ICE HOCKEY: Success for Stars in feisty contest

First published in Sport

Oxford City Stars claimed bragging rights after enjoying victory in a bad-tempered Town v Gown clash.

Stars beat Oxford Blues, the university side 6-3 in a game that saw 100 minutes of penalties handed out as both sides failed to keep their cool.

But in between the constant infringements, a superb display by Stars goalkeeper Ricky Young helped his side clinch victory.

Blues duo Leif Benner and Erik Macrae were the first to offend, Josh Oliver taking advantage of their penalties to put Stars ahead.

Adrian Haight levelled, only for Joe Edwards to fire in a shot from a tight angle to restore Stars’ lead.

The game got increasingly physical and was sparked into life when Jonathan Werner charged across the ice, sending Darren Elliott crashing into the boards with the puck nowhere in sight.

The dreadful challenge ear-ned the university man an ejection.

After the incident and a lengthy delay, Stars went 3-1 up when Jacob Smith netted.

Elliott scored No 4, but just after Haight reduced the deficit, another brawl saw 59 minutes of penalties dished out to players from both sides.

Warren Jones fired home to make it 5-2 and seemingly seal victory.

Although Haight threatened to set-up an exciting finish when he made it 5-3 on their powerplay to complete his hat-trick, with two minutes left, Nick Oliver fired in a shot from distance to make it 6-3 and spark the celebrations.

The university had the laugh in the women’s match, Midnight Stars running out 7-4 victors over Oxford City with Alycia Wood the match-winner with a well-taken hat-trick.

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