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Devils & Wild Away Weekend -19th October

Wild v Murrayfield SRC

Saturday 19th October.

North Ayrshire WILD v Kilmarnock Thunder at Galleon Leisure Centre.

The WILD clock up another win this weekend against Kilmarnock Thunder, in what was one of their best displays of teamwork.  Scott Blackwell one of the WILD keepers actually played outfield this game and eventually, with the assistance of the team, got him his first goal (not bad for a goalie).

The 3 periods were controlled by the WILD throughout but Thunder had a few good goals too and played some good team hockey.

The score ended, on what was an entertaining game, 24-3 to the WILD.

Next week finds the WILD at home against the Dundee Comets, so we will see if they can clock up another win.

North Ayrshire WILD v Solway Sharks at Dumfries Ice Bowl.

High Flying Devils Make 3 in a Row.

The League Leaders where on the road again this weekend with a trip to the home of the Sharks. Devils were out to continue their winning start to the season with a tough opponent waiting for them.

Solway’s quality showed as they took the lead after only 25 seconds. They then doubled their lead before the Devils struck midway through Haydn Woods assisted by Ryan Campbell goal time 10:03. End of the first 2-1 Sharks.

The Devils started the second period brighter of the two sides scoring early to level the tie Goal-scorer Haydn Woods turn provider this time assisting Jamie Miller goal time 24:30. Almost immediately the Devils took the lead again at 24:30 through Christopher Burwood assisted by Brandon Anderson and Kyle Forsyth. Their lead wouldn’t last long as the Sharks scored two quick goals finishing the period with a slim 4-3 lead.

The Sharks would extend their lead early in the third. However, the Devils showed the free scoring play that has them at the top of the league. First through Matthew Miller assisted by Brandon Anderson, then straight from the face off, lead scorer Jamie Miller put the Devils in front assisted by Haydn Woods and Ryan Campbell.

The Devils would add 2 more unanswered goals from Ryan Campbell and Sean Woods. Winning the tie 7-5.  Man of the Match went to Darren Easton with a superb performance in Defence.

The Devils have the next few weekends free with their next game at home to local rivals Ayr Bruins Sat 23/11/19 Auchenharvie Leisure Centre with face off 7:30pm.

 

Next Weekends Fixtures:

Saturday 26th October

North Ayrshire Penguins v Ayr Bruins U12’s at Ayr Ice Rink, Face Off: 3.15pm

North Ayrshire Wild v Dundee Comets SNL at Auchenharvie Ice Rink, Stevenston, Face Off: 6.30pm.

Sunday 27th October

Scotland National Team Trials.  North Ayrshire Ice Hockey Club have 16 players attending trials hopeful of winning a place in the Scotland Squad.  Good Luck to each and every one of them.

We also have our 3 female players heading to The Timecapsule in Coatbridge for Scotland Girls Development Training. Keep up the hard work girls!

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Round up from the weekends games – 14/Sept/19

Stars - Solway Home

Come join our club.

We have recently had a recruitment drive to encourage new players into our club, focusing on the 4yrs – 10yrs age group. This resulted in 12 new kids taking to the Ice on Saturday. We are delighted and excited to be working with these children and our fully qualified coaches are teaching them the basics of skating, giving them sticks to handle and letting them have fun while learning.
If you have a child who would like to come and try out Ice Hockey, email Pamela on naihcltp@gmail.com

6pm – North Ayrshire Predators v Solway Sharks Under 16’s At Auchenharvie Ice Rink, Stevenston. 

Predators opened their season against an under strength Solway U16s icing most of their U14s team to make up the numbers. Whilst the Predators dominated the game from the first puck drop, the Solway players did a great job defensively and Robbie Gordon in the Solway net did a grand job keeping the home teams attack at bay. The breakthrough came just after 7 mins when Cameron Murray slotted home, assisted by debutant Kyle McIntosh and Josh Carslaw. Kyle and Josh then both scored to send us into the interval 3-0 up. The following 2 periods saw more of the same, some fine passing from the Predators, good positional play, and some very good power play work that resulted in another 5 goals to finish the game 8-0.
Shot count was 50-8 in favour of the Predators, which reflects the difference in experience between the 2 teams, but the Solway team kept the battle going to the end, despite the injury to goaltender Robbie Gordon and to player Gregor Mills. We wish them both a speedy recovery.  Man of Match for Predators: Fraser Maloney.

