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Scottish Cup Semi-Final Success for 2 of our teams.

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Thursday 13th February. 

North Ayrshire Devils v Ayr Bruins – Scottish Cup Semi-Final at Auchenharvie Ice Rink, Stevenston.  North Ayrshire Devils continued their quest for silverware with a home tie against local rivals Ayr Bruins in the Scottish cup. Devils were out to continue their winning start to the season, and it wasn’t long till their quality in attack brought the first goal.  Jamie Miller opened the scoring assisted by Christopher Burwood. Christopher Burwood added a second almost immediately. Ayr did manage to pull one back after the Devils lost position in the neutral zone. It wouldn’t belong till the Devils restored their lead via Jamie Wilson scoring his first goal at u20s level. This set the tone for the first period as the Devils stormed into a 7-goal lead at the end of the first period.

The Second period saw the Devils continue to rack up the goals without any replies from Ayr. With goals from Jamie Miller, Christopher Burwood and Lucas Corriea, gave the Devils a 12- goal lead going into the third period.

This period would see the Devils continue their dominance from the drop of the first puck. The Devils scored two quick goals which were quickly replied by the visitors. However, the home side would see out the rest of the game comfortably. The Final of the Scottish Cup takes place 21st March 2020 in Dundee ice arena face off 4:00pm.  Final Score: North Ayrshire Devils 19 – 3 Ayr Bruins. Man of the Match: Elliot McLachlan.  Photo Credit: Stephen Carslaw, Report: Paul Miller

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Saturday 15th February

North Ayrshire Penguins (U12’s) v Murrayfield JIHC – Scottish Cup Semi-Final at Auchenharvie Ice Rink, Stevenston.  North ​A​yr ​P​enguins make the Scottish cup final for the second year running. Penguins welcomed ​M​urrayfield ​U12’s ​to ​​Auchenharvie ​Ice Rink ​for this Scottish cup semi-final match. Penguins started on the front foot and took the game to ​Murrayfield with Lennon Deeney, Max Stevenson and Rocco Murray all coming close to opening the scoring in the 1st period but ​it wasn’t to be​ and it ended 0-0. ​Thankfully ​it wasn​’​t to stay like that ​as​ ​Max opening the scoring for the ​Penguins only 30​ ​secs of the 2nd period gone. Penguins had net​ ​minder Caiden MacColl to thank when he made a great save to deny the visitors​ a goal​. Rocco then increased the Pe​nguins lead with a fantastic shot just after the 4th minute. Penguins then picked up a penalty giving ​Murrayfield an advantage and Caiden once again kept the visitors out with 3 fantastic saves. Liam Durning then had a 1 on 1 with the ​Murrayfield goalie but couldn’t take advantage. Murrayfield eventually found a way past the ​Penguins to score and make the score 2-1. With the seconds running out in the 2nd period Lennon fired the ​Penguins into a 3-1 lead. Murrayfield started the 3rd period fighting to stay in the ​C​up and had a shot hit the bar. Rocco then made the score 4-1 to the ​Penguins. Murrayfield didn​’​t let up and kept the pressure on the ​Penguins and eventually scored 2 goals making the score 4-3 ​with minutes left on the clock, making it a very nervous end to the game. Lennon was unlucky not to increase ​Penguins lead when he struck the bar and then the post. With ​Penguins getting hit with a penalty and a player sitting in the box with just over 2 mins left ​Murrayfield pulled their goalie making it a 6 on 4 in a final attempt to tie the game but some great defending from the ​Penguins saw them book their place in the Scottish Cup Final.​  ​Well done to all the players coaches and managers in this great achievement.  Final Score: North Ayrshire Penguins 4 – 3 Murrayfield JIHC. Man of the Match: Caiden MacColl.  Photo Credit: Fiona McBride, Report: David Turner.

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North Ayrshire Stars (U14’s) v Kirkcaldy Chiefs – Scottish Cup at Auchenharvie Ice Rink, Stevenston. I​t was a tough night at the office for the North Ayrshire Stars as they faced off against league leaders Kirkcaldy Chiefs in the second round of the Scottish Cup. ​​ The first shot on goal came from Stars ​player Adam Bainbridge​ within the first 2 minutes of the game, ​this was ​well saved by Chiefs net-minder​ Cameron Kenny​.  The ​Chiefs then went on to dominate the rest of the first period, which finished at 4-0 in favour of the away side. The Stars fought hard to keep the scoreline down, conceding 2 goals in each of the subsequent periods, finishing the game at 8-0 to the Chiefs who go on to face Solway Sharks in the Scottish Cup semi-finals.  Stars Player of the Match: Flynn Massie​ & ​Chiefs Player of the Match: Jo​e​ Lynch  Final Score: North Ayrshire Stars 0 – 8  Kirkcaldy Chiefs. Man of the Match: Flynn MassiePhoto Credit: Fiona McBride, Report: Lynsey McHugh

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North Ayrshire Wild (SNL) v Dundee Tigers at Dundee IceArena.  The Wild faced a tricky trip to Dundee to take on the Tigers in the SNL.  Storm Dennis did it’s best to disrupt the game, as it eventually faced off 15 minutes late due to some of the team arriving late due to the weather conditions.

