Scotland U19 coach wants players to make history against England

Scotland U19 coach Scott Plews has told his players to go out and make history when they meet England at iceSheffield on Friday (face-off 8.00pm).

The traditional curtain-raiser to the annual Conference tournament will once again see the two sides go head-to-head for the prestigious Frank Dempster Memorial Trophy.

Scotland recorded a thrilling 5-4 overtime victory in 2018 and they are attempting to retain the trophy for the first ever time.

The national side warmed-up for the game with a 6-1 win against Murrayfield Racers last weekend and Plews believes they have the talent to beat England again.

“After working with Steven (Lynch) for four years on this team and my second year with Richard (Hartmann), I feel we do nothing but improve each year,” he said.

“The players understand not only how we want them to play on the night but how to train, eat, hydrate and even down to how we dress for the game.

“They know that they are allowed to express themselves on the ice when an opportunity arises and to enjoy the camaraderie on training and in the room.

“Scottish Ice Hockey take good care of this team and our preparation is second to none.”

Hundreds of young hockey players and their parents travel from all over the UK to attend the Conference tournament, with the international game providing a tasty appetiser ahead of the main event.

Plews believes the fixture offers players the perfect opportunity to make an impression on a bigger stage.

“Coaches from higher levels will be at the game looking to maybe spot future potential signings for their clubs,” he added.

“It’s called a showcase of young talent for a reason and it will definitely be an exciting game of hockey for all involved and spectators alike.

“England have great depth and quality, but this year we have one thing on our mind and that is to retain the Frank Dempster Memorial Trophy which has never been done by Scotland.

“May the best team win and all players do their best!”

SCOTLAND U19 SQUAD

Euan Simpson (Kirkcaldy), Dale Shearer (Dundee Tigers), Liam Danskin (Kirkcaldy), Reece Cochrane (Fife Flyers), Ethan Reid (Murrayfield), Ben Coughtrie (Solway), Josh Hodgkinson (New Ulm Steel), Lee Murison (Kirkcaldy), Drew Rumgay (Dundee), Charlie Scott (Dundee), Jordan Buesa (Fife Flyers), Caly Robertson (Fife Flyers), Lewis Houston (Solway), Liam Stenton (Solway), Garry Simpson (Kirkcaldy), Scott Jamieson (Kirkcaldy), George Pitcaithly (Kirkcaldy), Ruari Lockerbie (Solway), James Spence (OHA), Keiran Hair (Solway), Euan Anderson (Kilmarnock), Jake Grubb (Kirkcaldy).