Full 9 Yards Blackburn Hawks 3 Sutton Sting 2
Hawks returned to home ice after a long arduous trip north of the border to take on newly Promoted Sutton Sting.
Hawks icing all but Adam Barnes, and with young netminder Harrison Walker between the pipes after his excellent performance in Edinburgh, started the stronger and tested Warren Gilfoyle in the home net. Despite having the best of the play early on, Hawks fell behind to a Ryan Johnson goal at 7.23, assisted by Stanislav Lascek and Craig Elliott. With 12.21 on the clock, the crowd were treated to a “worldy” goal by Danielius Nomanovas who sped out of his own half and waltzed round the defence to score unassisted past a helpless Gilfoyle. An even period ensued until 18.05. With Sting player James Goodman in the box on an interference call, Hawks took full advantage of the extra man when James Neil found James Riddoch on the left side to take the puck and score a fine goal. Second assist went to Luke Boothroyd.
Sting pulled themselves back into the game on 26.10 as Dominic James Martin scored, assisted by Joseph Colton and Scott Morris.
Hawks stuck to their task and after surviving a couple of penalties, re-took the lead on 36.47. James Neil was found free in the centre and he rifled home a trade-mark goal. Assists this time to Petar Valusiak and Luke Boothroyd. That ended the scoring in the second with Hawks out-shooting Sting 18-15 in a tight contest.
The third mirrored the previous two periods with both teams having chances and again both netminders up to the task. A flurry of late penalties for both sides made the last 10 minutes tense for the fans, especially the home support as Petar Valusiak was sent to the box on 57.29 on a harsh hooking call, leaving the Hawks to defend desperately for the win.
A good performance by the Hawks earned them their second win of the weekend and coach Steve Duncombe had this to say after the match.
“Another tough game tonight but I thought we worked hard, executed our game plan and got the win. I am really happy with the lads after a long journey back last night and being a man down for most of the game in Edinburgh. They did all that was asked of them and for young Harrison Walker to step up to the plate and put in a great weekend is another bonus. On to Telford next Saturday and we will have to be at our best against a strong offensive team. Thanks again to the fans for their support this weekend, it does make a difference.”
Steve Duncombe Post match Interview
Man of the Match awards went to Jonas Fredriksson for Sutton Sting and to Danielius Nomanovas for your Full 9 yards sponsored Blackburn Hawks.
Post Match Interview with The Full 9 Yards Blackburn Hawks ‘Man of the Match’ Danielius Nomanovas
The Full 9 Yards Blackburn Hawks are next in action at the Blackburn Arena next Saturday 22nd September against the Telford Tigers. Face off 1800hrs.
We are also pleased to announce that after the game on Saturday ‘Jimmy Tweed & The Roaches’ will be playing in the bar. They were headline act at Glastonbury-BURY festival in Greater Manchester last month and come highly recommended. So we hope you can come and join the players in the bar after the game for a fun filled evening.