That said, the Wild started the better team in the first period and put Dundee under some early pressure with Mark Cardno unlucky not to score with the post saving the Tigers from going behind. Dundee then came more into the game with North Ayr lucky to go unpunished after attempting three or four cross ice passes that were easily cut by Dundee. A minor penalty for both teams still didn’t produce a goal as both power play lines failed to take their opportunities. With 18.12 on the clock Dundee got a lucky break in their defensive zone and Turnbull broke away down the left hand side to beat Scott Blackwell in the North Ayrshire Goal, and that’s how the first period finished.

Early in the second period, a poor line change by the Wild allowed Dundee to break down the ice and McIntosh fired it home. That appeared to make the Wild lose their momentum for a few minutes and the play became very scrappy. As the period went on the Wild seemed to settle back down and within a couple of minutes Fowley was denied by the post, and Andy Barr had a breakaway effort well saved by the Tigers net minder. North Ayr couldn’t seem to get any luck and found themselves four-nil down in a two minute spell in this period, due to another Dundee breakaway, and then an unfortunate attempted clearance by the Wild net minder going straight to a Dundee player who slotted it home.

The third period saw the Wild change up their lines a bit to try and cut the deficit, with the post again saving Dundee, who then broke down the left with McIntosh firing home. That was the end of the scoring with another couple of minor penalties taken by both teams.

 A disappointing result for the Wild, who out shot their opponents but didn’t get any breaks or bounces of the puck going their way, whilst Dundee were clinical in their finishing and came out the winners.  Final Score: North Ayrshire Wild 0 – 5 Dundee Tigers.  Man of the Match: Scott Blackwell.  Photo Credit: Gordon Fowley, Report: Gerry Donohoe

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Next Weeks Fixtures:  Saturday 22nd February.

North Ayrshire Stars v Kilmarnock JIHC at Galleon Leisure Centre, Kilmarnock. Face Off: 3.30pm

North Ayrshire Wild v Paisley Pirates at Auchenharvie Leisure Centre, Stevenston.  Face Off: 6.30pm.

News:

We now have 2 teams in the Scottish Cup Final being held in Dundee Ice Arena on Saturday 21st March. Well Done to our U12’s North Ayrshire Penguins & U20’s North Ayrshire Devils for winning their semi-finals this week. Our 16’s the Predators play their semi – final on March 7th.

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North Ayrshire Ice hockey Club are pleased to have 5 members of the club selected as part of the U11’s & U13’s Scotland Conference Squads taking part in JLMC Conference series mini tournament in Dumfries this weekend. Rocco Murray, Jake Reilly & Lennon Deeney will be in action on Saturday with the U11’s squad while Flynn Massie & Liam Houston are part of the U13’s squad playing on the Sunday.  Good Luck boys!!

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Penguins return to winning ways while Wild are unlucky

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North Ayrshire Penguins v Kilmarnock JIHC at Galleon Leisure Centre, Kilmarnock.                      North Ayr Penguins made the short journey to Kilmarnock looking to get back to winning ways. 

