After a thrilling victory yesterday in Nottingham, and Widnes missing out on the 2 points yesterday, you could have forgiven the Blackburn Hawks for going into tonights game full of optimism. In an end to end first period Hawks went a goal down on 7 mins to an Elliott Knell goal. There was hope for the Hawks as on 8 minutes Cameron Pywell sat a 2 minute penalty for delaying the game, then just minutes later Thomas Humphries spent 2 minutes in the box for hooking. Both penalties were seen out then just seconds later Sam Dunford found the back of the net assisted by James Riddoch. Literally seconds later Dizzyfish sponsored Finlay Ulrick put the Hawks in front assisted by Jacob Lutwyche and Jared Dickinson. The puck appeared to find its way into the back of the net for the Hawks a third time but was disallowed and the Hawks went into the interval a goal to the good.
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The first goal of the period was certainly ‘Made in Manchester’ – a superb powerplay goal from Jacob Lutwyche, assisted by Declan Balmer & Finlay Ulrick after Scimitars Warren Tait was given 2 minutes for hooking. The Scimitars soon pulled a goal back then were controversially awarded another goal as the net came off its footing, and a Scimitars player landed on Niks Trapans just before the shot was taken. Hawks protested but the goal was given. With 2 thirds of the game,gone, it’s neck and neck at 3 goals each.
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Just 2 mins after the restart, along came a superb goal from Jared Dickinson as he skated around the back of the net and slotted the puck home! Scimitars went on the powerplay as Reece Cairney Witter was given 2 minutes for tripping. Hawks former coach Steve Duncombe went for a slap shot but it hit Sam Dunford in the back of the neck. After getting checked out by the Club Medic, he returned to the ice in the next break in play. Play was evenly matched until only 8 minutes to go and Corey Lee slotted the puck home assisted by by Shaun Dippnall and Reece Cairney Witter.
Things appeared to simmer over as Jack Brammer was given a 2 minute penalty for a late hit, but no gloves were dropped. The penalty was killed off and Sheffield returned to full strength, and soon after pulled a goal back through Springer Hughes.
Scimitars pulled their netminder for the last 2 minutes in a last ditch attempt to take the game to overtime but it was all in vain as Hawks rode it out to take the 2 points and go top of the table – it’s certainly going to be a tasty encounter next week as Hawks travel to Widnes – watch this space!!
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