After two losses Sens hopes that October would bring better results and it started with a trip to Hull to face off again the Jets who had won 2 and lost 2 so far this season. Hull were hoping that their top line of Richard Haggar, Gowan Beddoes and Jay Robinson would contribute again, having scored three quarters of the Jets points so far this year. Sens had their youngsters back and had three solid lines together that they would roll through the game.
The game started with some end-to-end action and both Mark Hartley and Dean Bowater making some good saves, Hull hoping to catch Sens on the break by leaving guys high. The first goal came after 5 minutes when a nice breakout saw Nathan Britton beat the defender before slotting through the netminders legs to make it 1-0. Further chances came as Sens set up in the attacking zone well with some nice passing play, but they struggled to get the second goal and were made to pay when a turnover allowed Richard Haggar to make the game 1-1. This is how the period would end, neither team managing to take full advantage.
The second period was much of the same, Sens setting but not being able to score and Hull on the break. This paid off at 30:24 when Jay Robinson made the game 2-1 in favour of the Jets. This seemed to spur on the Sens who scored two quick goals to turn around the game, first a Tom Proctor breakaway with a nice pass from Joel Aheran and then Tom Humphries beat an icing call and gave it to Ryan Fraley to put it top-shelf and score his first of the game. Sens had a chance to take the game further away from Hull with a late powerplay, but the puck just didn’t want to go in. A scuffle took place at the end of the period after what appeared to be a shot after the buzzer caught Mark Hartley on the neck and this evened up the penalties. The period ending 3-2 to the Sens.
With everything to play for in the third the Sens came out quickest and an offensive zone faceoff win back to Joshua Aheran, who put a quick shot on which was poked home by Tom Humphries to make it 4-2. An unfortunate incident with 15 minutes to play saw Dean Bowater get tangled up with a stick when he was sliding across his net and pick up what looked like a knee injury. With no back-up netminder available, the referee allowed some time for Bowater to get some treatment and come back onto the ice to finish the game; although he was clearly still struggling. The Sens took this opportunity to kill off the game with three further goals from George Crawshaw, Tom Humphries and Ryan Fraley with the final score 7-2 to the visiting side.
Overall a good win for the Sens to get them back on track and try to keep touch with Widnes and Altrincham who currently sit on the top two places. A two game weekend next week sees a home game against Sutton Sting on Saturday, face off 1945 and then a trip to Blackburn on Sunday afternoon – games that Sens hope they will pick up another 4 points and keep the season on track.
Mark Hartley – 30/2 93.33%
Dean Bowater – 38/7 – 81.58%
Tom Humphries – 2+3 Ryan Fraley – 2+0 Nathan Britton – 1+1 Tom Proctor & George Crawshaw – 1+0
Tyler Nixon, Lewis Otley, Elliott Knell, Joshua Aheran, Sam Rodgers & Joel Aheran 0+1
MOTM – Ryan Fraley
Sens Shield – Tyler Nixon