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Ice hockey: Flintshire Freeze feel the pain as Sutton Sting strike

Flintshire Freeze 3Sutton Sting 10

AFTER head coach Karl Creamer’s demand for a greater team ethic last week, the Freeze found themselves struggling for the second time in a row at Deeside.

Home fans witnessed an implosion as hotshot Chris Jones picked up a 30-minute penalty in the EIHL Division Two North encounter.

The Freeze – who spent the first period in a colour clash with the Sting after the visitors only brought white kit and the Freeze did not bring their away strip – were caught out early on as smaller penalties handed Sutton frequent numerical advantages.

The Sting built a two-goal lead in the opening 15 minutes with both goals coming against an under-manned Freeze.

Three more came while Jones was warming the bench, and it was in the final period, as the Freeze trailed 8-0, that they began to fight back.

Jones returned to the pad and the change was instant.

James Parsons pulled a goal back on 49 minutes for the home side, laid on by David Swanston.

Within five minutes the Sting had restored the deficit but 60 seconds later Parsons slotted home a second, completing a move executed by Steve Fellows and Andrew Chappell.

Two minutes from time the Freeze fired in a third, Michael Jones applying the finish after great work from Swanston and Aled Roberts.

But straight from the restart the Sting bagged number 10, just 14 seconds after the Freeze’s third goal.

The Freeze showed in flashes they are capable of damaging teams, but they need to start scoring points soon if they are to join the fight for second behind favourites Solway.

Freeze host Bradford Bulldogs this Sunday at Deeside Ice Rink (6.40pm).