Defining Weekend for the Hawks
Full 9 Yards sponsored Blackburn Hawks are gearing up for the most important game of the season this weekend.
Hawks will travel to Telford on Saturday to take on the Tigers in a Moralee Division game (face off 1900hrs), before entertaining Billingham Stars on Sunday in a vital league game with face off at the usual time of 1730hrs.
With just 4 weekends left in the regular season, the fight for the last play-off place looks like a battle between the Hawks and the Stars. Hawks are 3 points ahead with a game in hand and the teams meet home and away over the next two weekends.
Results so far could not be closer with each winning a game apiece in the North Cup and have also split the league series so far with a win for each team.
TWO STARS TO WATCH
Michael, born 25 years ago in Durham, played his junior hockey for Newcastle Vipers at u-16 and u-18 levels, making his debut for the Vipers’ ENL team in Division 2. For seasons 2009 -10 and 2010-11 he played for the Northern Stars before icing for the re-named Billingham Stars in 2011-12. He was named Stars captain in 2017-18.
Latvian born 22 year old, Kristers played at u-18 level in his homeland for Tukums and at u-20’s for Jelgava and Dinamo Riga Juniors. In 2014-15 he moved across the Atlantic for 3 years playing in several Junior Hockey Leagues, namely: Grey Highlands Bravehearts ( Greater Metro Junior A – Toronto area), El Paso Rhinos and Butte Cobras( Western States Junior League), Grey Highlands Hawks ( Canadian Premier Junior Hockey League) Bradford Rattlers and Windsor Aces( Greater Metro Junior League) and finally in 2017-18 for North Shore Knights in the Federal Hockey League.
This season the much – travelled Latvian has been to Latvia, Ukraine and Iceland to find a club, finally ending up in Billingham for the Stars. So far he has scored 8 goals and 3 assists in 8 games for the Stars.
Sunday’s game may well be one not to miss as the teams have managed to score 42 goals between them in 4 meetings so far this season.
See you at the rink