Wednesday 20 June 2018

Ice Hockey Summer Classic: Riverside Raiders 3 - Wyre Seagulls 12

Sunday 17th June 2018 – Ice Hockey Summer Classic Cup

Riverside Raiders (Widnes) 3 - Wyre Seagulls (Blackburn) 12
Period Scores: 1-5, 2-5, 0-2
Penalties In Minutes: Raiders 16 - Seagulls 12

Shots on Goal: Raiders 18 - Seagulls 71 (7-26, 7-19, 4-26)
Match Officials: Fraley / Wang

The Widnes-based Riverside Raiders lost out 3-12 to league leaders Wyre Seagulls in their Summer Classic match at Planet Ice Widnes on Sunday.

The opening stages were, in fact, very close and it took until the 10th minute for the deadlock to be broken when Kieron Hardman put the visitors in front. Laurence le Vay equalised for the Raiders just two minutes later but any hopes of a close game were dashed when the Seagulls scored 4 unanswered goals – from Christian Wareing, Matthew Hook, Nicholas Hageman and Dan Coxon – to take a 1-5 lead into the first break.

Unfortunately for the home fans, that trend continued into the second period with the Seagulls hitting 3 more (Hardman x2 and Adam Fleet) before Jack Walker steadied the Raiders’ ship with a goal on 27 minutes.

The Seagulls restored their 7-goal advantage just 20 seconds later with a second goal for Fleet and Mark Jenkins made it 2-10 with just 33 minutes gone on the clock.

A second goal from Jack Walker gave the Raiders something to cheer about on 35 minutes but things didn’t look particularly promising for the home side as they trailed 3-10 at the end of the second period.

The flow was stemmed somewhat in a rather physical third period which saw a spate of penalties being called for body checks on both sides and, at one point, six players were sitting in the penalty boxes.

Powerplay goals from the Seagulls – scored by Hook and Ryan McNeill - rounded off the scoring for the game and the 3-12 victory consolidated the Wyre Seagulls’ position at the top of the Summer Classic league table.

The Raiders have two games – both in Sheffield – in the coming weeks as they play the Steel City Hawks away this Sunday 24th June and then face the Sheffield Ice Tigers the week after on 1st July.

They are next at home – for their last Summer Classic group game - on Sunday 29th July when the play the Hull-based Kingston City Knights at Planet Ice Widnes.

The Wyre Seagulls also visit IceSheffield twice in July – playing the Ice Tigers on Sunday 8th and Steel City Hawks on Saturday 21st in their final two group games.


Report by Paul Breeze

Team Line Ups and Player Stats

Riverside Raiders:
Adam Jenkins, Adam Murphy, Anthony Hughes - A, Ben Donkin (6PIM), Bobby Samari (0+1, 2PIM), Charles Emanuelsson, Elizabeth Wright (0+1, 2PIM), Howard Hughes (0+1), Jack Walker – A (2+0), James Kelly (0+1), Jordan Birtwistle, Laurence le Vay – C (1+0, 4PIM), Luke Williams (0+1), Michael Filek, Michael Rogers (NM), Nick Jackson (2PIM), Rastislav Geroc , Stephen Harvey

Wyre Seagulls: Adam Fleet (2+1, 2PIM), Michael Gallery (NM), Benjamin Cleary (0+1), Christian Wareing (0+5, 2PIM), Chris Brumby, Conor Duthie (0+2), Craig Pennington, Dan Coxon (1+0), Jonathan Brumby (2PIM), Kieron Hardman (3+2, 2PIM), Mark Jenkins (1+0), Matthew Hook (2+1), Nicholas Hageman (1+0, 2PIM), Ryan McNeill (2+0), Thomas Chadwick (0+1, 2PIM)

Mike Rogers (Raiders): 60mins, SA 71, GA12 = SA% 83.09%

Michael Gallery (Seagulls): 60mins SA 18, GA 3 = SA% 83.33%