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Thursday 21 Oct 2010

Wightlink Tigers 8 Chelmsford Warriors 1

Wightlink Tigers latest game saw them host league basement boys
Chelmsford Warriors. The Tigers opened the scoring with just twenty
eight seconds but any thoughts of a rout of goals would ensue were
short lived as the visitors denied the home side many opportunities as
they forced the Tigers on the back foot.  With man of the match Elliot
Foley standing fast between the pipes the Tigers weren’t going to be a
push over either, and it took the Essex boys fifteen minutes of play to
force the puck over the line in a goal mouth scramble.  The period
ended level at one goal apiece but the Tigers were out shot almost
three to one.

The second period opened with the Tigers taking control of the game and
putting the Warriors net under pressure and with some twenty five
minutes of play lapsed and the pairing of Jason Coles and Daniel Giden
gave the Tigers the lead and pair extended that lead to two just twelve
seconds later.  There was nearly ten minutes of play before the home
side were to light the lamp again but when they did it was a hat-trick
for Coles, assisted by Joe Osborne and Richard Gutteridge. A minute
later Wayne Slater picked up his first senior goal as his pass was
tipped on for Graham MacFarlane to slot home to give the Tigers a four
goal lead.  Final goal of the period was almost a carbon copy of the
first in the period as Coles and Giden gave the Tigers a five goal lead
and the Tigers this period had out played and out shot the visitors
fout to one.  The final period has been the Tigers undoing in there
first few games but they remained focused in this game and got of to a
good start as Nathan Webb netted a shorthanded goal with less than
twenty seconds gone on the period.  The Tigers weren’t making it easy
on themselves as they pulled a string of minor penalties in the period
which did offer the Warriors two, five on three opportunities although
they failed to find the back of the Tigers net.  Final goal of the game
came just past the period halfway marker as Coles fired home a
shorthanded goal assisted by Mike Palin and Tony Blaize to give the
Tigers the eighth goal of the night.

The Wightlink Tigers are home again this Sunday 24th Oct when they take
on Invicta Dynamos with a 5:30 face off.

Thursday 14 Oct 2010

Sunday 11th October

IW WILDCATS 5 - SOLENT& GOSPORT U18 1

Picture the scene, the Isle of Wight U18s team were non-existent several weeks ago due to lack of numbers. Partly because of players leaving the junior system and also because a couple of players chose to swap their allegiance and transfer to local rivals Gosport. Fast forward several weeks and after loads of work behind the scenes to recruit players and a huge effort and commitment from the players within the club a team was assembled. A team who would do the club proud.

Sunday 10th October 2010.Every wildcat player and supporter should remember this day. This was the day that the twelve players who made up the Wildcats team assembled at the rink for the biggest game of the season. This was the game they all wanted, the game they knew they had to win and the game they were prepared to give everything they had for.
The previous game against Swindon saw the wildcats face a whole extra line within the Swindon team which could have quite easily worn the Islanders down. However, this time against Gosport it was twelve against twelve. There could be no excuses.

As soon as the team stepped on the ice for the warm up you could sense their determination. At this moment they more than anything in the world wanted to beat the visitors to show them that this is the best team on the south coast. There were several extended glances towards the Gosport players as if to let them know that the hosts meant business and nothing would stop them. Eleven young men and a lady then huddled for their team talk and after weeks of build up the time had now come. Twelve warriors about to go to war. Cometh the hour cometh the man!

The hundred plus crowd were in for a cracker. This is how it unfolded.

The first whistle sounds and both sets of players are out of their traps with a point to prove. The early exchanges were very even and though the wildcats picked up an early penalty it was soon killed off with out too much concern. Then after just seven minutes Aidan Doughty broke through centre ice and placed a well timed shot past former Isle of Wight netminder Elliott Powell which sent the crowd and players into hysterics. This was what the players needed, an early goal to unsettle the organized Gosport team. Almost before the place could settle down the wildcats were in the ascendency once more. This time Daniel Bennett found Doughty once again in centre ice and for the second time in just under a minute he placed a much softer shot but nonetheless just as accurate past the hapless keeper. If the first goal sent the crowd wild, then this one sent them into a frenzy.
The team then had the discipline to calm things down and take control for a few minutes. However, Gosport did have some good chances themselves with both Perella and Crockford coming close. The game certainly evened up for the remainder of the period with both netminders making some fine saves. Dan Weller for the Wildcats in particular pulling a couple out of the air with consummate ease. The period ended with a fine two goals to nil lead for the Wildcats and you could cut the atmosphere in the rink with a knife.

The period break gave coach Herbert a chance to compose his troops knowing that the visitors would come out in the second period with all guns blazing, and also knowing the next goal by either team could have a huge outcome on the game.

