Stars mustn`t get stung !!
Top of the table Ultimate Windows sponsored Billingham Stars take to the ice on Sunday night against second bottom side the Sutton Sting.
The first clash of the two sides this season could prove a tougher encounter than league positions would suggest.
With only 2 wins and 1 draw from 10 games the Sting are finally starting to put some results together in the form of a win at Blackburn and a draw against Whitley Bay.
Sutton have bolstered their squad through the summer bringing in Canadian forward Thomas Stuart-Dant who hails from Winnipeg. This is Stuart-Dants first season in the UK having iced for Danbury Whalers in Manitobaâ€™s KJHL, Stings Ian Johnson also secured a coup in persuading Chris Colegate the former Nottingham Lions captain, and GB U19s player back into competitive ice hockey.
Coalgateâ€™s arrival has made an immediate impact at the Sting and he has started racking up the points. Former Billingham Star Adam Robinson signed for the Sting two weeks ago and will be looking forward to resuming playing alongside former Nottingham team mate Colegate.
Stars will be without forward Stephen Wallace who needed 7 stitches to an injury picked up in last weekendâ€™s battle against Blackburn Hawks, Wallace could be side-lined for up to four weeks.
Stars General Manager Allen Flavell believes that the Sting will improve as the season progresses;
â€œFollowing on from their play-off qualification last season Sutton have made a very quiet start this year. They retained former Hull elite Chris Sykes and have brought in some import fire power, had a major result in bringing Chris Colegate back to the game, and have further strengthened with the signing of former Billingham Star Adam Robinsonâ€.
â€œOn paper the Sting have some serious fire power up front, it may be that they are lacking at the back but it should make for a good game as we have one of, if not the strongest defence in the leagueâ€.
â€œThe lads quickly bounced back from our trip to Solway, nothing seemed to go our way in that game, we outshot the Sharks, but once they got two goals up they simply closed shop at the back and we couldnâ€™t find a way back into the gameâ€.
â€œ I was impressed with the quality of the goals we scored against Blackburn, Andy Munroes opener was a great team effort, some great passing allowed Andy to sneak in at the back post and hit the opener, James Moss showed some great skill in a well taken one on oneâ€.
â€œWe have Solway breathing down our necks with games in hand, they have two games this weekend and could jump above us in the league, so itâ€™s vital that we take both points against Suttonâ€.
Tickets for Sunday nightâ€™s game go on sale from the Forum Ice Arena box office at 5.30pm Adults Â£7.50, Kids and concessions Â£5, Family ticket Â£22.