First North Cup win for Warriors
Whitley Warriors triumphed over Billingham Stars to achieve their first NIHL North Cup victory.
Forward Callum Watson opened the scoring on 5:54 before Canadian Phil Edgar fired home to double Whitley’s lead in the 13th minute. Watson followed this with a power play goal three minutes later to make it 3-0 at the first interval.
Billingham bounced back with a penalty goal but Dean Holland restored his team’s three-goal lead. Whitley then ended the second period in style as Ben Campbell bagged himself two goals just 18 seconds apart to give Whitley a 6-1 lead.
The Stars hit back in the third period as Michael Elder and Tomáš Rubeš netted for 6-3, but Edgar and Harry Harley both scored for an 8-3 win.