NIHL BLAZE 1-8 TIGERS 2
Despite a reasonable first period (1-2) the NIHL Blaze struggled to cope with Telford’s top Line of Bowley, Jets and Griffin tonight with the trio scoring 7 of their teams 8 goals.
“Considering we just came back training this week I felt we had a decent first period but we struggled to get to grips with some of the new rules that have come into play this season.”
“There is no question that we were second best tonight but I felt the scoreline flattered them a little, however, there are still some positives we can take from tonight’s game.”
“We will also be much better equipped once we get everyone in and/or back from holidays, etc and we’ve had a few more training sessions together.”
The NIHL Blaze’s lone goal tonight was scored on the power play by Daniel Mulcahy with Oliver Lord and Andrew Hayward picking up the assists
NI BARONS 8-0 NIHL BLAZE
The NIHL Blaze put in a gutsy performance tonight against a strong Barons side who finished in the top four of the Moralee Division (Division 1) last season.
Speaking to NIHL Blaze Head Coach, Sean Alderson after tonight’s game he said...
“We knew it would be a backs against the wall type of game tonight but considering the offensive firepower the Barons have I felt we defended very well.”
“A couple of mistakes led to a couple of cheap goals but other than that I felt we gave a good account of ourselves.”
“Having just started back this week the team has come a long way in just a few days and I can only see us getting stronger as we get everyone back in (from holidays, etc) and get a few more training sessions together.”
NIHL BLAZE 5 - 10 DRAGONS
Disappointing start to the season for the NIHL Blaze as they go down 10-5 at home to Deeside Dragons.Trailing 2-0 after 12:40 the NIHL Blaze rallied to score two goals in 37 seconds to tie the score before the first period break.
A good start to the 2nd period saw the NIHL Blaze take the lead just after the 23 minute mark but lead would last just 93 seconds.
A further 4 goals by Deeside, including a penalty shot, saw the Dragons take a 7-3 lead into the period break, a lead the NIHL were unable to recover from.
Despite another good start to the period which saw Niall Simpson score his first NIHL Blaze goal inside a minute the Dragons would go on to take the period 3-2 and the game 10-5.
NIHL Blaze Scoring: Sam Chandler 2+1; Antti Kohvakka, James Lindley & Niall Simpson 1+0; Jodie Bloom & Arthur Brookes 0+2; and Scott Venus 0+1.
NIHL Blaze MoM: Jodie Bloom
NIHL BLAZE 11 - 3 HAWKS (2)
The NIHL Blaze convincingly beat Blackburn Hawks (2) tonight with nine different scorers finding the net in an 11-3 win.
NIHL Blaze Scoring: Arthur Brookes 2+1; Niall Simpson 2+0; Adz Andrews & Connor Mellett 1+2; Phil Mulcahy & Marian Kristof 1+1; Sam Chandler, Andrew Hayward & Oliver Lord 1+0; Daniel Mulcahy 0+2; Antti Kohvakka, Robert Perks, Jake Small, James Lindley & Sam Prosser 0+1.
NIHL Blaze MoM: Arthur Brookes
NIHL BLAZE 5-2 BULLDOGS
The NIHL Blaze defeated current NIHL2 league leaders, Bradford Bulldogs, 5-2 tonight.
Daniel Mulcahy scored short handed to give the NIHL Blaze the lead.
The lead, however, only lasted just over 3 minutes the visitors goton the board with a power play. The first period ending 1-1
A neat play saw Jekabs Bisnieks score on his debut to put the NIHL Blaze back in front but another goal by Brown 4 minutes later would see the game tied once again.The NIHL continued to pile on the pressure and got their reward with just under 5 minutes remaining in the second period, Arthur Brookes finding the net off a feed from Connor Mellett.
ending the period with a 3-2 lead.
A early goal 2 1/2 minutes into the third by Bisnieks gave the NIHL Blaze a two goal lead, a lead. With just over 4 minutes remaining Philip Mulcahy scored a stunning goal after showing great penalty killing skills to extend the NIHL Blaze’s lead to 3 and secure the two points.
NIHL Blaze Scoring: Jekabs Bisnieks 2+1; Philip Mulcahy 1+1; Arthur Brookes & Daniel Mulcahy 1+0; Chris Blackett, Connor Mellett & Kyle Nash 0+1.
NIHL Blaze MoM: Philip Mulcahy
DRAGONS 1-2 NIHL BLAZE
The NIHL Blaze make it a four point weekend with a 2-1 victory in Deeside tonight.
While Jodie Bloom found the net on the power play at 7:31 the goal was washed out as the puck was deemed to have entered the net after the play had been whistled down for a further penalty to Deeside. Despite chances coming at both ends the period would end scoreless.
The 2nd period started similar to how the 1st ended until a two on one rush saw Philip Mulcahy find Jekabs Bisnieks to give the NIHL Blaze the lead at 26:16.
The 3rd period Bloom doubled the NIHL Blaze’s lead at 46:40.Deeside pulled a goal back at 53:08 NIHL Blaze dug deep to hold on and take both points and make it a 4 point weekend.
NIHL Blaze Scoring: Jodie Bloom & Jekabs Bisnieks 1+0; Philip Mulcahy 0+1.
NIHL Blaze MoM: Graham Laverick
HAWKS 2 - 17 NIHL BLAZE
The NIHL Blaze handed Blackburn Hawks (2) their heaviest home defeat of the season tonight, period scores of 0-4, 1-9 and 1-4 saw the NIHL Blaze run out comfortable 17-2 winners.
While the home side iced only 11 players and 2 N/Ms the NIHL Blaze were only one player short of a maximum bench of 22 and all four lines found the net.
NIHL Blaze Scoring: Jekabs Bisnieks 3+5; Phil Mulcahy 2+3; Daniel Mulcahy 2+2; Marian Kristof and Oliver Lord 2+1; Luke Curtis and Kyle Nash 1+2; Sam Chandler 1+1; Connor Mellet, Robert Perks and Niall Simpson 1+0; Chris Blackett, Jodie Bloom and Andrew Hayward 0+1.
NIHL Blaze MoM: Jake Small
WILD 7 - 3 NIHL BLAZE
Trailing 3-1 at the end of the 1st the NIHL fought back in the 2nd period to tie the game and go into the period break at 3-3, however, the Wild showed why they are top of the league with a dominant 4-0 final period to take the game 7-3.
NIHL Blaze Scoring: Jekabs Bisnieks 2+0; Phil Mulcahy 1+1; Daniel Mulcahy 0+2.
NIHL Blaze MoM: Phil Mulcahy