Hawks hope to have import available.
With no home game this weekend the Ultimate Windows Billingham Stars travel to Blackburn on Sunday evening – Face Off 17:45.
With Stars looking to build on a tremendous come back against Whitley Warriors in their last NIHL 1 Moralee conference outing. The Stars face a difficult away trip to fifth placed Blackburn Hawks.
Stars will be without Stephen Wallace and with Andy Finn also unavailable and a late fitness test on Garry Dowd could present the younger Billingham Stars the opportunity to shine.
Blackburn the current Play off Champions have not made the best of starts to this seasons campaign with only four wins and two draws from ten games.
Blackburn were edged out 6 â€“ 4 by league leaders Solway Sharks last weekend, but mounted an impressive comeback going from 3 â€“ 0 down to 4 â€“ 3 up, before Solway responded to tie the game, then added two power play goals too sieze the points for the Scots side.
Blackburn this week also confirmed the signing of 24 year old Canadian forward Jon Adams. The Lancashire club confirmed that they had been involved in protracted negotiations to bring Adams to the UK and subject to his International transfer documentation he should be available for his UK debut against the Stars.
Adams comes with a respectable track record of 56 goals and 86 assists from 111 starts in the Greater Montreal Hockey League.
Blackburn Hawks Head Coach Jared Owen said this week;
â€œWe`re excited to have Jonathan joining the team this week. I know the guys are looking forward to him arriving and training with him. He has good pedigree and looks like he will add some grit and scoring to our line-upâ€.
Billingham Head Coach Terry Ward expects another close encounter;
â€œWe are going to be missing some key guys on our trip to Blackburn, we will have to make some alterations to our lines, and again we will look to some of the younger players to make an impressionâ€.
â€œBlackburn have had some close games this season, itâ€™s not like they have been beaten by any huge margins, maybe one or two goals, but that seems to be the story across the top five teams, and that makes for an interesting league.â€
â€œWith Billingham and now Sutton having beaten the Sharks we will hope that Whitley can do us a big favour in Dumfries tonight and become the first team to beat the Sharks on their home ice this season.â€
â€œBlackburn have brought a second import into their squad, he has a fairly decent set of stats behind him, and tomorrowâ€™s game could be his first outing so it will be interesting to see what first impressions bring.â€
The game at Blackburn faces off at 17:45 and score updates will be available on Twitter from the @billinghamstars official feed.