Warriors enjoy an excellent road victory against Sutton Sting

Richie Lawson saving a Sutton Sting shot. Picture by Colin Edwards
Richie Lawson saving a Sutton Sting shot. Picture by Colin Edwards

Whitley Warriors travelled to Ice Sheffield last Saturday afternoon to take on the Sutton Sting in a NIHL North Division 1 encounter.

Warriors took a strong squad as the roster comprised 17 skaters plus two goaltenders, though Adam Reynolds and Jordan Barnes were absent due to long term injuries.

Sting have been in fine form on their own ice so far this season and have held league leaders Blackburn Hawks to a draw earlier this term.

Sting also managed to inflict a heavy defeat on Billingham Stars in their last match on home ice when they claimed a hugely impressive 8-1 victory.

Warriors started on the front foot and took the lead after just three minutes when teenage forward Callum Queenan fired past Dmitri Zimzodra in the Sutton goal after being set up nicely by linemate DJ Good.

Whitley continued to impress during the second period and they increased their lead on 24 minutes when DJ Good fired home a one timer in off the post after some pleasing build up play from the lively youngster Queenan and the industrious Callum Watson.

Later in the middle period Warriors made it 3-0 when the in-form Alex Lawson was able to light the lamp on the powerplay, Harry Harley and Dan Pye picked up the assists on Whitley’s third strike of the contest.

Warriors’ two second period strikes were reward for all the pressure they put on the Sting goal as they were able to tally 19 shots in the middle session of play.

The game’s final goal came after 50 minutes as alternate captain Dean Holland made it 4-0 to Warriors when he fired home unassisted.

Whitley were able to shut out Sutton and man of the match unsurprisingly went to netminder Richie Lawson, who was able to save all of the 34 shots that came his way during the 60 minutes of action.

Speaking after the game, Warriors goalscorer DJ Good said: “It was a really good game and we played well. We seem to be getting better every week and we are starting to play away games like we do at home, which should see us do well this season.

“Richie Lawson thoroughly deserved his shut out and if he keeps up that sort of form it could be the key to our season.

“Callum Watson was also excellent tonight and playing like his old self again.

“The next few weeks will be interesting for us as we play three of the league’s top sides, so it will be a good test to see where we are at.”

Warriors are in action again next weekend when Simon Leach’s side head across the border to take on the Solway Sharks in NIHL North Division 1 action in Dumfries on Saturday, November 29, face-off 7pm.

Whitley’s next home game is on Sunday, December 14, when they face local rivals the Billingham Stars in the first Tyne Tees derby of the 2014-15 campaign at Hillheads ice rink in Whitley Bay.