7.30pm – North Ayrshire Stars v Solway Sharks Under 14‘s At Auchenharvie Ice Rink, Stevenston. 

And so it begins! The masses arrived in anticipation of a highly competitive match between our very own North Ayrshire Stars and the highly talented Solway Sharks U14’s. At U12 level last year the games between these two teams were always very tight, and this game proved beyond doubt that this trend will probably continue this year.
1st Period. 
Mmmmm, The less said the better!  After a very even start, with not much between the sides, there was growing evidence that the Stars were struggling to find their ‘groove’. Solway were looking the more dangerous team and with 11:41 on the clock, Calum Simmonds produced a great save to keep the scoreline at 0-0, and then again 30 seconds later. It was becoming all too easy for the Sharks to get shots at goal. However, a minute later a good piece of play by Jake Larcombe almost produced a rare chance for the Stars, with Flynn Massie just unable to get on the end of the eventual pass. And when a good backhand shot by Flynn was well saved by the Solway goalie Logan Reid, this signalled the end of any positives from North Ayr until the end of the period.  With 6:13 on the clock a breakaway goal by Tomas Vyrostek made it 1-0 for Solway and then two minutes later it was 2-0 after a goal by Kyle Carruth, who was bizarrely sent straight to the penalty box!!??  At this point, in true first game of the season style, the Stars looked as if they had never even met each other, let alone played as a team before. The forwards could hardly string a pass together and it appeared they had never heard of the phrase’ back checking’; the D-men were posted missing all too often; and our goalie seemed to pick the puck out of the net more often than out of his glove. It was fast becoming a nightmare period for our young team, and it was only to get worse.  With 3 minutes left on the clock, a misplaced pass by Liam Houston was picked up by the grateful Solway forward Kyle Carruth, who picked his spot for 3-0, and another breakaway goal by Cassie McGregor, with 40s remaining, made it 4 for the confident young Solway side. End of period; 4-0 Solway Sharks.
2nd Period.
Well, I don’t know what ‘words of wisdom’ our coach Jamie Easton uttered in the two minutes between periods, but it certainly worked! The Stars came out a completely different team and within 19 seconds had narrowed the margin. Liam Houston, eager to appease for his mishap from the 1st period, weaved his magic through the Solway rear guard and with a cute pass, picked out Rhys Deeley who made no mistake, finishing with a wonderful slapshot. But, within minutes it was 5-1 to Solway. The Stars forwards, guilty of not retreating once more, left the defence horribly exposed and a fine finish by Tomas Vyrostek, his second of the game, allowed Solway to regain their four goal advantage. A minute later another great save from Calum Simmonds, who seemed to have rediscovered his confidence, kept the Stars in it. However, the Stars regained their composure and began to control the game once more. All three lines were contributing now and playing as a unit, and five minutes into the period the Stars reduced the deficit once more. Rhys, who by now was having a fine game, won the puck, got his head up, and played a sublime pass to Liam Houston, who skated in on the net and coolly slotted home with a mature finish. Midway through the period, the Stars had a chance to narrow the gap on a power play, but a resolute Solway team kept them at bay. Nevertheless, the Stars managed to score once more in the second period, a wonderful unassisted goal by Rhys Deeley, ironically on a penalty kill! The Stars had their tails up, and the forwards on all lines were proving to be a thorn in the side of the shell-shocked Sharks. A great skate by Adam Bainbridge produced a chance for Jacob Woods, whose shot was well saved by the Shark goalie. And in the dying seconds of the period, Rocco Murray, relishing his unfamiliar forward role, was unfortunate not to score after a lung bursting skate down the left wing. End of period; 5-3 Solway Sharks.
3rd period.
The Stars came out flying in the 3rd, eager to at least salvage a point from their disastrous start.The whole team were buzzing and this was epitomised by the unmistakable white helmet of Aaron Stewart, who was chasing everything and giving the Sharks defence a torrid time. And then the deficit was one! An exquisite lofted pass by Flynn Massie found Jacob Woods who produced a beautifully controlled finish to make the score 5-4 to the Sharks. The Stars could smell blood (ironically not the Sharks!), and 30 seconds later Adam Bainbridge had a great chance saved by the helmet of the Solway goalie. Then almost immediately from the face-off, good work by Liam Houston behind the net created a chance for Conor Wood, whose slapshot forced another fine save out of the Solway keeper. This was now a real contest between two tiring teams, but who would prevail? With 5 minutes to go of the period, North Ayr had a chance to level the match with another power play opportunity. Our young team, desperate for the equaliser, were reigning shots in on the Solway goalie, and eventually the pressure paid off. After great work by our Captain, Kerr Drummond, Liam Houston managed to ’pick the pocket’ of the Solway keeper and slotted home to level the match, much to the delight of everyone involved! The Stars pushed for the winner, but unfortunately, this was to be the end of the scoring in the game. It was an exciting end to a really entertaining game, with both teams deserving of real credit on their first game of the season. 
End of period and match; North Ayr Stars 5, Solway Sharks 14’s 5. Man of the Match; Rhys Deeley.  Reported by William Houston.

