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Ice hockey: Flintshire Freeze gear up to secure third spot against Fylde Flyers

KARL Creamer has challenged his players to head into the summer on a positive note by securing third place with a victory at Fylde Flyers.

The Freeze have one more outstanding game after Saturday’s trip to the Lancashire coast – away to Scottish side Solway Sharks – but they have steamrollered the league winning every game, separating themselves from the rest of the division.

Saturday is therefore a chance for the Freeze to secure a victory and go into the Solway game on April 14 relaxed and ready to celebrate the end of the season.

“We have a fully-fit squad and everyone is raring to go,” said Freeze head coach Creamer.

“The season is a long one, made a little longer by our rearranged fixture at Solway in a few weeks, but the guys have played well all year and have a couple more opportunities to give everything and go into the summer on a high.”

Fylde sit second from bottom of the EIHA North Two division but beat second-placed Sutton Sharks last weekend and Creamer knows they will not be pushovers.

“Any team can beat any other in this league, apart from Solway,” said Creamer.

“We are going to have to turn up and play our best to beat Fylde and confirm third place.”

Hull Stingrays could still overhaul the Freeze and take third if they lose at Fylde, but despite the Freeze originally targeting second place, Creamer said he was pleased with their performance over the campaign.

“The lads have played well,” he said. “It’s not easy with the late night training and work all day but everyone has done well.

“Players know when they haven’t performed but on the whole it has been a good season.

“Experienced players have excelled and they have been boosted by some good young players who have strengthened the squad.

“In particular Matty Wainwright and Aled Davies, who are still very young, have cemented their places in the side.

“The summer is never predictable, but Flintshire are one of the top teams in this division and if we could get more players, we could maybe make the step up.”