Fast paced game driven by high tempo rushes, good defensive play and mid
ice turnovers generating lots of opportunities for both teams. Bradford
broke open scoring early in the first period with 2 quick goals and two
back to back goals in the second on two man breakaways. Third period action
was fierce as both sides could not beat the goalies until the last 4 mins
of play when Bradford scored back to back goals. A great game where both
teams fought hard for every second of ice time and shot on net. Best
display of team play to date with 4 of the goals the result of smart
passing in front of the net that left the net minder little chance to stop
the relentless Bulldog attack. MVP Daniel Justovics.
A stunning afternoon’s hockey had by all our young U9 Bulldogs. Teams from Manchester, Hull, Billingham, Grimsby and Widnes all turned up in force. Many thanks to all involved for making the day such a great success!
Bradford Bulldogs U13s played their first away game against Manchester in
their new identity as the Trafford Tornadoes on 03/10. The Bulldogs opened
the scoring after just 13 seconds and went two up just over a minute later
in what was to prove a long afternoon for Trafford. From the start,
Bradford dominated their opponents and led 8-0 after the first period and
17-0 after the second with the final score being 28-0. The Bulldogs
completely overwhelmed the home side with some remarkable hockey skills
demonstrated by all members of the team. They also managed to keep a clean
sheet with penalties, not receiving a single one throughout the entire
Trafford, to their credit, did not let the score deter them at any point
and continued to try hard right to the end. They also kept their
discipline, unlike some other teams who have been on the receiving end of
similar scores against Bradford in the past and as a result took very few
penalties in what was an exceptionally clean match.
Bradford quite frankly played some awesome hockey and the passing, skill
and determination shown by all the lines was great to see. Although
defeated, Trafford can be very proud in the way they handled themselves in
what must have been a difficult game for the home side. It’s fair to say
both teams were a credit to their respective clubs on the day.
The U18 Bulldogs had their first away game on 12th September away at Altrincham to the newly formed Trafford Tornados.
The game opened with a goal from the Bulldogs at 0:07 from Abbie Culshaw, assisted by Josh Richardson, closely followed by a second one which unfortunately was disallowed. The Tornados finally found the back of the net with an opening goal from Alfie Glenn. At 10:06 the Tornados scored again taking the lead. Closely followed by an equaling score from the Bullodogs number 19 Josh Richardson, assisted by Ryan Kemp. At 23:24 Corey Stones scored the third goal for the Bulldogs, and this was followed by a Tornados goal at 27:04. The third period was hard fought from both sides, but goal less by both teams and a complete clean sheet for penalties for the Bulldogs throughout the game. Final score 3 all. MVP went to Abbie Culshaw. This was a decent score for the Bulldogs who had a relatively short bench, against the four lines of Trafford.
Bradford Bulldogs Ice Hockey Club ended its season in style by winning the prestigious Sheffield U16s tournament and being awarded the English Ice Hockey Association’s development award, in the same weekend.
The Bulldog U16s took on seven elite junior teams from England, Scotland and Wales in this high profile, two day annual event, held in Sheffield. The Bradford team topped the table at the end of the group stage and faced local rivals, Sheffield Rapiers, who they had beaten earlier in a nail biting 2-1 game. The Bulldogs stepped their game up another level in the final, with a clinical display of puck movement and deadly finishing in front of net, to take the title 6-2.
On Saturday, the English Ice Hockey Association held its AGM in Nottingham and announced that Bradford had won the EIHA Award for Development (North), for the second consecutive year. The award is recognition of the Club’s achievements in Junior Ice Hockey and its commitment to developing players from the ages of 5 to 18.
Andy Brown, Head Coach said “We have had a fantastic weekend to end the season, with our Under 16s playing to the standard I know they’re capable of and to receive the Development Award for the second year running was a huge achievement for everyone associated with our club”.