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Ice hockey: Flintshire Freeze bounce back to end year on a high with win over Fylde Flyers

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A POWERFUL reaction from his players allowed Freeze head coach Karl Creamer to head into the Christmas break on a high note.

Just a week after a dismal performance against EIHL North Two rivals Sutton Sting, the Freeze came out and gave no quarter against a Fylde side who have proved tough opposition for many this season.

Creamer had conducted a frank meeting with his players after the Sutton debacle, and they pulled together as a team to show their boss that they share his ambition, drive and will to win.

A close first period saw Flintshire lead 4-3 but in the second the home side flew out of the blocks, devastating Fylde 6-1 with Simon Furnival bagging two of his five goal-haul.

The confidence began to flow again and the Freeze won the final period 5-2, with James Parsons (3), Calum Ruddick, Steve Fellows, Andy Chappell, Kenny Williams and Marc Lovell (3) finishing the game on the scoresheet.

“It was the reaction I wanted and the reaction I demanded,” said Creamer.

“We have been criticised recently for allowing Chris Jones to leave but people do not know the whole story.

“Against Fylde the team showed great spirit and togetherness and players stepped up and took responsibility and the end result was a victory.

“We didn’t take Fylde lightly. We won the game, we showed more spirit and we won the fights.

“We needed that performance and, while it is a shame we have another break now, we can go into Christmas happy with how we have ended 2011 and looking forward to 2012.”