Penguins started brightest and despite having a player in the penalty box Captain Rocco Murray lead by example and opened the scoring with a very taken goal after 1 minute 56 seconds. Next up was Lennon Deeney who had a fantastic effort saved by the Kilmarnock goalie keeping the score at 1-0. Jack Malcolm made it 2-0 when he forced home a rebound from his own shot after 3.48. Penguins kept the pressure on the Kilmarnock goal with shots from Liam Durning, McD and Jack but all were saved by the Kilmarnock goalie (on loan from Dundee Stars for the game). With the Penguins taking penalties it was Rocco who, with another short handed goal into the top corner made it 3-0 just after 7 minutes. Jack made it 4-0 just after 8 minutes, closely followed by Max Stevenson, who made it 5-0 after a great pass from Jack a minute later. Netminder Caiden MacColl had an easy 10 minutes in the Penguins net with the first Kilmarnock shot not coming till after 10 minutes but this was easily saved. Kilmarnock pulled a goal back in the 11th minute making it 5-1. Lennon was unlucky again this time with a slap​ ​shot from the halfway line as was Rocco, when his shot came crashing off the post. Penguins started the second period the way they finished the 1st and Lennon finally got his goal, making it 6-1 after 1.27 . 12 seconds later William Greenlees scored his 1st goal for the club making it 7-1. Kilmarnock didn’t give up and made it 7-2 with a well taken goal. Penguins had Caiden to thank when he made a fantastic double save. With both teams having a player in the penalty box, it was Rocco who increased the Penguins lead with a fantastic solo goal when he skated past the Kilmarnock team and slotted the puck high past the keeper. Paul Corrigan was unlucky not to increase the lead with a great effort.  Penguins changed goalies with Jake Reilly taking over from Caiden in the Penguins net. With Penguins on the penalty kill Kilmarnock took full advantage of the extra skater and pulled a goal back making it 8-3. Lennon restored Penguins 6 goal lead with a great slapshot after 10.38. Kilmarnock continued to fight back and pulled another goal back making it 9-4. With the seconds running down in the second period Rocco made the score 10-4. Penguins started the 3rd well and increased their lead with Lennon scoring after 44 seconds. Kilmarnock then scored 3 goals in 3 minutes reducing the deficit to 11-7. Rocco and Jack were unlucky with shots saved by their goalie. Kilmarnock were next to get a goal making it 11-8 after 7.51, but Max restored Penguins 4 goal lead after 8.12 while Ashton Lomas was unlucky with a shot from face off. Penguins showed some great defensive work when they were reduced to 3 skaters but Kilmarnock eventually broke them down and made the score 12-9. Lennon was unlucky with a shot before Max scored making it 13-9. With less than a minute to go, Penguins didn’t take their foot off the gas and Lennon scored to make it 14-9. Man of the Match: William Greenlees who scored his 1st goal for the team. Penguins pregame huddle

North Ayrshire Wild v Murrayfield Racers at Auchenharvie Ice Rink, Stevenston.                              Final Score: Wild 0 – 7 Murrayfield Racers. Man of the Match: Callum Siebenaler

Sunday 9th February 2020

North Ayrshire Wild v Paisley Pirates at Braehead Arena, Glasgow                                                              Wild find themselves travelling to Paisley to play against the Pirates, this game is always a thriller.

The first period saw both teams play some good hockey. Pirates went ahead first but this was short lived when the Wild slotted one past the Pirates net minder finishing the period 1-1. 

Into the second period and the Wild forced the Pirates back into their defensive zone, repeatedly, so it wasn’t long before this paid off and the Wild slotted their second goal of the night, this period ends 1-2 to the Wild.

Into the 3rd and the Pirates seem to have woken and come out strong, finishing hit after hit, but the Wild stood their ground.  Eventually, the Wild ran out of steam and the Pirates racked up 4 goals leaving the score 5-2 to the Pirates. Was this a case of last night’s game telling on the team. 

As their manager, I have to say, this is a tough league and the games we do lose, we don’t lose by much. Fitness and lack of ice over the last 3 weeks certainly showed in the 3rd period of tonight’s game, this can be worked on and when we welcome the Pirates to Auchenharvie Ice Rink, in 2 weeks time, we will be looking to reverse that goal score. Final Score: Wild 2 – 5 Paisley Pirates. Man of the Match: Andrew Barr.                                                   Wild photo credit: Al Goold Photo – Official Paisley Pirates Photographer.

 

North Ayrshire Stars v Kirkcaldy Kestrels U14’s at Auchenharvie Ice Rink, Stevenston, Scottish Cup Game.  Game was cancelled after Kirkcaldy bus broke down on way to Stevenston – This has been rescheduled to Saturday 15th February, at Auchenharvie Ice Rink, Stevenston with a 7.30pm face off.

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Predators win at Murrayfield while Penguins and Devils travel to Dundee

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North Ayrshire Predators v Murrayfield U16’s at Murrayfield Ice Rink, Edinburgh.

This week saw the Predators take on a mission…..there task….play as a team, shoot, pass and …bring home the win!

The team came out strong from the 1st puck drop and took the play right to the Murrayfield net but couldn’t get that 1st goal through then Murrayfield would pick up the puck and take it to the other end of the ice.  But call it luck or skill, Predators Dylan Murray scored 1st after little under 4 minutes but any hopes that this was to be an easy game were soon pushed aside when a minute later Murrayfield rush our net forcing our net minder Harry Campbell to pull off 2 great quick saves.  Play moved from end to end until Predators lost a player to the penalty box allowing Murrayfield the advantage, thus creating a goal. With more penalties being served on both sides, it was a tense time but Captain Kyle Forsyth, assisted by Dylan that put the Preds ahead with little under 5 mins of the period left. Predators taking a boost from this put a rush on the Murrayfield net but their goalie was ready and denied any further goals this period.

