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Ice hockey: Flintshire Freeze claim quadruple points in Northern League giantkilling

A GREAT weekend for the Flintshire Freeze was completed when they beat Newcastle-based Northern Stars to lift themselves off the foot of the Northern League.

Just 24 hours earlier they had seen off Kingston Jets in ENIHL North Two to firm up their second-placed standing.

And though they may still finish bottom of the Northern League – a secondary competition which pits teams from North One and Scotland against a selection of North Two teams – they scored a crucial victory against the visiting Stars on Sunday that landed them four times as many points as usual.

The match at Deeside Ice Rink was designated a double-double game as the original fixture, which was worth double points, was postponed.

The return game was designated as a replacement and four sets of points allocated to it.

And the Freeze stunned their higher-division opponents by applying all they have learned this season to register a 4-3 win.

The Stars opened the scoring but Phil Crosby weathered a storm in the Freeze net and with both sides penalised for slashing, Marc Lovell made the most of the situation and squeezed in the equaliser.

In the second period, Chris Jones predictably found his way on to the scoresheet to give Freeze the lead before setting up Simon Furnival to make it 3-1.

But the Stars pushed back and managed to grab two quick goals to leave the score level at the end of the second period at 3-3.

In the final session, Crosby faced a barrage of efforts and kept them out until Chris Jones once more took the game by the scruff of the neck and slipped in a sweet shot to hand the home side a huge win.

Freeze host Kingston on Sunday. Face-off at Deeside is 6.30pm.

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