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!