Whitley Arrows V Sheffield Swampfrogs 13.10.2013

This fixture was the home start for Whitley Ice hockey under 12’s. A tough off season training schedule saw the team hit the ice well prepared under the coaching of Gary Wood. The game started at a very high pace with a chance on goal from Thomas Fraser after only 20 seconds.  This was followed up with a fantastic solo move and shot by Callum Taylor, the Sheffield net minder making good saves on each occasion.

A 2 minute minor was given to Jay Lucas for roughing and amazingly, Joe Walls scored a spectacular break-out goal against the power play on 14 minutes to put Whitley Arrows into the lead, which they kept for the first period.

The second 15 minutes started at a relentless pace, with both sides going all out in attack.  This lead to Joe Walls picking the puck up on the blue line, beating three defenders and scorching a shot into the bottom corner of the net for Whitley to go two up.

Callum Taylor’s 2 minute minor for roughing gave the momentum back to Sheffield and some fine saves from Daniel Crowe kept the visitors out.  A change in net minder for Sheffield paid off as a double save denied the speedy Fraser.   A lucky break of the puck led to Sheffield scoring on 26 minutes, making for an electric atmosphere in the rink.

4 goals for Callum Taylor

The third and final period saw Whitley come out of the blocks well with a goal from Walls for his hat-trick, only to be pegged back 20 seconds later by Sheffield. A fourth from, yes, you guessed it, Joe Walls made it 4 – 2 to Whitley with 10 minutes to go. Some great work by Sheffield’s Isaac Tse drew it back to 4 – 3 with a return by Fraser to edge Whitley ahead by two clear goals.

With 5 minutes left Whitley’s D man, Jack Henebelle picked up a 2 minute minor for tripping.  He was followed by into the penalty box by Callum Taylor for some retaliatory roughing.  Taylors exit from the box gave him a jump onto the puck and he slotted under pressure from 3 defenders for a 6 – 3 advantage to the home side.  What a goal for the impressive Taylor, which capped a thrilling victory for the Arrows.  Next home game is 12.30 p.m.  face-off on 24th November v Solihull.

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