Young Solway stopper shines in face of Dundee barrage

Solway Sharks U14 gave a good account of themselves in their Scottish Cup tie against Dundee Stars last Sunday.

Kyle Carruth gave the Sharks an early lead, but Dundee fought back to make 2-1 by the end of the first period.

The Stars added a third goal in the middle session, before racing away with the game in the final period to secure an 8-1 victory. Netminder Logan Reid picked up the MVP award for Solway.

Coach Gary Carruth said: “Dundee U14s are probably the top team in the league this season. We knew it would be a challenge, but we accepted it and gave them a hard game.

“The attitudes and effort were great. I spoke with Dave Edmunds, the Dundee coach, after the game and he commented on the improvements we have made since our last outing which was nice to hear.

“Logan had a lot to do in goal and he made some great saves.”

Solway’s U16 side faced a formidable Stars team in their Scottish Cup match, eventually going down 13-1. Noah Kidd scored the Sharks’ consolation goal.

“Our attitude and work rate have been questionable in recent weeks,” Carruth added. “Today we skated with Dundee – we battled for the puck and we followed through on our checking.

“Dundee will finish first or second in the league, so the only result we were looking for was to leave the ice content that the effort levels were back and they were.

“Man of the match went to Jack Little. He worked really hard – he’s a big guy and when he finishes his hits like he did today it gives the rest of the guys a lift.”

(Image permission: Copper Tree Photography)