Sharks’ boss insists his side can improve despite unbeaten start

Solway Sharks’ head coach Martin Grubb says he was pleased to pick up two victories over the weekend, but believes his team still have some room for improvement.

The Sharks played twice in the Scottish National League, defeating Dundee Comets and Kirkcaldy Kestrels to maintain their unbeaten start to the new campaign.

They started the weekend with a 12-2 home victory over the Comets and although the scoreline looks comfortable, Grubb insisted the result was a little flattering.

“I thought we came out ready to play at a high tempo, moved the puck well and created lots of scoring opportunities which was pleasing,” he said.

“It may sound strange but I didn’t think it was a 12-2 game as the Comets are a good team and had their opportunities, but their short bench and our speed caught up with them.

“It was good to keep the momentum going from last weekend and show that this new young team has plenty of skill, speed and offensive threat to it.”

Solway travelled north the following day to face Kirkcaldy Kestrels at Fife Ice Arena. The Sharks ran out 8-1 winners, but Grubb admitted that the home side had made things difficult for his team.

“Fife is never an easy place to play – they know how to play on the bigger ice and I thought we were average for most of the first period,” he added.

“We had most of the puck and a couple of powerplay opportunities, but never really got going. We made a few adjustments at the intermission and came out better in the second.

“We started to get ourselves going and managed to stay focused in a scrappy, stop-start game. Overall we did our job and showed we can play defence as well as score goals and it was a good win to wrap up a four-point weekend.”

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