The 2nd Period saw the Predators come out strong and were rewarded with another goal from Dylan after only 24 seconds putting them 3-1 up, but a further penalty for Preds saw Murrayfield, again take full advantage of the extra man and score again making it 3-2.  With the game as tight, Murrayfield called a timeout to pep talk their players but thankfully it was our Predators who took the advantage with a goal from Josh Carslaw in the last minute of the period.

Starting the 3rd period 4-2 up, the Predators could coast along, but they didn’t but despite looking stronger it was Murrayfield who found the back of the net after 49 seconds.  Predators responded with Dylan bagging his hat trick goal. Murrayfield took another penalty giving us the advantage, this created the 2nd power play goal for the Preds with a lovely blue line shot from Jack Neil found its way through a field of players and over the shoulder of their nettie.  The game went back and forth with penalties and goals on both sides, but it was the Predators who had the upper hand, looking strong right to the end that pushed for that win, with further goals coming from Josh, Dylan & Jamie Wilson, made that happen.

Full Time: North Ayrshire Predators 9 – 5 Murrayfield U16’s. Man of the Match: Jack Neil.

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  North Ayrshire Wild v Dundee Tigers at Auchenharvie Ice Rink, Stevenston

Game was postponed at the last minute when the Zamboni broke down, this was disappointing for both teams but will be rescheduled at a later date.

Sunday 2nd February

North Ayrshire Penguins v Dundee Stars U12’s

North Ayr Penguins travelled to Dundee looking to get revenge for the defeat inflicted by Dundee last week. 

Both teams had a scrappy start to the game and when everything settled down it was Dundee who took the lead. Despite some Penguins pressure Dundee increased their lead with a short handed goal which somehow found it’s way past net-minder Caiden MacColl.  The 1st period finished 2-0 Dundee. 

The second period started with Penguins on the front foot and Rocco Murray was unlucky when his shot came off the goalies glove and had her scrambling. Penguins kept up the pressure and Max Stevenson was next to be denied by the Dundee goalies pads.  This pressure woke Dundee up ant they pushed back but thankfully our goalie Caiden was alert when Dundee hit a shot and he saved with his helmet. North Ayr kept the pressure on looking for their 1st goal of the day but Ashton Lomas and Rocco were unlucky with their shots. Some great defensive work by North Ayr prevented Dundee increasing their lead. Ashton then had a great breakaway chance only to be denied again. Dundee then took a breakaway and looked certain to increase their lead but were denied by a great last ditch tackle by Lennon Deeney.  Caiden was then called upon when Dundee broke away but he easily denied them with a great save. With the 2nd period nearing the end Dundee increased their lead making it 3-0 . 

11 seconds into the 3rd period and Caiden was under pressure once again. Rocco Murray took control and scored a great goal for the Penguins with a fantastic shot from the blue line. Max was unlucky with his great shot as North Ayr stepped up the pressure. Caiden then made a fantastic save in a 1 on 1 while Rocco advanced again but had his shot saved by the goalies pads. Penguins then swapped goalies with Caiden giving way to youngster Jake Reilly but despite not giving up the fight, were unlucky when a scramble in front of the Dundee goal just wouldn’t settle to allow a shot on goal. Dundee increased their lead to make the score 4-1.  This seemed to deflate the Penguins, Dundee then increased their lead while Jack Malcolm was unlucky with his shot that went just wide of the net. Dundee then scored their 6th with the seconds running down on the clock. The game ended 6-1 defeat for the Penguins.  Man of the Match: Ben Roxburgh.

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North Ayrshire Devils v Dundee Stars U20’s

Final Score: North Ayrshire Devils 2 – 8 Dundee Stars U20’s. Man of the Match: Brandon Rooney.

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Dundee stop Penguins while the Devils clinch the win!

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North Ayrshire Sabres – U10’s x-ice v Murrayfield, Kirkcaldy, Ayr Bruins & Aberdeen.

Sabres travelled to Kirkcaldy for their first games of the new year. Our player, Brad Ruxton was kind enough to volunteer to booster Aberdeen’s team as they were short of players, showing great sportsmanship & allowing all the kids to get to play. 

As always it was a strong team effort from the kids, with the younger players getting plenty of ice time, as some of the older kids were missing as they were playing with the Penguins (U12’s) in Stevenston. 

Some great goals coming from across the team with Leighton Murray, Joseph Cochrane, Lawson Kennedy, Liam Wedegren and Cooper Whyte finding the back of the net!  The coaches are happy at how the team are bonding and growing together with many positives taken away from these games. The coaches, as always thank the parents for travelling and supporting the team.  Go Sabres!

