Tag: International Hockey

Wrapping Up the Riga Ice Hockey Tournament

It was the final day of the exhilarating Riga Ice Hockey tournament, the air was charged with a mixture of anticipation and reflection. The ice has witnessed countless battles between young talents, and on this last day, the Scotland Juniors prepared to give their all in their final matches. Let’s take a closer look at the intense action that unfolded during the concluding day of the tournament and the invaluable experiences the teams take home.

U13s Showcase Determination: The morning began with the U13s taking to the ice against the formidable Riga team. Despite the scoreboard showing a 2-10 loss, the young Scots displayed remarkable grit and effort, proving that they could hold their own against strong competition. The momentum continued as they faced off against Prizma, fighting valiantly and narrowly losing with a score of 3-2. The Scotland U13s may not have secured a draw or a win, but their performance showcased their dedication and spirit, leaving spectators impressed by their tenacity until the very end.

U15s Face Tough Opposition: The U15s had a challenging day on the ice against the formidable Riga team, which secured victories in both games. Despite the scorelines, the U15s demonstrated resilience, determination, and a never-give-up attitude that are the hallmarks of true sportsmanship. These encounters, although difficult, undoubtedly offer the U15s a chance to learn, evolve, and hone their skills as they continue their journey in the world of ice hockey.

A Valuable Tournament Experience: As the Riga Ice Hockey tournament draws to a close, the Scotland Juniors can reflect on the valuable experiences and memories they’ve gained. This tournament was more than just a series of matches; it was an opportunity for these young athletes to challenge themselves, learn from their peers, and gain insights that will shape their growth in the sport. The U13s and U15s showcased heart, dedication, and camaraderie throughout the competition, representing their nation with pride.

Scotland Juniors Embrace Challenges and Victories at Riga

The excitement continued to brew on the second day of the Riga Tournament in Latvia as young Scottish ice hockey talents took to the rink once again. The day was filled with spirited matches, early morning breakfasts, and a mix of challenges and triumphs for both the U13s and U15s teams.

U13s Face a Tough Start

The day began with an early team breakfast for the U13s, setting the stage for their first game against the formidable Falcons. Spirits were high as the young athletes fueled up, ready to give it their all on the ice. The puck dropped at 9:15 am, signaling the start of what would be a challenging match against a skilled Falken team. Despite their determined efforts, the U13s faced a tough opponent and suffered a 7-1 defeat. While the scoreline may not have been in their favour, the young Scots showcased their determination and sportsmanship throughout the game.

U15s Secure a Convincing Victory

Meanwhile, the U15s team enjoyed a more leisurely start to their day, with a face-off scheduled at 1:00 pm against HS Kurbands. The U15s were eager to make their mark in the tournament and their hard work paid off as they displayed great teamwork, skill, and determination on the ice. The U15s secured a remarkable 3-0 victory, showcasing their prowess and resilience.

Looking Ahead

As the tournament progresses, both the U13s and U15s teams are gearing up for more action-packed days. Tomorrow, the U13s have two challenging matches lined up. First, they’ll face HK Prizma, an opportunity for redemption and a chance to showcase their growth and determination. Later in the day, they’ll once again cross paths with the Falcons, aiming to put up a strong fight and learn from their experiences.

The U15s are also set for an exciting day ahead, with two matches on their schedule. Their first match is against Sostine Hockey, where they’ll look to build on their recent victory and continue their winning streak. Later in the day, they’ll take on Olaines Vilki, a match that promises intense competition and a chance for the U15s to solidify their presence in the tournament.

North meets South in National Development finale.

We are excited to announce the schedule and ticket release for the upcoming Scotland V England Junior Games. 

The games will take place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of May at Dumfries Ice Bowl and feature players at u14 and U16 age groups. 

SIH Head of Hockey Operations, Jamie Thomson, said, “ I’m delighted that these games are going ahead. I’d like to thank the EIHA and their lead on this project Seth Bennett, for the proactive approach to making it happen.

This is a great event for us to sign off this season with. We relaunch our national programme in September this year and more events like this will become a regular occurrence. This year has proven to be a real test at national level, lack of ice time, lack of tournaments to attend, cost of travel etc. So pulling this together is a big win and I’m sure the kids are going to love it. 

The tournament will consist of Scotland playing England 3 times over the 2 days in full stopped clock games. Any draws will feature 3v3 in overtime and penalty shots, as we look to replicate the senior level as much as possible. The 4th game for each age group will be a very interesting watch, as we merge team Scotland and England together and draft 2 teams that will go head to head on Sunday afternoon to close the event.”

Seth Bennett, EIHA England V Scotland Series lead, commented, “ This is a great opportunity for the players to play in a really competitive England V Scotland Series. It has been fantastic to work with Jamie and SIH to create an event which is going to bring 12 periods of competitive hockey for each age group” 

I know the players are excited about this opportunity to play against Scotland and hopefully we are going to see some really completive hockey over the two days” 

3.30PM SCOTLAND V ENGLAND U14 1PM u16 Draft Game 
6PM SCOTLAND V ENGLAND U16 3.15PM U14 Draft Game 

It’s set to be a fantastic weekend of competitive hockey and not one to be missed. Tickets are available NOW online, we encourage everyone to purchase their tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.