Billingham Stars face a tricky trip over the Pennines in National
Ice Hockey League (N) Moralee Conference tomorrow, as they take on Lancashire rivals Blackburn Hawks.
Blackburn will be looking to Sunday’s game to improve a recent run of poor results.
Having started the season brightly, the Hawks have stuttered of late and the reigning play-off champions find themselves fifth having won just one game in their last five outings.
Although on a high following last weekend’s stunning 4-3 late late comeback in the Tyne-Tees derby, the Stars will go into Sunday’s game short on numbers, with several influential players missing from the Billingham bench.
Stephen Wallace and Andy Finn are both ruled out, whilst only a late fitness test will determine whether big blue-liner Garry Dowd will be available.
This means Director of Coaching Terry Ward will once again call on the younger members of the squad to step up and make the most of their opportunity.
The two teams have faced each other twice this season in the Northern Cup competition, each winning one.
Ward is expecting to have to fight hard for the points, with a short bench and a tight league:
Face off for the Blackburn game is 5.45pm. The Stars are next on home ice next Sunday, December 1 when the visitors are Manchester Minotaurs.