Watch video highlights of our thrilling 6-5 overtime Northern Cup victory over the Stars in Billingham. Thanks go to Billingham Stars TV for their excellent coverage.
Trailing by five goals to two at the second intermission the BCD Solway Sharks looked dead and buried before strikes from Moore, Coulter and Bentham tied the match at five to set up a three-on-three overtime thriller.
After chances at both ends a powerplay to the Sharks gave them a man advantage and an excellent strike from Duncan Speirs gave Solway the extra point in this Northern cup nail-biter.
The BCD Solway Sharks threw away a two goal first period advantage on Saturday evening as the Blackburn Hawks awoke from their slumber, show off their bus legs and came roaring back to stun the home side with a five-three victory.
While the visitors were well-worthy of their victory the Sharks certainly had their chances to put this tie to bed but poor finishing and an inspired goal-tender combined to thwart their efforts.
Top Scottish prospect Jordan Buesa has joined NIHL North leaders Solway Sharks on a two way contract from the Braehead Clan of the Elite Ice Hockey League.
16-year-old Buesa from Troon in Ayrshire signed with the Clan this summer as their first apprentice and has iced in pre-season, Challenge Cup and Elite League games for the ‘Purple Army’ at the start of this season.
He previously played with the North Ayr club and has represented Scotland at age group hockey and played for the inaugural Great Britain Under 16 team at the end of last season. Now his development requires regular ice time in senior hockey, and the Clan-Sharks partnership is the ideal place for that development to continue.
Buesa will still train with the Clan during the week but will be with the Sharks at weekends so he can train and play games with the Dumfries-based club.
Braehead Clan Hockey & Operations Director Gareth Chalmers commented: “As part of the apprenticeship scheme we’ve built for Jordan, the plan was always for him to join Solway on a two way deal where he can gain valuable experience and further ice time.
“Jordan will continue to train with us during the week, travel to Dumfries on Friday and play for the Sharks over the weekend. We will be speaking with Martin [Grubb, Sharks coach] on a regular basis and when necessary will bring him back into our line-up.”
Solway Sharks head coach Martin Grubb added: “Jordan is a young player who I have known for a long time and he has a big future in the game. He has done very well so far with the Clan and has impressed people with his speed, skill and desire to succeed.
“Now it is imperative that he can continue to develop by playing games and we are happy to be part of his development. This shows the ongoing partnership between ourselves and Braehead is one that will benefit British players and we are delighted that Ryan and Gareth have trusted us to play such a big part in Jordan’s progression and we look forward to having him with us.”
Buesa will wear #12 with the Solway Sharks and will make his debut on Saturday at home to Blackburn Hawks in the NIHL North Cup. Jordan Buesa’s ‘Own & Loan’ Solway Sharks jerseys are owned by Braehead Clan.
Building Craftsmen Dumfries sponsored Solway Sharks head coach Martin Grubb stepped into the Vasilenko Suite on Saturday night after his side’s win over Sutton Sting.
Grubb admitted he was ‘frustrated’ despite the win, and looked for his team to get back to their best ahead of this weekend’s Cup games at home to Blackburn and away at Billingham.
Click below to listen to the full interview on Sharks Radio.
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