Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Stars Shine Brightly with Double Victory; Ice Hockey

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Stars Shine Brightly with Double Victory; Ice Hockey

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Byline: ANDY BAXTER

TWO wins have taken the Billingham Ultimate Windows Stars to the top of the Eastern Conference of the Northern Cup.

With a 100% record, the Stars will go into home and away finals against the winners of the Western conference.

The big games will take place early in the New Year.

The Stars started their weekend double with a 6-1 win over an ill-disciplined Sutton Sting on Saturday night, then 24 hours later the Stars took full points from a gritty Whitley side, beating them 5-2. Stars' early blitz started after two minutes when Anthony Price opened the scoring.

Sting hit major penalty trouble when play resumed, Ben Lowe being handed a whopping 59 minutes of penalties, including misconduct, game misconduct and a match penalty.

The resulting powerplay saw Ben Davison net his third goal of the season followed by a James Moss strike to put the Stars firmly in control after only four minutes.

Stars skipper Paul Windridge added a fourth assisted by Andy Finn and Michael Bowman, earning the them a 4-0 first period.

An early unassisted strike in the second from James Moss stretched the lead, before Ryan Johnson scored for the visitors.

Billingham youngster Jack Emerson took to the ice for his first senior outing. Thirty seconds into the final period, Windridge found himself unmarked with time and space to complete the scoring.

Sutton then had a second player sent off. Goalkeepers Alex Birch for the Sting and Rich Griffiths for the Stars collected Man of the Match awards.

Terry Ward was very happy with his side's performance, saying: "We killed the game in the first four minutes. The 6-1 scoreline speaks volumes about the quality of our play.

"Sutton are a top side in this league, and all of our lads gave a good account of themselves."

Sunday's game against Whitley became a little bit of a formality, as the win against Sutton had already put Stars through to the Northern Cup final. …

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