Tuesday 18 June 2024

Match Report: Manchester Swarm 3 - Halton Huskies 15 (Blood, Sweat & Beers Cup)

Valerica Florea was the Huskies MVP against the Manchester Swarm (Photo by David Tattum / DJT Ice Hockey Photos)

Saturday 15th June – Blood, Sweat & Beers Cup: Manchester Swarm 3 - Halton Huskies 15

The Halton Huskies consolidated their lead at the top of the Blood Sweat & Beers Cup table with a comprehensive 3-15 victory away to Manchester Swarm at Altrincham on Saturday.

The Huskies were well on top of the majority of this game, outshooting the hosts by 62 to 20 over the course of the 60 minutes. They took the lead with a goal from Jake Berry on 5 minutes and then doubled the advantage with a strike from Valerica Florea 90 seconds later. 

Manchester pulled a goal back but further strikes from Jack Davies and Florea again saw the Huskies leading 1-4 at the first period break.

The second period was pretty much all Halton and 5 straight unanswered goals – from Elliot Michaels, Dave Priestley, Davies, Berry and Stuart Jamieson built up a commanding lead for the visitors by the second interval.  

A second goal for Jamieson and a strike from Nathan Hewitt had the score at 1-11 for the Huskies by the time Manchester managed to score again and further goals form Hewitt (again) David Hrubrovsky (2) and a hat-trick strike from Berry rounded off an emphatic victory.

The result means that the Huskies top the 5-team Blood, Sweat & Beers Cup table with 10 points from their 6 games to date, 4 points ahead of last year’s cup winners Blackburn Renegades in second place, who have a game in hand.

The Halton Huskies are next in action on Sunday 7th July when they take on the Bradford Cannibals at Planet Ice Widnes, 4.15pm face off.

They then have a challenge match against the Leeds Warriors at Widnes on 3rd August before finishing off their Cup campaign away to Bradford on Saturday 10th August.