Sunday, 13 May 2018

Ice Hockey Summer Classic: Wyre Seagulls 6 - Riverside Raiders 4

MATCH DETAILS:
Saturday 12th May 2018 – Ice Hockey Summer Classic Cup
Wyre Seagulls (Blackburn) 6 - Riverside Raiders (Widnes) 4
Period Scores: 2-0, 2-2, 2-2
Penalties In Minutes: Seagulls 14 - Raiders 10

Match Official: Jake Apsley

 


The Wyre Seagulls and Riverside Raiders played out an entertaining and close fought game in the Ice Hockey Summer Classic at Blackburn Arena on Saturday night, resulting in a 6-4 victory for the home side.

The Seagulls took the lead after 12 minutes with a short-handed goal from Adam Fleet and Mark Jenkins doubled the advantage 4 minutes later. The Raiders levelled the score with two quick goals early in the second period – with strikes from Michael Filek and Laurence le Vey – but Fleet edged the home side back in front less than a minute later. A goal from Wyre’s Kieron Hardman at the midway point of the game made the score 4-2 and that was the last goal of the second period.

Adam Fleet scored his hat-trick goal 3 minutes into the third period to put the Seagulls 5-2 up but two more quick goals – from Jack Walker and Jordan Birtwistle - dragged the Raiders back into contention at 5-4 with some 12 minutes left to play.

There were chances for both teams during a tense closing phase but the Seagulls made sure of the win with a goal from team captain Dan Coxon with just 2 minutes left on the clock.



The win lifts the Wyre Seagulls up to second place in the group table – level on points with leaders Flintshire Phantoms, with 6 points, but with an inferior goal difference - and those two teams meet this Sunday 20th May at Blackburn Arena in a fascinating "battle of the top two".




The Riverside Raiders are next in action on Sunday 27th May when they entertain the Sheffield Ice Tigers in a 4.30pm face off at Planet Ice Widnes.

 

Report by Paul Breeze


Team Line Ups and Player Stats

Riverside Raiders:
Anthony Hughes (0+1), Ben Donkin (2PIM), Daniel Watts, Eemeli Vuorihovi (0+1, 2PIM), Elizabeth Wright (0+1), Howard Hughes, Jack Walker (1+0, 2PIM), James Kelly, James Behan, Jordan Birtwistle (1+0), Laurence le Vay (1+0), Luke Williams, Michael Filek (1+0), Michael Rogers (NM, 60 mins - 6 goals), Peter O’Mahoney (2PIM), Rastislav Geroc , Stephen Harvey

Wyre Seagulls: Adam Fleet (3+0), Alex Blackshaw (NM, 60 mins - 4 goals), Benjamin Cleary, Christian Wareing (2PIM), Chris Brumby, Conor Duthie, Craig Pennington, Dan Coxon (1+0), David May, Jonathan Brumby (0+1, 6PIM), Jordan Bradshaw, Kieron Hardman (1+2), Kurtis Hall (2PIM), Mark Kay (2PIM), Mark Jenkins (1+0), Matt Duncan (2PIM)

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Ice Hockey Summer Classic: Riverside Raiders 0 - Flintshire Phantoms 6



MATCH DETAILS:
Sunday 6th May 2018 – Ice Hockey Summer Classic Cup
Riverside Raiders (Widnes) 0 – Flintshire Phantoms (Deeside) 6
Period Scores: 0-2, 0-1, 0-3
Penalties In Minutes: Raiders 20 – Phantoms 0

Match Officials: Povall / Alway


The Widnes-based Riverside Raiders team missed out on the chance to go top of their Summer Classic Cup group table after a disappointing 0-6 defeat to local rivals Flintshire Phantoms at Planet Ice Widnes on Sunday.

The Phantoms opened the scoring after 4 minutes through George Perrett and Chris Dallavalle doubled their advantage after 8. While not playing particularly badly, the Raiders seemed to have trouble making any inroads through the Phantoms defence and, when they did get a breakthrough, they were kept out by the Flintshire netminding duo of Daniel Ryall and Mark Smith – who played half the game each and were solid throughout.

A third goal for the Phantoms – scored by David Meadows in the 28th minute – put the visitors further ahead and left the Raiders with a lot of catching up to do in the final period.

Three more goals from the visitors – scored by Jason James in the 45th minute, Dallavalle in the 49th and James again in the 58th - gave a final scoreline that didn’t truly reflect the game as a whole but  credit goes to the Phantoms team for their efficient and workmanlike performance – and, indeed, their discipline in going all game penalty-free, despite the occasional provocation from the Raiders ranks.

The Flintshire Phantoms remain top of the group table with their 100% record intact and 6 points from their 3 wins. The Sheffield–based Steel City Hawks are second with 4 points from 3 games and, following an exciting penalty shoot-out win over the Sheffield Ice Tigers at the weekend, the Wyre Seagulls are in third place – also with 4 points.

The Riverside Raiders are back in action next Saturday 12th May when they play the Wyre Seagulls away in Blackburn. They are next at home on Sunday 27th May when they entertain the Sheffield Ice Tigers in a 4.30pm face off at Planet Ice Widnes.

The Flintshire Phantoms are away to the Wyre Seagulls on Sunday 20th May and are next at home the week after when they entertain the Steel City Hawks at Deeside Leisure Centre on Sunday 27th May.

Report by Paul Breeze


Team Line Ups and Player Stats

Riverside Raiders:
Anthony Hughes, Ben Donkin (16PIM), Callum Fraine, Eemeli Vuorihovi, Howard Hughes, Jack Walker, James Kelly, James Behan, Jordan Birtwistle, Laurence le Vay, Luke Williams, Michael Filek (2PIM), Michael Teinert, Michael Rogers (NM, 60 mins - 6 goals), Nick Jackson (2PIM), Rasti Geroc (1 + 1), Stephen Harvey


Flintshire Phantoms: Brian Chalmers, Chris Gorden, Chris Dalavalle (2+0), Daniel Ryall (NM – 31.58 / 0 goals), David Meadows (1+1), Gareth Jones, George Perrett (1+1), James Ashbrook, Jason James (2+0), Jason McGee, Mark Smith (NM – 28.02 / no goals), Oliver Meadows, Ondrej Liebelt (0+3), Robin Spencer, Ryan Clark, Steven Furber, Stirling Steeves, Thomas Wilson

Monday, 30 April 2018

Blackburn Buccaneers And Halton Huskies in 12-Goal Thriller


Photo by Kat Garner
MATCH DETAILS:
Saturday 28th April 2018 – Challenge Match
Blackburn Buccaneers 8 - Halton Huskies 4
Period Scores: 4-2, 4-2, 0-0
Penalties In Minutes: Buccaneers 6 - Huskies 2

Match Official: L Wright

On the night that the Great Britain team won the gold medal in Budapest and, with it, promotion to Pool A of the World Championships for the first time in 25 years, the Blackburn Buccaneers and Widnes-based Halton Huskies played out an exciting challenge game at Blackburn Arena on Saturday night, resulting in an 8-4 win for the home side.

