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Ice hockey: Flintshire Freeze face weekend off thanks to skipper’s wedding plans

FLINTSHIRE Freeze have been given special dispensation to postpone this weekend’s fixture against Solway Sharks – as their club captain is getting married.

Marc Lovell will tie the knot this weekend in a ceremony likely to be attended by at least half the current squad, which would have left head coach Karl Creamer with a serious selection headache – but the English Ice Hockey Association has given the Freeze the weekend off.

Creamer said: “While I can’t quite understand why our captain has chosen to get married in the middle of the league season, I am grateful for the league allowing us this compensation.”

Freeze had returned to winning ways in the English North League Two on Sunday after edging past Bradford Bulldogs 6-4 at Deeside Ice Rink.

But it was far from straightforward as the visitors took a first-minute lead.

James Parsons equalised for the hosts before Chris Jones struck twice to make it 3-1 but the Bulldogs levelled with two quick-fire goals before the end of the second period.

The final period saw Freeze assert their authority as Parsons and Jones each completed hat-tricks and, although the Bulldogs scored again, the Freeze wrapped up victory.

Creamer was pleased with the points but saw room for improvement.

He said: “A win is a win and it was a bit of a confidence boost after two losses.

“But with all due respect to Bradford it was not a 100% performance from us and there is still plenty to improve on.

“The lads will be watching a video of the game tonight and the camera doesn’t lie. They will take a little constructive criticism on board. It won’t be having a go at anybody, just seeing where we can improve.”

The Freeze have announced that their chosen charity for the next two seasons will be Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.