Whitley Warriors net superb four-point haul
Whitley Warriors took to the ice on two occasions over the course of the weekend and won both contests for a maximum return.
They were successful in an away trip to South Yorkshire to play Sutton Sting on Saturday before a home game against local rivals Billingham Stars on Sunday evening.
Against the Sting, Warriors started the game well and took the lead with nine minutes on the clock when player-coach David Longstaff fired home after some pleasing build up play from Callum Queenan and Jamie Tinsley.
Five minutes later the same three players combined to make the scoreline 2-0 in the visitors’ favour.
Sutton were able to pull a goal back late in the first period during a powerplay advantage.
Warriors extended their lead to 3-1 at the start of the second period with a powerplay goal of their own when Shaun Kippin lit the lamp after being set up by blue liner Harry Harley and forward Dean Holland.
Sting were still in the game though and netted two quick goals just after the 25-minute mark as Matt Darlow’s side showed the quality they have in their line up.
The final period saw both sides looking for that elusive game winning goal and it was Whitley who were able to net a late strike and take the two points on offer thanks to Adam Reynolds.
Richie Lawson was selected as Warriors ‘man of the match as he recorded a save percentage of 90 per cent as he turned away 27 of the 30 shots that came in his way.
On Sunday evening against Billingham, Whitley edged the opening period and led after 20 minutes thanks to a strike from the in-form Holland.
The middle session saw Warriors extend their lead when Longstaff fired past Stars netminder James Flavell with only seconds remaining in the period.
Billingham got back into the game in the final period when their import forward Dennis Bostrum found the back of the net.
But Warriors were able to secure the victory against their rivals when a late empty net goal from Holland saw them win 3-1.
Whitley blue liner Dan Pye was selected as their man of the match for the first time this season as the stay at home d man had a superb game in defence.
Next weekend sees Warriors face Sutton Sting on home ice on Sunday in a NIHL North League game that gets under way at the normal face-off time of 5pm.
Games between Warriors and Sting have been tight and tense affairs this campaign and next weekend’s match-up promises to be the same again between two talented teams.
Warriors are holding a ‘Legends’ night featuring former players from both Whitley Warriors and the Durham Wasps on Friday, February 19, at 42nd Street in Whitley Bay.
Tickets are priced at £5 and the club is hoping as many supporters as possible attend the event and enjoy what is set to be a superb night of hockey related stories and banter.
At the event will be David Longstaff, Simon Leach, Terry Ord, John Iredale and Peter Johnson.