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Ice hockey: Flintshire Freeze fail to shake off travel sickness at Sutton Sting

Sutton Sting 8Flintshire Freeze 5

THE battle for the North Two title is really turning into a scrap as the Freeze dropped points again on the road at Sutton.

The Sting packed a punch that justified their name as they took maximum points from the Freeze.

The game in Sheffield got off to a slow start with the hosts taking eight minutes to open the scoring.

They doubled their lead eight minutes later before the Freeze finally jolted into life, James Parsons scoring their first goal within 90 seconds of the Sting’s second effort.

Karl Creamer equalised for Flintshire and Dave Swanston gave them the lead as they capitalised on their momentum going into the second period.

Alex Roberts pulled the Freeze further ahead before the Sting mustered a reply.

Within six minutes the Freeze’s defence was breached twice more as the hosts levelled but the Freeze took control once more as Gary Dixon fired home.

But the Sting somehow raised the tempo late-on and levelled again before smashing two goals, including the only goal of the game scored during a power-play when the Freeze were down a man, in the last 10 minutes to seal the result.

Saturday sees the Freeze travel again, this time to near-neighbours Blackburn Hawks (5.45pm).

The Hawks will be keen to add to the pain the Freeze are currently suffering while Marc Lovell and Phil Kennedy will have to lift their charges if they are to get their promotion bid back on track as although they are still second and only two points adrift, their rivals have between two and five games in hand.