By Xanthe Boursier-Gazzard

The Bristol Honda Pitbulls faced a nail biting 7-6 defeat in overtime on Saturday night leaving the opposing Solway Sharks to take away the two points with the Pitbulls taking one.

The home team entered the game with the return of Max Birbraer taking the third import slot in place of Kyle Pow as well as returns for Edgars Landsbergs & Neil Liddiard

Firrst period was quickly underway with Brennan Feasey opening the scoring, he glided past a couple of Sharks and tucked the puck into the top corner of the net getting the first of the evening. He followed this up with another even-handed goal minutes later extending the home side’s lead to 2-0 as the period came to an end after a mistake from Kell Beattie who lost the puck in front of his own net.

The Pitbulls started the second on the powerplay however couldn’t create a chance until after the Sharks returned to full strength as Juha Lindgren skated the ice past their defence down the left wing and sniped the puck high into the top shelf short side out of Warburtons reach. The Sharks were pushing to get one on the board as Caly Robertson received a pass from the left corner and swiftly buried his shot from in tight. The pressure continued upon Ben Norton as Craig Peacock quickly followed with the second for the away team ending the period 3-2 up for the Pitbulls.

Going into the final period, Solway had a quick succession of three goals just 36 seconds apart starting with Nolan Gardiner firing the puck low. Lewis Young then followed getting the fourth with a nice shot after a fortunate deflection, chased by the lamp being lit once again this time by Mason Alderson in what looked to be a game changing 30 seconds. Despite this, the Pitbulls pushed for a comeback with Bayley Harewood making a quick response rifling past Warburton. Desperate to even the scoreline back out, Tanner Butler took a slapshot from the blueline which made its way through the crowd and into the net. After a poor hit saw Sharks captain Struan Tonnar given a major penalty for boarding, Feasey then took his chance on the powerplay and sniped the puck in to secure his hat-trick. However it wasn’t enough, with the Pitbulls on the PK and the Sharks netminder pulled. Olivier Arseneau beat Norton with less than a minute remaining in the period leaving us at 6-6 and heading to overtime. 

Overtime began end to end with both teams getting chances including Tanner Butler being the width of the post away from sealing the points for the Pitbulls, but two penalties were called leaving a five-on-three advantage to the Sharks allowing Scott Henderson to take his shot from the slot as the penalties experied and finish the game 7-6.

Man of the match for the away team went to OT winner Scott Henderson and Brennan Feasey for the home side following his hattrick.