ICE HOCKEY: Young back for Stars

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English National League

OXFORD City Stars will be looking to make it seven wins in a row when they travel to face Wightlink Tigers in a South Division 2 top-of-the-table clash tomorrow (6.15pm).

It’s a crucial four-pointer, with Tigers sitting in second place, one point ahead of the Stars, who have two games in hand.

Stars go into the match at full stre-ngth, with Ricky Young expected to return as starting netminder after an impressive season, which has seen him climb to fourth in the league’s save percentage rankings.

The Isle of Wight team were rocked last month by the departure of netminder Scott Bickerstaff, who has returned to his home in Northern Island.

He was replaced by promising youngster Aaron Craft.

The 17-year-old has been starting ever since for the Tigers, with some stunning results, including saving 50 out of 52 shots in a 4-2 win at Chelmsford.

So Stars, who lost 4-3 at home when the clubs met in November, could face a stiff test to turn the tables.

However, they will be encouraged by their 13-0 thrashing of basement club Lee Valley Lions last weekend.

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