Solway Sharks’ U20 team suffered a setback to their hopes of winning the league title as Murrayfield claimed a 7-5 victory at Dumfries Ice Bowl last weekend.
Kieran Hair (above) grabbed a hat-trick, while further goals by Arran Shankland and Scott Henderson put Solway 5-2 ahead midway through the second period, but Murrayfield fought back to secure the points.
Solway U20 are back in action on Sunday when they welcome North Ayrshire to Dumfries, while the conclusion to their season will be a head-to-head weekend with Fife Falcons which will likely determine the league winners.
Solway’s U16 side struggled to make an impact at Fife Flames as the home side eased to a 13-2 success. Liam Stenton scored both Solway’s goals and head coach Jamie Kerr admitted his team couldn’t contain the Flames.
“Fife and Murrayfield are going head-to-head for the under 16s league title, so having faced Murrayfield again recently we knew what kind of standard to expect,” he said.
“We worked hard initially but three goals on the Fife powerplay knocked the stuffing out of us in the first period and we didn’t have it in us to respond positively, which was disappointing in terms of character.
“This allowed Fife to pick us off at ease without really having to exert themselves.”
Solway’s U12 team also had a difficult time of things at home to Lanarkshire Lightning as the visitors recorded a 12-2 victory.
Tomas Vyrostek and Bailey Thomson grabbed Solway’s goals, but head coach Craig Jackson was pleased with his team’s improvement during the match.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game due to the excellent start Lanarkshire had made to the season,” he said.
“The first five minutes of the game saw us go behind 6-1 and put the game out of sight. All we could do was to improve on how we started and build upon what we had spoken about in the changing room.
“As play continued we gradually got into the game and started to create goalscoring opportunities, but these were met by an excellent performance from the Lightning netminder.
“We were beaten by a better side – had we started better this may have been different. We go to Lanarkshire on Saturday for the return leg and hope to make some improvement in the score, and hopefully try and make a better impact on the game.
“Man of the match went to Bailey Thomson who put in an excellent performance, working hard at both ends of the ice.”
Solway are actively looking for new players. Anyone interested in playing ice hockey should contact Dumfries Ice Bowl on 01387 251300 for details of weekday and Saturday ‘learn-to-play’ sessions.
(Image permission: David Morrison)