The second period was a far more even affair with possibly Gosport edging the early exchanges. Dan Weller was proving to be a rock in the goal, and being backed up by some good solid defending from George Smith, Luke Bontoft, James McClellan and Connor Price. The wildcats were also testing the nerve of the Gosport netminder who was also making some good saves. The rear guard of the wildcats was penetrated after twenty four minutes when a scramble in front of the goal allowed Milner to score for the visitors. This obviously gave Gosport some added belief, but the Wildcats had other things on their minds and were not in a charitable mood. For ten minutes the game remained finely poised on a knife edge, with Weller once again making some fine saves from the Gosport forwards. Then after thirty five minutes an early nail was placed in Gosports coffin when Jordan Ricketts used his strength and skill to waltz passed the Gosport defence as if they were standing still and unselfishly placed a nice pass to Dan Bennett who slotted the puck home with comparative ease to once again establish a two goal cushion and allow some breathing space within the team. A slight lack of discipline from the Wildcats then gifted Gosport a five on three power play for well over a minute. This seemed to be the turning point of the game as they did not capitalize on their superior strength in numbers and almost seemed to have accepted defeat. The wildcats held strong to kill the penalty and see out the period with a three goals to one advantage.

The break once again gave coach Herbert time to fire the troops up for the final period. The game was still finely balanced but their was a real feeling in the arena that one more body punch would finish off the visitors. With twenty minutes of the game remaining it was all to play for.

As the players vacated the changing rooms for the last time it was obvious there was going to be only one winner. Each and every one of them had a steely determination in their eyes. There was no talking, just total concentration. This team knew how close they were to the win and it was obvious in their body language just how much they wanted it.

The whistle blows and immediately the hosts are on the attack. With a new netminder between the pipes for the visitors, it was clear that the wildcats wanted to test him early. This is exactly what they did when after just one minute of the period Doughty broke free and placed a backhanded shot past the keeper to almost put the game to bed. There was however time for one more goal. Just two minutes later pocket rocket and crowd favourite Ben “killer” Thomas-Hart peeled away from his defender to find himself in open space in front of goal to receive a pass from Doughty and place it into the bottom right corner. This was without doubt the final killer punch and would now allow the players to relax and play out the remainder of the game. There was still time for Ricketts to hit the post and Sophie Herbert to pull a good save out of their keeper. As the horn sounded for the final time the crowd and players alike celebrated in style.

The final score of five goals to one was a truly outstanding display of well organized, disciplined hockey. Each and every player showed teamwork, discipline and respect. From the back Weller was a rock in goal facing an incredible forty nine shots and only letting the one goal in. Smith, Price, Bontoft and McClellan were bossing the defence and largely limiting the angles of the Gosport attack. All four defenceman did not switch off from their duties once. The forwards of Doughty, Herbert, Ricketts, Beale, Thomas-Hart Bennett and Denness caused the Gosport defence all sorts of problems throughout the game. As with the defenceman every single one of them worked so hard and remained focused from the first to the last whistle. Every player should be proud of the result they achieved. Six weeks ago there was no team. Six weeks later and the twelve wildcats pull off a fantastic win. Every player should be proud of how they performed. I know the club is extremely proud. You sent many people home with very big smiles on their faces. Well done Wildcats, well done to the coaches and managers and well done to the Isle of Wight Junior Ice Hockey Club.

Is this a biased report (Possibly), was the game closer than the score line suggests (probably), did the Wildcats beat Gosport five goals to one (DEFINITELY).

FINAL SCORE: WILDCATS 5, GOSPORT 1 Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

Shots on goal: Dan Weller 49 shots 1 goal conceded
Gosport 31 shots 5 goals conceded

Points: Aidan Doughty 3+1, Daniel Bennett 1+1, Ben Thomas-Hart 1+0, Jordan Ricketts 0+1

Thursday 14 Oct 2010

Sunday 11th October

PETERBOROUGH 2 U16 0 IW THUNDER 6

With their first two games being won in convincing fashion the U16 Thunder team travelled to Peterborough full of confidence. On paper this game should of been another win for the Island team, and would allow coach Scovell to give good ice time to all the players. However, as the players are told time and again you must never ever under estimate the opposition.

The first period was a very scrappy affair, which is understandable when you consider that the team met at Ryde rink at 9.30 in the morning and arrived at Peterborough at 3.30 ready for a 4.30 face off. However, after shaking off the lethargy which is expected after such a long journey, the players did begin to take a hold of the game. The first goal came with just a minute left of the first period when Archie Bicknell used his strength to beat one player and then fire an unstoppable shot past the home keeper. This was just what the Thunder needed before the interval break.

