Dear members, we feel now would be an opportune time to update you on the efforts made by ourselves and the other ice users in our attempts to negotiate with
regarding their decision to close the ice rink until the end of January.
Dear members, we feel now would be an opportune time to update you on the efforts made by ourselves and the other ice users in our attempts to negotiate with
regarding their decision to close the ice rink until the end of January.
This week we were informed by Ka Leisure that they had decided not to open our ice rink till January 2021.
We have joined together with the other 6 ice clubs which are based at Auchenharvie Ice Rink, Stevenston in a bid to encourage Ka Leisure to rethink this crazy decision and get all our members back on the ice as and when the Scottish Government allows.
None of the Ice Clubs were contacted prior to this decision being made therefore Ka Leisure would have no way of knowing how much Ice time we would require and are basing their decision on our previous ice allocation. Bearing in mind the children and adults who use this rink as their base, week in and week out have been out of action since March and are most likely to be looking for as much as possible.
For this to be used for fitness activities is just selfish as there are many Ka Leisure Campuses in the surrounding area which can accommodate these types of activities while there is only 1 ice rink!
Our members have missed out on so much this year that there is no way of knowing how this will affect their mental and emotional well-being. We as a club will ensure all social distancing (for over 12’s) and strict hygiene procedures are adhered to and work with Ka Leisure to safely get the kids back on the ice!
There has been a petition launched and we are urging everyone to sign it in the hope that Ka Leisure will reconsider and let our kids back on the ice this year!
Thanks to Lanarkshire Lightning Junior Ice Hockey Club for nominating us after they completed there challenge.
North Ayrshire Ice Hockey Club happily ACCEPT the challenge!
The Proclaimers once sang, “I would walk 500 miles”…So, we are going to SKATE 500 miles and hopefully raise £500 for NHS Charities Together for the Covid-19 Appeal!
That’s right, we swapped our Ice Skates for Roller Blades with players from throughout our club & even a couple of coaches are taking on the #skate500 challenge.
Please donate if you can and let our players do the hard work
Unfortunately we regret to announce that due to the ongoing corona virus pandemic, we have had to take the decision to cancel this years Sam Wallace Memorial Tournament.
As we expect social distancing rules to continue for some time it would be both irresponsible and unsafe for us to attempt to stage the event even if the lockdown were to be lifted mid May.
If clubs who have already paid deposits or entry fees email firstname.lastname@example.org with their bank details and club name we will organise paying refunds to you.
We hope everyone stays safe and we look forward to seeing you all at the 2021 event.
North Ayrshire Ice Hockey Club has cancelled all of our training sessions for the foreseeable future after the raised levels of Social distancing advised from the government on 17th March 2020.
All Games, leagues & conference had already been cancelled up until 31st May 2020. A review will take place on 1st May regarding what will happen as of the 1st June 2020.
Below is the joint statement released regarding games cancellation.
We are delighted to have 7 of our players selected to play in 4 of the Scottish Ice Hockey Conference Teams at the English Ice Hockey Association conference weekend 7th, 8th & 9th May at Sheffield Ice Arena.
***Unfortunately this has now been cancelled due to the coronavirus restrictions***
All of the boys have worked so hard for this, not only within their club but during their Monthly Conference training, additional training games and mini conference days/weekends, no complaining but instead they embrace it, look for extra ice time and make their time on the ice count and that’s what needed to play at this level.
Well Done to
Rocco Murray &
Flynn Massie &
Under 15’s – Harry Campbell (Unfortunately we didn’t get Harry’s photo)
Kyle Forsyth &
Keep up the hard work boys!
Saturday 29th February 2020
North Ayrshire Penguins v Murrayfield JIHC U12’s at Murrayfield Ice Rink, face off: 12.15pm
On Saturday North Ayrshire Penguins travelled to Edinburgh to play Murrayfield in a league match. After defeating Murrayfield in the cup semi-final, Penguins knew this was going to be a tough game. Murrayfield let the penguins know they were out for revenge and opened the scoring in the second minute of the game. This woke the Penguins up and Rocco Murray was unlucky not to equalise with a great shot. Penguins eventually equalised through Max Stevenson just after the 6th minute. Lennon Deeney was unlucky with a 1st time shot before net minder Caiden MacColl kept the scores tied with a great save. Lennon and William Greenlees were unlucky with great shots with Lennon’s coming back off the bar. Just before the end of the 1st period some great skills saw Penguins eventually take the lead through Rocco. The period ended 2-1 Penguins.
The second period started with the Penguins on top and they increased their lead with a great goal from Max making it 3-1. Rocco, Lennon and Ben Roxburgh were unlucky not to increase the score with great shots saved by the Murrayfield goalie. The Penguins took a 3-1 lead into the 3rd period and Murrayfield came out fighting and after scoring twice tied the game at 3-3. Caiden made sure Penguins didn’t fall behind showing his class with a great save from a shot which looked destined for the top corner. With the clock running down both teams were looking for the winning goal and it came with only 29 seconds left on the clock through a fantastic shot from Lennon.
