Nottingham-Whitley 12-0

The return match in Nottingham was very difficult for the u16s. Nottingham came out strong and Whitley struggled to keep up.

Matthew Johnson, who started in goal, had some good saves early on but was beaten by a goal by Luke Birchnall.

Just like in the first match, Whitley struggled to get out of their own zone and Nottingham put on a lot of pressure. Another goal by Alex Rushby in the first period ensured they had a 2-0 lead.

The match got increasingly more physical with plenty of penalty minutes on both sides. The scariest moment being a check to the head from behind on defender Josh Noble, resulting in a 5+game for Nottingham player Tyler Dodd.

Whitley couldn’t get out of the pressure Nottingham put on them and a couple of quick goals at the start of the second made a win beyond reach and the resistance of Whitley was broken. Nottingham ending the second period 10-0 ahead.

When Nottingham reached the 12-0 at the beginning of the third period, the mercy rule kicked in, meaning goals were no longer counted. Matthew Johnson faced a total of 56 shots.

Spirit of the game went to defender Will Daley.

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