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Ice hockey: Raiders coach Easton pleased with reaction

PUBLISHED: 11:00 02 October 2018

Raiders head coach Sean Easton (pic John Scott)

Raiders head coach Sean Easton (pic John Scott)

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Everyone Active Raiders head coach Sean Easton was glad to see his side rebound from defeat at Basingstoke to beat MK Thunder on Sunday.

Having fallen to a 5-2 loss at the defending champions on Saturday, after Basingstoke raised their banner to the rafters, Raiders silenced Thunder with an 8-0 scoreline, led by Jake Sylvester’s hat-trick.

And Easton felt it was the right response from his players, saying: “We needed a reaction from Basingstoke. We didn’t perform. We were beaten by a team that worked harder than us.

“We can have excuses about the reffing and size of ice, but it boils down to they outworked us.

“It [the banner ceremony] might have been a little incentive to make sure they got the win, but we could have easily taken the points if we’d skated. If we’d got our feet moving, the points were there for the taking. We just weren’t there from the get-go.

“We asked for a reaction and we got a reaction. It was probably the most complete performance from us this year, from defence to forwards, we were one unit.”

Raiders were ahead inside two minutes as Sylvester opened his account, then netted five more times in the middle period to force MK goalie Tom Annetts back to the bench.

Back-up goalie Jordan Lawday was beaten by Juraj Huska and Filip Sedivy in the final period as Raiders kept their discipline a little better, collecting just 12 minutes in penalties.

And Easton added: “MK are always a mild-tempered team so it always reflects on whoever is playing them don’t take a lot of penalties. We still took a couple but it was much better.

“The chances came because we come back hard as one unit and we went forward as one unit.

“It wasn’t one man, two-man rushes. We were rushing as five guys all the time and I think it pays dividends when our feet are moving.”

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