Sens Vs Sting 14/10/17

Match Report
The Sens faced the Sutton Sting for the first time this season, another team in the league with nuermous ex-Sheffield
players in the line up and a game that Sens knew was going to be a tough game. Regular starting goalies Mark Hartley
and Bob Browne were not available through a wedding and injury. so young Evan Coles stepped up to take his place
between the pipes.

The game started with end-to-end play, with Sens gaining an early powerplay opportunity which they could not take
advantage of; however, just before the end of this Joe Colton managed to break clear and score the first goal of the
night for a 1-0 lead to the Sting. Further chances were had by both teams, but no more scoring until Tom Proctor
scored his first of the night, short-handed, to make it 1-1. This seemed to kick the game into another gear and over the
next 5 minutes Sutton took the lead again before two more goals from Tom Proctor made it 3-2 in favour of the Sens
at the end of the first period.

Hoping to take advantage of the lead going into the second the Sens came out and managed to score their fourth of
the night through George Crawshaw. Any thoughts of killing the game at this stage were dashed when the Sens
seemed to lose their cool and start to take far too many penalties, some debatable to say the least, and it was costly with
Sting scoring 4 goals before the end of the second. In between these 4 goals, Tom Humphries managed to pull one back
after nice play from Arran Bell and Nathan Britton to beat an icing call and slot the puck home. The turning point
seemed to be an awful play by Sutton’s Jake Apsley who decided to take out Evan Coles, who had covered the puck
a good few seconds before Apsley skated straight through the helpless Coles. With no back-up a short stoppage ensued
and Coles, who was clearly hurting from the play, carrying on. The period ended with the score at 6-5 in favour of
the Sting.

With all to play for in the third Sutton managed to take advantage of two further powerplays, one being a 5-on-3 to make
it 8-5 with just under 10 minutes to play. Sens managed to pull one back through Tom Proctor, socring his fourth of the
night and with 5 minutes to play Sens were putting pressure on the Sting’s defensive corps. This proved to be fruitless
though as Sutton held out and ran down the clock to take an 8-6 victory.

Evan Coles– 34/8 76.47%
Warren Gilfoyle – 32/6 84.62%

Tom Proctor – 4+0 Tom Humphries & George Crawshaw – 1+0 Elliott Knell – 0+3 Joel Aheran – 0+2
Jonny Bell, Arran Bell, Shaun Wild, Nathan Britton & Paul Lofthouse 0+1

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