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North Ayrshire Penguins v Dundee Stars U12’s 

North Ayr Penguins welcomed Dundee Stars to Harvies Ice Rink on Saturday. With both teams unbeaten before this fixture, Penguins knew they were up against top opposition. 

The game started with a scrappy opening 10 minutes and when both teams settled it was Dundee that took the lead shooting past our net minder Caiden MacColl. Penguins didn’t respond too well to going behind and took some silly penalties, leaving them short a player on the ice, to which Dundee too full advantage & increased their lead to 2-0. Penguins weren’t for giving up with Rocco Murray, Lennon Deeney and Olly Turner all coming close but they found the Dundee goalie on top form, meaning this period finished 2-0 to Dundee. The second period started with Dundee increasing their lead with their third goal.  Lennon Deeney gave the Penguins some hope with a great shot from the right wing that found its way into the Dundee net. This gave the Penguins a much needed lift and they had some more great chances but again couldn’t find a way past the Dundee goalie. The third period saw Penguins receive more penalties and with tired legs kicking in, Dundee took advantage and increased their lead to 4-1 meaning Penguins lost their 1st game of the season. 

Man of the Match:  Caiden MacColl for some fantastic saves.  Goal scored by Lennon Deeney.

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North Ayrshire Devils v Dundee Stars U20’s – Scottish Cup – Auchenharvie Ice Rink, Stevenston.

It was Scottish Cup action for the Devils this week as they faced Dundee Stars. With both teams almost level at the top of the league table this tie had the makings of a classic. The Devils came out the traps running as they took the game to the Stars, but the breakthrough wouldn’t come until the 14th minute via a power play goal by Jamie Miller assisted by Kyle Forsyth and Jamie Sturrock. The Stars then drew level in the closing minute of the period.

The second period started in the same fashion as the first, with the Devils pushing to regain the lead. It was halfway through the period when a second goal for Jamie Miller would put the Devils in the lead. The Devils then added another before the end of the period through Matthew Miller.

After the ice cut it was the Stars who would pile on the pressure looking to get back into the game & they managed to tie the game with two goals in quick succession before taking the lead in the 52 minute of the game. With only 8 minutes to play and the tie slipping from the Devils, their coach called for a time out. After which, the Devils stepped up their game looking for the equalising goals. This came in the 57th minute. Now with less than 3 minutes to go, could any team grab the all-important winner. It was to be the Devils night, as the next goal came via Jamie Sturrock assisted by Jamie Miller and Haydn Woods with goal time being 59:05. 

Final Score: Devils 5 – 4 Stars. Man of the Match: Kyle Forsyth.

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Penguins in Scottish Cup tie success, Win for Stars and unfortunate loss for Predators.

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Saturday 18th January

North Ayrshire Penguins v Ayr Bruins U12’s at Ayr Ice Rink – Scottish Cup Game.

North Ayrshire Penguins made the short journey to Ayr Bruins for this Scottish Cup match. Having defeated Ayr twice this season, The Penguins were hoping to keep their winning run going. The match started with both teams coming close with some good chances but it was to be the Penguins who opened the scoring through Max Stevenson with 1.26 on the clock. Penguins kept up the pressure, forcing some good saves from the Bruins goalie but he was eventually beaten by a great shot from Lennon Deeney just after 6 minutes. Lennon then had a fantastic shot and with the Bruins keeper in no mans land his shot unfortunately hit the back of the bar.  Penguins had goalie Caiden MacColl to thank after some good saves that sent the Penguins into the next period with a 2-0 lead. The 2nd period started with Bruins on the front foot and they halved the deficit early in the second period making the score 2-1. The game was end to end before Penguins eventually restored their 2 goal advantage just after the 10th minute with a great shot from Rocco Murray making the score 3-1. Penguins didn’t let up and 20 seconds later Lennon Deeney made the score 4-1 with his hat-trick goal. That was to be the score at the end of the second. Penguins took their coaches advice and came out flying at the start of the third with Max Stevenson scoring after 37 seconds making the score 5-1.  Both teams had great chances before Lennon increased the Penguins lead just before the 6th minute making the score 6-1. Penguins kept the pressure up and scored 3 goals in the 7th minute through Rocco Murray, Liam Durning and Olly Turner making the score 9-1. Max increased Penguins lead just before the 11th minute with his hat-trick goal, making it 10-1 and just 6 seconds later Lennon scored to make the score 11-1. Rocco Murray made it 12-1 with his hat-trick goal just before the 12th minute. Bruins weren’t giving up and could have reduced the deficit if it wasn’t for some great saves from Penguins Net minder Jake Reilly. Penguins ran out comfortable 12-1 winners and progress into the Semi-final of the Scottish Cup.

