After a thrilling weekend last weekend, with the Bees registering a 7-2 victory against the Bristol Pitbulls then returning back to the Slough Ice Arena on Sunday and just losing out by one goal against the current league champions, this weekend the Bees face a double away weekend. They will face the Solway Sharks for the first time this season and then on Sunday, make the trip to Hull on their way back to play the Seahawks.
The Solway Sharks have not had the easiest start to the season, having faced the Telford Tigers, Raiders IHC and then a double header against the Sheffield Steeldogs. They have walked away with no points from all the games and currently find themselves 10th in league standings but are certainly starting to find their feet in a new league.
There are many strengths that the Sharks have going into this fixture against the Bees. The Sharks’ defence and penalty kill is extremely quick to shut down any chances for the opposition and is their biggest strength going into this weekend and this will be something the Bees will need to find their way around in order to take complete advantage in the opportunities they may get against the Sharks as it may make the difference.
Ones to watch for this game against Solway will be Craig Peacock – in 4 games he has managed a total of 5 points with 2 goals and 3 assists. Mason Alderson will also need to be controlled by the Bees as he has played a key role in producing chances for Solway in their games so far this season. In defence, the Bees will need to be aware of Liam Stenton as with his elite league experience he knows exactly how to shut teams down effectively in order to stop allowing them to try prosper within the game.
The Hull Seahawks currently find themselves 3rd within the league table and have only lost 1 game so far this season – losing in a shootout against the Telford Tigers. So far this season they have faced the Peterborough Phantoms, Swindon Wildcats, Milton Keynes Lightning and Telford Tigers.
Hull so far this season seem to be very strong with their artacking play – creating a high number of chances on the goal each game. The Seahawks are averaging 46 shots per game and this will clearly be a big test for the Bees defense as they will need to try and minimise the Hull players getting near the Bees goal in order to put up a strong fight against them on Sunday.
Someone the Bees will need to keep an eye out for will be Bobby Chamberlain who in only 4 games has already accumulated a total of 10 points with 2 goals and 8 assists. Emil Svec has 6 points but is a key part of Hull’s scoring opportunities as all 6 points are goals so a big part of the game for Bees will be shutting him down. In defence, Brock Bartholomew has been adding up points so far this season and may play an offensive defense role within the team which could benefit the Seahawks when they are on the power play which the Bees will need to consider how to tackle that situation.