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North Ayrshire Wild – Play Off, Quarter Final – 2nd Leg.

Wild Play Off

Wild Play Off

This Saturday, 23rd April we host Aberdeen Lynx SNL team at Auchenharvie Ice Rink, Stevenston for the 2nd leg of the play-off quarter finals.

We are encouraging everyone to come along, fill the rink and make some noise to support our North Ayrshire Wild SNL Team.

Payment at the door in cash, 50/50 tickets available to purchase along with Wild Merchandise, our teabar will be up and running too.

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Advertising & Sponsorship Opportunities – RMMT

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With our plans for our RONNIE MILLER MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT well under way, we are now able to offer advertising opportunities within our tournament programme and be featured online through our website, Facebook & Twitter.

The programme will be sold both weekends of the tournament, giving exposure to our local parents & hundreds of visitors to the area while helping our local talented youngsters showcase there talents against their counterparts in their home rink.

 

We also have sponsorship opportunities available.

Please email Sharron on naihcparentrep4@gmail.com to book your space in our programme or to get more information.

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Stars & Predators on winning form.

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North Ayrshire Stars v Kilmarnock U14’s

Naihc Stars welcomed their neighbours from Kilmarnock hoping to extend their winning run. 

The Stars started brightly but it was the visitors that took the lead, this was to be short lived when our captain Rocco Murray scored to tie the game at 1-1. Stars came out the blocks at the start of the second period and took the lead inside 10 seconds through Lennon Deeney. Stars extended their lead with Rocco making it 3-1. Stars ended the second period on top with Liam Durning making it 4-1 with a great short handed goal. 

The 3rd period started with Kilmarnock having most of the puck and Stars had to thank netminder Caiden MacColl who produced some excellent saves. Some scrappy action in front of the Kilmarnock goal saw the puck fall to Ashton Lomas who showed great skill and composure to slot the puck past the goalie to make it 5-1. This sparked a mini fightback from Kilmarnock who scored two quick goals to reduce the deficit to 5-3. Stars responded with 3 goals in the last few minutes all from Captain Rocco. Meaning the Stars continued their winning run winning 8-3. Well done to Ethan Rankin who made his Stars debut & MOM Netminder Caiden Macoll.

Caiden

North Ayrshire Predators v Kilmarnock U16’s

The Predators were hoping to replicate their winning form from their away game with local rivals Kilmarnock JIHC 2 weeks ago when they won 6 – 5 but it was Killie who scored after 3 minutes while on a power play with Predators saving a Penalty for having too many men on the ice.  Kilmarnock then were served a penalty but Predators were unable to take advantage until D-man Kerr Drummond moved the puck into position for his legendary slapshot (boy you do not want to be in the way of the puck) to level the score giving The Predators the equaliser at the end of the first.

Captain Flynn Massie scored a minute into the 2nd period after a great pass from Drummond giving the Predators the advantage, but Killie fought back and scored 3 minutes later.  After a few penalties on either side the score remained 2-2 at the end of the second.

The third period started in the Predators favour are some great passing from Massie to Jacob Woods who between them deeked the goalie to put them ahead.  In a frantic third period, it was the Predators who kept the calm with a solid defence while their forwards continued to place the Killie Goalie under pressure and each line made gains with strategic passing.  The game play from North Ayr stepped up and resulted in another goal from Massie for the team to seal the win 4 – 2. Special mention to the Stars who after playing their own game, came back on to play with the Predators and helped boost the team.  

Goals from Kerr Drummond, Flynn Massie x 2 & Jacob Woods with Man of the Match: Kerr Drummond.

Kerr MOM - Edited

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Devils, Stars & Predators in action.

