BLACKBURN HAWKS 2 HULL PIRATES 6
It may have been a mixed weekend of results for the Blackburn Hawks, but the effort and level of performance of the players and bench can not be questioned.
A hastily arranged fixture against title contenders was always going to be tough, but the Hawks put in a spirited performance against their yorkshire rivals. Although they never really looked like winning the game Blackburn stuck in their and made Hull fight for every puck. Goals from Steven Duncombe and Lewis Baldwin were not enough but at least they went into the following evenings game in reasobnably high spirits. MVP for Blackburn was BOBBY STREETLEY
BLACKBURN HAWKS 4 TELFORD TIGERS 3. PENALTY SHOTS
Punters were treated to a topsy-turvy game on sunday evening as the Hawks faced up to another title challenger. A blistering opening spell saw the home team take the lead through a Richard Bentham powerplay strike. The Tigers were level within 5 minutes through their talisman Jason Silverthorn.
The second period was edged by the Hawks as goals from Matt Viney and James Royds gave Blackburn a 3-1 lead. a goal from ex GB international Jonathan Weaver reduced the arrears to set up a tense finale. The final period was edge of the seat stuff as both sides pressed for that all important next goal.
With the clock on 54.27 Corey Goodison pounced to send the game into overtime. Five minutes of 3 on 3 couldn’t seperate the 2 teams, so penalty shots had to be the decider.
Blackburn-Royds-GAME WINNING GOAL
At this point the arena erupted as the Hawks pulled off a sensational victory against their much vaunted and bankrolled opponents. MVP was awarded to JAMES ROYDS, but a special mention must go to NIKS TRAPANS who made a total of 95 saves in 125 minutes of Hockey over the 2 nights. A fabulous performance.