Comets are Ice Hockey’s British Masters Champions
Cleveland Comets travelled to Nottingham to take part in the British Masters (Over 35) tournament at the weekend and posted an impressive 8 game unbeaten streak to lift the Championship Trophy
With a number of former Bombers, Stars and Wasps players in their lineup there was occasions when the games resembled a replay of the former Heineken League’s heyday as players from Blackpool, Durham, Grimsby, Solihull, Milton Keynes and Nottingham faced each other 20yrs further down the line.
Though the pace may not have been as fast as those glory days the skill was still evident for all to see with the passion for the game shining through.
Comets posted an impressive first day in the group stages as the won all four games to top their group and most importantly secure the no 1 ranking for Sunday’s championship games.
Opening against their derby rivals Durham Dragons, Comets shared the spoils with a 2-2 tie.
Comets went into the second game to destroy Grimsby Lightning with an emphatic 4-0 win to get their title challenge back on track.
It all looked to be in vain as Blackpool Seagulls led by a single goal from their Canadian star Dave Anthony but with just 2 secs left Simon Hehir proved why he was named forward of the tournament as he rifled the puck into the roof of the net for the equalizer. That draw keeping Comets hopes alive.
The Comets went into their final game knowing they had to win by a 5 goal margin to secure the Championship and although Nottingham may have been in their own building and with the majority of the crowd behind them, Comets outstanding team work came shining through.
The home net was peppered by shots as Comets gave every last ounce of effort in search for goals. The first 3 came pretty quickly as Cleveland raced into a 3-0 lead. With their own hopes of victory now gone Nottingham had every intent of spoiling Comets party
Stout defending, excellent net minding and the pipework continually denied the Comets assault on Nottingham’s net, Goal no 4 came with 9 mins left and seemed to lift Cleveland’s tiring limbs A last gasp push saw Tony Boynton pick out Simon Hehir who finished clinically to secure the Masters Championship title for the jubilant Comets