Blackburn Hawks went into the 2 match weekend having had a week break in fixtures. Sutton Sting returned to the ice having suffered a defeat to Solway Sharks the weekend before.
Saturday’s league encounter started with a goal to Sutton’s Sam Jones before James Riddoch equalised 2 minutes before the end of the first period. The second period saw Sutton steam in front with a goal each from Ryan Johnson and Andrew Hirst. The Hawks came out with all guns blazing in the third period with goals from Lee Pollitt, James Royds and Petr Valusiak claiming the 2 points reward.
A shorthanded Hawks side travelled down the M6 to Solihull on Sunday for a cup fixture against ex Hawk Daniel Brittle’s Barons, who have a yet unbeaten cup record this season.
Rustin Hughes was the first to open the Barons’ goal account for the evening just before the 3 minute mark before being followed up by a strike from ex-Hawk Adam Brittle. The Hawks came under attack in the second period with 4 goals in 2 minutes from Dan Mulcahy, Adam Brittle, Matt Maurice and Thomas Soar. The Hawks battled bravely and replied with a goal each from Valusiak, Jared Dickinson and James Riddoch, before Baron’s Dan Harrison stopped their run with a goal as a situation ensued which saw Barons player-coach Dan Brittle being thrown out of the game for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Hawks captain James Royds added to Hawks’ goal tally on 44 minutes but unfortunately moments later the floodgates opened and 5 more goals were scored by the Barons to ensure that the Hawks left the Midlands empty handed with a 13-5 defeat which also saw Marcus Maynard being ejected from the game for being ‘the 3rd man in’ following a feisty encounter between Adam Brittle who received a 2 minute penalty for cross checking and Craig Lutkevitch who received 2 minutes for slashing.
Hawks hope to get back to winning ways this Sunday with a visit from the Solway Sharks in their next NIHL North 1 Match.