he has now retired from a very good hockey career doesn’t change that he is and will always be a true gentleman. He is thought of very highly by all who came into contact with him on this side of the pond. Enjoy raising your two girls. 

Nick Riley – Blackburn Hawks Kit Manager

It’s been great working with you for the last 5 seasons, you put more into the club than you ever took out. It’s going to be different not having you around but the memories will last forever. See you around pal. KMG

Rick Bentham, former Blackburn Hawks #19

It’s an absolute honour to be asked to write a little something about Ollie as much as it upsets me that he has retired. I know, having been playing with Ollie since I was 6 years old that when the time is right, Ollie can go out with his head held high and will always be remembered as a Hawks legend in the eyes of those who matter.

It only feels like yesterday that we were lacing them up for the Merlins U10s and it feels crazy that this time has come. Ollie has the heart of a lion and always played for the name on the front of the shirt and never for the one on the back. He would defend any of his team mates even if this meant standing up against players twice his size… literally!

Ollie has been speaking to me for some time about the decision and it takes a man to play this sport, however it takes a real man to walk away from it when it is simply all they have ever known. Ollie has recently married his lovely wife Nicole and I know how much it meant to Ollie to be able to play in front of Layla and Freya and I’m sure they will keep him busy enough to keep his mind off hockey for a bit, even though deep down I know this is the hardest decision he will have ever made and won’t be easy. I’m sure there will be lots of people who will be happy to see the back of Ollie as he has taken a lot of stick over the years for the role he plays but I’m telling you now there is not a player who he has played with who would speak badly of him which shows what an amazing lad he is and of whom I am proud to call my best friend.

I could go on for hours telling stories about this lad but you wouldn’t believe half of the stories I could tell so I won’t bore you with that. I had to prepare a speech for his wedding as best man and that was a piece of cake compared to this.

So I guess it’s time for Ollie to say goodbye to the sport he loves but what a legend he is and he will always be remembered by any Hawks fan who has been there as long as Ollie has and I know there are plenty of these. He has had his critics for the role he played but show me a player who plays the role that he plays better than he does at this level and I’ll retire myself.

Enjoy retirement my brother, and enjoy Sunday, you deserve it!

Aaron Davies

17 seasons. That is one long time to be spent at a single club. Many players have been and gone, but there’s always been one person to share that dressing room with. I watched as a boy walked into the rink all those years ago, but now he’s leaving as a family man. I can’t go into all the many stories from your career that we’ve shared – there’s far too many! We’ve lost together, we’ve won together, but every single one of those games involved you putting your body on the line for this team, and your teammates. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for you. You supported me through the best of times, and through the worst of times, and I owe much more than words can explain. It’s been an absolute honour playing alongside you. Thank you. Enjoy retirement bro. x

Chris Riley, Blackburn Hawks Community Liaison Officer

‘I’d personally like to thank Ollie for the support he has given me on our community project over the past few years. Along with Aaron Davies he has constantly put his hand up to come to different groups as and when work and family commitments allowed.

The way he spoke and answered questions left you in no doubt as to his allegiances. He was extremely passionate about the Hawks and proud to represent Blackburn. A trait I would love to see continue in our juniors. All the best in your retirement Ol.

Jim Pennycook

As his first coach in the under 10’s watching him grow up it was easy to see even from an early age that Oli had the ability and determination to go far in the game. He was always amenable and wanted to learn and try new things. His skating, balance and positional play were excellent. I just wish he would have been given the opportunity to play at a higher level as I think that would have been very achievable for Oli. I’m sure he will be sorely missed by the Blackburn faithful as he has been a great servant to the club. I personally wish him all the best for the future in what ever he does.

Ian Hough (now McDade)

I just read the news about Ollie calling it a day. It’s kind of sad because he still has more to give but totally understandable because family has to come first. I feel honoured to have coached and played with Oll. He had a pro attitude right from the first time I met you as a 9-year-old. He wasn’t the most gifted player on the 97 Under 10’s team but he more than made up for that with his attitude. He took all adversity and used it to show he deserved the right to be out their every shift. Not only that but he took it to a level and consistency that any player would be very proud of. I enjoyed playing with Ollie in 2007. He was the same guy as 10 years prior, cheeky, chippy, honest and proud.

The Blackburn Under 10’s class of 97 have a special place in my heart as many went on to represent the Hawks. Ollie is the shining light. I am sorry I can’t be there for your special evening but we caught up yesterday and I wish you all the best in the future.

Scott Ward, Billingham Stars – Friend and former Billingham Bombers team-mate

Oli has been a true warrior of a player doing anything he could to help his side win on any given night be it goals, fights or just solid defensive play. He was there for his team constantly putting his body on the line. He was a player I loved to play against because I know it would be a good old fashioned battle and as a player and a person I couldn’t speak more highly of him. The Hawks have been truly lucky to call him one of their own for nearly two decades.

