Solway Sharks U20 held off a late fightback by Dundee Stars to pick up another two points last weekend.
Goals by Scott McCutcheon (2), Lewis Houston, Jamie Ferguson and Liam Stenton helped Solway open up a five-goal lead early in the final period, but Dundee clawed their way back to make it 5-4 with just over three minutes to play.
However, the Sharks dug deep to claim the win – much to the relief of head coach Jamie Kerr.
“Every game we ask the players to try to put 60 minutes of relentless and ruthless hockey together at a consistent high tempo,” he said.
“In previous games we have started slow and finished really strong. Today after 45 minutes we couldn’t fault the team’s effort and attitude.
“For some reason we decided completely stop playing for an eight-minute spell, coughed up three really weak goals defensively and put ourselves at risk of dropping points.
“It shouldn’t take a time-out to come out of our shell but, to be fair, we switched back on as soon as we went back out there after that.”
Solway’s U12 side also collected two points courtesy of a comfortable victory over Ayr Bruins.
Owen Rae (5) and Bailey Thomson (4) were amongst the scorers for the young Sharks who were impressive throughout the game.
Coach Jamie Thomson said: “A big scoreline is hard for any team to be on the end of, but Bruins are a young team with some promising skaters and will be fine in the long run.
“The result aside, I’m proud of the way my players carried themselves – they know what it’s like to be the new guys and were very professional and sportsmanlike.
“It was great to get every member of the team on the scoresheet and plenty of game time. Next up is Murrayfield away which will be a different game altogether, so we need to get back to work this week and move on.”
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