Stars solid at Sheffield.
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.
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.
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 sideâ€™s power play performance;
â€œHopefully 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 upâ€.
â€œSome good performances tonight, not to many bumps and bruises and hopefully we will be stronger for Manchesterâ€™s visit to the Forum on Sundayâ€
Tonightâ€™s nightâ€™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 Â£7.50, Concessions Â£5.00, Family Â£22 (2+2).