Tridents get off the mark in style
The Odyssey Arena was a scene of celebration as the Northern Ireland Tridents won for the first time at the World Police and Fire Games.
After suffering four successive defeats – a couple of them by double figures – the Northern Ireland men finally came out on top as they claimed a 5-2 victory over the UK Tornados.
The derby match had been eagerly awaited and the Tridents didn't disappoint the fans at the home of the Belfast Giants.
Peter Kearney was the star of the show as he helped himself to a memorable hat-trick and with the Odyssey rocking thanks to a big home support, Chris Darragh and Stuart Lowe added to the scoring to make the win even more comfortable.
"It was a very good night for us," said team coach Beni McAllister.
"It is really good for the players to experience a winning feeling in the Games after all the hard work that they have put in.
"We've played well in a couple of games, but come up against good quality teams who made it very tough for us."
The victory comes after the Tridents lost 3-1 to Toronto Courts in their opening game, before suffering a 15-1 thrashing against Finland Emergency Services.
There were signs of encouragement though when they lost 6-5 to Las Vegas Guns and Hose on Sunday night and the team followed that up with last night's memorable victory.
The Tridents have one more game left to play, against Icelandic side Reykjavik Ice Falcons this evening and with his team on a high McAllister is predicting a big night.
"There is a real buzz in the squad now and that has been there even though we've lost a few games," he said.
"The crowds have been great, the atmosphere at the matches has been magnificent and I think that ourselves and Reykjavik are pretty evenly matches, so it should be a good game.
"Hopefully we can follow up this result with another big performance."