Sunday 16 June 2019

Summer Classic Cup: Blackburn Buccaneers 4 - Riverside Raiders 3 (After Penalty Shoot Out)

Saturday 15th June 2019: Howies UK Ice Hockey Summer Classic Cup

Blackburn Buccaneers 4 - Riverside Raiders (Widnes) 3 (After Penalty Shoot Out)
Period Scores: 3-0, 0-1, 0-2, PS: 1-0
Penalties in Minutes: Buccaneers 16 – Raiders 18
Match Officials: Josh Humphreys and Neil Herring
MVPS: Buccaneers – Glen Rattray / Raiders – Rob Melvin
Scorer: Paul Breeze
Timekeeper: Mark Robertson
Match Report & Photos by Paul Breeze

The Blackburn Buccaneers and Widnes-based Riverside Raiders played out a highly entertaining and thrilling 3-3 draw in the Summer Classic Cup on Saturday in a game that had to be decided by a penalty shoot out.

Because of refurbishment works being done at the Blackburn rink, the game was actually played at the Deeside rink in Queensferry, which gave for an unusual atmosphere.

The Buccaneers scored after just 11 seconds of the game when Rob McNair broke forward from the face off to slot the puck into the Raiders’ net.

Team captain Michael Walsh made it 2-0 to Blackburn after 8 minutes and a strike from Callum Greenhalgh on 15 minutes gave Blackburn a commanding 3-0 lead at the first period break.

The second period played out goal-less until Jack Walker finally scored for the Raiders with just 76 seconds left. The third period saw the Raiders draw level with two strikes from Mike Filek in the 48th and 54th minutes and both sides had their chances in the last five minutes but neither could win the game outright.

In order to decide an overall winner, a nail-biting penalty shootout ensued that saw Buccaneers’ Michael Walsh fire in the first shot to edge Blackburn into the lead. The rest of the penalty shots were either saved or missed so that ended up being the deciding strike.

The Riverside Raiders are at home this coming Sunday 23rd June when they take on the Shropshire Huskies in the Summer Classic Cup at Planet Ice Widnes. The face off time is 4.30pm and admission is free.
Full Line Ups and Player Stats:

Blackburn Buccaneers: Alex Dunstan, Simon Pickering (0+1 14PIM), Jonathan Nuttall , Karl Milton, Robert McNair (1+1), Hudson Nuttall, Glen Rattray (NM 60 mins), Daniel Watson, Ciaran Chapman, Callum Greenhalgh (1+0), Patrick Thomson (2PIM), Paul Tierney, James Longworth, Adam Duxbury, Michael Walsh (1+0), Raivis Apfelbaums, Sam Calderbank

Riverside Raiders: Michael Filek (2+0), Rob Melvin (NM 60 mins), James Kelly (0+1), Howard Hughes, Ben Donkin (0+1, 4PIM), Jeff Chapman-Watson, Jack Walker (1+1), Eemeli Vuorihovi, Daniel Trust, Stephen Harvey (0+1), Jordan Birtwistle, David Priestley, Daniel Watts, Mike Teinert (12PIM)

Penalty Shoot Out:
Buccaneers – Walsh 1, Apfelbaums 0, McNair 0
Raiders – Priestley 0, Filek 0, Walker 0