North Ayrshire Penguins travelled to Solway Sharks for a U12 League match on Sunday and did the double over their South West rivals with an excellent 10-7 win. Penguins were caught cold when Lewis Chalmers and Aidan Nicol put the home side 2-0 ahead with only a couple of minutes on the clock but, roared on by a healthy travelling support, the visitors came storming back and by 10.59 man of the match Ivan Bjorkly had netted a quick-fire hat trick give his side a 3-2 lead.
Further goals at 11.29 from captain Jordan Buesa and 14.57 from Lewis Young opened up a 5-2 advantage, however Solway simply refused to lie down and strikes from Chalmers and Liam Stenton saw a terrific first period come to an end with the visitors holding a very slender 5-4 lead.
The second period continued at the same furious pace and at 21.08 Penguins moved 6-4 ahead with a long-range Darren Easton effort however, just five seconds later, Nicol scored his second of the game to pull Solway back to one goal down.
It was end-to-end stuff and, as both sides created chances galore, netminders Rebekkah Scott for Sharks and Brandon Rooney were forced to make some excellent saves.
It looked ominous for Penguins when they drew a two minute penalty, giving Sharks a power-play, but at 24.37 Bueasa netted a short-handed goal to put them 7-5 up and the three-goal lead was restored on 27 minutes when Calum McGill netted after a terrific passing move.
A dogged Solway side reduced the deficit to 8-6, Lewis Houston scrambling the puck home despite Penguins’ protests that Rooney had been impeded, but the Stevenston outfit raced straight up the ice from the face off and Bjorkly scored his fourth of the game to give his side a 9-6 lead.
Bjorkly then celebrated his call up to the Scotland U11 team by netting his fifth and Penguins’ tenth to put the game beyond reach on 35.39 and although Houston pulled one back for Sharks at 39.03 the two points were heading for Ayrshire
Penguins scorers and assists. I. Bjorkly (5+2); J. Buesa (2+2); D. Easton (1+2); C. McGill (1+1); L. Young (1+0); M. Miller (0+1).
MoM. Ivan Bjorkly.