North Ayrshire Penguins 4 – 3 Murrayfield JIHC. Man of the Match: Max Stevenson. Goals from Max Stevenson(2), Rocco Murray & Lennon Deeney. Report by David Turner.
North Ayrshire Sabres v Fife Eagles U10’s at Fife Ice Arena, face off: 6.20pm
Missing some experienced players the young Sabres made the journey through to Fife to play a tough Kirkcaldy u10’s. With this being a first full ice game for some of the kids Sabres put on a great show of skill, determination and passion to make sure Fife Eagles didn’t have it all their own way. With some great chances through Lucas Allan, Lawson Kennedy and David Turner Sabres were unlucky not to score in the first 2 periods. With new net minder Brad Ruxton playing his first game in goal he made some fantastic saves to keep the score down. In the 3rd period Sabres eventually found a way past the Kirkcaldy goalie with David Turner beating the line change to the puck and firing it past the goalie and into the net. With all the kids having fun the game ended with a defeat for the Sabres. Report by David Turner.A big well done to all the kids and a well deserved Man of Match for Brad Ruxton.
North Ayrshire Wild v Kirkcaldy Kestrels SNL at Fife Ice Arena, face off: 8.15pm
Wild travelled through to Fife to take on the Kestrels hoping to get a result here that would help them in the playoffs. It was end to end stuff with both teams playing some good hockey, but it was our Ryan Parkin who received a pass from Scott Wright who slotted the first goal passed Kestrels Net minder Euan Simpson the period ended in a 0-1 result for the Wild. In the second period & it wasn’t long before Kestrels Allan Anderson received a pass from Scott Jamison to slit one passed our Scott Blackwell making the result all square. The Wilds’ Adam Kerr was playing forward position for this game and with a pass from behind the Fife goals to Chris Burwood saw him score our second of the night, this period ended 1-2 to the Wild. Into the 3rd period and could the Wild hold there nerve? Both teams had there chances but the Wild made a mistake and it cost them a goal with the Fife #6 slotting the puck into the Wild net. Shortly after that, with Wild pushing forward, they got caught out, a delicate pass from Kestrels Scott Jamison to Jamie Wilson and onto Allan Anderson on a break away with only our net-minder to beat the Wild scrambled and tried to get back I support him but Allan slotted it home making the score 3-2 to Kestrels. The Wild tried and tried to pull this game back but Fife closed up shop and made it impossible for them to equalise.
North Ayrshire Wild 2 – 3 Kirkcaldy Kestrels. Man of the Match: Chris Burwood.
North Ayrshire Stars v Lanarkshire Lightning U14’s at Auchenharvie Ice Rink, Stevenston, face off: 6pm
North Ayrshire Stars prepared themselves for what was sure to be a difficult game against Lanarkshire Lightning, who currently sit second in the league table with a couple of games in hand over first place Kirkcaldy.
The first shot on goal of the game came within the opening minute from Stars’, Flynn Massie, but following a save from the Lanarkshire net minder, the home sides’ net-minder, Calum Simmonds, was allowed little time to settle into the game, with a succession of penalties and a total of 11 shots on goal in the first period alone. The Stars did well to kill the penalties with strong defence and net minding, and held their opponents off until near the end of the first period when Lanarkshire took the first goal of the game, ending the first period at 1-0 to the away side.
The second period started with the Stars again on the penalty kill, which they managed well, but the away team were able to secure a second goal shortly after. The Stars had a couple of looks at goal but strong net minding from Lanarkshire denied them a spot on the scoreboard, with the second period ending at 2-0 to the away team.
The theme of the final period was end-to-end play, with Stars fighting hard for a comeback. Lanarkshire kept the pressure on though, with a 3rd goal before Stars’ Flynn Massie and Lennon Deeney were both able to find the back of the net to bring the scoreline back to 3-2. Stars out-shot their opponents in the final period, and battled hard to the end. Lanarkshire were able to sneak a last second finisher on the final buzzer, ending the game at 4-2 to the away side. Lanarkshire man of the match was #16, Robbie Thomson & Stars well deserved player of the match went to goaltender, Calum Simmonds. Report by Lindsay McHugh
North Ayrshire Predators v Lanarkshire Lightning U16’s at Auchenharvie Ice Rink, Stevenston, face off: 7.30pm
Meetings between these 2 teams always lead to an excellent display of skill, talent and determination and neither team disappointed on Saturday. From the very first puck drop the Predators took charge and within the 1st minute were on the scoreboard thanks to forward Dylan Murray. Play continued with both teams receiving penalties making it a defensive period with no more goals but some fine displays from Jack Neil & Aedan Orr.