The Buccaneers opened up the scoring with a goal within 90 second of the start from Simon Pickering and were 2-0 up after a strike from Mark Jenkins on 5minutes. The Huskies hit a goal back through Jeff Chapman-Watson with 9 and half minutes gone but the Buccaneers restored their 2-goal lead just 20 seconds later with a goal from Michael Walsh.

A second goal from Walsh on 15 minutes put the Buccaneers 4-1 ahead but a strike from Huskies’ Anthony Hughes kept the margin at two goals heading into the first break.

The Huskies upped their game in the second period but any chance of pulling themselves back into the reckoning were lost as the Buccaneers scored three unanswered goals between 27 and 32 minutes – courtesy of Scott Anthony-Jones, Karl Milton and Simon Pickering - to give themselves what would turn out to be an unassailable lead.

The Huskies then hit back with two quick goals of their own - from Jeff Chapman Watson and Michael Parkin – to bring the score to 7-4 but anther goal from Jenkins just 40 seconds later put the Buccaneers firmly in control.

Rather unusually, the last 25 minutes of the game were played out goal-less and the scored remained 8-4 to the Buccaneers at the end of 60 minutes.

The two teams meet again in the return fixture on Sunday 17th June at Planet Ice Widnes – 7.30pm face off.


Full Line Ups & Player Stats:

Blackburn Buccaneers:
Simon Pickering (2+2), Karl Milton (1+0), Carl Everitt, Sam Towse, Michael McLoughlin (0+3), Scott Anthony Jones (1+0, 6PIM), Chris Beesley, Daniel Ewen, James Longworth, Michael Walsh (2+0), Mark Jenkins (2+0), Adam Bolton, Jade Bolton, Dan Watson, Glen Rattray - nm


Halton Huskies:
Connor Cooper, Eduards Savickis, Howard Hughes, James Kelly, James Behan, James Williams, Jeff Chapman-Watson (2+0), Anthony Hughes (1+1), David Simonds, Daniel Trust (2PIM), Kevin Ashcombe, Michael Parkin (1+0), Mike Smith, Paul Barratt, Thomas Jenkins, Joel Clark - nm

Monday, 23 April 2018

Mayhem Lose Out To Kestrels In Sledge Season Opener


Sunday 22nd April 2018 – British Para Ice Hockey League
Manchester Mayhem 1 – Kingston Kestrels 9 (at Widnes)
Period Scores: 0-3, 0-2, 1-4
Shots on Goal: Mayhem 14 – Kestrels 30
Penalties in Minutes: Mayhem 0 – Kestrels 0

Match Officials: Tadeusz Kolarz & Simon Anders

Team Line-Ups & Scorers:
Mayhem: Dougy Hankinson (NM), Karl Nicholson (0+1), Graham Wilson, Dean Lahan, Anthony Booth (1+0), Rob Allen, Andrew Thompson, James Rogerson

Kestrels: Matthew Woollias (2+0), Matt Clarkson (7+0), James Morris, Tony King (0+1), Simon Berry, Ian Houliston (NM), Stephen Gibson, Dave Blakeston

The Manchester Mayhem sledge hockey team slumped to a disappointing 1-9 defeat in the opening game of the 2018 British Para Ice Hockey League season against the Hull-based Kingston Kestrels at Planet Ice Widnes on Sunday.

The game saw last season’s play off champions, the Mayhem, paired up against last season’s league title winners - the Kestrels - and was expected to be a cracking curtain raiser for the 2018 season, which is played throughout the summer months.

With the sport having received a lot of TV exposure at the recent Winter Paralympic games in South Korea, there was a good sized crowd in attendance but nothing seemed to go the way of the home team.

After a close start, the visitors scored the opening goal after 5 minutes of play and led 0-3 at the end of the first period. It was 0-5 at the end of the second period but a goal from the Mayhem’s Anthony Booth at the start of the third gave the home side some hope of a late revival.

Unfortunately, it was not to be and 4 unanswered goals for Kingston - all scored by Matt Clarkson to add to his earlier 3 – fired the visitors to a comprehensive victory. The other two goals for the Kestrels were scored by Matt Woollias.

The Mayhem’s next game is away to Peterborough Phantoms on Saturday 12th May.

A minute's silence was held before the game in memory of the victims of the Humboldt Broncos ice hockey team bus crash in Canada two weeks ago (Photo by David Law)
 Photos by David Law - see lots more great ice hockey photos HERE

Monday, 2 April 2018

Ice Hockey Summer Classic: Riverside Raiders (Widnes) 8 - Steel City Hawks (Sheffield) 2

Raiders' Jordan Birtwistle scored
two goals against the Hawks
(Photo by Chris Johnstone)
MATCH DETAILS:
Sunday 1st April 2018 – Ice Hockey Summer Classic Cup
Riverside Raiders (Widnes) 8 – Steel City Hawks (Sheffield) 2
Period Scores: 5-0, 2-1, 1-1
Penalties In Minutes: Raiders 10 – Hawks 4

Match Officials: Campbell / Williams

The Widnes – based Riverside Raiders team got their Summer Cup campaign off to a winning start with an 8-2 victory over the Sheffield-based Steel City Hawks at Planet Ice Widnes on Sunday.

The Raiders came second in the league competition last year and won the play off final and are hoping to do the double this time around.

The Widnes-based team were the stronger early on and took the lead after just 2 minutes with a great strike from Eemeli Vuorihovi. The visitors fought back and had several good chances themselves but were continually thwarted by Mike Rogers in the Raiders’ goal.

