North Ayrshire Ice Hockey Club’s (NAIHC) youth side, the Predators, failed to overcome Solway Sharks at the weekend as they lost 5-2.

The two under 16’s sides came face to face for the third time this season at the JIHC at Dumfries Ice Bowl.

The Predators were out for revenge having lost one of the meetings 15-2 earlier in the campaign.

They got off to the perfect start in the first period as they came out fighting from the first buzzer.

The away side’s hard work soon resulted in an opener, with Emma Lamberton’s pass to Flynn Massie producing the first goal with less than three minutes on the clock.

This hosts were rattled by the early opener as the Predators pushed for a second in the opening stages.

However, they coud not find one as they went in at the end of the first period 1-0 up.

The second period saw the hosts come out on the attack and scored their first power play goal after a ferocious attack on the away sides goal.

Predators net minder Caiden MacColl then pulled off some impressive saves as the Sharks cycled the puck around the net, firing shot after shot on him trying to go ahead.

Eventually, the Sharks pressure became too much and while on another power play, they managed to break through, going into the third period 2-1 up.

The third period saw the Sharks pull away their lead as they scored after little over a minute.

The Predators then fought back and were rewarded within a minute with another goal from Massie.

Despite the away sides late fight back, it wasn’t to be as the Sharks got their fourth and fifth goals just a minute from the end.

Elsewhere at NAIHC another one of their youth sides were also in action at the weekend.

The North Ayrshire Stars drew 1-1 with Dundee Stars JIHC away from home in a tight affair between the two U14’s sides.

Next week NAIHC are back in action at their home ground of Auchenharvie Ice Rink, Stevenston.

The Predators will look to get back to winning ways against Murrayfield.