Scorers: Lennon x 4, Max x 3, Rocco x 3 and 1st goals of the season for Liam Durning and Oliver Turner.  Man of the Match: Lennon Deeney.

Penguins return to league action on the 25th January when Dundee stars visit Auchenharvie Ice Rink, Stevenston with a 6pm face off.  This is a game between the only 2 unbeaten teams in the league, so will definitely be an exciting match, so let’s come along and give these talented U12’s kids all your support.

Could you do what they do? Come along and be amazed while cheering on our Penguins.

Report by David Turner. Photo Credits: Colin Durning & David Turner.

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North Ayrshire Stars v Kilmarnock JIHC U14’s at Auchenharvie Ice Rink, Stevenston

The Stars faced off against Kilmarnock under 14’s for the first time this season.  Both teams making an evenly matched start with play in both offensive zones within the first few minutes.  Several early penalties against Kilmarnock gave the Stars the Power play opportunities, however the Kilmarnock defence ensured they did not capitalise.   The teams moved to 4 on 4 when a Stars player took a 2 + 10 minutes for boarding, however team mate & Stars Alternate Captain, Flynn Massie #8, was able to sneak one past the Kilmarnock net-minder to get the score sheet started.  A further Stars penalty put the home side down to a 3 on 4 player disadvantage, which the penalty kill line did well to control. A shot on goal in the final minute from Flynn Massie #8 was well saved by the Kilmarnock net-minder, however Stars centre Emma Lamberton #9 was able to find the rebound & with a quick pass back to Flynn Massie, who made sure to send it home on the second attempt, ending the first period at 2-0 to the home side.

The 2nd period began with a flurry of activity in the Stars offensive zone, with ex-Kilmarnock player Rhys Deeley #3,  scoring within the first 30 seconds of the period, with a further classy assist coming from Emma Lamberton #9. This 3rd Stars goal was soon followed by a 4th as defence man & Stars Captain, Kerr Drummond #11, sent the puck flying to the back of the net with his signature slap shot from the blue line.  A Stars penalty, gave Kilmarnock a power play opportunity, however despite a spirited scramble in front of the Stars net, net-minder Calum Simmonds gave nothing away and the 2nd period ended 4-0 to the home team.

The 3rd period saw a change to Stars goal tending, with Caiden MacColl taking his spot between the pipes as Calum Simmonds sat with a clean sheet.  Caiden was tested early in the period, but showed his mettle with a strong glove save before making several saves during a further Kilmarnock power play.  Stars went 5 goals up on their opponents when defence man Aedan Monaghan #7 , took an unassisted skate from his own zone & finished by sending the puck into the net, top bins!  A final Stars goal saw Ewan O’Donnell #19 take his first goal of the season, and with less than 2 minutes on the clock, it looked sure to be a Stars victory. Kilmarnock were unwilling to go down without a fight however, and managed to pull 2 goals back within the last 90 seconds.  It proved too little too late, and the game finished at North Ayrshire Stars 6 – 2 Kilmarnock U14’s.  Player of the match for Kilmarnock under 14s: #4 Oliver Fraser.  Player of the match for North Ayrshire Stars: #19, Ewan O’Donnell.  Report by Lindsay McHugh. Photo Credits: Stephen Carslaw

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North Ayrshire Predators v Kilmarnock JIHC U16’s at Auchenharvie Ice Rink, Stevenston

North Ayrshire Predators welcomed local rivals Kilmarnock U16’s to their rink with this being their 2nd meeting this season. With a draw last time, who would be the victor tonight?

Kilmarnock took the 1st penalty of the game giving the Predators a 5 0n 4 player advantage, but it was Kilmarnock who struck first scoring 2 quick short handed goals which seemed to rattle the Predators so when a 3rd short handed goal by Kilmarnock found its way past net minder Harry Campbell, things started to look grim.  Predators Defenseman Jack Neil make a skate for it, passing to Kyle McIntosh before Josh Carslaw slotted it home past Kilmarnock net minder, some great team work shown but Kilmarnock managed another goal late in the period meaning it finished 4 – 1 to our visitors.

