Three excellent games and two wins tonight for the Bulldogs U10’s at home. Despite being down on numbers again, their only loss was to an eighteen player squad from Billingham in a close fought match that could have gone either way. A lot of good passing and teamwork went on in all three games. Two players also made their debut appearances for the team, Marcus and Oscar and the latter topped it off with a fine goal. Once again a brilliant team effort, the lads all did themselves and the club proud.
by Derek Gledhill •
This weekend saw a depleted Bulldogs U10 squad missing a few regulars take a trip to Deeside for their U10 X-ice event. The trip also saw a couple of debuts, one for Conner Stevens in his first ever match and one for Jack Ridley, a U10 regular having his first time in anger between the sticks as the Bulldogs net-minder. First up against the Bulldogs were Blackburn who came to try and win but in the end were beaten by the Bulldogs 7 – 3 in what was a good game to watch. The second team we faced were the hosts Deeside, who always provide a tough physical game and this one was no exception. Despite this, the Bulldogs dug deep and came away with a 5 – 4 win in a nail-biter of a finish. The final game was against Manchester which saw the them concede a goal to the Bulldogs in the first few seconds. It was all downhill from there for an uncharacteristically lacklustre Manchester side who despite some valiant efforts had no answer to the passing game and skill of the Bulldogs who sliced them open time and again with both teamwork and flashes of individual brilliance. The final score was a 9 – 1 demolition by the Bulldogs but the score really did not reflect their dominance over what is normally a very good team. Overall a brilliant team effort from a depleted squad which saw each of them step up to the plate. Every single one of them played an absolute blinder and each came away quite rightly with their heads held high. Three games, three wins. It can’t get any better than that.
by Joanne Gibson •
On Saturday 8th February 2014, at Bradford Ice Arena the Bulldogs faced Grimsby. They arrived with a depleted team as their U16 had a game of their own. Grimsby are at the lower end of the table so the Bulldogs were looking for another win to add to their winning streak.
The first period started with strong attack from the Bulldogs, and at 1:12 the puck was in the back of the net for Bradford an even handed goal scored by Max Broadhurst, assisted by Connor Parkin. A frustrated Grimsby began to retaliate and a penalty at 2:44 for Samuel Coombs for interference. During the power play, Ryan Kemp received the puck from Hannah Gibson and scored goal number two. At 8:14 Ryan again took the puck, passed by James Royds and scored goal number three. The Grimsby net minder was all over the place and seemed to need a sticky pad to keep his stick in his hand, it spent more time on the floor than in his grip! At 10:25 Max found the back of the net with goal number four assisted by Josh Richardson, and again a few seconds later scored his hat trick goal at 10:44 assisted by Abbie Culshaw. Less than a minute later goal number six was scored again by Connor, assisted by Max. The Grimsby players weren’t at all happy with this shower of goals and seemed to take it out on the female players Aimee and Hannah, but both girls recovered quickly. At 13:28 John Holland sat two minutes for roughing and then whilst on the power play Adam Barnes scored goal number 7 for Bradford. At 19:31 Grimsby took a further penalty from Kieran Hagger for tripping.
End of period score 7 0 to the Bulldogs.
The second period started with a hat trick goal from Ryan at 21:06; assisted by James Royds, and then a fourth at 23:26 assisted by Lewis Baldwin. At 24:17 Bradford received it’s first 2 minute penalty from Josh Birtwistle for charging. But even shorthanded the Redwings couldn’t break the defence, with some fantastic saves from the Bulldogs netminder Andy Button. But after a full thirteen minutes of no goals and no penalties, Bradford were caught off the hop, and Grimsby got their first goal at 37:23 scored by Gareth Pirie, assisted by Samel Tyson, as it passed Andy’s reach. At 39:37 again Max scored his fourth goal, assists from Connor and Danny Spence.
End of period score 10 1 to the Bulldogs.
The final period saw the four England players sitting out, in preparation for the away game at Grimsby. The lines were changed to see how we fared without them. Well Grimsby took this opportunity and scored their second goal at 42:51 from Kieran Hagger, assisted by Sam Tyson.
Both teams held their own until 51:30 where Josh Richardson scored his first goal of the game assisted by Danny. With the England players back on Max received a two minute penalty for roughing at 53:20. Grimsby were the next in the box with a two minute sit for the net minder who tripped Danny Spence as he shot for a goal at 59:35.
Final score 11 – 2 to the Bulldogs, well done once again U18’s another two points nearer the top of the league.
MVP went to James Royds – Well Done James
Shots on goal were 26 on Andy Button and 55 on Dominic Culham