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by Derek Gledhill •
After two postponed matches, the U12s finally kicked off their season at the third attempt on Saturday with a match at home against Hull. The Bulldogs were hoping to carry on their form from the end of last season which saw them hand league champions Sheffield their only defeat. After a relatively cautious start, the Bulldogs soon settled into the groove and by midway through the first period had made their intentions clear with with what turned into a remorseless assault on their opponents net, firing in goal after goal without reply. Despite this, Hull showed great team spirit and never gave up but by the end of the match the score was 23-1 to Bradford, with Hull finally managing to find the net in the dying seconds of the game. Overall the game was a great start to the season and which, despite being one sided, showed that Bradford are capable of some great hockey.
MVP: Alex Lutwyche for debut in nets and almost achieving shutout except for the last 23 seconds before the end of the match
by Lynne Royds •
It seems like forever since the end of last season and the new one finally beginning., But match day arrived and it was up to Billingham for the 1st game of the 14/15 season.
Both teams benching a reasonable 13 outplayers. The puck dropped and the games started. :
In the net for Billingham- Callum Reynolds in net for Bradford- Ashley Smith. . . .
A well drilled Bradford side took control straight away and just 0.41 seconds in Lachlan Brownrigg #33 opened the scoring for Bradford assisted by Adam Barnes #71. score 0-1 . There followed a lot of passing back and forth but with Bradford keeping the puck mainly in their offensive zone. Billinghams No 6# Josh Reynolds took a minor penalty for tripping at 4.46. . . then it took nearly another 6 minutes for Adam Barnes #71 to score goal No. 2. for the Bulldogs.at 7.26 score 0-2. . . . closely followed by No 3 at: 7.43 scored by Max Broadhurst #98 assisted Lachlan #33. . Score 0-3 . . ..Billingham just didnt seem to be able to get into their stride and were not putting up much of a threat. . .goal No 4 came at 8.14 courtesy of Ryan Kemp #8 assisted by James Royds #66. score 0-4 . . . with the puck very rarely passing the blue line Bradford were on a roll and goal No 5 came at 8.46 scored by Lewis (Boom)Baldwin #14 assised by Ryan #8. . . U14 playing up Jacob Lutwyche #73 got the 6th at 11.59 with assists for Matthew Barlow #39 & Niks Veiss #89 The 1st period ended 0-6 and the Bulldogs firmly in control and unwaivering . . . .shots on goal for Bradford 20– for Billingham 3
The 2nd period pretty much followed in the same vein as the first with the Lions share on the puck going to Bradford, and it was just 11 seconds in at 15.11 Lachlan Brownrigg #33 scored the 1st goal of the 2nd period assist Adam #71 Score 0-7 . . .Bradford picked up a minor penalty, Lewis Baldwin got 2 mins for charging. . but quickly followed by goals No 8 , 9 & 10 . for Adam #71, Niks #89 & Max #98 . .Bradford got 2 minor penalties Lachlan got 2 mins for clipping and Alex Marsden #65 got 2 mins for tripping but even at 5 on 3 Billingham were struggling to push forward. It was turning out to be a nightmare game for the home team and a very easy game for the visitors. . . Score 0-10. . . just before the buzzer went for the end of the period Max Broadhurst #98 got goal No 11 quickly followed by goal No 12 scored by Ryan Kemp #8. . .The end of the period couldnt come soon enough for Billingham they were now trailing 0-12 and were clearly feeling the strain. . shots on goal for Bradford 11– for Billingham 3. .
The final period started Billingham changed their netminder in came Alex Kelly, and after a bit of a scuffle and confusion in front of the Bradford net the puck went in for Billinghams one and only goal at 30.27 for Lewis Hall#12 .. . score 1-12 . . . goals for Bradford in the period came from Ryan #8 and Max #98 they both got 2 each . . . . score 1-16 . Billingham picked up a few minor penalties James Wood #18 got 2 mins for holding , Lewis Hall #12 got 2 mins for crosschecking and Joshua Nilsen #24 got 2 mins for holding , in the final minutes of the game Niks Veiss got 2 min minor penalty for Interference. . . .that brought the game to an end as the buzzer went for the last time
A whopping 1-16 win for the Bulldogs in what was a rather uneventful game. . .
Roll on 25th October when were off down to Coventry .:)
Very well deserved MVP went to Lachlan Brownrigg #33
shots on goal: on Billingham -49 ( Reynolds = 31 & Kelly = 18)
on Bradford –9
by Judith Bennett •
During the off season we said ‘goodbye’ to old friends Blackburn, Manchester and Deeside; and ‘hello’ to new friends Sheffield, Billingham and Whitley Bay. Saturday 27th September saw the first X-ice fixture and a road trip to Sheffield. A brief visit from Head Coach Andy Brown helped to rally a short numbered Bradford bench. With first game appearances from Lydia and Dan; and with some help from some Sheffield players plus a goalie from Billingham there were 3 hard fought games of Hockey, which saw the players working hard together. Dan was rewarded for his efforts with one of the Spirit of the Game awards for the fixture. Johan, Dan and Lydia are looking forward to the next fixture and the return to a full strength Bradford team.
by Jonathan Lutwyche •
The Bulldogs were invited over to the new Seagulls rink for a pre-season training session on Saturday. A collection of U12′s, U14′s and U16′s enjoyed a total of around 2 hours of training with all players getting plenty of valuable ice time and experience. An excellent rink which is soon to be further enhanced with the building of a new spectator stand and separate warm up pad. We wish them every success in their debut year!
by Nick Ratcliffe •
The Bulldogs have a senior team for the new season to compete in a total of 36 matches in the ENL North Div 2. This is part of our development plan to provide a pathway to our junior players to make the transition towards professional ice hockey. With so much young talent it is anticipated the most of our conference players, a high percentage who already represent England, will be provided with opportunities at the age of 16 to train up with the seniors to see if they are able to compete for a place on the team bench.