Two goals just 15 seconds apart from the Raiders just after the 10 minute mark gave the Widnes team what would turn out to be a winning margin as first Adam Murphy and then Vuorihovi again found the back of the Hawks net.

A brace from Jordan Birtwistle finished off the scoring for the period and gave the Raiders an impressive 5-0 lead heading into the first break.  

The Raiders maintained the pressure on the Hawks’ goal in the second period and were 7-0 up – courtesy of goals by Rasti Geroc and Luke Williams – before the visitors finally opened their own account with a powerplay goal from Matthew Smith in the 39th minute.

The Hawks pulled a second goal back just two minutes from the restart through Joshua Connolly but the Raiders’ 6-goal margin was restored just 37 seconds later with a goal from Adam Jenkins.

The remaining 17 minutes were played out goal-less but with both sides pushing right up to the final buzzer - and Michael Howells performing well in the Raiders' goal, having come on for the third period. 

There was a very impressive 100+ crowd watching the game and the sizeable Widnes contingent will have gone home happy with the resulting 8-2 scoreline.

A bucket collection was made at the game in aid of two mental health charities MIND and CALM, in support of a charity match that was being played at Blackburn Arena on the same day in memory of Wyre Seagulls and Blackburn Falcons rec player Rob Craig who died last year.

The Raiders’ next Summer Cup game is away to the Wyre Seagulls in Blackburn on 21st April and they are next at home on Sunday 6th May when they entertain the Flintshire Phantoms at Planet Ice Widnes. 

Report by Paul Breeze



Team Line Ups and Player Stats

Riverside Raiders: Adam Jenkins (1 + 0, 2PIM), Adam Murphy (1 + 0), Anthony Hughes (0 + 2), Ben Donkin (4PIM), Callum Fraine (0 + 1), Eemeli Vuorihovi (2 + 1), Elizabeth Wright (0 + 2, 2PIM), Jack Walker, Jordan Birtwistle (2 + 0, 2PIM), Laurence le Vay (0 + 1), Luke Williams (1 + 0), Michael Filek, Michael Teinert, Michael Howells (NM, 20 mins - 1 goal), Michael Rogers (NM, 40 mins - 1 goal), Rasti Geroc (1 + 1), Stephen Harvey.

Steel City Hawks: Aaron O’Melia, Joshua Connolly (1 + 0, 2PIM), Luke Ryalls (0 + 1), Marc Maddy, Matthew Smith (1 + 0), Michael Winfield, Robbie Foulds, Alexander Manning, Andrew Cruise, Benjamin Cowell, Charles Dowell, Donovan Rowland, Joe Scaife, Joel Willers (0 + 1, 2 PIM), Josef Tomlinson, Joseph Foster (NM, 60 mins).

Friday, 30 March 2018

Riverside Raiders At Home To Steel City Hawks In 2018 Summer Classic Cup

Photo by Owen Tennant - Camera and Editing by Mike Teinert
The Widnes-based Riverside Raiders team play their first game of the 2018 Summer Classic Cup campaign this Sunday 1st April when they take on the Steel City Hawks from Sheffield at Planet Ice Widnes – 4.30pm face off.

The Raiders won the Summer Classic Play Off title last year and will be hoping to go one better by taking the league title as well this time around. The Raiders finished as runners up in the league last year, ending up on the same number of points as the champions Grimsby Stormers – and with a superior head to head record – but lost out on goal difference after the Lincolnshire team had a couple of landslide home wins over short-benched travelling teams.

The Summer Classic features six teams from across the country who play each other home and away in a qualifying group, with the top teams then meeting again in semi finals and final. The final will be played at iceSheffield on Sunday 2nd September. 

Alongside the Raiders, the other teams involved in the 2018 competition are: the Flintshire Phantoms from Deeside, the Wyre Seagulls from Blackburn, Kingston City Knights from Hull and two iceSheffield based teams in the shape of the Steel City Hawks and the Sheffield Ice Tigers.

The Riverside Raiders’ Summer Classic Cup Games are as follows:

Sunday 1st April: home v Steel City Hawks (Sheffield)
Saturday 21st April: away @ Wyre Seagulls (at Blackburn) - 6.15pm face off
Sunday 6th May: home v Flintshire Phantoms
Sunday 27th May: home v Sheffield Ice Tigers
Sunday 17th June: home v Wyre Seagulls

Sunday 24th June: away @ Steel City Hawks (Sheffield) - 4.15pm face off
Sunday 1st July: away @ Sheffield Ice Tigers - 4.15pm face off
Sunday 29th July: home v Kingston City Knights
Sunday 5th August: away @ Kingston City Knights

(Game away @ Flintshire Phantoms to be confirmed)

All home games face off at 4.30pm at Planet Ice Widnes and admission is free.

At the game this Sunday against the Steel City Hawks, a bucket collection will be made in aid of two mental health charities MIND and CALM, in support of a charity game that is being played at Blackburn Arena on the same day in memory of Wyre Seagulls and Blackburn Falcons rec player Rob Craig who died last year.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Halton Huskies and Coventry Spitfires in 15--Goal Thriller

MATCH DETAILS:
Sunday 18th March 2018 – Rec Challenge Match Halton Huskies (Widnes) 10 – Coventry Spitfires 5 
Period Scores: 2-3, 3-2, 5-0
Penalties In Minutes: Halton 6 - Coventry 8

Huskies Scoring: Josh Grocutt 5+0, Jeff Chapman Watson 1+2, James Kelly, Michael Parkin & Richard Evans all 1+1, Daniel Trust 1+0, James Behan & Nathan Hewitt 0+1

Match Officials: Ray Ormes & Simon Anders

Match report by Paul Breeze 
Photos by David Law Photography (https://www.facebook.com/davidlawphotographer/)


The Halton Huskies recreational team beat the Coventry Spitfires 10-5 in an entertaining challenge match at Planet Ice Widnes on Sunday.


The home side opened the scoring after just 20 seconds of the game with a great goal from Josh Grocutt but the Spitfires hit back with two goals in under a minute – from Joseph Little and Thomas Sturdy – to edge them into the lead. A powerplay goal from the Huskies’ Michael Parkin levelled the score on 12 minutes but the visitors went into the first break with a 2-3 lead after Ethan Kane fired them back ahead with 3 minutes left in the period.

