This weekend saw your Blackburn Hawks 2 take on a tough double header weekend firstly away to Coventry Blaze on the Saturday and at Home against Hull Jets on the Sunday.
Blackburn Hawks 2 vs Coventry Blaze Saturday 22nd September 2018
The team travelled down to Coventry with a small bench with a number of players missing due to prior commitments but with this being said they put in a valiant and effort-full performance. Blackburn came out of the blocks a little slow which saw Coventry take the lead with a quick burst of 5 goals over the opening 20 minutes of the game.
The Second period starts and the team was playing with more consistency and flow and had worked off the bus legs but Coventry’s experience took over and they scored another making it 6-0. But the team did not back down or shy away from the uphill challenge they faced and Blackburn answered back with a goal of their own by none other than Hawks 1 prospect Harry Mercer who scored his first goal of the season for Hawks 2 unassisted taking the score to 6-1. This was to be an uplifting moment for the Hawks 2 side and they played great defensive hockey for the rest of the period which only led to Coventry scoring one more goal at the very end of the period taking the score to 7-1.
The third period started allot slower for both teams with penalty minutes adding up and the short bench taking its toll on the Hawks 2 side. The team battle one and before they knew it the flow and work rate started to pick up and returning Blackburn Junior player Owen Woods scored the a second goal for the Hawks 2 which was also unassisted and took the score to 7-2. This wasn’t to be the end of Blackburn’s scoring as minute’s later assistant player coach Tom Helm scored the third goal for Hawks 2 and was assisted by Owen woods to take the score to 7-3. Coventry went on to score another four goals in the last ten minutes of the third period taking the final score to 11-3
MVP for the Blackburn Hawks 2 went to assistant player coach Tom Helm
Blackburn Hawks 2 vs Hull Jets Sunday 23rd September 2018
Sunday saw Blackburn Hawks 2 welcome The Hull Jets to the arena for a game on home ice. Blackburn struggled with Hull last year and this season Hawks 2 wanted to improve their performance against Hull.
First period had started and with no more than 31 seconds played your Blackburn Hawks 2 opened up the scoring from Sean Jones another returning Blackburn Junior player assisted by Harry Mercer to take an early 1-0 lead, The game seemed to be evenly matched with some fast and energetic end to end hockey with some outstanding saves being made by Blackburn net-minder Louis Edwards. Blackburn Suffered a penalty and had to go short handed in which Hull took advantage of a power play and set up a well taken goal to tie it up mid way through the first period. The Jets took advantage of a second power play and took the lead to 2-1 before adding a third shortly after. Blackburn didn’t drop their heads or back off and no more than 7 seconds later they scored their second goal coming from GB Ladies player CJ Ashton and was assisted by Captain Wesley Nixon and Danny Room. Hull managed to break through once more in the final 2 minutes of the first period and put the puck in the back of the net taking the period score to 4-2.
The second period got under way with both teams evenly matched with some great plays at both ends of the ice. As the period hit its mid-point Blackburn Junior Hawk and Hawks 2 Ronnie grimes scored a well taken unassisted goal to take the game to 4-3, but Hull quickly fired back with an un-assisted goal of their own to end the period with a lead of 5-3.
The third period got underway and with both teams taking a few penalties and a few roughing match ups the period never really seemed to get going for the Hawks 2 and eventually tired legs and Hulls experience overcome Blackburn allowing Hull to take advantage and score 2 unanswered goals which ended the game 7-3. This was a vast improvement for the Blackburn Hawks 2 with some great plays coming from the team and a never quit attitude and close knit bond with players being formed.
MVP went to Thomas Murphy #19
If you would like to see us in action our next home game is on:
Saturday 29th September vs. the Deeside Dragons.
Face off 6:00 pm doors open at 5:00 pm
Adults £5.00 Children £2.50 Family £12.50