Match Reports - February - MK Falcons Official website 2013-2014
Milton Keynes Falcons vs. Swindon Topcats 17/02/13
Milton Keynes Falcons
Ladies Ice Hockey Team
THE MK Falcons continued their winning streak on Sunday when they beat the Swindon Topcats 3-2. Falcons had secured their first English Women’s Premier League victory of the season against the same side earlier this month, and this time won at home to cement seventh place in the nine-team league. With just two roster changes, Falcons were confident and ready to take the game to Swindon, determined to come away with nothing but a another win, having left Wiltshire with a 5-3 success two weeks earlier.
Captain Emma Young opened the scoring for Falcons just five minutes in, an unassisted goal made all the more worthwhile after missing the previous match owing to work commitments. The dynamic duo of Linda Perkiö and Carolyn Scott once again proved unstoppable as Scott set up Perkiö for Falcons’ second goal at 16 minutes.
Heading into the second period, Falcons scored their third goal on a powerplay with Natalie Bullen on target, again ably assisted by Perkiö and Scott.
Swindon managed to pull a goal back at the 33 minute mark with a lucky deflection off Falcons’ defence, and scored again after 57 minutes to bring the score to 3-2.
In the last two minutes, Swindon pulled their goalkeeper to add an extra player onto the ice in a desperate attempt to level the game. But Falcons kept their nerve and held on to their lead, ensuring another win that keeps them ahead of Swindon and Streatham Storm in the table.
Report by Sam Burger
THE MK Falcons Women’s Ice Hockey team picked up their first win of the season on Saturday when they left Swindon Topcats with an impressive 5-3 success. Falcons have endured a tough start to the English Women’s Premier League season, losing their first six games despite producing a few good performances against some of the division’s top sides. But they arrived in Swindon armed with a full three forward lines, making a big change to their tempo which had been lacking in previous outings, and ran out deserved winners.
Natalie Bullen opened the scoring for the visitors after eight minutes, before new recruit Carolyn Scott added a second goal on 16 minutes, assisted by Samantha Burger. However, Swindon reduced the deficit before the end of the first period and then equalised on a powerplay early in the second.
It didn’t take Falcons long to go back in front when another new player, Linda Perkio, found the back of the net, ably assisted by Scott. But once again Swindon hit back to level to scores at 3-3 going into a tense final period. Falcons weren’t to be denied though, and came out all guns blazing to score a fourth goal just 35 seconds into the final session as Scott bagged her second of the game, with the help of Bullen. And keeping the momentum going, Falcons put the result beyond doubt two minutes later when Shanice Pryce-Royal set up Lydia Howton to fire home and make it 5-3.
Falcons are finally seeing their hard work in training translate into results, with a tight, controlled game which saw them create some fantastic plays all over the ice.
Report by Sam Burger
Swindon Topcats vs. Milton Keynes Falcons 03/02/13