The second period carried on in the same vein as the first with both teams very closely matched and excellent sporting play on both sides. The Spitfires made it 2-4 with just 80 seconds gone in the period with an incredible short handed goal by Mark Swinnerton but the Huskies pulled a goal back on 25 minutes with another fine effort from Grocutt. Coventry’s Steven Smith re-established the 2-goal cushion with a strike on 27 minutes but two goals in the latter stages of the period – from Jeff Chapman Watson and James Kelly – sent the teams in level pegging at 5-5 for the second break.

The third period saw excellent defensive work and outstanding netminding from the Halton team as they managed to keep the Spitfires’ attack at bay and score five unanswered goals to make sure of the win.

The avalanche started on 42 minutes with a goal from Daniel Trust to make it 6-5 and put the Huskies back in the lead for the first time since the opening minutes.

A hat-trick goal followed for Grocutt on 49 minutes and a goal by Richard Evans on 51. Two more goals from Grocutt – just 10 seconds apart on 54 minutes rounded off the scoring and handed the Huskies a sensational 10-5 victory.

The Huskies have another home game this Saturday 24th March against the Solihull Grizzlies at Planet Ice Widnes. Face off is at 22.15pm and admission is free. 
 
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Thursday, 1 March 2018

Halton Huskies and Sheffield Ice Tigers in 16-Goal Thriller


Halton Huskies v Sheffield Ice Tigers
(Photo by Geoff White - www.gw-images.com)
MATCH DETAILS:
Sunday 25th February 2018 – Challenge Match
Halton Huskies 9 – Sheffield Ice Tigers 7 

Period Scores: 2-3, 2-2, 5-2
Penalties In Minutes: Huskies 6 – Ice Tigers 4

Match Officials: Christopher Povall & Sam Campbell

The term "thriller" tends to get a bit over used – especially by me on this website, if the truth be told - but it is entirely accurate when you come to sum up this fascinating game on Sunday night between the Halton Huskies and the Sheffield Ice Tigers. The two teams were very evenly matched, the lead changed hands several times throughout the game and the result was in doubt until the very last seconds!

The visitors started the game the stronger and opened the scoring after just 3 minutes. It took the Huskies until the 12th minute to open their account with great goal by Daniel Trust and then a strike by Anthony Hughes some 4 minutes later edged them into the lead.

Two goals from the Ice Tigers within just 17 seconds of each other propelled them back into the lead again –with the score standing at 2-3 at the first break.

Sheffield scored again 25 seconds into the second period and extended their lead even further with a goal on almost exactly 30 minutes to lead 2-5 with half of the game gone.

The Huskies rallied, however, and goals from Hughes and Trust again levelled the scoring for the period and left the game at a tantalisingly poised 4-5 heading into the last 20 minutes.

The Halton team came out all fired up for the third period and Michael Parkin scored the equalising goal after 42 minutes (5-5). A delayed penalty goal from Nathan Hewitt put the Huskies ahead some three minutes later (6-5), only for the Ice Tigers to equalise again in the 52nd minute (6-6) – which then set off an incredible sequence that saw 4 goals scored in less than 2 minutes.

Hewitt scored again for Halton 40 seconds later to edge the home side in front again (7-6) but then the Ice Tigers equalised once more 30 seconds later to tie the game at 7-7.

Just 48 seconds after the Sheffield equaliser, James Kelly put the Huskies back in the lead again (8-7) and a hat-trick goal from Anthony Hughes rounded off the scoring with just 90 seconds left of the match (9-7).

The Halton Huskies are next at home on Sunday 18th Match when they play the Coventry Spitfires in a challenge game at Planet ice Widnes. Face off is at 8.30pm and admission is free!  

Full Line Ups & Player Stats:
Halton Huskies: Anna Barnett, Anthony Hughes (3+0 2PIM), Connor Cooper (2PIM), Craig Martin-Watt, Daniel Trust (2+0), David Simonds, James Kelly (1+0), James Behan (0+1), James Williams, Jeff Chapman-Watson (0+3), Kevin Ashcombe , Michael Parkin (1+1), Nathan Hewitt (2+2), Paul Barratt, Richard Evans (0+1 2PIM), Thomas Jenkins, Joel Clark - nm

Sheffield Ice Tigers:
Adrian Todd, Charles Dowell, Dale Vella (0 + 1), Daniel Glue (0 + 3 2PIM), David Sobodtka (2 + 2), James Drinkall (1 + 0 2PIM), James Hague (2 + 1), Jamie Hastelow, Josef Tomlinson, Kristats Savickis (0 + 1), Rory Ross-Docherty (1 + 0), Rosanna Sneyd, Ruslands Gailitis, Scott Antcliffe, Scott Dutton - nm, Thomas Wright (1 + 0), Thomas Haines.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Summer Classic Cup: Flintshire Phantoms 8 - Wyre Seagulls 1

Sunday 25th February 2018 – Summer Classic Cup
Flintshire Phantoms 8 – Wyre Seagulls 1 (at Deeside)
Period Scores: 2-0, 4-0, 2-1

Phantoms Scoring: Dallavalle 2+1, Valyear 2+1, Spencer 1+2, D.Meadows 1+1, Ashbrook 1+0, Wilson 1+0, Perrett 0+1, Liebelt 0+1, James 0+1

The Deeside based Flintshire Phantoms started their Summer Classic Cup campaign with an 8-1 win over Wyre Seagulls.

You can read a full match report HERE

The Phantoms have announced more Summer Classic Cup fixtures and some challenge matches as well. These are listed below.

Flintshire Phantoms Fixtures – all games are Summer Classic Cup unless otherwise stated:
Friday 16th March: away to RAF Cosford Stars (at Telford) - 21.45 face off (Challenge Match)
Sunday 8th April: home v Altrincham Aardvarx -   5.30pm face off (Challenge Match)
Saturday 28th April away to Steel City Hawks - 22.15 face off
Sunday 6th May: away at Riverside Raiders – 4.30pm face off
Sunday 20th May: away at Wyre Seagulls - 6.15 face off
Sunday 27th May: home v Steel City Hawks – 5.30 face off

Sunday 24th June: home v Sheffield Ice Tigers - 5.30pm face off
Sunday 1st July: away at Kingston City Knights - 12.45 face off

Sunday 15th July: away at Sheffield Ice Tigers - 4.15pm face off
Sunday 22nd July: home v Kingston City Knights – 5.30pm face off

To Be Arranged:

Riverside Raiders (home)

Previous Results
11th February: Flintshire Phantoms 11- Trafford Thunder 4 (Challenge)
29th January: Flintshire Phantoms 8 – Blackburn Buccaneers 2 (Challenge)

Follow the Flintshire Phantoms on Facebook HERE

And take a look at the official Summer Classic Cup website HERE

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Sledge Hockey Fixtures Announced For Summer 2018

The fixtures have been announced for the 2018 British Para Ice Hockey League competition and the season opens with a bang at Widnes on Sunday 22nd April with a clash between last season's league champions Kingston and last season's Play Off Champions Manchester Mayhem.

