Blackburn Hawks turn attention to Northern

First published in Ice Hockey

In-form Blackburn Hawks turn their attention to the Northern League this weekend, with a testing Scottish double header on the horizon.

The Hawks have put themselves firmly in contention for a play-off place in the English National Ice Hockey League thanks to four straight wins, but they are already out of the running in the cross-border competition. However, head coach Jared Owen believes that it is important that his side look to maintain their impressive recent run.

Hawks come up against Fife today, hoping to upset the form book and prevent the league leaders from winning the title.

Solway Sharks then lie in store tomorrow evening.

Owen said: “It is vital that we continue to play well up in Scotland like we have been doing in recent weeks.

“We have certainly got the players to cause Fife problems and it is just a case of turning up on the day and putting in a good display.”

After two heavy defeats against the title favourites earlier in the season, Hawks gave Fife a scare last month, holding their own in a narrow 5-2 loss.

That result remains Hawks’ only defeat in their last six outings and Owen was able to take plenty of positives from the performance.

“We were quite unfortunate not to get anything from that game,” he added. “We wasted some very good chances.

“We produced a thrilling finale to come back from two goals down to beat Solway 4-3 last weekend, so we know that we are capable of giving the top teams a game.”

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