National League Cup: London Raiders 3 Streatham 5
PUBLISHED: 20:13 16 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:06 17 September 2017
London Raiders made a losing start to the 2017/18 season as Streatham skated off with the National League Cup points in Lee Valley.
The South London club had romped to 12-0 friendly win over the Lions two weeks earlier, while a new-look Raiders were making their first outing of the campaign.
And only four and a half minutes had been played when Ryan Watt put the visitors in front with an unassisted goal and Raiders lost Olegs Lascenko to a minor penalty for clipping soon after.
JJ Pitchley and Brandon Miles were binned after a clash, with Raiders given a powerplay chance, but they were unable to capitalise and saw another man-advantage go to waste late in the first period.
Streatham lost Brendan Baird to a 2+10 penalty for checking from behind before the break, having been outshot 14-7 in the opening stanza.
But Raiders had to kill off a slashing call against Julian Smith after the restart, before drawing level through Pitchley, assisted by Alan Lack.
Streatham lost Michael Farn to a roughing penalty just before the midway mark and Raiders made them pay as Juraj Huska and Ollie Baldock combined on the powerplay to set up Jake Sylvester.
The home side’s joy was shortlived, however, as Marek Nahlik was called for charging just 25 seconds later, with Miles squaring matters on Streatham’s powerplay.
Webb then clashed with Pitchley and picked up a slashing minor and 10-minute misconduct penalty, while team-mate Ben Paynter also received a 10-minute misconduct and Lack was given 2+2+10 for joining in the melee.
That saw the visitors with an extra skater and they made it count as Farn converted to put them 3-2 up, before former Raider Jacob Ranson was binned for slashing as they edged the shot count 13-9 in the middle frame.
Baird gave Streatham some breathing space with their fourth goal, just over four minutes into the final session, and Raiders were frustrated that a hit on Jack Cooper went unpunished by the officials, before Lack was binned for holding.
But Danny Rose was then binned for interference with just over four minutes remaining and the visitors saw Paynter pick up another minor inside the final two minutes.
Raiders called a timeout and withdrew goalie Euan King for an extra skater, but the move backfired as Adam Carr fired into the empty net to cap Streatham’s win.
Sylvester had the last word with a late consolation for Raiders, but coaches Sean Easton and Alan Blyth will now look to lift their team from their opening-day setback for their opening league fixture against MK Thunder on Sunday (6.30pm).
Raiders: Jake Sylvester 2, JJ Pitchley 1, Juraj Huska* 0+2, Alan Lack 0+1, Ollie Baldock 0+1.
Streatham: Adam Carr 1+1, Ryan Watt 1+1, Michael Farn 1+1, Brandon Miles 1, Brendan Baird 1, Aidan Doughty 0+2.
Penalty minutes: Raiders 24 Streatham 52.
Shots faced: Euan King (L, 59.28) 7-13-12=32-4 Empty net (0.32) 1-1, Matt Colclough (S) 14-9-10=33-3.
Referee: Will Hewitt.