Last season's league meeting between the two teams at Widnes was certainly one to remember and we hope that all the Mayhem's games this summer are equally as entertaining.

Following the season opener at Widnes on 22nd April, the Mayhem play a home fixture at Altrincham on 9th June against Cardiff.

They then have another match at Widnes on Sunday 5th August against Sheffield before facing Peterborough at Altrincham on 11th August.

The full list of Manchester Mayhem fixtures for 2018 is shown below (home games in bold):

22nd April vs. Kingston @ Widnes 4:30pm
12th May@ Peterborough 4:15pm
9th June vs. Cardiff @ Altrincham 4:15pm
30th June @ Cardiff 5:15pm
21st July @ Sheffield 4:30pm
5th August vs. Sheffield @ Widnes 4:30pm
11th August vs. Peterborough @ Altrincham 4:15pm
25th August @ Kingston 12:45pm

League fixtures for all teams can be found on the incredibly clever graphic above (produced by someone else - not us...) - click on it to see a clearer version.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Halton Huskies and Whitley Bay Sharks in 20-Goal Thriller


Photo by Geoff White (www.gw-images.com)
MATCH DETAILS:
Sunday 18th February 2018 – Challenge Match
Halton Huskies 11 – Whitley Bay Sharks 9 
Period Scores: 2-5, 5-1, 4-3
Penalties In Minutes: Huskies 8 – Sharks 6

Match Officials: Ray Ormes & Lee Twell 

The Widnes-based Halton Huskies recreational team notched up a sensational 11-9 win in a 20-goal thriller against the Whitley Bay Sharks on Sunday evening. Having trailed 2-5 at the end of the first period, they won both the second and third periods to take the win in what was a highly entertaining and well-spirited game throughout.

The visitors took a shock lead just 90 seconds into the game through Kieran Buckley and Thomas Evans increased their lead with a second goal on 4 minutes.

The Huskies managed to pull level with goals from Michael Parkin on 9 minutes and James Kelly on 13 minutes but 3 goals from the Sharks in the space of two minutes towards the end of the period – from Greg Scott, Buckley again and then Chris Buckley - gave the visitors an impressive 2-5 lead heading into the first break.

The Huskies upped their game in the second period and pulled two goals back – a shorthanded effort by Anthony Hughes after 23 minutes and Jeff Chapman – Watson on 29 minutes. The Sharks edged further ahead again with a hat-trick goal from Kieran Buckley in the 32nd minute but 3 more for the home side – from Chapman-Watson, Nathan Hewitt and Anna Barnett gave the Widnes-based team a narrow 7-6 lead after two periods.

The Sharks tied the score with a Jerzy Jochimek goal just 18 seconds into the third period but 2 goals from the Huskies – from Anthony Hughes and Richard Evans put some daylight between the two teams at 9-7. A strike from Sharks’ Christopher Porthouse on 48 minutes closed the gap back to just one goal but a goal from James Kelly on 52 minutes restored the two-goal advantage of the Huskies. Jeff Chapman-Watson scored his hat-trick goal for Halton to give the Huskies an 11-8 lead with 4 minutes left to play.

However, just 15 seconds later, Chris Buckley scored his second goal of the night for the Sharks to reduce the margin to just two goals. The Huskies defended well to keep out a late surge by the Sharks and, in highly tense final 60 seconds, Whitley pulled their netminder in favour of an extra attacker but it was to no avail and the score remained 11-9 to the home side at the final buzzer.
 
The Halton Huskies are at home again this Sunday 25th February when they play Sheffield Ice Tigers in a challenge game at Planet Ice Widnes.  Face off is at 8.30pm and admission is free.


Full Line Ups & Player Stats:

Halton Huskies:
Anna Barnett(1+0), Anthony Hughes (2+1), Connor Cooper (0+1 2PIM), Daniel Trust, David Simonds (0+1), James Kelly (2+2), James Behan, James Williams, Jeff Chapman-Watson (3+1), John Carter (2PIM), Michael Parkin (1+1), Nathan Hewitt (1+0), Richard Evans(1+0), Stephen Burns (nm) (2PIM), Thomas Jenkins, (+Bench 2PIM)

Whitley Bay Sharks:
Christopher Buckley (2+0 2PIM), Christopher Porthouse (1+0), Greg Scott (1+1 4PIM), Ian Bradley (0+2), Jerzy Jochimek (1+3), Jonathan Robinson, Keith Tinnion, Kieran Buckley (3+2), Lee McVay, Liam Renwick, Martin Honeyman, Robert Davey (0+2), Ronald Ahmed (0+2), Thomas Evans (1+1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Halton Huskies and Grimsby Stormers in 29 Goal Thriller


Top: Ashley Hame scored 5+3 for Grimsby. 
Above: Edward Ridding opened the scoring for the Huskies
away at Grimsby  (Photos by David Law)
Saturday 3rd February 2018 – Challenge Match
Venue: Grimsby
Grimsby Stormers 26 – Halton Huskies 3
Period Scores: 9-2, 11-1, 6-0
Penalties In Minutes: Grimsby 4 – Halton 8
Match Officials: Bentham / Sewell

Halton Huskies Line Up and Scorers:
James Kelly (1+1), Michael Parkin (1+0 4PIM), Kevin Ashcombe, David Simonds, Paul Barratt, James Williams, James Behan, Conor Cooper, Nathan Hewitt, Edward Ridding (1+1, 4PIM) Stephen Burns (nm).


