The Sens second game of the weekend ended in a 7-5 loss away at Altrincham against the Aces.
Sens started well continuing from Saturday’s win against the Bulldogs and scored after just minutes with
Arran Bell scoring a shot from the blue line. Altrincham then equalised a short time later before taking the
lead, 2-1. Cam Brownley brought it level, but Aces took the lead into the end of period going in 2-3.
The second period was again end-to-end with goals from Cam Brownley, Alex Harding and George
Crawshaw all scoring goals which gave a lead of 5-4 going into the third. The Sens were definitely the
happier team, both in the performance and the scoreboard and were hoping to keep this up into the
third and final period.
Things were quite fiesty in the third with Altrincham trying to level and Sens extend their lead, and this
lead to some fiesty moments with both Stevie Weeks and Arran Bell dropping the gloves, for a high stick
and an after the whistle shot on netminder Mark Hartley respectively. The game was level until
with around 10 minutes remaining Aces scored to bring the game level, after a contentious moment seeing
6 players on the ice for around 40 seconds with no call being made by either referree just before the goal.
This seemed to spur on the the Aces and frustrate the Sens who totally lost their concentration, allowing
a powerplay goal for the score to now be 6-5 in favour of the team from Altrincham. In the last moments,
with nothing to lose, Sens pulled Mark Hartley but this did not have the desired effect and an empty net
goal was scored meaning the final result was 5-7, with the first loss of the year.
Sens will be very frustrated letting this one slip through in a game that they should really have won,
having controlled a lot of the game and outshot their opponents. However, it is a game to learn from and
will know that 5 on 5 they can compete with any team in the league.
MOTM – George Crawshaw
Sens Shield – Arran Bell