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An U-13 Hockey team in England scored 66 goals

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Yep, you read the title correctly... :blink:

Did the goalie quit early on the game? They should've just forfeit the game to save the embarrassment... 

 

From NBC Sports FB page: https://www.facebook.com/NBCSports/photos/pb.148133088575385.-2207520000.1539495150./1836299039758773/?type=3&eid=ARB3PYcVQp3EgCFSp2ucP1NnqKrVasSSzDm1khMnZSuPDh5Lio9mHbLvzy23deWRJtYCpkmv_oNODP6f

 

 

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in my first year of bantam , way back in the mid 70s I played with a kid from saskachewan whose father came out to help remodernize the grain elevator here. he was insanely better than any of us gr8ers  I remember a bunch of us asking him about minor hockey in the prairies he said it wasn't unusual to have a game 30 to 25  say. not because the goaltending was bad but that there was so many good players on both sides.

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Highlights of the 66 goals were not made available due to time restrictions.

 

How many hat tricks, which line had the most points, who had the most goals and assists and how many shots for the shutout would be interesting in the summary.

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9 hours ago, Where's Wellwood said:

The other team also had 0 shots?

Lol, maybe the team were too good. There were several high scoring games before this one against another team too, 21 to 1.

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A statement from the team:

 

CLUB STATEMENT
In light of the international attention on social media to the scoreline between Billingham and Manchester u13s yesterday, it is important to clarify the reality of this situation and the root cause. Many of the comments made online have been critical of both clubs and coaching staff, which we feel is very unfair.

 

First of all thank you to all of the players, coaches and parents at Billingham who were brilliant yesterday. It was great to see a group of players, many of whom are at the beginning of their hockey journey continue to work hard despite being on the wrong end of a heavy scoreline.

 

The Manchester Storm Academy players were not instructed to run up a scoreline or play in any particular way to make a point. Yesterday’s game pitted against each other two sets of players that should not have met at this point in their development. One - a team of inexperienced and under-age players, the other - a team containing a large number of players who have represented the north at conference level and the UK in international competition.

 

What the huge scoreline did however was bring home was bring home a fundamental issue in English junior ice hockey.

The EIHA runs a 3-tier league structure for u13s in the north of England. Where a team plays within this is determined by the results of their previous season. U13s is a two-year age group, meaning that last year’s players were those born 2005/2006. This year, players born in 2007 have moved into this age group, and those born 2005 move out into u15s.

The Manchester players in the 2007 year group are the 2 x Northern League champions at u11s and were undefeated in league play last season. However, bound by inflexible EIHA rules, their pathway into u13s was pre-set to the second tier because their older club mates had been unable to secure promotion the previous season despite winning 19 out of 20 league games and finishing top of the table.

 

The absurdity of placing some of the most able 11 and 12 year olds in the country into the second tier is something that the club has fought to highlight and change all summer long. To further highlight how teams change year on year, note that Billingham are the reigning u13s National Champions.

As a club, we place development at the heart of everything we do. We want to make every single player better, both those wearing the Storm Academy jersey and our opponents. This result saddens us too. We share the outrage many have expressed online with the added frustration of knowing how hard we continue to fight behind the scenes for common sense to prevail and the EIHA to do its job and provide the best development opportunities for all.

We suggested a range of solutions to the EIHA in the summer, all of which they declined citing the black and white of the rule book. We have been told we must fulfil our fixtures, and that we should find our own competitive hockey by arranging friendlies with other clubs. This is easier said than done when ice time is so limited and expensive. Not to mention the impracticalities and reluctance of other clubs to commit a full, competitive side to play in additional friendly fixtures. Despite this, we are working hard to find and fund additional games for this age group wherever we can this season.

 

We have a really exciting bunch of players who have worked really hard to get to where they are. They have every chance of being a big part of the England set up, the GB set up and some hopefully will go on to play Elite League or beyond. Those players need be playing against the best opposition available to help them, but also to help the other teams that need the challenge.

 

If the fixtures assigned to this team by the EIHA are not appropriate for these players to play in, is that the fault of the coaching staff of either team? We don’t believe that it is. We are five games into this season with a goal difference of +142.

To cater to our opposition, we could ice players from our u11s team (when available), and our in-house and learn to play systems instead. Doing so will result in our most talented group of athletes losing a season of hockey with nowhere to play, probably moving on to other sports and interests instead. Continuing to play in the second tier will most likely have the same outcome, which would be a tremendous loss to junior hockey in the north.

 

As a club we have asked the EIHA to take another look at this and try and come up with a solution which means there are not another 15 uncompetitive games, which will cost in excess of £2000 in ice time, never mind the travel time, cost and wasted energy for all the other teams in the league.

Errors and mistakes happen, but when something is clearly wrong you have to act. Old ways of working need to be revised when they are no longer fit for purpose. This is situation needs to be addressed and the admin of moving teams around and rescheduling fixtures should not be allowed to be a barrier.

 

We have today been informed that there will be a meeting of the EIHA’s Junior League Management Committee next weekend at which this situation will be discussed. We sincerely hope that the outcome of this will be a positive change for all concerned. 

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17 hours ago, chon derry said:

in my first year of bantam , way back in the mid 70s I played with a kid from saskachewan whose father came out to help remodernize the grain elevator here. he was insanely better than any of us gr8ers  I remember a bunch of us asking him about minor hockey in the prairies he said it wasn't unusual to have a game 30 to 25  say. not because the goaltending was bad but that there was so many good players on both sides.

And his name was Brian Skrudland.

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15 minutes ago, ReggieBush said:

And his name was Brian Skrudland.

nope stan davis short red brush cut hair, typical looking farm boy , he was good , our rep team was good while it lasted …..

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Curious, if they pit this team against the same age group but not an all-star team in Canada, would the Canadian team make it much more balanced??

I don't think (based on my understanding) that Britain's system is anywhere nearly as developed as our midget/ etc. programs and it might not take a "star" team but just an experienced team to make it a much closer game.

 

Regardless, that's a crazy result for a headline.

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On 10/21/2018 at 7:39 PM, Phil_314 said:

Curious, if they pit this team against the same age group but not an all-star team in Canada, would the Canadian team make it much more balanced??

I don't think (based on my understanding) that Britain's system is anywhere nearly as developed as our midget/ etc. programs and it might not take a "star" team but just an experienced team to make it a much closer game.

 

Regardless, that's a crazy result for a headline.

Would probably be the equivalent of a Canadian rep soccer team playing against a house team in England.

 

It might be a decent game, but the house club from England would probably run away with it.

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