Stars solid at Sheffield.

Garry Dowd has added a physical dimension to the stars game.

Garry Dowd has added a physical dimension to the Stars game.

Ultimate Windows sponsored Billingham Stars made their first trip to Ice Sheffield yesterday afternoon. With Dave Thomas still not available, Anthony Price and Adam Robinson injured the Stars bench was dealt a further blow when assistant coach Richie Thornton was also unavailable.

A slow start for the Stars gave the home side an early advantage with Stephen Weeks hitting Spartans opener unassisted after five minutes of play. Both sides pushed for an advantage for the remainder of the first, but both goalies were on good form and the first closed with Sheffield ahead by one.

The Stars turned the tables on recent criticism as assistant coach Michael Bowman converted on a five on three power play assisted by Paul Windridge and Andy Finn, play resumed and the Spartans came back to four men but the Stars potent power play struck again 30 seconds later as Michael Elder put Billingham ahead just before the half way mark.


Spartans Goalie Brandon Stones cools off.

Spartans Goalie Brandon Stones cools off.

The second had seen an impressive performance from Brandon Stones in the Spartans goal who faced 19 shots in the second, in comparison to a fairly undisturbed Mark Watson in the Stars pipes, who was only tested 8 times in the second.

Billingham got a cushion goal two minutes into the third when Andy Thornton gave the Sheffield goalie no warning with a deadly and silent wrist shot that whistled into the back of the Spartans goal.

Stars skipper Paul Windridge in a great position

Stars skipper Paul Windridge in a great position

With Billingham in control and Spartans Ross Jordan sitting out a two minute interference call Stars Garry Dowd put a pin point pass through to Michael Elder who fired home his second of the night and the Stars third power play effort of the game.

The game closed Sheffield Spartans 1 Billingham Stars 4.

Speaking after the game Stars manager Allen Flavell praised his side’s power play performance;

“Hopefully that puts to rest some ghosts tonight about our power plays; I know the guys worked hard in training both sessions this week on the power plays and setting the power plays up”.

“Some good performances tonight, not to many bumps and bruises and hopefully we will be stronger for Manchester’s visit to the Forum on Sunday”

Tonight’s night’s game faces off at the normal time of 18:30pm Tickets will be available from the Tees Active Ice Arena box office from 5.45 pm priced Adults £7.50, Concessions £5.00, Family £22 (2+2).

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