MATCH REPORT: HAWKS 2 – 3 Whitley Warriors
BLACKBURN HAWKS 2 – 3 WHITLEY WARRIORS | SUNDAY 16TH OCTOBER 2016
Blackburn Hawks came up short against opponents Whitley Warriors on Sunday at the Blackburn Ice Arena.
The first period got to a slow start, with both teams having equal possession. But Net minder Stuart Ashton was key to keep the game level for the Hawks, making some great saves.
However, the Warriors were the first to get on the score sheet, with veteran David Longstaff putting the Warriors in the lead seven minutes in.
It wasn’t long until the Hawks levels the game, with returnee Richard Bentham grabbing the goal 11 minutes into the first.
The Hawks had more chances through the first period, with a slapshot from Streetly that unfortunately missed the net. But with 2 minutes left in the period, Warriors took the lead once again, Jordan Barnes taking the goal.
The second period saw chances for the Hawks rise. A shot from Mikko Sierman gave hope for the Hawks, but was saved. That didn’t stop the Hawks going for goal.
Hopes were high when a goal was scored for the Hawks, but a ref ruling it offside meant that the Hawks continued to trail the Warriors 1-2.
A fight between Chris Butler and Callum Watson saw the pair get sent to the penalty box for roughing.
The Hawks went onto the Power Play at the end of the period, but failed to see it through. Ending the second period 1-2.
Heading into the third the Hawks needed to equalising the game to head to overtime. The Warriors started off strong, but a penalty for Liam Smedley gave the Hawks the chance to equalize on the power play.
Another penalty for the Warriors saw the Hawks have another chance on the Power Play in the final 7 minutes, but they did not manage to see it through.
With 4 minutes left of the period, the Hawks needed to equalise to see a chance of winning the game. That’s what Richard Bentham did; putting his name on the scoreboard for the second time in the evening.
Time out called from the Hawks saw tensions rise on the ice and around the arena. Both teams hoping to take the win, with only four minutes to grab the winning goal.
Unfortunately for the Hawks a penalty for Hooking in the final 2 minutes saw the team attempt to kill the penalty in hope to go to extra time.
The final minute was action packed. Coming off a Time Out for the Warriors they managed to grab a goal with 50 seconds to go, putting them ahead of their hosts.
With great support from the crowd, the Hawks had chances in the final moments of the game, with multiple shots just short of goal, leaving the Hawks down when the buzzer rang.
MATCH REPORT BY: CASSIE NUNN-PRICE (@CassieMay_)
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