Bracknell Stingers v Solent & Gosport U18s

Match report 15th Nov 2015
The Stingers had their 2nd game of the season away at Solent and Gosport.
A minutes silence was observed by all, prior to the national anthem, to show our respects to those who lost their lives in Paris on Friday.
With the formalities completed and a good pregame warmup, the Stingers looked fired up for this game.
From the faceoff the game was physical with both teams battling for possession of the puck.The Stingers trying to find their way in close to shoot but were denied and S&G also looking to get shots on the Bracknell net but with good work from Connor, Max,Finley and Aiden in “D” made life tough for the home team.
The Stingers with 4 forward lines were all forchecking hard in the offensive end putting S&G under pressure which was leading to more turnovers of the puck.
Both teams were looking for the scoring chance and it would fall to Bracknell to break the deadlock 8 min into the game with a loose puck in front of the S&G net and Alfie quick to lift it over the netminders pads and give the Stingers a 1 – 0 lead.
This settled the Stingers who then continued to find the confidence to carry the puck and get more shots on net. Penalties were handed out to both teams as the game got more physical and Bracknell were able to work hard to penalty kill and hold onto the 1 goal lead.
Then the last 5 min of the 1st period saw the Stingers pick up 2 more goals. 1 from Yuri and a 2nd goal for Alfie to end the period 3 – 0.
The 2nd period saw S&G quick to the puck to get some good shots on net which needed James to pull off some good pad saves to keep the puck out.S& G were still pushing hard to score but could not find a way through.
A great workrate from Aleksei, Yuri and Jack would see Yuri find his 2nd goal of the game picking up the rebound in front of net taking a 4 – 0 lead.
Louise Ben and Callum all were able to get shots from out wide and rush the net which again saw Ben pick up the puck from behind the net and work his way in front to score.
Two more goals would follow, 1 from Alfie who was quick to find the back door open and slot the puck in from close range and good team work from Aaron Kris and Louis saw them force their way into the S&G end and with Aaron and Kris getting shots on net and Louis able to pick up the rebound and find the back of the net and finish the 2nd period 7 – 0 .
The 3rd period saw more penalties as emotions were rattled from both teams and Luke already sitting a 2 +10 at the end of the 2nd period left the Stingers playing shorthanded but again as the shots rained down on the Bracknell net, James between the pipes was equal to the task and kept S & G at bay unable to find a way past his pads with some great glove and blocker saves.With an allround great team effort and goals from all lines the Stingers still were not finished yet and 3 more goals were to follow, 2 from Yuri who was relentless to drive for the net scoring 4 goals on the night, with good support from Jack and Aleksei and another goal from Alfie who also scored 4 goals.
In the last few minutes S & G for their efforts ,managed to find the back of the Bracknell net with a low shot to the corner to get on the scoreboard but with the damage already done the Stingers battled out the last few minutes to see the game finish with Stingers winning the game 10 – 1
A great team effort guys....Good Job, lets take this to game 3
Spirit of the game went to Alfie and Man of the Match went to James with 31 shots on his net.
Coach Tony

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