Solway Sharks’ head coach Martin Grubb insisted his team had a duty to entertain as they breezed into the semi-finals of the NIHL North Cup over the weekend.
The Sharks booked their place in the last four of the cross-border competition after recording two comprehensive victories over Dundee Comets.
The Dumfries-based side triumphed 13-0 on home ice and followed up with a 13-1 victory on the road to complete the group phase with a 100 percent record.
The Comets were short-benched for both fixtures, but Grubb says it was important for his team to put on a show for their fans.
“We knew coming into the game that a point would be enough to guarantee top spot in the group and we obviously wanted two points, so we were ready to play,” he said.
“Dundee usually have good offence but travelled short, but we still talked about doing the right things and playing the right way and being professional and I think we did that.
“We moved the puck well and spread the scoring around and the game allowed more ice time for some players in special team situations and that can only be a good thing.
“We also want to entertain our loyal supporters, so it was important still to perform and score good goals.”
Sunday’s victory at Dundee Ice Arena rounded off a hugely successful opening phase for Solway in the NIHL North Cup.
The result took the Sharks’ goal tally to 59 in this season’s competition to leave Grubb satisfied that his team had given supporters value for money.
“We got off to another good start and scored some really well worked goals,” he added. “That was important as we want to keep playing a puck possession game and entertain the paying public.
“It’s tough against ten skaters not to run a huge score up, but I was happy with the level of professionalism we showed all weekend.
“It was good to see all our players get points and everyone get extra ice time – we can now take the positives into this weekend.”
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