Grimsby Stormers Line Up and Scorers:
Jason Haigh (12+0 2PIM), Luke Clark (4+7), Ashley Hame (5+3 2PIM), Lubovir Swatojanski (3+2), Oskars Melovoks (1+3), Ross Smith (1+0), John Yorston (0+2), Steven Drew (0+2), Gareth Drinkall (0+1), Andrew Welbourne, Ryan Wilkinson, Josh Wood (nm).


The Halton Huskies travelled across the country to North Lincolnshire to take on the Grimsby Stormers in what turned out to be a fascinating 29-goal game. Unfortunately for the Widnes-based team, 26 of those goals ended up in their own net and, while the final score might look rather one-sided, it was useful experience for the Huskies against notably stronger opposition.

The Huskies actually scored first – just 97 seconds intro the game with a well taken solo effort from Edward Ridding - but by the time Michael Parkin scored their second at 11.13, the Stormers had already fired in 5 goals of their own to take an unassailable lead. 4 more goals followed for the Grimsby team – including 3 within 33 seconds of each in the last minute of the period, to give the Stormers an impressive 9-2 lead at the first break.

Two more goals just 13 seconds apart at the start of the second period set the tone for the rest of the game and the Stormers were leading 19-2 by the time that the Huskies scored their third goal – through James Kelly in the 38th minute. Grimsby found time for another goal before the second break and took a 20-3 lead into the third period.

The Stormers scored again just 38 seconds into the third period and added two more in the next 60 seconds. The Huskies actually managed to shut up shop after that and kept the marauding home side down to just 3 more goals in the remaining 18 or so minutes in what was their best phase of play, although they were defending for much of the time and had very few shots on goal.

Top scorer for the Stormers was Jason Haigh with 12+0 while Ashley Hame contributed 5+3 and Luke Clark 4+7.

The Halton Huskies have more games arranged over the next few weeks:

Sunday 18th Feb: home v Whitley Bay Sharks – face off 8.30pm
Sunday 25th Feb: home v Sheffield Ice Tigers – face off 8.30pm
Sunday 18th Mar: home v Coventry Spitfires – face off 8.30pm
Saturday 7th April: away @ Whitley Bay Sharks – face off 12.15pm
Sunday 22nd April: away @ Solihull Grizzlies – face off 7.15pm
Saturday 28th April: away @ Blackburn Buccaneers - face off 6.15pm
Sunday 17th June: home v Blackburn Buccaneers - face off 8.30pm

Home games are played at the Silver Blades / Planet Ice rink at Widnes and admission is free!

    

Friday, 26 January 2018

Flintshire Phantoms (Deeside) Announce Summer Classic Fixtures





The Deeside-based Flintshire Phantoms will be taking part in the Ice Hockey Summer Classic competition for 2018 and play their first game - albeit on the distinctly un-summerish date - of Sunday 25th February when they entertain the Wyre Seagulls at Deeside Leisure Centre in an 8pm face off.  

The Summer Classic features six teams from across the country who play each other home and away in a qualifying group, with the top teams then meeting again in semi finals and final.

Alongside the Phantoms, the other teams involved in the 2018 competition are: the Riverside Raiders from Widnes (who were last year’s play off winners), the Wyre Seagulls from Blackburn, Kingston City Knights from Hull and two iceSheffield based teams in the shape of the Steel City Hawks and the Sheffield Ice Tigers.

A full list of the Flintshire Phantoms home and away fixtures will be announced in due course.

Before then, they have a home game against the Blackburn Buccaneers THIS SUNDAY 28th January. It follows straight after the Dragons’ NIHL Moralee Division match against the Billingham Stars – 8pm face off, so if any fans would like to stay behind for a second helping of hockey action, it should be great to watch.  


Riverside Raiders (Widnes) Ice Hockey Summer Classic Fixtures Announced


Once the current NIHL season is done and dusted, there will be no need to wait around until September for your next competitive ice hockey fix as the Widnes-based Riverside Raiders team will be in action in the Ice Hockey Summer Classic, hoping to defend the Play Off title that they won in last summer’s competition.

The Summer Classic features six teams from across the country who play each other home and away in a qualifying group, with the top teams then meeting again in semi finals and final.

Alongside the Raiders, the other teams involved in the 2018 competition are: the Flintshire Phantoms from Deeside, the Wyre Seagulls from Blackburn, Kingston City Knights from Hull and two iceSheffield based teams in the shape of the Steel City Hawks and the Sheffield Ice Tigers.

The Riverside Raiders’ games are as follows:

Saturday 10th March: away @ RAF Cosford Stars (challenge match at Telford) 22.15 face off

Summer Classic Cup Games:
Sunday 1st April: home v Steel City Hawks (Sheffield)Saturday 21st April: away @ Wyre Seagulls (at Blackburn) - 6.15 face off
Sunday 6th May: home v Flintshire Phantoms
Sunday 27th May: home v Sheffield Ice Tigers
Sunday 17th June: home v Wyre Seagulls

Sunday 24th June: away @ Steel City Hawks (Sheffield) - 4.15pm face off
Sunday 1st July: away @ Sheffield Ice Tigers - 4.15pm face off
Sunday 29th July: home v Kingston City Knights

(More away fixtures to be confirmed)

All home games face off at 4.30pm at Silver Blades / Planet Ice Widnes and admission is free.


Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Halton Huskies and Kingston City Knights in 10-Goal Thriller


Sunday 21st January 2018 – Challenge Match
Halton Huskies 4 – Kingston City Knights 6
Period Scores: 0-3, 2-3, 2-0
Penalties In Minutes: Huskies 27 – Knights 69

Huskies Scoring: James Kelly 2+0, Edward Ridding 1+1, Jeff Chapman-Watson 1+0

Knights Scoring: Scott Hayward 4+1, Liam Jackson 1+1, Ross Naylor 1+0, Toby Hazel 0+3, Ashley Corbett, Nathan Otley, Jordan Braithwaite all 0+1.

Match Officials: Chris Wells – Referee, Ray Ormes & Richard Wang – Linesmen

The Widnes-based Halton Huskies recreational team played out an entertaining challenge game against the Hull-based Kingston City Knights at Silver Blades Widnes on Sunday night.


The game finished 4 –6 to the visitors and, despite the two teams racking up a whopping total of 96 penalty minutes between them, was played in fine spirit throughout and was a good all-round advert for recreational ice hockey.

