The Ice hockey mixed 2’s was a heated affair as Hallam ran out comfortable victors against the University of Sheffield, winning 8-0 at Ice Sheffield.
It didn’t take long for Hallam to open the scoring through captain Josh Barras 3 minutes in after he hit a stunning strike from distance, 3 minutes later he doubled Hallam’s lead and his goal tally after weaving through the Uni defence. They came close to a third just before the break but couldn’t convert after a flurry of chances. University of Sheffield net minder James Zeller did enough to keep the score at 2-0 at the end of the first period.
The second period was the closest of the game, Uni started well and Slater squeezed a shot through on the 22nd minute which was saved and moments later Uni had a goal disallowed after Peter Young caught the puck and threw it straight into the net from close range. Despite the pressure Hallam scored at the other end to make it 3-0 in the 24th minute, Charlie Youngman finding the back of an almost open net from close range as the Uni net minder laid helpless on the floor after a scramble moments before.
Max Wakelin skated well for Uni and found his way through Hallam’s defence only to be denied by net minder Stephen Gaskell on 29 minutes. Six minutes later and Wakelin had Unis best chance of the game but pushed the puck just wide after a fantastic assist across the face of Hallam’s goal. Hallam went further ahead after getting a fourth goal on the 37th minute, Joe Wait flicking it over Zeller from close range.
The third period seemed just too much for Uni as Hallam found the back of the net a further 4 times. Tempers really flared in this final period, much to the delight of the excited crowd. Zeller made some excellent saves in the Sheffield goal but Hallam’s Adam Carratt managed to score in the 44th minute. Zellener was replaced by Christopher Johnstone who was immediately called into action denying Hallam’s Jake Renzi. Youngman could not be stopped however and scored Hallam’s sixth goal a minute later. Moments later the gloves came off as both teams no 27’s Wood and Renzi rained down punches on one another. It calmed briefly until the 53rd minute when another coming together between players saw Hallam’s Craig Naylor receive a lengthy penalty and miss the remainder of the match.
Hallam added a final 2 goals in 2 minutes through Wait and Renzi to make the final score 8-0. A much deserved win in a thoroughly entertaining game, leaving the overall varsity score 19-8 in Unis favour.
Uni captain Stephen Killick said: “The score doesn’t reflect how well the team played, they were great, every one of them, I am really pleased.”
Hallam captain Barras said of his players: “We went out hard, we put the hits in, we skated hard, it’s easy being a captain when they do exactly what you ask.”
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