Two ’ice wins for Hockey blues

Luc St-Pierre – Sports Reporter 5 February 2010

Warwick 1 Blues 2

Spitfires 2 Blues 3

The Ice Hockey Blues had a jam-packed weekend starting on Friday 29th January when the Blues went head to head against the Warwick Panthers in Milton Keynes. Man of the match David Waterman laid some decimating hits on Panthers forwards, and Blues forwards worked tirelessly to keep possession. Penalties were doled out liberally, in particular with Blues forward Tom Whillier receiving a ten minute misconduct. The latter two periods were filled with trips to the penalty box from both sides.

This nail-biting match was decided on in the second period, when forward Andrew Buddle opened up the scoring for the Blues, followed less than a minute later by a quick top-corner goal from defenseman Teale Phelps Bondaroff. The final score of 2 to 1 was just reward for the Blues after they outshot the Panthers 38-19.

On Monday 1st February the Blues travelled to Basingstoke for a face-off against the hard-hitting Southampton Spitfires. The Blues took an early two goals lead with a goal from forward Peter Morelli, who scored directly from a face-off near the end of the first period. The next goal came in breathtaking fashion from Tom Whillier when he buried the puck in the top corner following a spectacular breakaway. The Blues maintained this lead until late in the third period, when the Spitfires rallied back to tie the game after scoring on a power play, and then quickly again with a deflected shot. The game remained tied until, with 4:23 left in the third, Camacho-Fielding buried the puck to score the Blues third goal.

With the game at 3 to 2, the Blues fought to hold their lead in the dying minutes of the third. Tension mounted as, with 30 seconds remaining, Phelps Bondaroff received a delay of game penalty. The Blues faced a stiff final few seconds, but eventually secured the win by a 3-2 margin. The man of the match was Blues net minder Carl Mazurek who turned aside over thirty shots. These two wins move the Blues into second place in the table. However, with back-to-back matches against the league-leading London Dragons to come next, the most important part of the season is yet to come.

Luc St-Pierre – Sports Reporter