7.30pm – Galleon Centre, Kilmarnock – North Ayrshire WILD v Kilmarnock Thunder SNL – Stuart Robertson Cup.

The WILD travelled to local rivals Kilmarnock Thunder on Saturday night to play their second game in the Stuart Robertson Cup . Having suffered a 9-1 loss against Murrayfield Racers in their first game the team were looking to get some points on the board.
The 1st period was tight with both teams taking a few minor penalties. Wild managed 24 shots on the Kilmarnock keeper but it took until the 19th minute of the period to get the opening goal, scored by Ryan Campbell assisted by Luke Kearsley.
The Wild were 2 up with 2 minutes gone of the 2nd period when Ryan Parkin scored a power play goal assisted by Callum Siebenaler. The Wild then had to redo their lines when Campbell got thrown out the game after 26 minutes.  Kilmarnock didn’t give up and pulled a power play goal back with 32 minutes on the clock. But the Wild were determined and with 33 minutes on the clock, it was their turn to score a power play goal with Callum Siebenaler finding the net assisted by Ryan Parkin. Kilmarnock fought hard & pulled it back to a 1 goal game with 4 minutes left of the 2nd period.  With only 2 minutes of the period remaining Wild got their 4th of goal of the game, Warren Crawford assisted by Lewis Davidson and Jamie Miller.  The 2nd period ended Thunder 2 – 4 Wild with the Wild out shooting Thunder by 27 shots to 4.
Wild upped the tempo at the start of the 3rd period and with only 35 seconds gone Martin Cardno scored a power play goal assisted by Callum Siebenaler followed quickly only 24 seconds later when Lewis Davidson scored assisted by Chris Underwood. A further 2 minutes later Andy Barr scored assisted by Chris Burwood and Luke Kearsley then it was the turn of Marc Fowley, who scored a lovely solo effort, still only 3 minutes into the 3rd period.  This prompted Thunder to change their keeper.  The new keeper had only been on ice for 1 minute before he was picking the puck out of the net after Lewis Davidson scored his 2nd of the match assisted by Chris Underwood. With the Wild on a roll and only 5 minutes of the 3rd period gone it was Ryan Parkin who scored next with his 2nd goal of the game assisted by Lewis Smith and Haydn Woods. 30 seconds later Kris Underwood fired one in from the blue line assisted by Luke Kearsley. Wild then scored another Power play goal when Jamie Miller redirected a shot by Luke Kearsley into the net followed minutes later when Callum Siebenaler scored his 2nd goal unassisted.  The final goal of the game came with 5 minutes left & was scored by Martin Cardno assisted by Callum Siebenaler and Haydn Woods.  The 3rd period ended with the Wild out shooting Thunder 29 shots to 8.
Final score Kilmarnock Thunder 2 – 14 North Ayrshire Wild  with the Wild Man of the Match: Their Captain Callum Siebenaler.  Reported by Ronnie Miller.
Next Weeks Fixtures:
Saturday 21st September at Auchenharvie Leisure Centre, Stevenston.
Face Off: 6pm – North Ayrshire Penguins v Kilmarnock Tornadoes U12’s
Face Off: 7.30pm – North Ayrshire Devils v Kilmarnock Avalanche U20’s.
Admission charges payable at the centre reception: Adults £5.50, Kids & Concessions £4, Under 5’s & NAIHC players are Free of charge.
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Scottish Cup Runners Up – North Ayrshire Penguins.

