The second game od the weekend’s double header came away at Altrincham to face off against the Aces, a
team that had won both of the encounters so far. The Sens were hoping to avenge the most recent 6-0 loss
and were in confident mood after beating Widnes Wild the night before.
The Sens travelled with a smaller squad with a few players missing for various reasons, and they knew that
they were going to be in for a tough night. This proved to be the case when just under 2 minutes a fortunate
bounce was picked up by the Aces who had a breakaway and scored to make it 0-1. It was end-to-end with
both Mark Hartley and Dec Ryan making some key saves to keep the score as it was. On 10 minutes Tom
Humphries brought the puck down the wing and passed to Nathan Britton who tipped the puck through the
legs of the Aces goalie to even the score 1-1. Both teams continued to have some good chances but could
not break the deadlock and the period ended 1-1.
The second continued in the same way before the Aces took the lead again, making it 2-1 with a shot that
beat Hartley in the Sens net. In other games this may have led to the downfall of the Sens, but still riding
the high from the previous night it was not the case. A powerplay opportunity came their way and Tom
Humphries and Nathan Britton combined again, with Britton putting home a rebound to level at 2-2. The rest
of the period saw no further score and all to play for in the third and final period.
Into the third and it could still go either way, chances ringing off the post and crossbar. It was, however, the
Sens who made the breakthrough to take their first lead of the game when a Nathan Britton shot was tipped
by Tom Humphries, combining for the third time and the score being 3-2 with under 10 minutes to play. Just
2 minutes later George Crawshaw burst down the right wing and put a tight angle shot through the legs of
Dec Ryan giving a 2 goal advantage and one that the Sens were now confident of holding on to. The Aces
tried to step up their game and bring themselves back into it, and they did bring one back on a delayed
penalty goal. Elliott Knell then restored the 2 goal lead, firing a shot from the top of the circles high to the
blocker side and with only 2 minutes left this appeared to have put the game out of reach. But this was not
to be the case when the Aces scored their fourth of the night, giving themselves a chance to level with 90
seconds remaining and pulling their goalie to give them an extra skater. on 59:59 Tom Proctor was left alone
with a bobbling puck and slid to tip the puck into the empty net and end the game at 6-4 for the visiting team.
A solid weekend for the Sens team, beating at the time the top two sides in the table and proving that when
on song they can beat anyone in the league.
Stats – Mark Hartley – 39/4 89.74%
Nathan Britton – 2+1 Tom Humphries – 1+2 Elliott Knell & Tom Proctor- 1+1
George Crawshaw – 1+0 Arran Bell – 0+1