The 2nd period proved to be a great comeback story for our Predators.  Just 1.39 seconds into the game and Josh assisted from forward Dylan Murray bagged his 2nd goal of the game, a welcomed boost that in turn inspired Jack Neil to follow with a goal 39 seconds later.  At 3 – 4 to Kilmarnock, Predators were firmly back into the game and 1.10 seconds later Josh scored his hat-trick goal again assisted from Dylan, with the game tied, the supporters on the edge of their seats and the North Ayrshire Drums creating a steady beat it was to be the Predators and Josh who scored the next goal. The atmosphere around the rink was a mixture of excitement and hopefulness at this comeback, but Kilmarnock decided to push back .. hard and scored 4 quick fire goals bring this period to an end at 8 – 5 to Kilmarnock

The third period saw both teams change net minders and Predators Calum Simmonds was soon tested but caught it with his glove only for it to be picked up by Kilmarnock and sent to the back of his net.  Predators replied straight away with a goal from Dylan Murray assisted by Jack Neil but Kilmarnock soon quashed any hope by netting another 5 goals.  Final Score: North Ayrshire Predators 6 – 14 Kilmarnock JIHC U16. Man of the Match: Josh Carslaw.  Photo Credits: Stephen Carslaw

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3 wins from 4…..positive weekend for North Ayr!

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North Ayrshire WILD v Aberdeen Lynx at Auchenharvie Ice Rink, Stevenston.

Saturdays game saw the Wild at home against Aberdeen Aberdeen were not having much luck on their arrival at the rink with one player forgetting his skates and another his helmet. The Wild were able to help out with a helmet but as for size 11 skates, there are no giants at North Ayr, so we were unable help out with that one. 
The first period from the Wild showed skill and determination, Aberdeen didn’t know what had hit them when Captain Scott Cowan pinged the puck past the Aberdeen goalie with only 1.13 on the clock, a further goal from Mark Fowley put the score too 2-0 Wild after the first period. 
Into the second period and the Wild were as thirsty as the first period, getting to the puck first and generating chance after chance, they also had 3 penalty kills to content with but produced some good hockey and held Aberdeen away from our goals, this period ended 5-0. 
Into the 3rd & Aberdeen started making a few more hits and got more physical on and off the puck.  The Wild were slightly on the back foot and this allowed a late goal from Aberdeen that saw the game finish 5-1 to the wild. 
The Man of the Match was No 17Scott Wright, but this could have gone to a few players. 
Sunday’s game had the Wild travel North to take on Dundee Comets. Let’s see if they can make it a double win this weekend.
 
North Ayrshire Penguins v Lanarkshire Lightning U12’s at Hamilton Ice Rink – Saturday 11th January
Final Score Penguins 7 – 3 Lightning. Our Man of the Match went to Jack Malcolm.
 
North Ayrshire Devils v Belfast Junior Giants U20’s – Dundonald Ice Bowl, Belfast – Saturday 11th January
Final Score: Devils 3 – 1 Giants. Goals from Jamie Miller & Jamie Sturrock (2x).  MoM – Elliot McLachlan
Devils in Belfast - EditedPhoto Credit: Sharon Sturrock.
 
North Ayrshire Wild v Dundee Comets at Dundee Ice Arena – Sunday 12th January
North Ayrshire Wild travelled through to Dundee for there 2nd game this weekend, this time facing Dundee Comets. The game started of well but soon Comets were overpowering the Wild team, was last nights game starting to tell on the players??  The first period ended 3-1 to Comets. Into the second and the Wild players looked tired and Dundee took advantage,they were constantly breaking through the middle of the ice meaning this period ended 5-1Into the 3rd and the Wilds legs have loosened up and we get to see the Wild from last night, during this period we saw them play much better and actually won that period but sadly it still wasn’t enough to take the win & the points as the game ended 7-4 to Dundee Comets with Wild Man of the Match going to Gary Parker.
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Photo Credit to Derek Black from Dundee Ice Hockey Club
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1st weekend back in action saw mixed results.

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Saturday 4th January.
Scottish Cup Game – North Ayrshire Predators v Solway Sharks JIHC at Dumfries Ice Bowl.
Happy New Year and what better way to start it than a Scottish Cup road trip to Dumfries for our Under 16’s The Predators.  Any worries that the 1st game back after the Christmas break would slow them down were dismissed with a lovely shot from Kyle Forsyth after only 3 minutes.  With the Predators putting the pressure on, it was Josh Carslaw who scored twice within 40 seconds just after the 9 minute mark.  The Predators entered the 2nd period with a 3 goal lead, but it was Solway who scored next to relight the game, this looked to be turning when Predators suffered a penalty for interference and played with only 4 players, but never fear, Jack Neil took the puck a wander and found the back of their net.  With a strong lead and a fresh team, the Predators were able to give their younger players more ice time, with 7 players regular Stars players (U14’s) this was a good opportunity for them to put into practice what they had been learning from & with their peers in the Predators.  Back to full strength, it was youngster Flynn Massie  who scored his 1st goal for the Predators.  This NA Star re-directed a blue line shot from Aedan Monaghan to score.  There was no stopping the Predators as next up Dylan Murray slotted his 1st of the game with such skill & ease this prompting Flynn to follow his lead and press forward to score his second.  With the net minders changing over, Harry Campbell gave way to Calum Simmonds.  The final period started as the last had ended with Predators out shooting Solway with more goals from Jack & Kyle before Solway sneaked one into our net.  Not to let this get them off their stride, it was D-Man Kerr Drummond who pulled off his trademark blue line slap shot to score his 1st this season as a 2nd year train up Star. And they didn’t stop there, Jack had a lovely breakaway goal 18 seconds later, then Dylan has a trail of Solway players chasing him down before scoring his 2nd 44 seconds later.  With such an advantage for the Predators, Jacob Woods decided to take advantage of a bottleneck in the corner of the rink and when the puck re-emerged and headed his way, he slotted home his 1st Predators goal. This was followed by another from Kyle & Dylan before Antony Curlett powered home the final goal of the day making it a resounding finish for the Predators with the score finishing 16 – 2 and Man of the Match going to Liam Houston.
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North Ayrshire Wild v Kilmarnock Thunder at Auchenharvie Ice Rink, Stevenston.

