Saturday 13th October
North Ayrshire Stars v Kirkcaldy Chiefs U14’s at Auchenharvie Ice Rink.
This would be a tough game for our Stars, Kirkcaldy always bring it and always makes for a close, highly contested game. With both teams sitting at the top of the league table on equal points but the Stars a game in hand…this was going to be a great match.
It was the Chiefs who opened the scoring with 51 seconds on the clock, the Stars took the play from end to end with multiple shots on their goalie but it took almost 7 minutes for us to find the back of the net, Stars proved they were here to win by scoring 4 goals in 3 mins 16 seconds, 1st was a short-handed goal from Cole McMurdie, assisted from Jack Neil, quickly followed by one from Dylan Simpson assisted by Liam Houston & Fraser Maloney then 2 for Dylan Murray assisted by Kerr Drummond & Jack Neil with our goalie Harry getting the assist on Dylan’s 2nd goal., ending 1st period 4-1 to Stars.
2nd period started with play again going all across the rink with Harry Campbell pulling out some great saves as did their goalie…again it was Chiefs who scored another 2 before Stars pull one back with Liam Houston scoring thanks to an assist from Cole.
3rd period saw both teams looking for the win, Chiefs brought a more physical than we usually play but the Stars held their own although both sides took penalties throughout the game that left their team mates shorthanded on the ice, Chiefs scored another 2 goals but it was to be the Stars night after netting another 3 goals, thanks to some great team play, we saw Cole score assisted by Dylan Murray then a doubler from Josh Carslaw assisted by Dylan M & Liam to finished the game winners.
Final Score: Stars 8 – 5 Chiefs, goals from Cole McMurdie x2, Dylan Murray x 2, Josh Carslaw x 2, Dylan Simpson x1 and Liam Houston x1 with Man of the Match going to Josh Carslaw.
North Ayrshire Penguins v Aberdeen Lynx U12’s at Aberdeen Ice Rink
This weekend saw the NAIHC U12s travel further afield to play Aberdeen Lynx.
The game started at a very high pace with both teams determined to score.
Neither sides could get past the net minders who were certainly doing there job well.
At last with less than a minute to spare in the first period Aaron Stewart, assisted by David Cameron and Rocco Murray managed to get passed Aberdeen’s goalie, just what the Penguins needed!
At the start of the second period both teams were battling hard, the first break through came from Oliver Turner. This was closely followed by Rocco Murray, assisted by Conor Wood. A few minutes later Lennon Deeney took advantage of a short handed Aberdeen side during a Power Play following a penalty by Aberdeen’s #13, scored a goal assisted by Jacob Woods. The Penguins still had that bit more to give as within the last minute of the second period Adam Bainbridge, assisted by Rocco Murray made the score 5-0 to the Penguins.
Seven minutes into the third period and Lennon Deeney made a great breakthrough scoring goal number 6. Aberdeen continued to battle hard but couldn’t stop Lennon Deeney
assisted by Adam Bainbridge and Jacob Woods scoring one last time, taking the final score to 7-0. North Ayrshire U12s net minders #1 Caiden MacColl and #33 Calum Simmonds did a sterling job shut out for both boys.
Well worth the travel, what a fantastic win for the Penguins.
Final Score: Penguins 7 – 0 Lynx, Man of the Match: Lennon Deeney.
North Ayrshire Devils v Aberdeen Lynx U20’s
The north Ayrshire devils took the long road north for the second leg of their double header with Aberdeen. Brimming with confidence from last weekend’s convincing home win, the Devils took to the ice looking for the early lead. It was however the home team who took advantage of an early power play to take the lead in 3:13. The home side extended their lead when they capitalised on another power play on 8:25. The third goal of the period also came from the home sides power play on 17:45. The home side held on to the lead and went into the second period with a 3-0 over the devils.
The devils came out for the second pushing looking for an early goal which came via Zak Kenneth assisted by T.J Wright at 21:55. With the goal giving the devils renewed energy as they were on the ascendancy. The devils took advantage of their power play as Zak Kenneth doubled his tally assisted by Matthew Miller on 32:42. Straight from the face off Zak got his hat trick assisted by TJ Wright at 32:50, to even up the game. Within 30 secs Zak turned provider this time for TJ Wright timed at 33:12, as the devils took the lead. Matthew Miller added to the lead assisted by Christopher Burwood at 33:20, finishing off a good period of play for the devils. Aberdeen scored late in the period take the score to 5-4 to the devils.
With the score tight going into the third period the next goal would be crucial. With both sides looking, for the crucial goal it was the devils who capitalised on a power play timed at 45:23 scored by Christopher Burwood assisted by Jamie Miller and Liam Anderson. The devils never let up adding to their tally through Christopher Burwood assisted by Matthew Miller and Sean Woods at 58:10. With the game going to an end Zak Kenneth took his tally to 4 assisted by TJ Wright and Liam Clark timed at 59:44 with a final score of 8-4 in favour of the devils.
Final Score: Devils 8 – Lynx 4, Man of the Match: Ryan Tunnicliffe
North Ayrshire Wild v Dundee Comets SNL League Game – Dundee Ice Arena
The Wild found themselves travelling away to the Dundee to take on their Dundee Comets. Thhis proved to be a great game of hockey, although the score did not reflect this. The first period ended in a 2-0 loss to the Wild but it was a very entertaining game of hockey, while the Wild sat back slightly on the pucks they had 50/50 chance of winning, this allowed the more aggressive Comets to put more pressure on, scoring more goals. Second period ended 7-2 and again a good display of hockey from both sides, 3rd period ended 9-4 on what was a very good exciting game, Wild are unfortunately still taking too many penalties and at one point only had 3 skaters on the ice.
Final Score: Wild 4- Comets 9, Man of the Match: Gary Parker
Sunday 14th October
North Ayrshire Sabres v Ayr Bruins U10’s
Sunday saw the yr Bruins arrive in Stevenston to play against our U10’s Sabres Team.
Every single Sabre worked really hard for their team with some of our newer players getting their first taste of a true game. Unfortynately this wasn’t to be our night with the Bruins taking home a comfortable win. All players from both teams had a fun night & that;s the main aim, while gaining more skills and learning at the same time. We look forward to the return match in Ayr .
Final score: Sabres 6 – Bruins 18, Man of the Match: Josh Ruxton.
North Ayrshire Wild v Paisley Pirates at Braehead Arena.
In the first of 4 meetings this season, in the Stuart Robertson cup, it came out Honours even between Paisley Pirates and North Ayrshire Wild. Almost at full strength, the Wild started slowly and a couple of errors gifted the Pirates a 2 goal lead in the first period, before Gary Parker pulled one back for the Wild on the Power play, for it to end 2-1 at the end of the first period. 2nd period got off the worst possible start, with the Pirates scoring in the first minute to put the Wild down 3-1 and 2 goals behind again. However, at that point the boys started to follow the game plan, and kept working away to create scoring chances, being rewarded with a great goal scored by Scott Crane. No further scoring in the 2nd period as both teams ran into some penalty trouble which impacted the flow of the game. Following the interval, the Wild came out determined to claw their way back in to the game and levelled the scores through a goal by Lewis Davidson. It was short lived, as 2 mins later Pirates scored again to put the scoreline at 4-3. This lead didn’t last long as the Wild got another power play which was converted by a fine one timer from the blue line by Ally Brown. Things got a bit tense and heated in the final 10 mins of the game, however there was no further scoring which sets things up nicely for the rematch in Auchenharvie next Saturday night. Thats a game not to be missed!
Final Score: Wild 4 – Pirates 4, Man of the match: Scott Beveridge (Net Minder)