The early exchanges in the second period went all the Isle of Wights way and they soon found themselves doubling the lead when Aidan Doughty scored assisted by Andrew McCloskey. The game was all but over when within four minutes the Thunder added another two once again by Doughty and Bicknell to now give them a commanding four goals to nil lead going into the third and final period.

The third period once again allowed coach Scovell to give the third and fourth lines plenty of ice time and it was good to see the rookie players and under 14 players who were playing up really get stuck in and show some great grit and determination. This was highlighted when Oliver Bennett scored his first ever goal for the club with a peach of a shot from 3 yards out. He controlled the puck with sublime skill before placing an inch perfect shot into the top right hand corner. The celebration was almost as good as the goal!!!. There was still time for one more goal, and this was scored by the hard working Sean Molloy after some good work by Jordan Jacobs to feed Molloy with a well timed pass.

The final score of six goals to nil was a good result for the Thunder and even though they were not as fluent or as clinical as in previous games they still managed to grind out a good road trip win. The result means that the Thunder have had a very impressive start to the season by winning their first three games by scoring a total of twenty two goals and yet to conceed. The team now have a four week break before their next game against Swindon.

Man of the match : Aaron Craft
Spirit of the game : Lee Tyers

Points: Aidan Doughty 2+0, Archie Bicknell 2+0, Oliver Bennett 1+0, Sean Molloy 1+0, Andrew McCloskey 0+1, Jordan Jacobs 0+1

Also iced: Ross Beale, Jesse McDonagh-Scott, Eden Holton, Alexander Trendall, Oliver Bennett, Aaron Craft, Sean Skinner, Connor Price, Harrison Brown, Jake Bontoft

Thursday 14 Oct 2010

Sunday 26th September - I know this one is late!

This was the first home game of the season for the thunder, and after their road trip win against Lee Valley two weeks prior the team were in a confident, buoyant mood.

The first period started with both teams playing some attractive hockey, but neither penetrating enough to cause any major problems to either netminder. It was however very evident that the home team are full of confidence at the beginning of this campaign and they showed this by gradually grinding the visitors down.
The thunder needed a goal to set the winning wheels in motion and this duly came from Altermate captain Archie Bicknell who broke free down the left and placed a nicely timed wrist shot into the top left of the goal.
As always the goal allowed the whole team to relax and take the upper hand in the game. Just a few minutes later Bicknell doubled both his and the teams tally with another well placed goal.
There was time for one more goal before the interval when Sean Molloy finished a sublime move by once again beating the Streatham goalie.
The team went into the break with a comfortable three goal to nil lead.

The second period was totally dominated by the thunder who had a comfortable goal cushion which allowed them to dictate all areas of the ice. Further goals were added by Alex Trendall and Aidan Doughty. The pick of the period goals was from Trendall who drove up centre ice whilst Doughty found a cross ice pass which fell perfectly on the stick of Trendall who placed an exquisite low shot into the back of the net.
The period ended with a totally unasailable lead of seven goals to nil.

The final period was about all the players getting good ice time and keeping a clean sheet for Aaron Craft between the pipes. Further goals were added by Eden Holton and Doughty to end the game with a superb ten goals to nil win. Very Happy
Once again the all round team performance and attituded was spot on. There were also three new players in Alistair Copping, Lee Tyers and Jesse Scott-Donagh who all did themselves proud in their first ever game.
So after their first two games of the season against good opposition the thunder have scored sixteen and are yet to conceed. The next game is away to Peterborough on October 9th where hopefully the winning streak will continue.

Man of the match: Alexander Trendall
Spirit of the game: Lee Tyers

Points: Aidan Doughty 5+1, Archie Bicknnell 2+1, Sean Molloy 1+1, Eden Holton 1+1, Alexander Trendall 1+0, Andrew McCloskey 0+1, Jordan Jacobs 0+1, Connor Price 0+1

Aaron Craft 15 shots.

Team: Aaron Craft, Ross Beale, Lee Tyers, Alistair Copping, Jesse Scott-Donagh, Andrew McCloskey, Sean Molloy, Eden Holton, Jordan Jacobs, Alexander Trendall, Aidan Doughty, Ollie Bennett, Archie Bicknell, Connor Price, Jake Bontoft, Harrison Brown, Paedar Ives.

