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Flintshire Freeze: Opening weekend to remember as Blackburn Hawks are beaten

A HIGHLY-CHARGED Deeside Ice Rink saw Flintshire Freeze complete a dream first weekend for new coaches Marc Lovell and Phil Kennedy.

An expectant 437 crowd crammed into the Freezer for Sunday’s big Northern League opener against Blackburn Hawks – and they were certainly not disappointed as the old foes served up a match to remember.

The rivals went tit-for-tat for the full three periods but it was the youthful home side that emerged triumphant 3-2 to send their fans home happy.

Freeze team manager Bruce Morton said: “This was a fantastic win for the team and it will carry the lads well for the season and into the challenging games that lie ahead.”

Displaying an impressive show of teamwork, discipline and positional play, the Freeze twice went in front through on-fire forward Chris Jones – set up by Pete Gazda – and James Parsons only to be pegged back twice by the Hawks despite the best efforts of MVP netminder Graeme Bird.

With the relentless pace showing no signs of slowing up, there was still time for a winner and it came from the stick of Parsons as he took a Jones pass and fired in.

The Freeze had kicked-off their ENIHL North Two campaign the previous night with a 3-1 win at Lancashire Raptors.

MVP Jones (2) and player-coach Lovell shared the strikes, while goalie Phil Crosby enjoyed a fine evening between the pipes.

The Freeze entertain the newly-formed Sheffield Senators on Sunday (6.30pm).

Flintshire Flyers got their EIHA Under 12s North Two season off to a winning start on Sunday as they beat Sheffield 7-4 with four goals from man-of-the-match James Shaw and strikes from Robert Bell, Liam Evans and Scott Fisher.

Flintshire Raptors were in even more free-scoring form in their U10s North Two opener at home to Blackburn, with the prolific Shaw (5), Michael Speare (4), Louis Morgan (3), Sam Galadja (3), Liam Canty and Luke Wainwright doing the damage in a 17-0 whitewash.