First game of the new year against Kilmarnock, this is always a rough game and proved to be just that with penalty minutes for both teams hitting 50 mins. Both teams were a wee bit rusty in the first period after the festive break but the Wild managed to go 3-0 up. Into the second period and the Wild were beginning to wakeup with a constant pressure on the Kilmarnock net minder, 30 shots in total although just managing to scored with 6 of themfinishing the period 9-0. The 3rd period saw the Wild coast alonghowever Kilmarnock Thunder were constantly playing with 4 men on the ice with one player taking 45 mins of penaltiesaloneWild’s Adam Kerr got called for fighting which saw him and his opponent leave the ice.  Kilmarnock then started to play good hockey and managed to score 2 goals but Wild were not giving up and also scored goals finishing the game 14-2. Man of the Match: Scott Cowan.

Next week the Wild have Aberdeen at home on the Saturday and then travel to Dundee on the Sunday.
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Sunday 5th January
North Ayrshire Stars v Dundee Stars Juniors U14’s at Dundee Ice Arena
The Stars 1st game of the year saw them take to the road and travel through to Dundee to take on their U14’s.  With these teams are equally matched, this was going to be a great 1st game back and any signs of easing into it were quickly banished when our Stars were on the puck as soon as it dropped and lovely team work from Liam Houston & Flynn Massie created panic from Dundee net minder as Emma Lamberton effortlessly slid the puck past him with less than a minute played.  The team then dropped to 4 players but the strong defending and cycling of the puck mean Dundee couldn’t take advantage of that and when Stars returned to full strength, their push on goal was strong but in the 10th minute it was Dundee who scored their 1st goal of the game.  The 2nd period was not a good one for our Stars, although they came out looking for it  a few penalties saw them play with only 3 players to Dundee’s 5, but again the penalty kill defence stood strong, but this couldn’t continue and with only 12 seconds of the 4 on 5 remaining Dundee scored and our Stars looked rattled and lost their way a little, conceding another goal 3 minutes later.  A pep talk from coaches during the 2 min break seemed to work with Stars rushing their net & it eventually paid off with a breakaway from Flynn Massie resulting in our 2nd goal, but with only 57 seconds left was there time to level it?  Dundee felt there was and called a time out but Stars continued and Massie was denied his 2nd goal by their minder. Despite this fantastic comeback, it wasn’t to be and the game finished 3 – 2 to the Dundee Star Juniors.  But it sure was an explosive return to the ice and a sign of good team play is always what we are looking for. Man of the Match went to Rhys Deeley for solid defending.
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North Ayrshire Predators v Dundee Stars Juniors U16’s at Dundee Ice Arena
The Predators 2nd game in 2 days was going to be tougher than their previous one with 7 of their players having just finished playing a tiring game with the U14’s.  Dundee came out strong and totally caught the Predators on the hop with 3 quick goals which broke our spirit…but just a little.  Predators soon regrouped and fought for a come back with goals from Dylan Murray (2), Jack Neil & Jacob Woods but it wasn’t enough and the game ended 13 – 4 to our hosts with Jacob getting Man of the Match this time.
We are always looking for new players, especially at out learn to play.  We can take them from 4yrs old and will supply all equipment for their trial period.  Anyone interested, please contact naihcltp@gmail.com or look on our Facebook and Website for more information.
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Happy New Year

2020

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Everyone at North Ayrshire Ice Hockey Club would like to thank you all for your support and commitment over the last year.  From getting players to training on time to helping out on match nights all these little things really help out the managers and coaches more than you realise.

So a Big Thank You and here’s to 2020! Our club is growing and it’s all thanks to you all.

#Lets Go North Ayr.