Saturday 11th May – Scottish Cup Final.

North Ayrshire Penguins (U12’s) v Kirkcaldy Redskins at Dundee Ice Arena.

We were delighted with the progression that our Under 12’s have made this year, coming 2nd in the league table after winning all their games except the 2 against Kirkcaldy Redskins, they find themselves up against them again for the 3rd time this season in the final of the Scottish Cup.

Desperate to come away the winners this time, the Penguins were ready to work harder than ever and came out hard, pushing the play all around the ice, stopping the Redskins advances and creating their own, they held the Redskins at bay for the 1st period until they went a man down with 56 seconds on the clock and the Redskins used their extra player to score 30 seconds later bringing the period to a close 0-1 to Redskins.

The 2nd Period started just as fast as the 1st, but unfortunately Redskins bagged another 2 goals and this rattled the Penguins slightly but they soon gained their momentum and the fight to comeback was on.

Third period started with the Penguins  3 goals down and they fought hard and at times it looked like a comeback was on with Redskins net minder flying around his net, saving shot after shot from the Penguins but they just couldn’t get the breakthrough they so badly wanted.

The Penguins gave it everything they had the forwards driving it hard through the Redskins taking it to their net, the defenders shutting them down and providing the cover for their own goalie and passing the puck forward again to the 2 Penguin Net minders who were stopping any further goals from happening. It was a right team effort and a great game to watch.  everyone of the team played their part and should be proud of their efforts, but unfortunately, on the day, It wasn’t to be!

Final Score: North Ayrshire Penguins 0 – 3 Kirkcaldy Redskins.  Congratulations to the Redskins on an excellent season & a huge well done to every single Penguin for their fantastic season, their hard work, determination and pure effort! Thank you for a great year!

North Ayrshire Scottish Cup Runners Up: Flynn Massie (C), Adam Bainbridge (A), Jacob Woods (A), Caiden MacColl (NM), Calum Simmonds (NM), Aaron Stewart, Conor Wood, David Cameron, Emma Lamberton, Emma Miller, Ewan O’Donnell, Kieran Millar, Lennon Deeney, Liam Houston, Matthew Evans, Rocco Murray.

Man of the Match : Liam Houston

Liam Houston - MOM Scottish Cup Final

 

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Sunday 12th May

 

North Ayrshire Stars v Dundee Stars (Under 14’s)

This was the Stars last game of the season and they have had a equally impressive season and find themselves joint 2nd with Kilmarnock going into this game.  With Dundee already having won the league and Kilmarnock playing them next week, 2nd place was at stake.

It was Dundee who took the lead 7 minutes into the game but North Ayr answered back with a Josh Carslaw Goal assisted from Dylan Murray & D-man & Captain Jack Neil just 10 seconds later.  This game was fast and physical with play moving around the rink with both sets of players desperate to make the breakthrough. 2nd period started at 1 goal a piece but it was Dundee who managed the breakthrough after 5 minutes and then again 5 minutes later but North Ayr did not give up and fought back and were rewarded with Flynn Massie slap shot goal from just inside the blue line with only 10 seconds left in that period to bring the scoring to 2 – 3.

The 3rd period started as furiously as the previous one had ended with some great teamwork and that determination to get the puck into the back of the Dundee net, North Ayr fell foul and found themselves a man down but this just made them fight harder and they were soon rewarded with the equalising goal from Dylan Murray assisted by Josh Carslaw.  Again North Ayr were short handed but again they showed their strength and pulled together as Dundee focused on North Ayr’s goal and their persistence paid off with a goal with 6 minutes left on the clock, but Dundee didn’t stop there and continued to rush the net where net minder Harry Campbell stood strong, while North Ayr’s defence stayed solid and denied any further goals while the forwards continued to push harder never leaving it to chance and challenged every move Dundee made.  All credit to North Ayr for never giving an inch and this stubbornness was rewarded when a wrist shot from Kerr Drummond was picked up by Josh Carslaw before it was Flynn Massie who guided it to the back of the net. This lovely teamwork brought the game to a close at 4 – 4. Next week’s Dundee Stars v Kilmarnock 14’s will decide if North Ayrshire Stars finish up 2nd or 3rd in the league.

Final Score: North Ayrshire Stars 4 – 4 Dundee Stars (U14’s). Goals from Flynn Massie (2), Dylan Murray and Josh Carslaw.  Man of the Match: Dylan Murray.

Stars v Dundee away last of season Stars at dundee

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NAIHC does Scotland Conference Weekend

Scotland Conference Boys
Tournament Programme
Three of our boys travelled to Sheffield with their Scotland Teams to compete in the 25th anniversary of English Ice Hockey Association Conference Tournament Weekend!
This 3 day tournament puts Scotland against the best that England had to offer from Northern, Midlands, South West & South East.
Scotland Under 13’s opened the tournament with a 7am start on the Saturday with a 4 – 2 win over South East and the U15’s closed the tournament with their game against the South West.
The boys were representing 3 teams:
Under 11’s Team – Lennon Deeney
Under 13’s Team – Flynn Massie
Under 17’s Team – Zak Kenneth
U11'sU13's
U17's
The Under 11’s won 3 of their 4 games and made it to the final where they were sadly beaten by the Midlands.
The Under 13’s won their 1st & last games but narrowly lost the other 2, meaning they placed 3rd.
The Under 17’s won 3 of their 4 games but lost out on a place in the final through goal difference so also placed 3rd.
Results
Well done to all the players who took part in the Conference weekend, but especially our boys.
We know how hard you’ve worked and that you done your best at conference!
Well Done Boys!
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Stuart Robertson Cup Results

SRC 2 part final

Thursday 18th April

North Ayrshire Stars v Ayr Bruins U14’s at Auchenharvie Ice Rink, Stevenston.

A midweek home game for the Stars for this, their penultimate game of the season.

Ayr Bruins are playing tonight with our North Ayrshire Penguins goalie Calum Simmonds in their nets.  Calum has been helping them out after they found themselves without a goalie halfway through the season.  

The Stars have a strong start and 3.20 min in, it’s 1-0 to the stars when Travis Baillie gets the first goal scored assisted from Flynn Massie.  Ayr are looking a stronger side than we have seen before and the first period is a close contest with them scoring 2 mins before the end of period.  The first period ends 1-1.

It’s in the second period that the game comes to life, with 3 more goals coming from the Stars giving Bruins an upwards struggle, with this period ending 4-1.

The last period, the Stars determined to leave their mark, dominating much of the play with another 7 goals coming from 6 different players , some of these being 2nd yr Penguins due to move up after the summer. Stars goalie Harry Campbell pulled out some good saves to deny Ayr any further goals.

Final Score: North Ayrshire Stars 11-1 Ayr Bruins. Man of the match for Stars went to #11 Kerr Drummond for his 2 defence line goals and our Penguins goalie Calum Simmonds picking up Man of the match for Ayr Bruins after an outstanding game which denied the Stars a much higher score line. Goals from 3 x Dylan Murray, 2x Emma Lamberton 2x Kerr Drummond, Aaron Stewart, Fraser Maloney, Travis Baillie & Zak Orr, Assists from Dylan Murray, Dylan Simpson, Flynn Massie, Jack Neil, Jacob Woods, Josh Carslaw, Travis Baillie.

Saturday 21st April & Sunday 22nd April

Stuart Robertson Cup – 2 part final

North Ayrshire Wild take on Murrayfield Racers in a double header competing for the inaugural  STUART ROBERTSON CUP.

The first leg was at home to North Ayrshire Wild and was looking to be a good game with the Wild taking to the scoreboard first with the only goal of the 1st period.  Into the second period and it’s the Wild score again making it 2 -0 but Racers fire back in quick succession and score 3 goals with this period ending 2-3 to Racers.

The 3rd period saw the Wild take silly penalties and with leaving only 4 men on the ice, Racers upped their game and played strong to score a further 3 goals ending the first leg North Ayrshire Wild 2 – 6.Murrayfield Racers. Man of the Match: Martin Cardno.  Get Well Wishes are sent to our Wild player Gary Parker who sustained a broken leg during the match.

The 2nd leg was played in Edinburgh at Murrayfield Ice Rink and The Wild needed a 3 goal score to draw even with their hosts, but it wasn’t to be there night as Racers came out strong with their big players & hit them hard in all 3 periods.  Wild again were taking too many penalties, making it hard to compete when down to 4 skaters, giving away the advantage which Racers took full advantage off. The final score on Sunday was Murrayfield Racers 11-3 North Ayrshire Wild. Man of the Match: Calum Siebenaler (C).  

Overall score Racers 17 – 5 Wild making Murrayfield Racers winners of the inaugural Stuart Robertson Cup. Congratulation to Murrayfield Racers.

 

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Match reports from 26th & 27th January

North Ayrshire Ice Hockey Club Logo
SATURDAY 26TH JANUARY.
North Ayrshire Sabres v Lanarkshire Lightning U10’s at Hamilton Ice Rink.
North Ayrshire sabres travelled to Hamilton looking to make up for a poor performance on their last visit. North ayr started quick out of the blocks racing into a 4 goal lead before Lanarkshire managed to get a reply.
The second period saw Lanarkshire given a glimmer of hope clawing the score back to 6-4 before North ayr found their way to goal again.
The game ended with a convincing 12-4 victory for North Ayr.
The coaches were very impressed and proud with the effort from all the kids. Special mentions go to Brad Ruxton on doing well in his first U10’s game and Lucas Allan for his first U10’s goal… Man of the Match: Lucas Allan.
North Ayrshire Predators v Lanarkshire Lightning at Auchenharvie Ice Rink, Stevenston.
The North Ayrshire Predators welcomed Lanarkshire Lightning under 16’s team to Auchenharvie ice rink on Saturday for their second encounter of the season. The game started at a slow pace with both teams struggling to find their best form and both net minders making comfortable saves in the opening minutes of the 1st period.
The opening goal came in the first period when Antony Curlett went on a solo skate going round a couple of defenders  to put the puck beyond the reach of the Lanarkshire net minder to make it 1-0 to the predators with 9:03 gone in the first period.  The lead was only to last just under 2 minutes with 10:44 on the clock Lanarkshire scored a power play goal first with a 5 on 4 then 5 on 3 the numbers finally told in the end when Mitchell McEwan scored  to tie the game at 1 apiece which held to the end of the first period.
The Predators started the 2nd period the stronger team and four goals inside the first 6 minutes put them five goals to one up.  Goals from Kyle Forsyth, Antony Curlett, Ryan Drummond and Haydn Woods with assists by Haydn Woods on the 2nd Predators goal and Kyle Forsyth and Harry Campbell on the 3rd goal had the Predators 5 goals to 1 up after 21 minutes of the game. Both teams still tried to play Hockey but there was no more scoring in the match with both keepers having fantastic saves in the third period.
Final score Predators 5 Lanarkshire 1
Predators MOM Kyle Forsyth.
SUNDAY 27TH JANUARY 
North Ayrshire Wold v Solway Stingrays @ Dumfries Ice Bowl. 
Sundays game saw the WILD travel to Dumfries to take on the Stingrays, and it wasn’t long before the Wild put the puck in the net with only 59 seconds on the clock, the second goal was only another minute later with 1.59 on the clock but Solway pulled one back in the 15th min, Wild then broke forward and got another goal ending the period Solway 2 Wild 3. 
Start of the second period saw some good hockey skills from both teams, this certainly is not the same Stingray team from the start of the season.  This period ended 6-3. 
Into the 3rd period and both teams gave their all but Wild were in front on skillgoals and on penalty mins, with a total of 16 mins compared to Solway with mins.  Was this going to be costly for the Wild!
The Wild dug deep and managed to keep the Stingrays at bay, ending the game 8-5 to the Wild. With Gary Parkin scoring a hatrick and Gary Parker getting 5 assists, it was an outstanding performance from them both. 
Certainly the coaching staff have been working well with the team, who seriously improved on last week with 54 shots on goal. Man of the Match: Ryan Parkin.
NEXT WEEK’S FIXTURES
Saturday 2nd February.
North Ayrshire Stars v Kilmarnock JIHC @ Galleon Leisure Centre, Kilmarnock. Face Off: 3.30pm – SCOTTISH CUP GAME.
 