The 2nd period started as the last had finished with tensions running high on both benches it was the Predators who made were making game play, a fine pass from Jamie Wilson to Kyle Forsyth was saved, but creating the opportunities lead to Dylan netting his 2nd of the game which was quickly followed up with another goal, this time from Josh Carslaw making it 3 – 0 to Predators at the end of the 2nd.
Lanarkshire came out fighting in the 3rd and our net minder Harry Campbell faced down a heavy attack on goal before one managed to fly past him making it 3 – 1. Predators then upped their game and took the play up the rink to Lanarkshire Net minder who was also in fine form and made our guys work hard. It was Dylan who saw an opportunity during a power play to score his hat-trick goal of the evening. With both teams were fielding players from U14’s, who had just finished their game, there was no tired legs or lack of effort for anyone on the ice and the games experience they get playing with their peers is invaluable. It was Captain Kyle Forsyth who scored the final goal of the game after a fine pass from Dylan.
Outstanding effort from the Predators who stuck to their game plan and played a great game with the desired result. More of the same next week boys for your Scottish Cup semi-final v Belfast junior giants. North Ayrshire Predators 5 – 1 Lanarkshire Lightning. Man of the Match: Harry Campbell.
Sunday 1st March
North Ayrshire Penguins v Fife Eagles U10’s at Fife Ice Arena, face off: 4.15pm
Sunday saw North Ayrshire Penguins travel to the east coast this time to Fife to play Kirkcaldy Redskins. After a hard fought win 24 hrs earlier there was no sign of tiredness with Penguins starting on the front foot & Lennon Deeney testing the Kirkcaldy goalie with a shot from the blue line which the was saved. Next to try his luck was Rocco Murray who also saw his shot blocked. Some great defensive work prevented Kirkcaldy from opening the scoring. William Greenlees was next to try his luck for Penguins but he also saw his shot saved. Penguins found themselves behind when Kirkcaldy found a way past net-minder Caiden MacColl making the score 1-0 Kirkcaldy. The Penguins rallied and their search for the equaliser was rewarded when Max Stevenson fired the puck past the Kirkcaldy goalie making the score 1-1. Rocco was unlucky not to send the Penguins into the break with a lead after his shot was saved by the catcher of the Kirkcaldy goalies. With the 1st period ending 1-1 Penguins started the 2nd brightly and Rocco again tested the goalie who again saved his shot. Penguins weren’t having things their own way with Kirkcaldy forcing Caiden into 2 great saves. Then more great defensive work prevented Kirkcaldy from taking the lead again. Penguins eventually got themselves in front when the Kirkcaldy goalie could do nothing to stop a Rocco shot flying past him and into the net to make it 2-1 Penguins. Lennon was unlucky not to increase Penguins lead when his shot came off the goalies mask. Oliver Turner was next to try his luck for Penguins with his shot going just wide. The score at the end of the 2nd remained 2-1 Penguins. The start of the 3rd saw Penguins trying to put the game beyond their opponents reach with Liam Durning and Ashton Lomas coming close with their shots. After a 5 on 3 penalty kill, Penguins eventually scored their 3rd goal with Rocco again firing a shot past the Kirkcaldy goalie making it 3-1 Penguins. With time running out Lennon was again unlucky when his shot was again saved. The match finished 3-1 in Penguins favour and ended a busy week for the Penguins with Lennon, Rocco and David Turner all playing 3 games in just over 24 hrs. Man of Match: Rocco Murray. Goals from Max Stevenson & Rocco Murray x2. Report from David Turner.
Our Scotland squad players had a successful weekend in Dumfries. Our fab 5 joined their respective Scotland Squads to take on teams from South-West, South-East, Northern & Midlands.
U11’s we have Jake Reilly, Lennon Deeney & Rocco Murray. These guys helped their squad finish 3rd after winning 2 & losing 2 games.
U13’s we have Flynn Massie & Liam Houston. Under 13’s came top of their table this time, recording 3 wins & a nil – nil draw.
The boys all worked so hard over the weekend.
Well Done Boys.
Just in case you haven’t noticed…..we’ve given our Sam Wallace Memorial Tournament a new look for this year.
What do you think??
We LOVE it!!
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
North Ayrshire Penguins (U12’s) v Murrayfield JIHC – Scottish Cup Semi-Final at Auchenharvie Ice Rink, Stevenston. North Ayr Penguins make the Scottish cup final for the second year running. Penguins welcomed Murrayfield 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 Penguins 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 Cup 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.
North Ayrshire Stars (U14’s) v Kirkcaldy Chiefs – Scottish Cup at Auchenharvie Ice Rink, Stevenston. It 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: Joe Lynch Final Score: North Ayrshire Stars 0 – 8 Kirkcaldy Chiefs. Man of the Match: Flynn MassiePhoto Credit: Fiona McBride, Report: Lynsey McHugh
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
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.
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.
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!!