Stars 6 v Lanarkshire 4 (32) (1)
North Ayrshire Devils travelled to Kilmarnock for a friendly until restrictions are lifted to allow the full team back on the ice.
As with last week’s games, this proved to be an exciting match which had the play going to every area of the rink as the players desperately tried to be the ones who made the breakthrough but it was to the credit of both net minders that the period finished 0-0. Second period looked like an entirely different game with our Devils dominating it thanks to some extra fast skating and skills which made it look all too easy, Devils finished 4 – 1 ahead. The third period was the nail-biter with Kilmarnock coming out strong and scoring 3 unanswered goals in 10 minutes to level the scoring to 4-4, play got faster as players got hungrier for the win but it was the Devils who then scored 3 goals before Kilmarnock responded with another 2 goals. North Ayrshire called a time out to regroup and talk tactics with only minutes left on the clock, the game could have gone either way.  Thankfully it was to be our night with a fine shot from Anthony Curlett to put it out of reach for Kilmarnock and as the final buzzer went, the game finished 8-6 for our Devils with Man of the Match going to No 18 Dylan Murray for some skillful plays  and scoring 4 goals.

North Ayrshire Stars welcomed Lanarkshire Lightning U14s to harvies ice rink, Stevenston for their 1st home game of 2022 hoping to follow up a convincing win in the previous meeting between the sides. It didn’t take long for the Stars to take the lead with a well taken goal from Lennon Deeney. Stars net minder Caiden MacColl made some good saves to keep his side in the lead. Lanarkshire finally found a way past Caiden to level the score at 1-1. Stars regained the lead thanks to Eithan Conlan and then extended their lead through Ashton Lomas to go in at the end of the 1st period with a 3-1 lead. Lanarkshire came out quickest and pulled a goal back early in the second making the score 3-2. Lennon then restored the Stars 2 goal lead with a well taken goal to make it 4-2. Lanarkshire reduced the deficit back to 1 goal making the score 4-3 with a powerplay goal. Lennon scored his third and the Stars 5th of the game with a shorthanded goal before Rocco Murray got in on the scoring making the score 6-3 to the Stars at the end of the 2nd period. Some great defending saw Stars kill of a 5 on 3 penalty kill without conceding a goal. Lanarkshire eventually brought the score back to 6-4 before the final buzzer went which saw the Stars get a well deserved 6-4 victory to continue their impressive run in the league. Man of the match for Stars was No 9 Paul Corrigan.

Paul Corrigan Stars MOM

North Ayrshire Predators were up next, also against Lanarkshire Lightning, this time the U16s.  The Predators were looking to improve on the defeat they got at the hands of Lanarkshire earlier in the season but it didn’t get off to a good start when the away team scored after only 2.5 minutes, the Predators didn’t have time to find their feet before Lightning scored again, but rather than dishearten them, Predators pushed and were rewarded with a breakaway goal from Flynn Massie, this brought Predators back into the game, but two quick goals from Lanarkshire dampened the mood for them.  Second period started with another Lanarkshire goal, but thanks to some sharp defending from Kerr Drummond, Conor Wood, Rocco Murray, Paul Corrigan, Jack Malcolm & net minder Caiden MacColl, that was their last goal that period and play flowed from end to end with some smart moves, passes through the team on all likes until Massie broke away and netted his 2nd goal meaning the period ended 5 – 2 to our visitors.  The 3rd period saw both sides step it up as they both went in hard looking for the goals. Lanarkshire were rewarded with the only goal this period and won the game 6 – 2, although a loss, this was a much improved score on their last meeting and this young team starting to find their flow again.  Predators Man of the Match:  Flynn Massie. 
Flynn Massie Predators MOM
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First Home Games of the Year.

Huddle Predators

Our junior members got the puck moving when both our U14s North Ayrshire Stars & U16s North Ayrshire Predators in action on Saturday.

