Hawks Work Hard for 1st Win of the Season
The Full 9 Yards Sponsored Blackburn Hawks made the long journey north on Saturday night to take on the Murrayfield Racers in a North Cup match.
Hawks were short benched with Peter Valusiak and Aaron Davies missing but started well taking the game to the Racers. The game was end to end and the home side were making chances as the Hawks ran in to some penalty trouble. The best chances late in the period fell to Hawks but it was Racers who took the lead with the puck edged past young netminder Harrison Walker, making his debut in Hawks colours.
It did not take long in the second period for Hawks to equalise with a power play goal by James Neil on 21.56, assisted by James Royds. Murrayfield gained the initiative after Hawks spent the rest of the period short handed after a plethora of penalties. The defence stood strong and worked their socks off helping Walker to keep the puck out of the net.
The third started with Racers being penalised twice but it returned to the status quo shortly after with another raft of penalties against the Hawks resulting in the home side edging ahead 2-1. Lee Pollitt scored for Hawks as they drew level for a second time but things were not looking too good as Steve Duncombe fell foul of the referee and was given a game misconduct. Hawks rallied again and with tremendous backing from a large vociferous support and the crowd went wild as James Riddoch scored what proved to be the winning goal.
James Neil, assistant coach said after the game,” It was a tough game. It is never easy when you are shorthanded so many times. However we stuck to our task and I think we got a deserved win. I was really pleased with every player’s effort tonight. Now we need to take that forward into tomorrow’s night game against Sutton Sting.”
Man of the Match was awarded to James Neil
Harrison Walker Interview after the game: