Bobby Chamberlain Receives a 2 Game Ban.

Bobby Chamberlain has received a 2 game ban.

Bobby recieved a 2 plus game penalty for fighting in the NIHL National Cup fixture against Peterborough Phantoms on Friday night.

Following this Bobby has received an additional 2 game ban, resulting in him missing last nights fixture against MK Lightning. Bobby will also miss Saturdays home fixture against MK Lightning, returning to the ice for Sundays away fixture against the Sheffield Steeldogs.


Pirates Defeat Top of the League Telford Tigers – Match Review

The Smailes Goldie Hull Pirates produced a blistering performance on Saturday night to overcome NIHL National League leaders Telford Tigers in a 6-3 game.

An end-to-end first period saw both sides create fantastic chances, with Ash Smith and Brad Day equal to everything both offences could throw at them. The deadlock was eventually broken by the Pirates when Tom Stubley’s initial shot was redirected by Matt Bissonnete straight into the path of Matty Davies, who had an easy task in opening the scoring [8:59], the only goal of the opening 20 minutes.

With the Tigers starting the second period on the power play, it didn’t take them long to level the game. Brandon Whistle finding Jason Silverthorn in space who drove the puck up over Smith for 1-1 [20:19].

Undeterred, the home side reacted almost immediately when patient build up play from David Norris saw him slip the puck to a waiting Jason Hewitt in front of the Tigers’ net, the Pirates player-coach regaining the lead for his side [21:28].

As the game opened up the Tigers once more found themselves level. Great play around the Pirates’ net was finished when Daniel Mitchell spotted Jack Watkins alone in the slot, who fired past Smith [25:32].

As the game reached the halfway mark the Pirates yet again took the lead. Bissonnette finished an outstanding solo goal by out-muscling a Tigers d-man, drawing Day and faking around him for a 3-2 scoreline [30:46].

With no further score in the second period, the third began with both teams pushing for an advantage, however neither able to convert. As the match entered the final 10 minutes it was the Pirates who gained the upper hand with two goals inside a remarkable 15 seconds.

Their fourth came when a 3-on-2 breakaway saw Hewitt skate unchallenged down the right hand side of the ice before slamming the puck five-hole past Day [53:40]. The fifth followed immediately after when the Pirates won the resulting face off, streamed back into the Tigers’ zone and Steven Chalmers squared to Sam Towner. The forward saw his initial shot blocked by Day but pocketed the rebound [53:55].

Stunned, the Tigers pushed to recover and grabbed their third, again on the power play. A slick passing move finished when Richard Plant set up Silverthorn to bring the scoreline within two [56:16].

Another late penalty against the Pirates saw the visitors call their time-out and pull Day to make it a 6-on-4. The Pirates stood resolute, killing off the penalty then sealing the victory when James Archer’s patient backhand pass set up Norris for an empty net goal [59:39].

The Pirates’ weekend would finish in impressive fashion; travelling to Bracknell on Sunday and running out 6-3 victors for the first 4-point weekend since late November.

Man Of The Match Awards:-

Telford Tigers – #22 Jason Silverthorn
Hull Pirates – #27 Steven Chalmers

Author – Greig Cardwell


Preview Peterborough Phantoms- NIHL National Cup Semi-final!

Bonus hockey action in Hull this Thursday evening as the Peterborough Phantoms come to the most versatile arena for Cup Semi Final action. This two legged event will conclude with the away fixture away at Peterborough on the 31st of January and promises to be a gem of a contest.

These fixtures have come about after the Pirates beat Steeldogs to 4th place in the cup table and Telford picked Swindon as the team they wanted to face.

Peterborough offer up tasty fixtures with tough D, attacking offence and gritty, full on physicality.

They are an impressive outfit going forward with import Ales Padelek leading the way with his 28 goals and 25 assists for 53 points and is ably backed up by experienced Brit with 46 points. The next goal threat is from big Brit player Martin Susters who has hit the twine 23 times this season. Their second import has also recorded 44 points in which Petr Stepney has 19 goals. These 4 top players are supported throughout the team with Corey McEwen and Will Weldon also racking up plenty of points. Our D is going to have to play solid for 60 minutes each night to minimise this threat.

At the back they have in Jordan Marr a former Elite level goalie who is proving his worth with his 89.29% save percentage. He has a solid D unit around him with Tom Norton, Hull boy Scott Robson, Rob Ferrara and Callum Buglass all very competent D men at this level and all more than capable of raising their game in a cup semi.

Whilst all this is well and good the Pirates look awesome in the weekends game against Leeds. Two solid games for Smith in net and a more rounded performance as a team blew Leeds away. The return of Matty, who’s pass for our second goal was just pure quality, was a wonderful sign for us going forward and we hope we see more from him towards the end of the season.

