Lockerbie leads the way as Solway Sharks U20 return with a bang at North Ayr

Solway Sharks U20 returned to competitive action last weekend with a comprehensive 13-2 victory at North Ayr Devils.

Ruairi Lockerbie (6), Lewis Houston (3), Aiden Nicol (2), Ben Coughtrie and Liam Stenton got the Sharks’ goals.

Head coach Jamie Kerr admitted that his team had found it difficult to find their form during the early part of the game.

“It was clear to see that we hadn’t played together for almost two months in the first period,” he said.

“However, in the second period we asked them to shelve the frustrations, stay intense, but chill out in terms of over-thinking and over-playing and they were unstoppable in that seven goal, 10-minute spell.

“The last period was pretty painful to watch with us taking the foot off the gas and penalties being dished out a lot.

“That said, our guys kept emotions in check when they could so easily have retaliated but they accepted self-preservation was beneficial to the team.”

Solway’s U16 found things tough at home to Fife Flames, with the visitors recording a 9-1 road victory.

Andrew Craik grabbed the Sharks’ consolation goal, while netminder Joshua Leuvennink picked up the MVP award.

Coach Mikey Thomson said: “We started well and looked up for it, but lost a few goals in quick succession and our heads dropped.

“We lacked discipline and work rate and didn’t really do our individual jobs well. We need to work to get stronger. Hats off to Josh in the nets, as he faced a lot of shots and held them off well.”

Sharks’ U14 side were also defeated, losing 7-3 on home ice against Kirkcaldy Chiefs. Tomas Vyrostek, Kyle Carruth and Cassie McGregor were on target for the Dumfries-based outfit.

The club’s U12 team put up a spirited display at North Ayr Penguins, eventually going down to an 8-6 defeat. McGregor (2) and Owen Rae (2) topped the scoring for Solway.

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