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Sharks get off the mark

THE Solway Sharks picked up their first wins of the new season and had a four-point weekend after defeating The Raiders 5-2 on Saturday and beating The Bees 5-4 in overtime on Sunday

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By Zac Hannay
Sharks get off the mark
WINNING WEEKEND . . . the Solway Sharks picked up their first wins of the new season last weekend

Another positive, boisterous and rowdy crowd attended the Saturday night game at the Dumfries Ice Bowl.

And two Sharks goals early in the first period gave the crowd something to cheer about.

John Dunbar performed some outstanding work in the offensive zone, setting up Stuart Kerr with an incredible rocket shot into the goal.

The Raiders went on the powerplay when Sharks’ Lewis Young was called for tripping, but they were unable to equalise.

As Young returned, he was left alone to shoot the puck into the net and give the Sharks a 2-0 lead after some nimble play by Liam Stenton and Dunbar.

The Raiders rallied and scored twice to tie the score, but the Sharks were not deterred and came back with a goal from Nolan Gardiner and an assist from Mason Alderson to make it 3-2.

The Dumfries side resumed their goal scoring in the decisive period of a close game with a goal from Dunbar and an assist from Kieran Hair. Stenton added a fifth, with assistance from Kerr.

On Sunday the Sharks faced a lengthy drive to Slough to face The Bees. Looking for a strong start, they delivered a goal after 22 seconds for Kieran Hair.

Soon after, Hair struck again to make it 2-0.

Nolan Gardiner was next to get the puck in the net for a 3-0 lead.

The Raiders pulled one back before the break.

Dunbar made it 4-1 to the Sharks as they went on the attack again.

However, the Raiders then scored three goals to tie the game and force overtime.

It was there that Craig Peacock scored the game-winning goal, and the Sharks earned a four-point weekend.

Peacock said: “It was great to pick up our first two wins of the season, we had a good week of practice leading into the weekend and

you could sense a shift in the group as a whole, and every player did their job and showed a real desire to get those wins, so hopefully we just keep moving forward from here.”

Sharks forward Lewis Young added: “Overall it was a great weekend for the boys. Not only to get the first win at home on Saturday but to come away with four points from two very tough games, we couldn’t have asked for much more.”

The Sharks will travel to Milton Keynes on Saturday before returning to Dumfries Ice Bowl on Sunday to face the Leeds Knights in the Shark Tank.

The match begins at 4 pm and you can get tickets at