Blackburn Hawks skate in at double

DELIGHT Head coach Jared Owen

DELIGHT Head coach Jared Owen

First published in Ice Hockey

Blackburn Hawks’ winning streak continued with back-to-back home victories.

Hawks scored four times in the final 13 minutes to beat Solway Sharks 4-3 in the Northern League, before recording their fourth straight win in the English National Ice Hockey League – a 2-0 success over Sheffield Spartans.

Hawks, who are now just two points off the play-off positions, had Danny Brittle to thank for the clean sheet, as the netminder produced an outstanding defensive display to prevent the visitors from getting on the scoreboard.

Head coach Jared Owen said: “Danny was exceptional at times during the game and helped us keep our momentum.

“It was a fantastic result for us and we managed to climb up the table by beating a side above us once again.”

Both sides went in goalless after a closely-fought first period, before Owen himself opened the scoring in the second.

Rick Hughes then doubled their advantage in the third, effectively ending the Spartans’ faint hopes of getting anything.

Despite not scoring as many goals as he would have hoped, Owen was delighted to pick up another vital two points.

“It wasn’t our best performance, because we never really got the chance to get our game going,” he added.

“Spartans had the lion’s share of possession and more chances, but we finished our moves off.”

It was another impressive result for the in-form Hawks, who had fought back from two goals down to beat Scottish side Solway Sharks 24 hours earlier.

Owen said: “We enjoy testing ourselves against the top teams and Solway are certainly that.

“But we put on a good show and managed to collect all the points.”

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