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The last two weekends have brought back-to-back defeats for the Buccaneers in this year’s Ice Hockey Summer Classic campaign.

Firstly, the Buccs took on the Sheffield Ice Tigers on 14th May. After defeating the Yorkshire side 6-4 away from home, the Buccs were hoping to get more points on the board in this one. That’s not how it panned out though as a very close game resulted in Sheffield reversing that home defeat, leaving Blackburn with a 6-4 win of their own.

Sheffield came out of the blocks firing and Martin Bell put the visitors in front after just 3.12, sniping a shot into the top corner. The home team hit back 4 minutes later with Michael Walsh firing a slapshot past Nick Bell in the away goal.

There wouldn’t be any more action on the scoreboard until midway through the second period and it was the Ice Tigers who took the lead. Joe Hawnt took his first goal of the night on the powerplay with an assist from Henshaw. The Buccaneers hit back instantly and it was Walsh again with another solo effort to tie the game at 2-2. This seemed to kick the home side into action. With Mark Howard sat in the penalty box, Paddy Thomson broke out of the defensive zone and rounded Bell to give the Buccaneers the lead for the first time in the game. Less than one minute later, Jade Bolton set husband Adam off on a breakaway which he duly despatched to give the Buccs a two goal cushion with a minute to play in the period. However, the Ice Tigers in typical fashion did not sit back and cut that lead to one with 15 seconds left in the period, James Hague firing past Jimmy Tse with Joe Hawnt picking up the extra point.

The third period started where the second left off, neither team wanting to give an inch. 7 minutes in, Joe Hawnt tied the game with his second of the night. Despite the additional point on offer for a draw, neither team were satisfied and gave it everything to force a win. Then with 37 seconds left on the clock came heartbreak for the Buccs. Foulstone was deep in corner of the Buccs zone and fired a speculative pass across the crease that deflected off the stick of Scott Anthony-Jones and high over Jimmy Tse into the goal. The Buccs pulled Tse from the opening face-off but weren’t able to prevent Danny Glue firing into the empty net to round off the scoring and the match.

MVP for the Buccaneers was Jade Conway and for the Ice Tigers, Joe Hawnt.

Scoring Summary:

  • Michael Walsh 2+0
  • Adam Bolton 1+0
  • Patrick Thomson 1+0
  • Jade Conway 0+1


Ice Tigers
  • Joe Hawnt 2+1
  • James Hague 1+0
  • Danny Glue 1+0
  • Dave Foulstone 1+0
  • Martin Bell 1+0
  • Rick Henshaw 0+1


Penalty Summary:

  • Simon Pickering 4mins
  • Mark Howard 4mins
  • Michael Walsh 2mins
  • Scott Anthony-Jones 2mins
  • Ryan Spencer 2mins

Ice Tigers

  • James Hague 2mins
  • Joe Hawnt 2mins
  • Danny Glue 2mins
  • Reece Quanbrough 2mins
  • Rory Ross-Docherty 2mins


Phantoms Complete the Double Over The Buccs

Sunday saw the Buccaneers hosted Flintshire at Blackburn Arena in the return fixture from our trip to Deeside earlier in the year. That game finished 10-1 to the Phantoms so the Buccs were under no illusions that this was going to be tough. Especially with only 4 defencemen and 8 forwards facing a full Flintshire bench.

The game got underway and it was end to end from the off with both teams having chances to take the lead. It would be the Buccaneers who would break the deadlock though. Jade Bolton won a face-off deep in the Flintshire zone to Mark Jenkins. He nudged the puck back to Michael Walsh on the point who fired a quick shot on the Flintshire goal. Despite a good first save from the Flintshire netminder, Adam Bolton was on hand to force the rebound in and give the home side an unexpected lead.

Flintshire came back hard but a standout performance from Jimmy Tse in the Buccaneers goal kept them at bay and the lead stood until the break.

The message after one period was more of the same and despite best efforts, Flintshire had turned a 1-goal deficit into a 1-goal lead within 56 seconds of the second period.

The two quick-fire goals were the only tallies for the period thanks to some solid goalkeeping and a little help from the frame of the goal but there was plenty of goalmouth action to keep the bumper crowd of almost 30 entertained. The second period ended 2-1 in favour of the visitors.

The third started in the same way the second did with the Phantoms bagging an insurance goal early on. Again though, this did not deter the Buccs and they continued to throw everything they had on the opposing goal. Ultimately though, it wasn’t quite enough and Flintshire held on to the two-goal lead for a 3-1 victory.

Despite the loss, it was a solid team performance from the Buccaneers and everyone left the ice with their heads held high.

MVP for the Buccs was Mark Jenkins who threatened the Flintshire goal all night with some great speed shown down the wings.

MVP for the Phantoms was James Ashbrook who dictated play in the Buccs zone for extended periods throughout the game.

We asked Buccaneers goalscorer and alternate captain for the day, Adam Bolton for this thoughts on the game:

I thought everybody played extremely well with nobody giving up or letting their heads drop. When you consider the score a few weeks ago and being short-benched, I think we probably surprised a few people with the performance, ourselves included. Hopefully, we’ll be able to bad a dew more goals going into the Sheffield and Wyre games

Special mention to Adam Duxbury who made his debut for the club and Jimmy Tse who made his first Buccs appearance for a number of years.

The team would like to thank everyone who came down to watch and especially those that helped with off-ice duties.

We return to action on 14th May when we welcome the Sheffield Ice Tigers to Blackburn in an Ice Hockey Summer Classic league game. We took a 6-4 win on the road in Sheffield last time out and will be looking to add to our league points again here!

Buccs Tame The Tigers

The Buccs opened the Summer Classic with a hard fought 6-4 victory over the Sheffield Ice Tiger. Starting the game with a short bench, it was backs to the wall for over half the match, as captain Michael Walsh was ejected for a very tame 3rd-man-in penalty early in the 2nd period. However the two lines skated hard right to the final buzzer and held on for the victory.

Catch-Up with Higson and Price ahead of Season Opener

As our opening game of 2017 draws closer, we thought it would be a good time to catch up with two Buccaneers who won’t be pulling on the black and yellow this season after making the jump to league hockey. Mark Higson left us for his second stint in NIHL2, this time with the Bradford Bulldogs and Carl Price made the somewhat shorter journey to the Blackburn Hawks in NIHL1.
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End of Season Review

Our resident web article writer has been absent for the past couple of weeks so here is our delayed end of season roundup!

The big news is that we lost out in the Ice Hockey Summer Classic Final to the Grimsby Stormers at Ice Sheffield. Despite going in front twice early in the game, the first period ended 7-2 to Grimsby and we just weren’t able to pull it back, the final score 13-6 to the Stormers.
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Buccs to Face Stormers in Final After Semi-final Thrillers

Due to a scheduling error, Kingston City Knights are unable to ice a team for the scheduled semi-final against the Buccaneers. The other semi-final was another tense affair, with the Ice Tigers being unable to ice a team, meaning the Stormers join the Buccaneers in the final. It promises to be a cracking game, with the Buccs coming out on top in a 5-4 thriller in the last game of the group stage.

Kingston will now face the Buccs in a friendly game at Blackburn on August 20th, 6pm Faceoff.

Game Cancellation

Unfortunately the home game against Tyneside Jesters scheduled for July 23rd has been cancelled. The Buccs are next in action on August 7th at home to the Grimsby Stormers in their Summer Classic round-robin game. Faceoff at 6pm.