Due to circumstances beyond the control of the Hull Pirates, Sundays game against MK Lightning is postponed. An issue has arisen with the refrigeration and air conditioning systems which is the domain of the Arena management. We at the Pirates deeply regret the inconvenience and disappointment suffered by fans of both teams and sponsors. We are working as close as possible with the Arena management but we do not have a firm date for the completion of the repairs. Our hope is that next week’s game will go ahead and we will keep you posted once we have official confirmation of the position.
In the opening weekend of the 2019/20 inaugural National League campaign, Smailes Goldie Hull Pirates hit a perfect four with a 5-4 away win over MK Lightning and a 7-6 home victory over Swindon Wildcats.
On Sunday, against Swindon, in front of a packed stadium, his Worshipful, the Lord Mayor of Hull and Admiral of the Humber, Cllr. Steve Wilson, opened the season with a speech followed by a ceremonial puck drop and banner raising. He also celebrated Hull Pirates’ proud honour of being granted use of the Hull 3 Crowns symbol, a rare privilege for any sports club or business.
Ian Mowforth, Pirates’ Media Spokesperson commented, ‘During the summer we looked to cement our roots in the community. I applied for a civic reception and then use of the 3 Crowns symbol. The Lord Mayor has been instrumental in granting our application for the 3 Crowns and to commemorate the accolade, Shame Smith designed and produced a special edition shirt bearing the city crest.’
After the opening ceremony, Pirates’ faithful were then treated to a spectacular sound and vision treat before the game commenced.
On an evening which celebrated the Pirates’ achievements of last season, it was home-grown player Matty Davies who stole the show, scoring four goals including the game winner.
The Pirates took the early lead when Jason Hewitt’s initial shot was saved by Reny Marr in the Wildcats’ net only to fall to Bobby Chamberlain to poke home just after 3 minutes.
Swindon wasted little time in responding; Tomasz Malasinski finding himself one-on-one with Ash Smith after 9 minutes and beating the young goalie with some strong stickwork.
A spree of penalties followed as both sides tried to gain the upper hand; until a shot from Malasinski found the net after 15 minutes. The Wildcats ended the first period with a third goal, Malasinski completing his hat-trick with just 9 seconds of the opening 20 minutes remaining.
The second began with both teams exchanging penalties until Lee Bonner rang a shot off the post and past Marr after 23 minutes to bring the Pirates within one. Chance after chance fell into Pirates’ hands, only kept out by both Marr and the Swindon pipework. The home side eventually found their equaliser on the power play, Hewitt’s initial shot redirected in at the back post by Davies after 35 minutes, tying the scores at 3-3 for the end of the second period.
The visitors once again drew first blood after just 2 minutes of the third; Maxim Birbraer slotting the puck in after the Pirates had failed to clear the zone.
However, with Swindon seemingly controlling the play and the clock ticking down, a pass from Peter Fabus found the stick of Kevin Phillips who unleashed a wrist shot past a sprawling Marr to tie the game once more with 6 minutes left to play.
All thoughts of a comeback seemed to be dashed as twice in a minute the Wildcats skated through the Pirates players and found the back of the net. Aaron Nell the first after 54:33, followed 57 seconds later by Bribraer grabbing his second and the Wildcats’ sixth of the night.
As the third period drew to a close, the Pirates found themselves once more on the power play; and on the 58 minute mark Fabus unleashed a rocket of a shot which Davies deflected in at the back post. A mere 44 seconds later and Davies again slipped the puck past the Swindon goalie to level the scores at 6-6, bringing the arena to its feet.
With both sides seemingly running out of steam, regulation time ended and 3 on 3 overtime loomed. The Wildcats put pressure on Smith and the Pirates’ net until Davies broke out with the puck, danced through the Swindon players and slotted past Marr to seal a remarkable overtime win, 7-6.
(Written by Media Team Partner, Greig Cardwell)
Man Of The Match Awards:-
Swindon Wildcats – #30 Reny Marr
Hull Pirates – #26 Matt Davies
The Smailes Goldie Hull Pirates are sad to learn of the passing of Peterborough legend, Dick Britton.
Dick kept the Peterborough Pirates alive when the future of the club looked bleak. His efforts ensured that the Phantoms are still present within the ice hockey family.
