Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Berry Stings the Rays in Late Win

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Berry Stings the Rays in Late Win

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Newcastle Vipers 2 Hull Stingrays 1 THE Vipers struggled all night against the Stingrays but got the job done thanks to centre Mike Berry's late strike.

With 90 seconds left to play, Matic Kralj picked out Berry at the far post with a diagonal pass from the left.

Berry then cleverly flicked the puck up and beyond netminder Tommy Sandahl's reach to score his 11th goal of the season.

Right from the start the Vipers looked hungover from Saturday's 2-3 penalty shoot-out loss against the Coventry Blaze in which the team to a man had visibly tired during the third period.

It took the Vipers four minutes to attempt a shot and then Kralj sent the puck wide of Sandahl's right hand post.

There was a spark of life on seven minutes when the Vipers fast skating defenceman Jermaine Domish set off on one of his characteristic sorties from deep inside his own zone which resulted in Kralj again shooting wide.

Twelve minutes into the period the red goal light behind the Vipers goal was beaming, but it was clear that Matt Davies had kicked the puck in despite his protests to the contrary.

After the Vipers had wasted a second powerplay Konstantine Kalmikov should have put the visitors ahead on 16 minutes had he made a good connection on the puck when set up in front of goal and then a turnover in the Vipers zone almost let in Davies.

The Vipers have only managed six shots on the Stingray's goal in the first period then at the other end Vipers netminder Michel Robinson had to make 16 saves. He was to go on and make 40 saves and his shot stopping effort deservedly won him the Vipers man-of-the-match honour. Four minutes into the second peri-od Robinson made a fine point-blank save but was powerless moments later when James Sanford put the puck into the danger zone around the crease where Adam Knight successfully re-directed the puck's course. …

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