Mark Halliwell, General Manager, Planet Ice Blackburn

It is with great sadness that I heard the news that Ollie had decided to retire from the Hawks. He has been around the rink for a very long time and will be missed. I would like to personally thank him for the dedication and hard work he has put into the team, through all the good times, and the not so good times. His dedication not only to the team, but also to its fans is admirable and hopefully we will see him and his family down at the rink. Don’t become a stranger, all the best, and enjoy your well earned rest!.

Esther Gradwell, Blackburn Hawks PR & Media Officer

Well… When our family first started watching the Hawks it was literally a matter of months before we started to volunteer for the club, and it’s all down to the drive, and passion of players such as Ollie. He epitomises the whole ethos of Blackburn Hawks though solid graft, commitment and approachability, and I can hand on heart say that if our son grows up to be half the man Ollie is we will be as proud as I can imagine that Graham and Tracey are today. He is one of life’s true gentlemen with time for anyone and a great role model for the young fans to aspire to be. Enjoy your retirement with your beautiful family Ollie, you deserve it and thank you for helping make my time around the club the blast that it has been so far.

Carl Everitt, Lead Organiser, Rob Craig Memorial Match

Well what can I say about Ollie… I’ve gone from sitting in the crowd as a fan and criticising Ollie (and a couple of the other Hawks players if the truth be know) about making a wrong pass etc to deciding to learn to play hockey and with that I found a new respect for what the lads do on the ice. I’ve always found Ollie to be one of those marmite players that you either love what he does on the ice or you don’t… it’s that simple. What very few can’t deny is his commitment and passion for his hometown club – The Blackburn Hawks. I’ve been very lucky to have spent some time with Ollie off the ice and you’d struggle to meet a nicer, more down to earth lad (very different to his on-ice character haha). What’s more, I have found Ollie to have a huge heart and in my humble opinion, Ollie has sacrificed a lot for this club and our community. We have also been honoured with his support and participation in our Annual Rob Craig Memorial Event where he has contributed to the Radio interviews along with being Guest Player in this year’s event and paying personal respect to former Blackburn Hawk Jon Adams (RIP) – nothing was too much trouble for him and I can’t thank him enough for his support. 
When I found out that Ollie had retired, I messaged him saying that I wished him the best with his future endeavours and if the truth be known I was a little gutted that I wouldn’t get to see him ice for my beloved Blackburn Hawks again because without doubt, what Ollie has done and achieved can only be respected. 
Ollie, I wish you and your family the very best for the future #Respect21 #HawksLegend

Mark Kinder, Blackburn Hawks Manager

Ollie Lomax 21# – A young hockey player that has always worn his heart on his sleeve spending most of his senior hockey career playing for the Hawks and seeing the team through the good times and bad winning 3 playoff and 2 league championships.
One thing you can say about Ollie is that it’s always team first and the way he would take new players joining the team to see football games and to his second love rugby.
Ollie has spent many hours out in the community representing the Hawks at schools, youth clubs and visiting the children’s wards at Xmas.
It takes a special person to come to the fore and represent the team when we lost one of our own and travel across the pond. Ollie was that person.
Now that you have decided to retire from the sport, it’s going to be a great loss not only to the Hawks but to the sport of ice hockey and all the teams that you have played against Ollie.
Thank you for your efforts over the years and hope to see you at games in the future.

John Neville, Planet Ice

Back in the 90’s this young upstart and his father turned up at the arena and started learn to play those 2 people were Ollie and his old man Graham. From that day when I worked initially for the Hawks and now as I operate the team on behalf of Planet Ice the work ethos and pride to play for the shirt can be seen in young Ollie. 

You’ve been a role model in the community both on and off the ice, always helping where you can and for that I and the club will always grateful. 

It was undoubtedly a shock when Coach Neil called earlier in the week and I hope with the short space of time since then to arrange what we have, that on Sunday evening we can do you proud, young sir. You’ve been Blackburn through and through and now’s the time for the fans of this great club to show some appreciation and thank you for your great service to the Hawks.

Ollie good luck for the future to you, Nicole and your beautiful children, enjoy your family time but above all don’t be stranger you will always be welcome at the arena.

We hope you will all join us at Planet Ice Blackburn this Sunday where there will be a presentation to Ollie before our NIHL North Cup Match versus Widnes Wild, to thank him for his commitment and dedication to the club over the last 17 years and to Blackburn ice hockey in general over the last 20 in total.

Doors open: 4:45PM

Face off: 5:30PM

We would ask that fans can be seated as soon as possible before the match for the presentation to take place.

We would like to thank all who have given their time to contribute to this article, and thank you also to photographers Steve Pollitt, Thomas Foy, Tony ‘Kipax’ Greenwood and John Milton.

