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Ice hockey: Phil Crosby shines for Flintshire Freeze against powerful Solway Sharks

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BEFORE this game Karl Creamer asked that his Flintshire Freeze side give their all to make sure they were not embarrassed by runaway EIHL North Two leaders Solway Sharks.

And they achieved that aim, despite the heavy look of the scoreline.

The Sharks belong in a higher division and are only in with the Freeze due to league rules after transferring from the Scottish competition.

But early in the first period the Freeze matched them well, the narrowest of margins proving the difference as the Freeze created chance after chance and just failed to connect with the final pass.

The Sharks, however, had no such problem, converting four of their chances into goals in the opening quarter

There was some suggestion that the game may boil over in the first when the Freeze managed to scramble the puck home courtesy of Peter Norgate.

The goal prompted a goalmouth scuffle that saw two Solway players penalised.

Having given a good account in the early stages the Freeze began to fall behind and tempers snapped when in the second a Solway’s Alan Crane collided with Freeze netminder Matty Compton.

Crane lashed out and Compton retaliated, but the use of his stick saw the home keeper ejected from the game.

That brought in rookie Phil Crosby, who proved inspirational as he kept Solway at bay for long periods and he was a deserved Man-of-the-match award winner.

The Freeze are without a game now until February 12, when they face Lancashire Raptors at Deeside.