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Ice Hockey: Early dart for Flintshire Freeze as Bradford game called off

THE winter break came early for the Flintshire Freeze as their final game of the first half of the campaign against Bradford Bulldogs was postponed.

The reason for the cancellation was not adverse weather but the fact a show had been double booked at the rink.

As a result the EIHL North Two encounter was put back to Saturday, February 19, leaving the Freeze with a full five weeks off before they return to action on January 9 when they are scheduled to travel to Sutton.

Their first home game of 2011 is on January 16 when the Freeze entertain Kingston Jets.

Joint head coaches Marc Lovell and Phil Kennedy will have wanted to play the Bradford game as it was a chance to end a tough period on a high, but according to team manager Bruce Morton 2011 should bring a resurgent Freeze back into top form.

“We look forward to seeing the fans return on January 16 when we play our first home game of the year,” he said.

“It should be a more positive second half of the campaign as it will be dominated by games in North Two, rather than the Northern League.”

The Freeze have found life against some of their higher-quality rivals in the Northern League tough but Morton says most of that is behind them now.

“We will be looking to get our campaign back on track refreshed,” he said.