The Sens travelled to Blackburn for the 2nd game of the weekend, with increasing pressure to collect 2 points following a disappointing
loss to local rivals Sutton Sting the previous night.
The first period was a close affair, with the Hawks appearing to have strengthened their defensive play, having conceded 103 goals in
their previous 8 games. The Sens applied large amounts of offensive pressure, with 19 shots taken against Wilson in the Hawks net,
but none hitting the back of the net. The Sens went into the break having been held to a 0-0 period, a period that would actually be
the one carrying the most shots taken, but fewest goals scored.
The second period saw the Sens continue attempts to break down a resolute Hawks defence, with the breakthrough finally coming
at 31 mins, with Thomas Proctor latching onto a pass from Elliott Knell to deftly deke Wilson and slot home a backhand shot. The
goal coming on a shorthanded play for the Sens.
The Sens grew in confidence following the goal, with Proctor registering the 2nd goal for the Sens 6 minutes later with an accurate
shot from the high slot besting Wilson, assisted by Paul Lofthouse following some strong work in the tricky condition of the
Blackburn corners. The Snes went into the 2nd break 2 goals up, but still feeling the frustration of not being able to convert more of
the 14 shots taken into goals.
The third period saw an early Sens goal, with George Crawshaw slotting home from the backpost with an acute finish, assisted by
Joshua Aheran and Jordan Martin. 4 minutes later the Sens would extend the lead to 4, with Elliott Knell latching onto a pass from
defence to drive around the Hawks defence and fire home, assisted by Tyler Nixon. The remainder of the 3rd would prove a
frustrating affair, with the Sens finding themselves defending numerous powerplays for the Hawks, one of which saw the Hawks
register their first goal of the game at 56 mins. A powerplay goal making it’s way past netminder Evan Coles, who had shown
excellence in goal, registering 24 saves and a 96% save average. Frustrations continued into the final 5 mins, with 2 Sens players being
sent to the dressing room in a series of disagreements with refereeing calls, that ultimately saw the Sens have to defend much of the
remaining minutes with 3 men vs the Hawks 5. The Sens defended resolutely and the final whistle drew a close the game with no more
goals for either side.
The Sens take the 2 points home from Blackburn to return to winning ways. The Sens MOTM went to Evan Coles, with the young
goalkeeper stepping into the Sens goal for the weekend and demonstrating his abilities with a solid performance deserving of the
MOTM. The Sens shield went to Paul Lofthouse, leading from the front with unrelenting effort, application and energy.
The Sens now look to prepare for their 2nd week of double-headers, with Coventry visiting Ice Sheffield on Saturday the 21st Oct and
a second meeting with Widnes Wild away on the 22nd Oct, with the Sens keen to atone for the previous meeting in which the Wild
frustratingly overturned the Sens from a comfortable lead.
Evan Coles– 25/1 96.00%
Luke Wilson – 48/4– 91.67%
Tom Proctor – 2+0 Elliott Knell – 1+1 George Crawshaw – 1+0 Tyler Nixon, Josh Aheran, Jordon Martin & Paul Lofthouse 0+1
MOTM – Evan Coles
Sens Shield – Paul Lofthouse