The Halton Huskies team moved back to the top of the Summer Classic Cup table with a comprehensive 20-1 victory over the Hull Knights at Planet Ice Widnes on Saturday.
Having already beaten the Humbersiders 1-13 away in their earlier meeting – and with the Knights struggling winless at the bottom of the table – this game always looked like being a home banker for the Huskies and that is exactly what happened.
They opened the scoring with a goal from Jack Davies on 3 minutes and then subsequent strikes from Jake Berry, Edward Ridding and Jeff Chapman Watson saw the Huskies leading 4-0 at the first period break.
The second period continued in similar vein with a goal from Conor Cooper two minutes from the restart, two more unanswered markers from Berry and then a second for Cooper for an 8-0 lead.
The third period saw the Knights’ fortress constantly under siege and the Hull goal was peppered with an incredible 50 shots over the final 20 minutes. This sustained pressure led to 12 more goals for the Huskies coming from, in order: Berry, Cooper, Berry, Jon Lomax, Ridding, Matt Hohler, Chapman Watson, Kohler, Berry, Callum Fraine, Berry and then Jack Davies with his second of the game with just 1 second left on the clock.
Hull did actually manage a consolation goal of their own in among all of that – on 46 minutes – to deny Halton netminder Rebecca Donnelly what would have been a well deserved shut out, but she did receive the Huskies’ MVP award for the second game in a row.
Credit must also go to the overworked Hull netminder Grew Lawley who managed to save an impressive 88 of the 108 shots that he faced over the course of the game.
The Huskies have one match left to play in the Cup group when they take on Widnes rink-mates Riverside Raiders on Saturday 1st July at Planet Ice Widnes in a game that will decide the overall group winners.