North Ayrshire Stars made the short journey to Kilmarnock for their first game of 2022.
In what was always going to be a close game it was Stars that drew first blood with a great shot from the blue line by Rocco Murray. End to end play then followed and it was Killie that got the equaliser. Paul Corrigan was next to try his luck from the blue line but a great save denied him. Kilmarnock then took the lead after putting some pressure on the Stars goal. This would have dented most teams confidence but not the Stars who quickly equalised with a great shot from Lennon Deeney and the 1st period ended 2-2.
The second period started with the same fast paced action as the 1st but it was Stars that regained the lead after another great shot from Lennon. The Stars were unlucky not to increase their lead with Lennon being denied his hat trick by the bar. Second period ending 3-2 to the Stars.
The 3rd period was again, end to end and with Kilmarnock pushing again for the equaliser, Rocco broke away but was tripped by the Kilmarnock defender resulting in a penalty shot for the Stars. Up stepped Rocco but he was to be denied by a great save by the Kilmarnock goalie. Matthew Evans was next to try his luck for Stars but he was denied what looked like a clear goal. With Kilmarnock still pushing for the equaliser Stars goalie Caiden MacColl was at his best denying them with some excellent saves. Stars killed off some 5 on 4 plays with some excellent defending. With the sound of the final buzzer the Stars enjoyed a winning start to the new year.
North Ayrshire Stars won 3-2 with Lennon Deeney being awarded Man of the Match and goals from Lennon Deeney x 2 & Rocco Murray.
Lennon Deeney MOM
Following on from the success of the Stars,next to take to the ice at Kilmarnock were North Ayrshire Predators.  Games between these teams are always face paced and great to watch and this one was quick off the mark when team Captain Flynn Massie won the puck from the 1st drop, passed it to Lennon Deeney, who moved it up the ice before passing back to Flynn who found the back of the net with only 28 seconds on the clock. Kilmarnock didn’t wait long to reply and scored 2 minutes later.  This game was going to be one that would go from one net to another constantly, but it was the Predators who scored 1 minute later to put them ahead, again, Kilmarnock pushed back with their equaliser 2 minutes later.  This seemed to energise Kilmarnock who then attacked the Predators goal with an onslaught of shots, thankfully we had net minder Caiden MacColl & he was pulling out some incredible moves to keep the score level in his 2nd game of the day.  It was Predators Assistant Jacob Woods who made a breakaway only to be cut short but then win it back and score 5 minutes later putting them back in front with the period finishing 3-2 to Predators.
The 2nd period started quicked with the 1st goal coming from the Predators after only 10 seconds making this a hat-trick goal for Flynn.  A minute later Predators received a penalty for tripping, with North Ayr now short a player, Kilmarnock took full advantage and pulled back a goal. Predators seemed a little rattled and this continued when Kilmarnock scored again to level the game. It was then the turn of Kilmarnock to receive a penalty for slashing, but Predators just couldn’t take advantage and make it count, although there were breakaways, good team play and pucks hitting off the pipes, even the famous blue line slapshot from Kerr Drummond was denied.  Period ended 4-4
It took 2.37 minutes into the 3rd period before there was a goal, thankfully it was for the Predators when Flynn found a way through the Kilmarnock players & their net minder.  Kilmarnock went on to equalise again.  Predators were not happy and pushed forward, with Emma Lamberton working hard to keep possession with skilled passing and pure determination to rush the net but again being denied, they never gave up, always looking for the pass that would give them the goal and were rewarded 4 minutes before the end with a goal from Lennon Deeney to clinch the game.
Even when North Ayr’s play wasn’t as smooth & flowing as it should be, the fight & want to get the game over the line is a credit to the team. They kept plugging away when Kilmarnock kept pushing for a leveller but their resilience & team character got the job done, every player helped this happen, from the strong defence who protected the net and even had a few shots saved ,to the forwards from each line who won the puck, moved it over the ice and were unlucky not to score on occasions, to our net minder who had a 58 shots on target and saved 53 of them.

North Ayrshire Predators won 6-5 with Emma Lamberton being awarded Man of the Match and goals from their Captain, Flynn Massie x4 Assistant, Jacob Woods x1 and Lennon Deeney x1.
Emma Lamberton MOM

Sunday saw our North Ayrshire Devils U19s welcome Dundee Stars JIHC to Stevenston for their first game of the year.

Sadly it wasn’t to be and the visitors won 8-2, Man of the Match: Jacob Woods with goals from Anthony Curlett & Luca DeSimone.  Many thanks to Dominic Jaglar and Ben Keddie who covered our goals while our regular net minder recovers from injury.

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Ronnie Miller Memorial Tournament – Booking is Now Open

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NAIHC are delighted to announce the return of our annual junior tournament, having been away for 2 years.
With the sad news earlier this year, of the passing of a much loved member of our club, we have decided to rename the event the Ronnie Miller Memorial tournament, in honour of our former chair, and the man who was instrumental in establishing the tournament in its formative years.
Ronnie’s contribution to the club over the years is well known to everyone involved with the club, and we feel it is only fitting to recognise it in this way.

