The Lions took a smaller squad to Solway for the very first time as they took on the Solway Sharks on Saturday night but fell by six goals to two.

In the first period Solway took the lead just after the half way point when James Hutchinson found a way past James Hadfield to open the scoring, assisted by Steven Moore and Connor Henderson at 10.56. The home side then took a bench penalty for having too many men on the ice but the Lions were unable to capitalise on the man advantage and Solway went in at the end of the first period one goal to the good.

END OF THE FIRST PERIOD: SOLWAY SHARKS 1 – 0 NOTTINGHAM LIONS

The Lions didn’t have to wait long to tie the game up in the second period when Cameron Pywell levelled for the visitors just two minutes and one second after the restart. The tie game only lasted for six minutes though when Vaclav Kolarik put Solway back in front, assisted by Iain Bowie at 28.31. The remainder of the period was uneventful without any penalties or further goals and two thirds of the way through the game, the Sharks still led by a solitary goal.

END OF THE SECOND PERIOD: SOLWAY SHARKS 2 – 1 NOTTINGHAM LIONS

Solway doubled their advantage early in the third period when Bowie, who had assisted on their second goal of the night, scored his first after 69 seconds of the third period. His goal was assisted by Ross Murray. The Sharks continued to play a high temp game and after Jakub Pniok was given a two-minute penalty for tripping at 48.08, they scored their first powerplay goal of the evening. Bowie again with the marker, assisted by Kyle Horne and Vaclav Kolarik at 48.27.

Just 18 seconds later, Solway put another one on the board when Struan Tonnar added his name to the scoresheet assisted by Scott Cooper and Scott Henderson at 48.45. At 5-1 the Lions were still not giving up and kept pressing for more goals to reduce the deficit. Their hard work paid off when Ondrej Pniok scored at 52.40 assisted by Paul Stanley and Jordan Wright to bring the score back to 5-2, but Solway would score the last of the evening on a 5-on-3 powerplay. With Luke Smith sitting for two minutes for hooking and the Lions taking a bench penalty for too many men on the ice, Steven Moore added to his points tally for the night by including a goal to his assist on the first goal of the night. His goal assisted by Connor Henderson and Kyle Horne timed at 58.39 proved to be the last of the night and Solway would finish with the two points.

James Hadfield finished with six goals against on 56 shots for a save percentage of 89.29%, whilst Calum Hepburn in the Sharks goal finished with a save percentage of 91.3%.

END OF THE THIRD PERIOD: SOLWAY SHARKS 6 – 2 NOTTINGHAM LIONS (SOG: SHARKS 56 LIONS 23)

Sunday, 01 October 2017.
Chris Gadsby