The Britton family name is synonymous with ice hockey in general but particularly within Peterborough hockey circles. Dick’s son, Craig Britton, played for the Pirates, as well as the Phantoms and Islanders.
Against the Bracknell Bees, the Phantoms observed a fitting tribute in memory of Dick.
All at Hull Pirates wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Craig and his family.
Kevin Phillips turned hometown hero to maintain the Smailes Goldie Hull Pirates’ 100% record in their pre-season schedule.
Having travelled to Milton Keynes last night and come away with a convincing 7-2 victory, Jason Hewitt’s men looked for more of the same tonight but were left frustrated by rugged Lightning defending and an inspired performance from Brandon Stones in the MK net.
The first period passed without much event; the home team taking early control and testing Stones and his defence on many occasions. Peter Fabus, Jordan Fisher and Bobby Chamberlain all with great chances to give the home side the lead. The best chance however, fell for the visitors whilst short-handed when a basic dump of the puck into the Pirates zone found a Lightning forward all alone. Ash Smith stood tall to keep the scores tied at 0-0 after the opening period.
The second period started with chances for both sides. The Pirates did manage to put the puck into the MK net but after a short discussion, the officials waved off the goal. This seemed to spur on the home side as chance after chance followed; Lightning’s last-gasp shot blocking and Stones’ top-notch goaltending ensuring the teams remained tied as the game reached the halfway point. The visitors did find themselves with another glorious chance, on a breakaway one on one with Smith. Once more, the home goalie held his nerve and poked the puck clear.
A few minutes after the Lightning chance, the Pirates took the lead. Olegs Sislannikovs tested Stones with a strong shot, which the Lightning goalie could only parry. Hewitt was on hand to mop up the rebound and put the Pirates 1-0 up just past the half-hour mark.
MK looked for an immediate response and found it just 4 minutes later, Brodie Jesson capitalising on a cheap giveaway from the Pirates’ defence to beat Smith at his near post and tie the game at 1-1, a score that would remain through the rest of the middle period.
The home side began the third period in the best possible way as Bobby Chamberlain found some space and slipped a shot through Stones’ five-hole after just 42 seconds, giving the Pirates the lead once more. Tempers threatened to fray as Cale Tanaka delivered a questionable hit to Chris Wilcox and found himself penalised. The Pirates threw everything at the power play but were left short at the back. Ari Nahri took advantage, slipping the puck past Smith to equalise for the short-handed Lightning after 45 minutes.
As the game looked to have petered out and entered the last 10 minutes, a slick play found Phillips in space and he slid the puck under Stones to score the Pirates’ third, and the eventual game-winning goal, with just 7 minutes left. Opportunities followed for both sides, but the clock ticked down and the Pirates held on to remain unbeaten through September’s pre-season campaign.
Man of the Match Awards:-
Milton Keynes Lightning -#29 Brandon Stones
Hull Pirates – #21 Bobby Chamberlain
By Greig Cardwell
Continuing his injury nightmare, Smailes Goldie Hull Pirate’s captain, Jamie Chilcott, suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder in Saturdays match.
Last year, Jamie sustained an ankle injury that plagued him throughout the campaign. After his return he then ended the season with concussion, which prevented him from playing in vital games. Even his participation in the Playoff Final in Coventry was in part curtailed by a head injury.
The news comes within days of the Pirate’s opening home league fixture against a daunting Swindon Wildcats side. It is a tie likely to set the tone for future title ambitions. With the Wildcats icing an impressive offence, losing such a vital player and popular figure in the dressing room will pose a huge problem for Hull. However, a spokesperson for the Pirates reassured fans that the remaining players left in D were used to playing shorthanded and that, ‘We have the experience and fitness to see this through.’ The loss makes the late signing of Lee Haywood a particularly important move given the experience that Chilcott brings to the D.
Fans and players wish Jamie a speedy recovery.
In the latest recruitment drive, netminders, Steve Hudson and Matthew Smital have been recruited as cover for first choice keeper, Ash Smith. Amid the disappointment of losing their first backup netminder signing, Pirates moved to sign two players as cover to form a unit. Smital is on a two-way contract with Slough Jets but Hudson, well known in local ice hockey circles, is no stranger to the Pirate’s team having supported them last season during Ash Smith’s injury period
Smailes Goldie Hull Pirates has welcomed the arrival of Peter Fabus, the new import forward signing.