Stars aim to tame Sharks !
Ultimate Windows sponsored Billingham Stars host reigning NIHL One League Champions the Solway Sharks on Sunday night at Billingham`s Tees Active Ice Arena. The Stars will be looking to put right a one goal defeat inflicted by the Sharks in their season opening end to end 3-2 loss at Dumfries.
Sharks have enjoyed a perfect start to their season with three wins from three outings and look very capable of retaining their league title.
With 4 goals in 3 games Solwayâ€™s danger man this season looks to be Iain Bowie, the Stars almost marked former elite leaguer Bowie out of contention in the game at Dumfries, but a late rush from the Scots marksman saw him fire home the winner five minutes from time.
In the pipes Solway have captured the very capable Mark McGill form Elite League side Dundee Stars to share the crease with last seasonâ€™s first choice shot stopper Gary Russell. Also new to the Sharks bench this season is Billingham based youngster Craig Thurston who moved to the Sharks following a season with Sutton Sting.
Stars return to almost full strength following last weekâ€™s opening cup game at Blackburn with the exception being long term injury Anthony Price who looks like sitting out another four weeks following ligament damage.
Stars head Coach Terry Ward is under no impression that it will be a close game, but knows his side are capable of denting the Sharks ambitions;
â€œItâ€™s going to be a very close game again this weekend, hopefully the puck will run a bit better for us than it did at their place and we will get the win that we requireâ€.
â€œSolway have again bought players in and strengthened their side, we beat them last season in Dumfries 5 â€“ 0 that loss launched them on a season long winning streak and this is a game we need to win, and we will take the bull by the horns and take the game to Solway from the first drop off the puckâ€.
â€œWe will be at full strength this week, last weekend was due to exceptional circumstances but I took a lot of heart from the youngsters that stepped up last weekend, they proved they wanted it and they proved they could be effective against strong oppositionâ€.
Tickets will be available from the Ice Arena box office from 5.30 pm on Sunday night priced Adults Â£7.50, Concessions Â£5.00, Family Â£22 (2+2).