Kingston took the lead with a goal from captain Scott Hayward after just 55 seconds and built up a 0-3 lead by the end of the first period with a second strike from Hayward and a goal from Ross Naylor.

The Huskies scored their first goal after 24 minutes with a fine solo effort by James Kelly. A hat trick goal for the Kingston’s Hayward restored the three-goal cushion but it only lasted a matter of seconds before Edward Ridding pulled a goal back for the Huskies.

The game livened up somewhat after this quick exchange of goals and the majority of the penalties for both sides were handed out from a single incident at 31.36 where Kingston’s Grant Cook was given 2+10 for checking from behind plus a match penalty for fighting with Halton’s Stephen Hay, who also got a match penalty.

Two more goals late in the period – from Liam Jackson and a short handed goal by Scott Hayward - gave the Knights a 2-6 lead heading into the second break and third period goals from Kelly, again, and Jeff Chapman-Watson for Halton gave the score a more respectable look.


Full Line Ups:
Halton Huskies: Anna Barnett, Connor Cooper, David Simonds, Edward Ridding, James Kelly, James Behan, Jeff Chapman-Watson, John Carter, Kevin Ashcombe, Michael Parkin, Nathan Hewitt, Paul Barratt, Richard Evans, Stephen Burns (nm), Stephen Hay, Thomas Jenkins

Kingston City Knights: Arren Gray, Ashley Corbett, Daniel Wise, Danny Sims, David Adamson, Grant Cook, Nathan Otley, Philip Curtis (nm) , Ross Naylor, Scott Hayward (capt), Toby Hazel, James Wilcockson, Jordan Braithwaite, Kevin Leak, Liam Jackson.




The Huskies have more games announced:

Saturday 3rd Feb: away @ Grimsby Stormers – face off 6.30pm
Sunday 18th Feb: home v Whitley Bay Sharks – face off 8.30pm
Sunday 25th Feb: home v Sheffield Ice Tigers – face off 8.30pm
Sunday 18th Mar: home v Coventry Spitfires – face off 8.30pm
Saturday 7th April: away @ Whitley Bay Sharks – face off 12.15pm
Sunday 22nd April: away @ Solihull Grizzlies – face off 7.15pm
Saturday 28th April: away @ Blackburn Buccaneers - face off 6.15pm
Sunday 17th June: home v Blackburn Buccaneers - face off 8.30pm




Home games are played at the Silver Blades / Planet Ice rink at Widnes and admission is free!







Monday, 18 December 2017

Halton Huskies and Steel City Hawks in 11 Goal Thriller


Sunday 17th December 2017 – Challenge Match
Halton Huskies 5 – Steel City Hawks 6
Period Scores: 2-0, 1-3, 2-3
Penalties In Minutes: Huskies 4 – Hawks 4


Huskies Scoring: Anthony Hughes 2+0, Jeff Chapman-Watson 1+1, Nathan Hewitt & Stephen Hay 1+0, Anna Barnett, Edward Ridding & Michael Parkin all 0+1

Hawks Scoring: Matthew Smith 4+0, Joe Scaife 1+0, Joshua Connolly 1+0, Ryan Collinson 0+1

Match Officials: Ray Ormes / Simon Anders

Report by Paul Breeze  /  Photos by Doug Brown (
www.recycle-technology.co.uk)





The Widnes-based Halton Huskies recreational team played out a close fought and highly entertaining game against the Steel City Hawks but lost out by the narrowest of margins in a 5-6 defeat at Silver Blades Widnes on Sunday.

The game started well for the Huskies with two goals in the first period – from Jeff Chapman-Watson after just 4 minutes and then Stephen Hay in the 10th minute. They took the 2-0 lead into the first period break but the visitors visibly upped their game in the second period and pulled a goal back some 90 seconds after the restart.

A second goal for the visitors just before the halfway mark in the contest saw them draw level and a third goal at 36.11 saw them edge into the lead. The Huskies hit back with a goal from Nathan Hewitt 90 seconds later to tie the game at 3-3 and the match looked very evenly balanced heading into the third period.

The third period started badly for the Huskies as the Hawks retook the lead with a shorthanded goal on 43 minutes and then fired in two more goals just 11 seconds apart to give them a 3-6 lead by a 50.40. 23 seconds after that, the Huskies pulled a goal back through Anthony Hughes and a second strike by the same player on 54 minutes gave them some hope of salvaging something from the game.

The clock ticked down and there was no further goal action. The Huskies pulled netminder Stephen Burns for the last 30 seconds in order to add an extra attacker but they were unable to force a last ditch breakthrough and the match finished at 5-6 to the Hawks.

Full Line Ups:
Halton Huskies: Anna Barnett, Anthony Hughes, Connor Cooper, Daniel Trust, David Simonds, Edward Ridding, James Kelly, James Behan, James Williams, Jeff Chapman-Watson, Michael Parkin, Nathan Hewitt, Paul Barratt, Richard Evans, Stephen Burns, Stephen Hay.

Steel City Hawks: Aaron Domelia, Alexander Manning, Andrew Stafford, Andrew Cruise, Benjamin Cowell, Joe Scaife, Joseph Foster, Joshua Connolly, Luke Ryalls, Marc Maddy, Matthew Smith, Michael Winfield, Ryan Collinson









Friday, 22 September 2017

UK Hockey Yearbook 2017 - Final Contents Announced!

Well, it’s almost that time again… and the NIHL Yearbook has a slightly different look to it for 2017. 

Following Stewart Roberts’ announcement mid-way through the summer that he wasn’t going to produce his excellent Ice Hockey Annual this year, we took the decision to juggle things around a bit and make space for those leagues that otherwise wouldn’t otherwise get any coverage this year.

Price: £ 8.50 inc free UK P&P
Quick order link:  

The UK Hockey Yearbook 2017 features:
Elite League, English Premier League, NIHL North & South, Women’s Leagues, British Para Ice Hockey league & Scottish National League with details of all league, cup and play off competitions.
Great photos throughout and lots of interesting features and articles as well.
 
Full details of book contents for 2017 -  as well as a contact link for overseas enquiries and multiple copy orders - can be found HERE

Note: PUBLICATION DATE - MID OCTOBER 2017
Pre-ordered copies will be mailed out as a priority!

