Chris Arnone: Spirit is everything in our happy camp

Chris Arnone: Spirit is everything in our happy camp

Chris Arnone: Spirit is everything in our happy camp

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Hawks captain

IT was a good performance against Whitley Warriors on Sunday and credit has to go to Ric Hughes for playing despite medical advice.

Ric has had an operation on his knee and was advised not to play. We thought he might miss the rest of the season.

But Aaron Davies couldn’t play because of work and Tom King couldn’t play either, so Ric said he’d put the shirt on and help us out.

That just shows the spirit we have here, and how we stick together as a team.

He said he had a few aches after the game, but he was all right.

I was playing with a bit of a shoulder injury but I got through it okay.

You need to do that sometimes, ice hockey is a tough sport and you’re never 100 per cent when you go on to the ice.

When I got hit early on in the game the shoulder hurt, but as long as there was no contact I was all right.

I came close to getting a goal but not quite on this occasion!

Adam Brittle scored four and he’s on fire at the moment, he’s unplayable at times.

He gets goals, he sets up plays and he’s really quick on the ice. He’s one of the fastest players in the league.

He’s played in the EPL for MK Lightning, Wightlink Raiders and Telford, and he’s brought that experience since he arrived at the start of the season.

Our coach Jared Owen has played at that level too, as has Danny Mackriel, and that really does help.

I looked up to Danny when I was a kid, he coached me at under 10s and I always listen to what he says.

Jared will talk in the dressing room and quite often Danny will speak to the lads too.

That experience really helps us, as it did last season when we won the play-offs.

The only time Whitley really caused us problems on Sunday was during the power play, otherwise we defended quite well.

We just have to keep taking it one game at a time and keep winning.

We’re away to Spartans on Saturday, having beaten them 7-4 last weekend. But they went up to the league leaders Solway and got a point on Saturday and then beat Manchester Minotaurs on Sunday.

They’ll be high on confidence and we know they’re a good side.

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