Mixed fortunes for Solway Sharks Juniors at Kilmarnock

Solway Sharks Juniors travelled up the A76 last weekend to face Kilmarnock in two different age groups.

The U14s were first into action, but they found things difficult in the tight confines of the home rink. The young Sharks were on the back foot for much of the game and eventually went down 12-3.

Kyle Carruth (2) and Ajay Turner got their goals, with Jackson Collett picking up the MVP award.

Coach Gary Carruth said: “The small square ice pad at the Galleon Centre makes for a tough game at every age group.

“We have a lot of skill in the group, but it’s difficult to play our type of game there. Kilmarnock are a bigger and very experienced side and play well on ice they are used to.

“Jackson’s attitude was great. He was positive on the bench and worked hard in both ends of the ice.”

The U16s (pictured above) had better luck in their game, running out 6-4 winners. Jack Slater (2), Corbyn Grace, Andy Craik, Scott Rae and Lennon McNee were on target for Solway, with netminder Joshua Leuvennink bagging the MVP prize.

“We spoke about the conditions and how it was going to be a physical battle before the game,” Carruth added.

“Credit must go to every player – we won because we outworked Kilmarnock. Everybody played for each other and gave 110% and I couldn’t be more proud of them all.

“Josh was on another level in nets for us today. He kept us in the game. He made some unbelievable saves which broke their spirit and gave us the confidence to go on and eventually take the win.”

(Image permission: Copper Tree Photography)