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Puckstop.com Summer Classic- Play Off Final: Grimsby Stormers 3 - Riverside Raiders (Widnes) 5

The Riverside Raiders trophy winning team
(Photo by Chris Johnstone)
Sunday 20th August 2017 – Puckstop Summer Classic
Grimsby Stormers 3 – Riverside Raiders 5
Played at iceSheffield
Period Scores:  0-2, 2-3, 1-0
Penalties In Minutes:  Stormers 12 – Raiders 8

Raiders scoring:  Sam Plant - 3 goals, Gez Evans - 1 goal, 2 assist, Adam Jenkins - 1 goal, Owen Tennant & Elizabeth Wright 1 assist each.

Stormers Scoring:  Ashley Hulme, I Clark,  Lubo Svatojansky all 1+0, Chris Briggs, Sam Reynolds, Lewis Fenwick all 0+1


Riverside Raiders Win Summer Classic Play Off Trophy

The Widnes-based Riverside Raiders ice hockey team won their first ever piece of silverware at the weekend when they beat Grimsby Stormers 5-3 in the Puckstop Summer Classic Play Off trophy final at iceSheffield.

The Raiders had progressed from a 5-team qualifying group and then beat the Wyre Seagulls in the semi-final to get to the final where they took on the team from Lincolnshire.

They took the lead in the 12th minute of the game with a goal from Sam Plant and were 2-0 up at the end of the first period after a 16th minute strike by Adam Jenkins doubled their lead. 

The Stormers were quickest out of the blocks in the second period and pulled a goal back just 3 minutes from the restart through Lubo Svatojansky.  Sam Plant hit back for the Raiders just 2 minutes later to restore the two goal advantage but another Grimsby goal at the half way mark (Clark) kept the league champions in contention.

Sam Plant’s third goal of the game came just 30 seconds later to calm Raiders’ nerves and then a goal from Gez Evans towards the end of the period left the scoreline looking much healthier from a Raiders point of view at 2-5 after 40 minutes of play.

The Stormers struck again just 3 minutes into the 3rd period to pull the score back to 3-5 and there followed an incredibly tense phase of Grimsby pressure and Raiders defence.  In their enthusiasm to mount a late challenge, the Stormers picked up a raft of penalties in the last period which effectively put an end to their chances and the Raiders played a solid defensive game to close thing down until  the final buzzer.     

The playoff win was a fitting reward for the Raiders players and supporters who had played well throughout this competition and only missed out on the league title on goal difference after finishing level with Grimsby on points in the group table. 


The Grimsby Stormers Play Off Final team
(Photo by Chtis Johnstone)
Riverside Raiders Players:
Adam Jenkins,  Adam Murphy, Anthony Hughes, Ben Donkin, Charlie Perry (NM), Eemeli Vuourihovi, Elizabeth Wright, Gez Evans, Howard Hughes, Josh Birtwistle, Mike Teinert, Nick Jackson, Owen Tennant, Peter O’Mahony, Sam Plant, Stephen Harvey.

Grimsby Stormers Players: 
Andrew Portess, Ashley Hame, Chris Briggs, Gareth Drinkell, Ian Clark, Jason Haigh, John Yorston, Kirt Reynolds, Kyle Mitchell-Quinn, Lewis Fenwick, Lubomir Svatojanksy, Steven Drew


Monday, 21 August 2017

Para Ice Hockey: Manchester Mayhem 2 - Kingston Kestrels 5

Sunday 20TH August 2017 – English Para Ice Hockey League
Played at Silver Blades, Widnes
Manchester Mayhem 2 – Kingston Kestrels 5
Period Scores: 0-2, 0-2, 2-1
Penalties in Minutes:  Manchester 14 – Kingston 4
Match Officials: Richard Wang & Stephen French

Mayhem line-up: Karl Nicholson (2+0), Graham Wilson, Pat Bailey, Dean Lahan, Ant Booth (0+1), Rob Allen (0+2), Steve Midgehall (NM),

Kestrels line-up:  Matthew Woollias (2+3), Matt Clarkson (2+1), Sam Fitzgerald, Tony King, Simon Berry(1+1), Ian Houliston (NM), Stephen Gibson, Dave Blakeston

The Manchester Mayhem Para Ice Hockey Team ended the regular season on the wrong end of 2-5 defeat after a hard-fought and spirited performance against league champions Kingston Kestrels at Silver Blades Widnes on Sunday.

The Hull based team had already secured the league title several weeks ago but were hoping to make history by becoming the first team to complete the season with a 100% record, while the Mayhem were hoping to build on their previous win against Peterborough to build up some momentum heading into the end of season play offs in September.

The Kestrels took the lead as early as the 17th second of the game with a goal from Matt Woollias and it was 0-2 just 2½ minutes later when Woollias set up Matt Clarkson to double the Kingston advantage.

The Mayhem battled hard and had a few chances of their own but were unable to break down the solid Kingston defence.

It was a similar story in the second period where Manchester failed to make the most of their opportunities while the Kestrels extended their lead with goals from Simon Berry on 20 minutes and then Woollias again on 28 minutes. 

Whatever was said during the team talk during the second break certainly had an effect as the Mayhem looked a changed side in the 3rd period.  Karl Nicholson fired in the first Manchester goal just 90 seconds from the restart and then struck again a minute later to halve the deficit to 2-4 with 12½ minutes still to play.

This resurgence was not to last, however,  as just 30 seconds after scoring his second goal, Nicholson was caught up in an altercation with some Kestrels players against the boards behind the Kingston goal.   

The fracas escalated and resulted in a 10 minute stoppage in play while various skirmishes ensued and grievances were aired and dealt with.

The result of all this was a 2+2+10 minute penalty for fighting for Nicholson and a 2+2 for Kingston’s Clarkson for his role in the original incident. This decision saw Nicholson banished for the rest of the match and, as he was the leading player for the Mayhem, effectively ruled out any chance of them getting back into the game.

Clarkson scored Kingston’s 5th goal on 41 minutes and, try as they might, the Manchester players were unable to make any further breakthrough.

So Kingston finish the regular season with 8 wins form their 8 games – the first time any team has done that.  But Manchester could still get a chance to have the last laugh over the Kestrels in the play offs when then two teams could meet again - depending on eventual league finishing positions - at Hull Arena over the weekend of  2nd & 3rd September.