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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.