Ice Hockey: Goal blitz provides a Sting in the tail for Hull Stingrays

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SUTTON Sting recorded one of the best ever weekend of results for the club with their teams winning four out of the five games played and scoring more than 50 goals for their efforts.

First-up was a road trip for the U12s who were playing Division One opponents, Hull Stingrays.

With an elite league set-up and a former top level coach on their bench the Stingrays had to be favourites, although with a massive win at Coventry last weekend the Sting had nothing to fear.

But from the first drop of the puck it was all Stingrays and the Sting soon found themselves 1-0 down.

With the officials’ decisions going against the Sting the first period ended 4-0 and the Sting were staring a major defeat in the face.

After the interval the Sting came out with their tails high and set about the Stingrays in Sting style.

Within two minutes of the re-start the Sting had pulled a goal back through Morgan Glasby.

Less than a minute later Sting D-man Jack McCormick netted an unstoppable shot from the blue line to get back to 4-2.

More penalties against Sutton gave the Stingrays a man advantage and they scored their fifth.

Then came eight minutes of domination by Sutton and two goals in less than a minute with Glasby getting his second and Freddie Talbot grabbing the Sting’s fourth.

Yet another advantage for the Stingrays gave them their sixth before, with just nine seconds to play from the end of the second, James Spencer slotted the Sting’s fifth.

It was a remarkable come-back from 4-0 down to trail 6-5 at the end of the second period.

As the third period started Sutton found themselves down to three men with the inconsistency in the middle of the ice proving too difficult to reckon with.

The home crowd sensed their time to finish-off the Sting with a two minute 5 v 3 powerplay advantage.

In these two minutes Sutton Sting gave the Elite league-based Hull Stingrays a lesson in possession ice hockey as the three men of Sutton had their Hull counterparts chasing the puck.

With the penalty killed and the Sting back to full strength, Sutton raised their game and grabbed three goals in less than a minute to sink the Stingrays on their ice and silence the home support in the process.

With two goals from Ross Jones and a second from James Spencer the Stingrays were over-and-out.

With three minutes to play the Stingrays scored their seventh goal, but it was too little too late as Sutton held on for a memorable win.

On Sunday, promotion chasing U14 Sutton took the trip to Grimsby to face a Redwings team who have made their own Lammas sized rink something of a fortress.

But with the Sting 14s in free-scoring form confidence was high and it needed to be because Grimsby took an early lead which caught Sutton napping.

For the first five minutes the Redwings were good value, but the Sting eventually equalised through Jake Apsley, before Cory Martin netted 15 seconds later to complete the turnaround.

With the Sting’s game coming together Owen Lawton netted Sutton’s third. But the Redwings battled hard and were rewarded with their equaliser just after nine minutes.

As the period played out the Sting began to take control and just before the first period break Brady Doxey scored a fine solo goal to give the visitors a 4-2 lead.

In the second period Sutton played a workman-like game scoring five unanswered goals with a second goal for both Cory Martin and Jake Apsley and a hat-trick for Charlie Saunders.

Sutton’s three lines were far too strong for Grimsby and some slick passing and good movement from the Sting gave the Redwings plenty to think as Sutton ended the second period 9-2 up.

At the start of the third period the Redwings intensity was lifted and a more physical tactic was employed.

But Sutton responded with equal intensity and as the checks went in so did the goals with Owen Lawton grabbing a brace, Jake Apsley getting his hat-trick and Charlie Saunders rounding-off his five goal tally in fine style with two exceptional finishes to complete a 14-3 rout.

Pictured is Owen Lawton, fire’s Sutton’s 10th goal as the U14 outfit boosted their promotion hopes by crushing Grimsby Redwings