With both teams relying on a number of U12’s playing up and with a 8 v 3 victory to the Bulldogs in the bag the Bradford U14’s appeared to commence the extended warm up in a complainant manner. The passing drills and speed of footwork lacked ability.
The first period performance reflected the warn up and the teams left the ice for an ice cut with Billingham quite rightly deserving the lead purely on work rate and desire to win. With an extended break and four Bradford coaches on the bench this was a game which could be turned around despite two key players missing which exposed our defence and our net minder who looked exhausted at times having just been awarded man of the match in the earlier U12’s game.
The second period continued as the first with both the Billingham players and the puck passing the Bulldogs defence which was seldom the case when Bradford had the puck. Billingham played a physical game in this period and constantly managed to turn the puck over by closing the play down. Billingham’s defence was strong and the team pulled together and always managed to get enough white shirts between the Bulldogs first line and their net minder who performed well. Frustration was creeping in as the Bulldogs were trying to walk the puck over the line and to be fair the goals did start to come in this period for the Bulldogs. Bradford Captain regularly consulted with the bench as did other players but this was a game where the Bulldogs centre simply did not troubled Billingham’s net minder as a number of the shots on target from Brown, Lutwyche, Ratcliffe and Griffin left the puck exposed and were simply chances missed. The second period ended X to Y in favour of Billingham who’s work rate simply outperformed the Bulldogs once again.
The third period was better for the Bulldogs and the home support became quite vocal as Bradford started to show their renown scoring power. This was a closely fought period and in the 11th minute Brown picked up a penalty for elbows and a power play resulted with the score at 9 to 8. The Bulldogs managed to keep the puck out of their own net but despite a number of individual attempts from Brown, Lutwyche and Ratcliffe in the last two minutes Billingham showed greater determination and as the final period ended the best team took the points with a 9 v 8 victory.
Period one two three
Shots on Goal
Billingham 13 11 18
Bradford 13 14 15
Accumulative Score 3v1 7v4 9v8.
Bradford’s Man of the Match – Jordan Griffin
A respectable 2-8 defeat to a powerful Nottingham side. All was going well after a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period. But a depleted squad missing Niks Veiss and Max Broadhurst due to injury took it’s toll! Well done to Jacob Lutwyche for his debut match with the U16.
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Our last game was away at Sheffield, this was always going to be tough, but the fact that the 18’s were already reduced by two second year players receiving 2 match bans, in the Nottingham game previous; we were in more need of the help of the U16. They had played Sheffield A U16 on the game directly before, and injuries came to Niks almost as soon as their game had started. The u16 playing up to the U18 must have been shattered before the game started, and I must say I was proud how well they played through those 3 periods, it was a tough game against the well drilled Sheffield side. Well done all of the team, the score ended 3 – 2 to Sheffield, and the Bulldogs outshot Sheffield 38 shots to their 34, it was a hard fought game to the very end. Cameron Kushnirenko made his debut for the 18’s, well done Cam. Lewis Baldwin well deservedly received the MVP – goals went to James Royds and Jay Fagan. I don’t know how they continued but Max Broadhurst played the whole game with a fracture to his wrist, and Adam Barnes suffered the whole game with an injury to his knee – Great Team effort guys WELL DONE!!!
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Our first home game on 28th September against Nottingham B was an eventful one, firstly after only five minutes, a check from behind saw Josh Birtwistle see the red mist, and after a ‘handbags’ scuffle he left the ice for the remainder of the game. This was followed by where James Royds thought he would contest his mighty strength and check the boards, he won, the hinge didn’t and we had a few cautious moments whilst the gate was repaired. A further delay where the Nottingham net minder was unsure she could continue after a blade hit her cage. She seemed to recover after her parent comforted her On Ice! Followed by a rather brutal battle where we lost Liam Kirton for the next two games, a real shame after he had scored two great goals earlier on in the game. It was a very long three hour game and eventful game, I bet the referees thought it would never end, but it was well in Bradford’s favour giving us a comfortable 12 – 0 win. Well done Team. Goals went to Adam B (3); James R (3); Liam (2); Ryan K (2) Connor P (1) Lewis B (1). MVP went to James Royds.
It’s great to see an U18 team once again at Bradford, it is quite a small team, but backed by some talented U16s giving us the strength needed. Good Luck guys and gals – woof woof !!!!