THE MK Falcons Women’s Ice Hockey team picked up their first win of the season on Saturday when they left Swindon Topcats with an impressive 5-3 success.
Falcons have endured a tough start to the English Women’s Premier League season, losing their first six games despite producing a few good performances against some of the division’s top sides.
But they arrived in Swindon armed with a full three forward lines, making a big change to their tempo which had been lacking in previous outings, and ran out deserved winners.
Natalie Bullen opened the scoring for the visitors after eight minutes, before new recruit Carolyn Scott added a second goal on 16 minutes, assisted by Samantha Burger.
However, Swindon reduced the deficit before the end of the first period and then equalised on a powerplay early in the second.
It didn’t take Falcons long to go back in front when another new player, Linda Perkio, found the back of the net, ably assisted by Scott. But once again Swindon hit back to level to scores at 3-3 going into a tense final period.
Falcons weren’t to be denied though, and came out all guns blazing to score a fourth goal just 35 seconds into the final session as Scott bagged her second of the game, with the help of Bullen.
And keeping the momentum going, Falcons put the result beyond doubt two minutes later when Shanice Pryce-Royal set up Lydia Howton to fire home and make it 5-3.
Falcons are finally seeing their hard work in training translate into results, with a tight, controlled game which saw them create some fantastic plays all over the ice.
The win lifts Falcons up to seventh place in the nine-team league, and above Swindon who also provide the opposition for their next game in Milton Keynes on February 17.