North Ayrshire Penguins v Dundee U12’s @ Auchenharvie Ice Rink,  Stevenston. Face Off: 6pm
 
North Ayrshire Devils v Dundee U20’s @Auchenharvie Ice Rink, Stevenston. Face Off: 7.30pm
SUNDAY 3RD FEBRUARY.
North Ayrshire Stars v Solway Sharks U14’s @ Dumfries Ice Bowl. Face Off: 10am.
 
North Ayrshire Predators v Solway Sharks U16’s @ Dumfries Ice Bowl. Face Off: 11.30am.
 
North Ayrshire Wild v Kirkcaldy Kestrels @ Fife Ice Arena. Face Off: 6.30pm.
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Stars Win U13’s Sam Wallace Memorial Tournament – 2018

Sam Wallace 2018 Logo

They Won

2nd weekend of our home tournament saw the U13’s crowned as worthy winners after being unbeaten all tournament.

Having a later start than usual thanks to our U9’s being on 1st thing, The Stars 1st game was up against Billingham Stars, where they started their winning streak winning 4-2, time for breakfast before they took on Guildford Firestorm, winning 3-0.

After a team bonding trek to subway to refuel, the Stars were the last game of the day, up against Murrayfield Juniors, where they clinched their highest score so far winning 6-1.

Happy boys at the end of the 1st day ….. we all had fingers crossed that they would keep up their winning ways on the Sunday…….Which thankfully they did with a convincing 6-1 win over Ayr Bruins putting the Stars into 1st place.

The Stars found themselves up against Guildford Firestorm (4th) in the semi-final, where Guildford stepped it up a gear, making the Stars work hard for the 3-2 win and their place in the final.

The final saw North Ayrshire Stars v Billingham Stars.  Billingham were on a high after watching their Under 9’s convincinly win their final just moments before, brought it to the ice and pushed the stars for every puck, face off, icing call, but our Stars were as equally determined to clinch their final win of the weekend and pushed them to a 2-2 draw……making for a very nervous yet exciting finish to the day….SUDDEN DEATH OVERTIME…..3 0n 3…..who would be able to bring it home…..

We did….thanks to Cole scoring an amazing goal within 2 minutes of overtime……The cheers went up and the boys celebrated in great style …..always great to win, but something special about winning your home tournament.

A well deserved win for the Stars where, again, team work brought the results.

Again, the All-Star Teams featured 4 of our players, 2 U9’s and 2 U13’s.

Well done to all the boys; Rocco, Zach, Harry & Dylan.  With special mention to Rocco, chosen both weekends as All-Star Defender for U11’s & U9’s.

 

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Penguins win Sam Wallace Memorial Tournament U11’s

Sam Wallace 2018 Logo

They Won

Well Done to the whole team for their unbeaten run during the tournament.  Every single one of them played together, passed well and spoke to each other as a team and that brought them the results, win after win, game after game.

They had the short straw of being 1st on the ice, early Saturday morning facing Sheffield Swampfrogs, but they got off to a flying start winning 5-0.  Before they had too long to cool down they were back on against Manchester Storm and continued with their great start winning 8-1…..time for a well deserved breakfast break and off ice team bonding.

Soon it was time for the match they really didn’t want to play….against their team mates, we know how hard it was for them all but someone had to win, sadly Penguins B just couldn’t find the back of our net but didn’t give their team mates an easy time, making them work hard for every goal they scored with Caiden saving an amazing 43 shots during the game…..Well done to both our teams.

Lastly they were faced with Junior Belfast Giants and after a slow start with them moving play back up the rink every time Penguins got close to their goals, then eventually they found the back of their net and the goals didn’t stop….Penguins won 7-0, putting them into 1st place in the Semi-finals against 4th place Belfast Sunday lunchtime.

Belfast brought all they could but the Penguins were more than ready for them winning 5-1 to face Manchester Storm in the final.

What a great final with both teams really wanting that win, but the Penguins kept their heads and soon found their winning way finishing the game 5-2.

It’s been a long time coming for this team and it was well deserved, each and every player skated their socks off, worked as a team and won as a team.  Well done Penguins A.

They even managed to have 3 players win places on the All-Star Team, congratulations to Flynn, Liam & Rocco.