Thursday 14 Oct 2010

Saturday 9th October

Raiders Grind out Draw with Stars

Wightlink Raiders 2 – Oxford City Stars 2
This was, is all respects, a gritty encounter. With the STARS being the only team to have beaten the RAIDERS this year, the home side would be trying even harder to get one over a stars side littered with ex – RAIDERS and backed up with an import netminder with a growing reputation– LUNDVA. Perhaps mindful of the need to get the early advantage, the RAIDERS started the game with new lines – introducing #32 ROBBIE BROWN onto the 1st line to give this line a much needed injection of pace to compliment the physical but less mobile nature of #11 CORNISH and #73 MURRAY.   Not used to playing with each other – there was some gelling to be done – which made the home side a little disjointed in the early stages. This played into the hands of the visitors who weathered the early onslaught to take a deserved lead after 3 minutes when ex RAIDER #16 ALAN GREEN found the net close in. This seemed to unnerve the RAIDERS and they couldn’t establish any fluency of play. Even net minder #93 MATT COLCLOUGH seamed uncharacteristically tentative and before too long the RAIDERS were 2 down when a shot from EDWARDS went off the COLCLOUGHS stick. You kind of felt that the STARS were playing the role of RAIDERS bogey team and that this was not going to be the home side’s night.  However this RAIDERS side is a team that will roll up its sleeves and work for each other and in the second period they redoubled their efforts and raised the physical tempo of the match. The minor penalties from both sides were starting to rise and the RAIDERS were trying to ruffle LUNDVA’s feathers – not always legally! However it worked and the RAIDERS got back into the game on the powerplay when captain #7 DAMON LARTER found the net from the point. This woke up the frustrated home support who started to get behind the home side and ramp up the volume. The RAIDERS responded and were now the dominant side – but the puck would not go in. Too often it escaped an outreaching stick or a desperate lunge – this was frantic but compelling hockey. In fact this would be the pattern of the rest of the match – with the RAIDERS pushing hard to out fox the wily STARS.   Eventually the RAIDERS got the equaliser they deserved when #11 JEREMY CORNISH deflected in a puck that looked a little high. The beaming smile that greeted his score suggested that luck was on his side this time – but it was no more than the home team deserved – surely now they would push on in the final 10 minutes to get a victory. The last 10 minutes of the game – proved to be a disjointed pattern of RAIDERS pressure countered by dogged STARS defence. As the minutes ticked by the RAIDERS tried and tried but couldn’t find a way through. With the final minutes becoming seconds – the tempers broke and all hell broke loose. People will say that they said this and they said that. They will point the finger of blame in all directions but the sad truth is that the game will now be remembered for the fights of the last 5 seconds rather than the hockey of the preceding 59 minutes and 55 seconds.   I personally think that is a shame.   For the record the RAIDERS MoM was #19 STUART TAIT – well deserved for not only this performance but for his performances over the last few games. 

 

 
Bristol Pitbulls 4 Wightlink Tigers 12
 
Wightlink Tigers travelled to Bristol for last weekends ENL Div2 game to play the second senior team out of the Bristol Kennel.  With the Tigers without Elliot Foley for this game, net minding duties fell to 16 year old Dan Weller with his first full outing for the team.  Dan quickly settled any early nerves and pulled off some impressive saves during the game.Scoring was opened at four minutes by the Tigers through Mike Palin assisted by Nathan Webb & Jamie Lee.  Jason Coles hit his first of four on the night assisted by Dan Giden two minutes later, before the Pitbulls scrambled a loose puck over the line sixteen seconds later.  Two minutes later and the home side pulled the scores level but no sooner had they pulled it back, Coles saw Giden unmarked on the back post and slotted the puck home give the Tigers the lead back.  Thirty seconds later and Graham MacFarlane extended the lead to two, assisted by Ricky Rutherford.  The Tigers were guilty of getting to offensive a minute later which saw a stretch pass find a lone Pitbull who reduced the lead to one.  Final goal of the period came four minutes from the end as Lee netted from Palin to restore the two goal cushion.
Giden and Coles started the scoring in the second period and just eleven seconds later assited on Kieran Annis’s goal to extend the lead to four. The Tigers were caught napping once again just three minutes later as they allowed the home side to score a short handed goal, which was to be the last time the Pitbulls would see the goal light over the Tigers net. A few skirmishes broke out during the period as the Pitbulls became frustrated at the ease the Tigers were making of getting into their defensive zone although the Tigers were thwarted by Micahel Crisp in the Pitbulls net.
The third period saw the Tigers romp away with the game as they scored five for no reply with, man of the Match Coles getting a hat trick, Palin and MacFarlane grabbing the remaining two and assists going to Giden and Rutherford.  Some confusion reigned over the MacFarlane goal as although the referee signalled the goal and gave details to the scorer, no goal was put on the score board although it was recorded on the game sheet.  Full match details can be found on the forum at www.wightlinktigers.com on the forum match reports.

 

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