Equally Bissonnette looks like a great pick up at this level. His size plus clear skating ability will add yet another dimension to our forward line. His goal and 2 assists is a solid start and will only develop with his understanding of our systems.

Lets be loud and proud once again Hull fans as we endeavour to reach a cup final yet again!

By Dave Heath
Hull Pirate Media


This Weekends Preview!

Another weekend comes upon us with 2 games of some significance again. The Saturday fixture away at Basingstoke looks a crucial fixture as we aim to climb up the table from 5th to challenge for the top few places. This coupled with the return of the Leeds Chiefs makes it a weekend featuring a tough away fixture and a local derby. What more could we want?

The Leeds Chiefs are no strangers to us this season and although they prop the league table up with only 5 wins so far this season they will play a tough and physical game. They have experienced much misfortune in their debut season but have stuck together and shown they are capable of grinding out wins in the most unexpected of scenarios.

It is clear to see the Chiefs deficiencies when you look at the league table and at their roster. They have a small group of players, many with limited experience of professional hockey. This coupled with the lowest tally of goals scored in the league paints a grim picture for them. Digging deeper we see that even with experienced players in the squad such as Luke Boothroyd, Steve Buncombe and Richard Bentham they are struggling to create enough and stop enough getting through to net minder Sam Gospel. His 89.02% save percentage will be a concern to him but given the fact he has faced well over 1000 shots so far this season it appears he may have a valid reason for this.

At the other end their line is being spearheaded by young Brit Adam Barnes who currently sits with 38 points from 28 games. From what we’ve seen of him he looks a very talented player but often takes silly penalties which result in the Leeds team missing their most offensive output for 2 minutes or longer. Steven Moore who was so prolific in the NIHL for Solway looks to have found this step up a challenge and currently has just 15 points in 29 games. It is worth noting that no Leeds player other than Barnes has more than a point a game this season.

Despite what I’ve written above the Hull team know this will be no walk in the park. Local derbies are never dull and Leeds, despite what the stats may say, are a tough outfit to play. We must simply hope that our D is too strong for their offensive efforts and that what is probably the best offensive line up in the league have too much for the D of Leeds.

By Dave Heath
Hull Pirate Media


Match Review – 05/01/20

Chamberlain Seals Win After Epic Cats ComebackBobby Chamberlain’s powerplay goal inside the last two minutes sealed a much important 2 points after a stunning fightback from the second-placed Swindon Wildcats on Sunday evening.

After a devastating 9-4 loss at the hands of MK Lightning the evening before, Jason Hewitt’s men looked to put their away form behind them as the first home game of 2020 began; and his team did not disappoint, putting 5 goals past Wildcats’ goaltender Reny Marr inside the first period.

Lee Bonner got the ball rolling just after the three minutes when James Archer’s pass on the forecheck found him in space to open the scoring. [3:09]. With Ash Smith keeping the Wildcats’ response out, the Pirates broke forward and with Archer and Bonner linking up, the score was doubled by the Pirates #2 [11:32].Less than a minute later and the home side had their third. David Norris slammed home top-shelf for a three goal lead [12:09], with Swindon calling their timeout with an aim of quelling the storm.However the Pirates remained relentless, adding a fourth when Bonner scored a highlight reel goal for his second of the game.

Picking the puck up on the halfway line, he faked around Neil Liddiard before drawing out Marr, dekeing around him and slotting home [13:36].Swindon managed to get themselves onto the scoresheet shortly after, when Sam Godfrey’s shot from the blue line crept through traffic and past Smith to narrow the deficit to 4-1 [14:49].

Unfortunately for the visitors, Jonathan Kirk’s own one-timer from the blue liner powered past Marr restoring the home side’s four goal advantage and ensuring the Pirates entered the first break in blistering fashion.

The second period passed with both sides effectively cancelling each other out. As Swindon pushed to regain a foothold in the game, the only goal of the period came when Tyler Vankleef battled through the Pirates defence before slipping past Smith [27:32], taking the game to 5-2 for the start of the final period.Short on bodies, fatigue began to play a part in the Pirates’ last period; and indeed the Wildcats grabbed their third when a counter attack allowed Chris Jones through alone against Smith, putting his shot past the home goalie to cut the lead to two [46:41].

As the game entered the final 10 minutes, the Cats had their fourth. Jones grabbing his second of the night with an individual effort of his own to make it a one-goal game [53:21]. After having a goal waived off for interference, the Wildcats did manage to find their equaliser, a scramble in front of Smith leading to Tomasz Malasinsky poking the puck under Smith to tie the game at five each [56:09].

