BLACKBURN HAWKS 7 – 4 BILLINGHAM STARS | SATURDAY 29TH OCTOBER 2016
A hat-trick for Aaron Davies and a first goal for James Royds saw Blackburn Hawks defeat the Billingham Stars 7-4 at the Blackburn Ice Arena.
The first period got to a good start for the Hawks, with Royds scoring the first goal within 4 minutes, putting the Hawks ahead.
Defence for the hosts was strong in the first period, denying Billingham chances on goal. However, the Stars managed to slip one past netminder Stewart Ashton to put the score equal.
The Hawks opened the second to a good start, with a goal scored by Aaron Davies; his first of the game, assisted by Carl Price and Mikko Sierman.
It wasn’t long until Davies put his name on the score sheet. Two minutes later, Davies put the puck at the back of the neck, with assists from Sierman once again, as well as Nick Oliver, the Hawks lead 3-1.
For the stars it was an attempt to fight back in the second, but another goal for the Hawks saw them behind. Phil Mulcahy grabbing his first goal of the night, assisted by Davies and Sierman.
Tensions rose between two teams, with two Hawks players being sent to the penalty box for roughing, along side Billingham player Tom Keeley.
Billingham were having a tough match, which saw them call a 30 second time out in the middle of the second period.
The timeout only rejuvenated the Hawks, with Mulcahy scoring his second goal of the night shortly after. Assisted once again by Sierman and Davies, putting the Hawks up 5-1 as they headed into the third period.
Billingham Stars came back in the third period, with a shot early on whilst on the power play, but only managed to hit the cross bar.
Moments later, the Stars grabbed a goal, Denis Bostrom grabbing his first of the game, with a hope to close in on the Hawks. Bostrom managed to get the Stars one goal away from the Hawks, with two more goals in the third; one whist on the power play.
In a desperate attempt to equalise the game in a hope to head to overtime, Billingham pulled their goalie. But only for the advantage of the Hawks.
Richard Bentham took the puck in their defending third and with a slapshot the puck hit the back of the empty net, putting the Hawks ahead by 2.
Still desperate for goals Billingham left the goal empty with 30 seconds to go, but much to the away fans dismay, Aaron Davies got hold of the puck in the attacking third. With his third goal of the game, Davies hit the puck centrally into the empty net, giving the Hawks a three goal lead.
With a 7-4 win Blackburn Hawks put themselves into second place, behind Solway Sharks, in the NIHL North Cup.
MATCH REPORT BY: CASSIE NUNN-PRICE (@CassieMay_)
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