Booking is now Open!

28th & 29th May

is for Under 12 and Under 16 age groups. 

4th & 5th June 

is for Under 10, Under 14 & Under 19 age groups.

If you would like your team/club to come along, please email naihctournament@gmail.com.

Age Groups
Ronnie Miller Age Groups
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Polar Plunge 2022

Polar Plunge Crew
On New Years Day, 18 of our brave parents took part in the Polar Plunge at Irvine Beach to raise funds for our club.
Organised by Coastwatch Irvine, our Rookie Revolution coach, Jim Foster thought this would be a fun way to raise some much needed funds for our club, from the moment he mentioned it, we had parents volunteer to take part, in the end 18 brave souls entered the sea after spending December collecting sponsors with another 4 parents lined up to do the ice bucket challenge as they were unable to join the plunge on Saturday due to Covid protocols.
Look at those waves Let's Plunge
The Polar Plunge crew gathered at 11.30am to check in and collect their participant wristband and take part in the warm up by Shoes Brothers Dance before heading to the sand.  It may have been the mildest New Years Day for years with the sun shining on them, but it was also crazy windy with huge angry looking waves that gave a few of our Polar plunge crew the fear, but they all pulled together and helped each other overcome any fears they had and ran into the waves with determination and smiles to do it and raise money for their club.  Much to their surprise, they didn’t find it so bad and after coming out, were very easily talked round to going back in.
All 18 parents completed their plunge and their smiles & laughter was infectious to the support crew of other parents, coaches and friends who had assembled to cheer them on and after leaving were given a cup of hot soup, tea or coffee to help thaw them all out.
Coach Jim Foster, the man with the idea had this to say “Thanks to all my crazy Polar Plunge crew, glad that you’re all as crazy as me and I didn’t need to do it myself.  You made the event a great day and I can’t thank you all enough.  Seriously though, thanks to everyone for helping get this fundraiser over the finishing line, you may not have all entered the water with us but you helped make it happen and were there in spirit”  At the moment, we have raised apx £1700, which is fantastic but as money comes in, this may well rise.
We were lucky enough to have a photographer as a family friend to some of our parents so he popped along and took these amazing images. We can’t thank Barry Gordon from B & M Photography enough for capturing these brilliant images for us.
North Ayrshire Ice Hockey Club fundraises throughout the year as they receive no funding and is run totally by volunteers.  If you would like to donate this can be done through our paypal account naihctreasurer.co.uk or if you would be interested in sponsorship, please get in touch via naihcsecretary@gmail.com
We run classes from 2yrs old through to 19yrs that partake in the Scottish Ice Hockey League (U10-U19) then we have the SNL adult team North Ayrshire Wild.
We are always happy to take on new starts or new players throughout the season, so if you’re interested, please contact us at naihcltp@gmail.com.
Big Thanks to our Polar Plunge Crew and good luck to our Ice Bucket challengers:
Jim Foster, Eric Young, Caitlin Morton, Sharron Frew, Spike Curdie, Craig Naylor, Laura Drummond, Craig Crozier, David Turner, Colin Massie, Alanna McCall, Nicole Morell, Jack Haggerty, Kevin Mcintyre, Kirsty Mcintyre, Kirsty Coupland, Stephen Coupland & Tracy Dawson.
Ice Bucket Challenge: Aidan Fulton, Niomhi Gracie, Arianne Barkin & Ally Harrison.
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Polar Plunge at Irvine Beach – 1st January 2022

Polar plunge

Some of our plucky parents are running into the freezing west coast sea tomorrow, New Year’s Day to raise funds for the club.

They are taking part in the annual Polar Plunge event organised by Coastwatch Irvine to raise much needed funds for our club.

Please donate if you can through our PayPal account: naihctreasurer.co.uk
Polar plunge
 
Many thanks to our crazy fundraisers;
Jim, Craig, David Eric, Colin, Sharron, Caitlin, Arianne & Alanna, Kirsty & Stephen, Kevin & Kirsty, Craig, Nicole & Spike.