From Lancashire Telegraph

Jon Adams and player-coach Jared Owen both scored hat-tricks against Telford Titans to fire Blackburn Hawks into second spot in the National Ice Hockey League Moralee Conference.

Their stay was short lived however, with Sutton Sting and Billingham Stars both winning their league games on Sunday and leapfrogging Hawks, who were on cup duty.

But Saturday’s result leaves Blackburn in a good position for a late charge for the top two, providing they can use their games in hand over Billingham and Sutton, who sit second and third respectively.

Many had expected the Hawks would have an easy ride away to Telford in their first game of a double-header weekend, having comfortably beaten them 16-1 earlier in the season.

But they were in for a shock as a much-improved Titans line-up recovered from an early 3-0 defeat to lead 5-4 in the second period.

Hawks were stunned into life and Canadian import Adams completed a quickfire treble, before Owen also claimed a hat-trick with the final goal in a 10-6 win.

Other scorers were Dan Mackriel, Aaron Davies and Adam Brittle, who scored two.

Sunday’s cup win was a more convincing one over Manchester Minotaurs, with the second period being the busiest of the three.

Ivo Dimitrijevs caps off the scoring against Manchester

Ivo Dimitrijevs caps off the scoring against Manchester

Going in 1-0 up thanks to Rick Ravey’s fourth minute goal, Ric Hughes doubled the lead early in the second before Adams scored either side of a David Meikle double.

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