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Ice hockey: Flintshire Freeze fail to prevent Sutton victory

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A MIGHTY army of travelling fans and a deep squad of Sutton Sting players descended on the Deeside Ice Rink on Sunday and departed laden with points.

The EIHL North Two visitors stormed into a two-goal lead inside eight minutes but, within a minute, Simon Furnival showed his golden touch once more as he halved the deficit for Freeze.

The Sting swarmed, however, and scored twice more in rapid succession.

There was no feeling of inevitability about the young Freeze line-up as they gamely pressed on, Furnival, Chris Jones, James Parsons and Mike Jones applying increasing pressure on the Sting defence at every opportunity.

And when Marc Lovell played in M Jones to score, his shot seemed to bobble off the palm of Sutton’s netminder in slow motion as the home crowd held their breath – only to roar in appreciation for the Freeze’s second.

Within a minute of the start of the second period, Sutton scored their fifth before the Freeze were twice reduced to four players through penalties.

They refused to concede, however, and Freeze’s third goal came when restored to full strength from Gavin Austin.

But the final session saw the Sting re-open the Freeze’s defensive gates with three unanswered goals to seal the result.

The Freeze are at Kingston Jets on Saturday before welcoming Northern All Stars to Deeside on Sunday for their final Northern League encounter (6.30pm), a double-double-points game as the previous match was cancelled and Flintshire’s Northern League games are already double-pointers