LATE HEART ACHE FOR HAWKS
Blackburn Hawks 5 Solihull Barons 6
Blackburn Hockey fans were treated to a pulsating end to end game on Sunday evening as ex Hawk Daniel Brittle and his Barons were in town
The first meaningful event of the game occurred on 4.08 when Hawks Player Coach Steven Duncombe was involved in an unfortunate incident when the puck rebounded in his face just in front of the home bench. Everyone looking on was concerned for his welfare as the Sheffield born D-Man lay face down on the ice. Thankfully he was able to sit up on a stretcher and was taken directly to hospital.
The following few hours in Blackburn Hospital resulted in Duncombe receiving 38 stitches, re-aligning of his teeth and a broken pallet. We all wish Steven a speedy and full recovery. A special mention should go to paramedics Lynne Charnock and Diane Stott-Duggan who were on hand to help Steven in his hour of need.
When play resumed it was Hawks who took the lead through James Neil with the Hawks on a 5 on 3 powerplay. A cheap surrender of the puck in front of the Hawks goal saw the Barons equalise whilst also on a powerplay, Heape adding the finishing touch, unassisted.
Solihull turned it round completely on 14.35 as yet more holes in the home defence resulting in Thomas Soar rifling into the roof on Niks Trapans net.
The returning Keiran Brown was proving to be a thorn in the Barons side. His elusive skating and stick work resulted in some cheap shot s on the 16 year old. Unfortunately for the former Bradford player his over confidence got the better of him. He was dispossessed on his own blue line to former Hawks sniper Luke Brittle. Brittle needs no second invitation and he clinically slotted past Trapans to give his side a 2 goal lead.
Brown was now on a mission to make amends. Less than 2 minutes after his faux pas as he clinically slotted past Josh Nicholls to reduce the arrears.
Hawks were level less than 2 minutes later when Richard Bentham was the next Hawks player to light the Barons lamp. Unfortunately this was not to last too long. Brittle again proved that he was one of the best marksmen in the league with another expert finish to regain the lead.
The final minutes of period 2 exposed the Hawks lack of discipline. Blackburn offered the Solihull the chance of a 5 on 3 power play which they grasped with open arms, taking a 3-5 lead into the final stanza.
Blackburn are nothing but resilient and managed to claw the game back through a superb solo effort from Brown and a Bobby Streetly strike. Overtime was sadly denied them however when Matt Maurice fired the game winning goal for the Barons with less than 2 minutes left. A bitter pill to swallow especially as there was more than a hint of high sticks.