With overtime looming, the Pirates found themselves on a late power play which ended when Norris found Chamberlain in space at the back post, who made no mistake in sealing the win and two points [58:44].

Man Of The Match Awards:-

Swindon Wildcats – #36 Tyler Vankleef
Hull Pirates – #9 David Norris

Author – Greig Cardwell


Player Injury Update.

The Pirates have been plagued with injuries through the first half of this season, with five players missing from action over the last few weekends.

However, good news is on the horizon with the majority of these players hopefully returning to the ice within the coming weeks.

Looking to return this weekend is Matty Davies. After a period of absence due to a lower body injury, Matty has been training with the team over the past few weeks and all being well we should be welcoming him back for this weekend’s fixtures.

Defenceman Lee Haywood is also looking to return in the next 2-3 weeks after also suffering with a lower body injury.

Josh Gent will hopefully be returning to training as of this week after a serious injury early in the season removed him from action. Depending on how this goes, Gent is aiming to return competitive games in the next few weeks.

After fracturing his wrist in the recent away fixture against Sheffield, Aaron Smith is recovering well and it has been predicted we will be see him play again in 4 weeks’ time.

Unfortunately there is no set timescale for the return of Marcus Neil. Marcus continues to train.
We hope to see Marcus return ASAP.


We face our biggest rivals Sheffield Steeldogs in a double header weekend.

2 more points last week in the final game before Christmas leads into a massive double header against Sheffield.

Away on the 28th at Sheffield will no doubt be a tough challenge against an always physical and gritty Steeldogs team. This coupled with a home game against the same outfit the following night promises us a great weekend of hockey.

Sheffield sit directly below us in the table so this double header is crucial as we aim to put further distance between ourselves and the Steeldogs.

At the back they have Dmitri Zimzodra currently on 89.4% save percentage. He is backed up by captain Ben Morgan and Lewis Bell who have bags of experience at this level. Going forward they offer loads of threat with former Pirate Nathan Salem currently on 33 points in 19 games. Imports Vladimir Luka and Jan Danecek offer some more offence also. The stand out player is undoubtedly Kieron Brown who sits on nearly 2 points a game.

From previous history its apparent that these 2 games will be very much no holds barred. These are always tough and physical affairs with that both teams will love to play in as much as us fans love to see it. One body missing from this is Ashley Calvert who has switched teams to join the Leeds Chiefs. Will this bring a change in the physical approach from the Steeldogs? I’d guess probably not as there are others that offer similar size and power on the ice. This size is complemented by speedy in abundance from players such as Cam Brownley.

The Pirates will hope to add some consistency to their game and look at picking up a decent point total this weekend. We know how well the Hull fans travel to this fixture so lets be noisy and passionate to spur the lads onto the weekend games.

Lastly I’d like to wish you all a happy new year and a prosperous 2020!

By Dave Heath
Hull Pirate Media


Preview for our final fixtures before Christmas.

Another 2 point weekend with an away loss in London followed by an impressive 6-2 win against Bracknell at home. This leaves us firmly in the middle of the pack with a big gap to the top 2.

This weekend we travel away to table topping Telford. This looks no easy game against a team who look threatening offensively but Scrooge like at the back. Telford have got multiple bodies back into their line up since last we met and coupled with the impressive Whistle look a front runner for the league this year.

This game is followed by Leeds on the Sunday in Hull. The Leeds Chiefs were rocked last week by the request of 3 key players to leave the club. This however made little difference to them as they recorded 4 point weekend with home and away wins against Basingstoke.

The Leeds team appear now to be a stronger defensive outfit than offensive. Backstopped by Sam Gospel with a 90% save percentage and with old wise heads of Luke Boothroyd and Steve Duncombe they will be organised at the back but our offensive pace may cause some problems.

Up top it’s more a case of what they are now missing instead of what they have. Archer has rejoined ourselves whilst Radek Miedl, who was the top points scorer for the Chiefs, has also left the club. Still with them is Adam Barnes who has just over a point a game with 25 in 21 appearances. Other than him they are limited to players who currently sit with less than 1 point every 2 games.

Without a doubt this season will be a steep learning curve for the Leeds outfit. They have not been helped by ongoing delays in the development of the Leeds Arena, a theft of equipment and departures from the team. Still the results from the previous weekend show they will be no mugs and again Pirates will have to be at their best.

The pirates will be hoping to see bodies return to the ice over the festive period and also build some momentum. Lets hope we can have a loud and passionate atmosphere in the last game before Christmas. I’m sure a solid 4 point weekend is very much on Hewy’s list to Santa.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas period. Merry Christmas!

