Tough Night for the Racers in Hull

Murrayfield Racers visited Hull Pirates for their latest fixture in the NIHL North Cup on Sunday.

The former EPL side had won five of their opening seven games in the competition and were looking to book their place in the semi-finals.

Hull flew out of the blocks with goals by Jonathan Kirk, Josh Gent and Jason Hewitt establishing a three-goal lead inside the first six minutes. Further goals by Aaron Lyon and Lee Bonner made it 5-0 by the end of the first period.

The Racers regrouped at the break and started to have a bit more of the play, but they were unable to find a way past netminder Ash Smith. The home side extended their lead in the 31st minute when Tom Stubley took advantage of a powerplay opportunity to fire home.

The short-benched visitors ran out of steam a little in the final session, with further goals by James Archer (2), Hewitt, Gent and Jamie Cobley completing an 11-0 victory. Forward Martin Cingel picked up the MVP award for the Racers.

Murrayfield are in Scottish National League (SNL) action on Saturday at Dundee Tigers, before returning to home ice the following day to face Solway Sharks in the NIHL North Cup (face-off 6.00pm).

The Racers are expected to have a stronger roster this weekend, with some key players closing in on a return to the ice. Sunday’s game against the Sharks promises to be a cracker, so get down to Murrayfield Ice Rink to cheer on the team.


(Image permission: Ian Coyle)