Stars aim to swot Sting !!
The Ultimate Windows Billingham Stars are one game away from a play-off final slot against Blackburn Hawks, but the Stars will be hoping Sutton have lost their sting when they visit Billingham Forums Ice Arena on Sunday (face off 18:30).
Billingham hold a single goal advantage after taking last weekendâ€™s tense first leg 2-1 at Ice Sheffield.
With goals from Michael Elder and Stephen Wallace the Stars will be looking to replicate last weekâ€™s success.
Sutton gained their NIHL One (N) wings at the end of last season when they defeated Nottingham Lions in a hard fought promotion / relegation play-off to move up from NIHL Two.
A steady start saw the Sting rise to mid table.Â A big push since Christmas saw Sutton strengthen their bench with the addition of Dmitra Zimozdra in goal and forward Chris Sykes boosted their fire power hitting 31 points in 18 games, to gain a play-off slot.
Billingham Coach Simon Leach confirmed the return of Dave Thomas this weekend and confirmed Mark Watson would be starting in goal.
Simon knows that the job is only half done and has asked his side to play with the hunger they showed at Sheffield last weekend.
â€œWe wonâ€™t be sitting back looking to defend a one goal lead, itâ€™s a must win game and we will be pulling all the stops outâ€.
â€œFrom the first drop of the puck we will be playing at full intensity, we are on our home ice, in front of our home crowd and we must use that to our advantageâ€.
â€œWe have had two very positive training sessions this week, we picked up on a few things last weekend that we needed to work on, and they have gone well in training, everyone is up for the gameâ€.
Last weekend saw the shock of the season when Blackburn Hawks knocked this seasons league champions Solway Sharks out of the play off competition.
The Hawks used their large noisy barn to full advantage and put six past the Sharks to turn a 5-3 first leg disadvantage into a 9 â€“ 1 aggregate win. The game was bad tempered affair that saw numerous skirmishes, and the Sharks voiced their concerns that the officials did little to protect the net minders who were targeted by the Hawks.
Season tickets will be valid for this game following the cancellation of the Telford home tie.
Tickets for the game go on sale from the Ice Arena box office at 17:45pm, Adults Â£7, Kids and concessions Â£4, Family ticket (2+2) Â£20.