BLACKBURN HAWKS 5 – 7 BILLINGHAM STARS | SUNDAY 6TH NOVEMBER 2016
A disappointing start to November for the Hawks, who lost in their first home game of the month against Billingham stars on Sunday night, in a closely contested 5-7 loss.
The first period opened to a strong start for the Hawks, with a goal from Richard Bentham in the first 7 minutes to secure a lead over the opponents.
With the score line at 1-0, Hawks defended their goal well with the hope of keeping Billingham out and keeping a lead.
However, with less than 5 minutes of the period Jack Watkins put Billingham on the score board for the first time of the night with a shot into the corner of the goal.
The hope of keeping the score line equal at the end of the first dwindled for Hawks. With 11 seconds left of the first, Stars put themselves ahead with a goal from Michael Elder.
Heading into the second Hawks needed to put themselves ahead of rivals Billingham in hope to grab the win. All the Hawks got were penalties, with a total of four penalties for Hawks and one for Stars in the period.
Hopes faded further for Hawks fans as the Stars grabbed their third goal of the evening with a shot from Campbell which reflected off goalie Niks Trapans gear.
With the game at 1-3 heading into the third, Hawks began clawing back into the game.
A second goal from Elder put the Stars ahead by 3. Moments later, Richard Bentham scored his second of the night with a slapshot just off the blue line, defeating Billingham’s goalie, giving the Hawks a two goal deficit.
A goal from Aaron Davies just minutes after put the Hawks in contention to take the game off the Stars with just one goal behind.
Unfortunately for Blackburn, Billingham came back stronger with Chris Sykes putting them ahead by two.
The final 5 minutes saw four goals scored. Regrettably, only two for Blackburn.
Mikko Sierman put Blackburn behind by just one goal, the Fin finally getting a goal after putting in some great shots during the game. But only seconds after Billingham grabbed yet another goal.
Billingham’s final goal of the night was scored by Palmbjork, putting them ahead 4-7.
The night was a good one for Richard Bentham – who was awarded MVP. Despite the loss, he managed to grab himself a hat-trick, his third of the night coming when needed with a hope to draw the game level, but two goals behind and only a few minutes let, the feat seemed impossible with Billingham putting in hard fight.
The Hawks fought to try and level the game in the final seconds, despite the many shots on goal, they just couldn’t manage to get the puck in the back of the net.
MATCH REPORT BY: CASSIE NUNN-PRICE (@CassieMay_)
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