Club Statement – Ollie Lomax Retires

Late last night club management were informed by Head Coach James Neil of the shock decision that long serving defence man and club stalwart Ollie Lomax has made the decision to retire from playing ice hockey with immediate effect.

It is with a heavy heart and reluctantly that we have had to accept Ollie’s decision.

Blackburn Hawks management, coaching staff and fellow team mates would like to thank Ollie for the commitment and passion he has shown for the club over his career and wish him and his family all the best for the future.

Blackburn born and bred, Ollie has spent most of his hockey career at Blackburn from 2002, and his first match in a Blackburn Hawks shirt came in 2003. Playing for the Hawks became more and more regular before he became a permanent fixture in 2007. Apart from 8 appearances for Billingham Bombers in 2008-2009, the rest of Ollie’s playing career has been with the Hawks playing in a staggering 437 matches for the Hawks altogether, literally putting his body on the line, and wearing his heart on his sleeve.

Silverware came first in 2013 when Blackburn Hawks beat the Billingham Stars in the 2013 playoff final, then again as part of the ‘Invincibles’ team of 2014-2015 winning both the NIHL North 1 Moralee League, and the playoff trophy. They then achieved the ‘double-double’ when the league and playoff champions trophies spent a second year running in the hands of the Blackburn Hawks.

Ollie has been a loyal servant of the Hawks for many years and has always been unafraid of rolling his sleeves up and getting stuck in when needed, representing the club for press interviews, appearances at the hospital at Christmas time, and helping out with the various community visits with Chris Riley and fellow team members.

On Sunday night at our cup game versus Widnes Wild the Hawks will be honouring Ollie prior to the game and we would urge all supporters to arrive early so that we can all show our appreciation to Ollie and his family for the dedication and professionalism he has shown during his career. 

Ollie has issued the following statement regarding his decision:

Firstly I just like to say what an amazing journey I have been on over the last 17 seasons I truly have lived out my dream playing for my town over 400 times.

Ultimately I have to make the right decision for myself, my beautiful family and the Club itself. That time has come.

I am indebted to many many people who have paved the way for my career with the Hawks:

Jim Pennycook who taught me how to play the game and to aim for the Hawks.

Ian Hough who taught me the way to play the game and what attitude to take out onto the ice every shift.

Bobby Haig who is the best player I ever got to share the ice with & who gave me my senior debut at the tender age of 15.

Jared Owen, Budzie & Dangy who put together the best team & delivered trophies to our fantastic club. If I have to choose a period of time that would no doubt be it, a great spell of winning.

Furthermore I’d like to thank every single team mate that I’ve shared the dressing room with, many memories and many laughs. I’d like to think that they all knew what they were going to get from me as a team mate.

Representing the Hawks is something I’m immensely proud of, & that will live long with me in my heart. I would literally do anything for the club, play any position, travel to any rink in any competition. As long as I had Blackburn on my chest there would be no backward steps & that is how I’d like to be remembered.

We have always had amazing fans and a great following at Blackburn & many of them have gone on to become really good friends of mine. Another special thing to take away with me.

A special mention has to go to Aaron Davies. What a man. We have formed an amazing bond over all this time & nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing him bang in goals week in week out. He truly is a Hawks legend. Please enjoy him & appreciate him while he is still there.

I’d like to thank my family, which without their undying love & support none of this would ever have happened to me. My Mum & Dad financially as well as investing every minute of time into the sport took me literally everywhere to play & I am forever in their debt. I hope that I have done them proud in my time in a Hawks shirt. I now have an incredible wife and two amazing daughters Nicole, Layla & Freya who have supported me every step of the way. I can’t wait to start spending some real quality family time together.

Lastly, if I can give anyone any advice about the game of hockey it would be to do the things that no one else will, play with pride no matter what and play with the biggest smile you’ve got. Always.

See you on the other side and never be afraid to say hello, you might just have to pass me a tissue for a little while first. No backward steps.

Ollie Lomax #21

Hawks head coach James Neil commented, “Well what can I say about Oll, we go way back, to U10’s in fact, and not much has changed. Yes Still the smallest guy on the ice but boy does he have the biggest heart. Forever doing what it takes on and off the ice for the club he truly loves. Loyal, Honest, passionate and just an out right top guy”.

“I understand how hard this is going to be for him but myself and the everyone at the club will support him with whatever he needs, knowing Oll, even though he won’t be playing I’m sure he will still be a huge part of this club with the legacy he’s left”.

“Everyone in Blackburn should be privileged to have had the services of such a hard working, devoted and unique character for such a long time. I’d like to thank Oll for his time and efforts whilst I’ve been at the club, you’ve helped out massively and most of all you’ve been a first class team mate”.

“I hope everyone can get down to the game this Sunday to show there appreciation to someone who could only be described as a Hawks legend”.

“The size of a mouse, with the heart of a lion”.