By Dave Heath
Hull Pirates Media


This Weekends Preview

A 2 point weekend after a big loss away to Swindon was followed up by a tough 5-3 win against a resurgent Milton Keynes on the Sunday

This weekend we travel away to London on Saturday for a game which will be a tough game. Despite being short numbered London proved to be a gritty team when they visited us earlier in the season. They play tight systems and fight for each other to the end which makes them difficult to break down.
This game is followed by Bracknell Bees on the Sunday in Hull.

The Bees beat us a few weeks ago coming out victorious on penalty shots. This, again, will be no easy game to succeed in. Bracknell are backstopped by net minder Adam Goss who currently has an 87.46% save percentage. This may be due to what appears a lightweight defensive set up. Hogg and Knaggs appear to be the stand out D men on the team and are offering some support offensively also.

At the top they have made some changes and replaced import Kovar with Dominik Gabaj. Gabaj has played 5 games but has a hefty 10 goals and 6 assists. This makes him look like the stand alone threat in this Bees team with all other players struggling to break through the point a game barrier. Import Roman Malinik is at 22 points in 21 games and both are backed up by young Brit Zack Milton who has 21 points in 21 games. He does also have 67 penalty minutes which suggests he may lose discipline which in a team where he is the third top points scorer is probably an area he needs to develop.

The Pirates welcome back James Archer this week after his request to leave the Leeds Chiefs. Whilst this is catastrophic for the Chiefs this adds yet more firepower to the most attacking team in the league. Again focus will be on our defence which continues to ship goals throughout. Whilst there is no doubt this new league is more even week in week out I’m certain it will be something that the team are hoping to tighten up into the second half of the season. It will be interesting to see if any defensive reinforcements are added, assuming such players are available.

This is a big weekend for us and a chance for us to consolidate our mid table position and put some more distance between ourselves and these two teams.


Match Night Review – MK Lightning 08/12/19

Hat-trick Hero Bonner Boosts Pirates’ Momentum

The Smailes Goldie Hull Pirates broke a three game winless streak with victory over Milton Keynes Lightning in a physical affair on Sunday evening.

After a disappointing 8-4 loss against the Wildcats on Saturday, Sunday’s game was the ideal occasion to turn results around, also spurred on by the game being the Pirates’ annual Teddy Bear Toss.

As a hard-hitting opening period came to an end, the visitors found themselves heading into the break 0-1 ahead when Tomas Kana pocketed his own rebound after seeing his initial shot saved by Ash Smith [17:37].

Lightning’s lead would last just three minutes into the second period; Peter Fabus skating the puck along the boards and around the MK net before finding Bonner, who slotted past Dean Skinns for his first of the night to bring a wave of teddy bears over the boards [23:21].

Fabus was again the catalyst for the home side’s go-ahead goal a further three minutes later, battling hard along the boards once more to find Sam Towner who’s one-touch pass split the Lightning defence, landing on Bonner’s stick unmarked to make it 2-1 [26:04].

With the physicality ramping up, the Pirates found themselves short-handed when Steven Chalmers was penalised for cross checking. On the resultant power play, the Lightning were level. Patient build up from the visitors ended with Ross Green slipping a pass onto the tape of Kana’s stick, who’s one-timer found the back of the net for 2-2 [32:34].

The home side responded almost immediately with a power play goal of their own. Johnathan Kirk’s shot from the blue line brought about a scramble in front of the Lightning net, resulting in Bonner edging the puck to Norris for an easy tap in and a 3-2 Pirates lead [35:02].

Shortly after, the Pirates had the puck in the back of the Lightning net for what they thought was their fourth goal. However, the officials waved it off and issued a ten minute penalty to Bobby Chamberlain for abuse. On the resultant power play Milton Keynes were level; a one timer from Grinell-Parke redirected at the back post by Liam Stewart to tie the game at 3 each [36:39].

With the second period break came a chance for tempers to cool, and indeed the third started in blistering fashion for the Pirates. A 3-on-2 breakaway led by Jason Hewitt was finished when his pass found Bonner to slot home for his hat-trick and a 4-3 lead for the home team [44:26].

After the Pirates had another goal disallowed, their fifth came in similar fashion to the one beforehand. Whilst on the power play, David Norris burst out of the Pirates’ zone, skated towards Skinns and drew the MK netminder before teeing up Hewitt for his first of the game for 5-3 [54:41].

With the Lightning on a late power play and pulling their goalie, Smith stood strong in the Pirates net to close the game out and give Hewitt’s men a much-needed two points and some momentum heading into the Christmas period.

Man Of The Match Awards:-

Milton Keynes Lightning -Robin Kovar

Hull Pirates – Lee Bonner

Author Grieg Cardwell