On Saturday, the Sharks met the Sheffield Steeldogs in a 13-goal thriller at Dumfries Ice Bowl, and for the first time in the NIHL, they faced the Peterborough Phantoms on Sunday.
Matt Bissonnette scored the first goal of the evening for the Steeldogs. After grabbing
the lead, it was another goal for the Steeldogs, their second of the evening, with Brady
Doxey getting the second goal. As the first period drew to an end, the Sharks had a
couple chances to score, but Dmitri Zimozdra and the cross bar stopped them. With
fifteen seconds left in the period, Vlad Vulkanovs gave the Steeldogs their third goal.
The Sharks scored their first goal in the second period, which was scored by Kieran Hair,
who poked the puck into the net and past Dmitri Zimozdra.
The Steeldogs added a fourth goal, and Vlad Vulkanovs scored his second goal of the
game, restoring the Steeldogs’ three-goal lead. Following that goal, the Steeldogs added
another in the waning minutes of the second period, this time from James Spurr. The
Steeldogs scored their sixth goal of the evening with Brady Doxey’s second goal of the
game. In the final fifteen minutes of the game, Curtis Warburton was replaced in the
Sharks net by Calum Hepburn.
Jason Hewitt scored the Steeldogs’ seventh goal. The Sharks scored a powerplay goal in
the closing ten minutes, and John Dunbar was on the scoresheet. As fast as the Sharks
scored, they added a third goal, this time from Lewis Houston. The Sharks, bolstered by
those goals, hoped to cap the evening on a high note in front of a noisy Shark Tank.
The Sharks scored their fourth goal of the night on a five-minute powerplay. Mason
Alderson scored for the Sharks. The Sharks capitalised on another opportunity, as Nolan
Gardiner scored their fifth goal of the night. In the last twenty seconds of the game, the
Sharks made it a one-goal game, with John Dunbar scoring after the Sharks pulled
Calum Hepburn to have the extra skater on the ice!
Solway Sharks – 6
Sheffield Steeldogs – 7
We spoke to Sharks defenceman Ross Connolly and he said “I think on Saturday we
didn’t come to work for the first 50 minutes of the game as a team which left us in a
hole and on Sunday it was always going to be a tough rink to go and get a result but I
think we battled hard and were unlucky not to get anything from the game at the end
The Sharks made the trip to Peterborough as they faced the Peterborough Phantoms for
the first time this season.
Scott Henderson’s early powerplay goal gave the Sharks an early lead in Peterborough.
Martins Susters’ goal in the first period soon brought the Phantoms back into the game.
The Phantoms had a few chances early in the second period and took the lead with a
goal from Luke Ferrara, their second of the game. In the second period, the Sharks had
another chance and Craig Peacock scored to tie the game.
With the scores equal, Jarvis Hunt scored for the Phantoms, giving them the advantage
and their third goal. Luke Ferrara then got his second of the evening and the Phantoms’
fourth. Into the final five minutes of the game, the Sharks got their third goal of the
evening and Craig Peacock got the goal to make it a one goal game but the Phantoms
held on to take the victory.
Peterborough Phantoms – 4
Solway Sharks – 3
We also spoke to Solway Sharks forward Craig Peacock for his thoughts “Saturday was a
disappointing start to the game as we looked a bit flat. I was proud of the way we came
back late in the third. Sunday’s match was a better overall 60 minute performance but
ultimately we fell short and moving forward we need to find ways to get points out of
The Sharks will return to the Dumfries Ice Bowl this Saturday, November 25th at 6pm,
with doors opening at 4.30pm, so buy your tickets now as they face the Peterborough
Phantoms. Tickets can be purchased online at http://sharksihc.com/tickets