Ice hockey: Streatham 5 Raiders 4
PUBLISHED: 21:27 07 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:45 08 October 2018
Everyone Active Raiders let a four-goal lead slip to lose to London rivals Streatham on Sunday and finish the weekend empty-handed in National League Division One.
Edged out 3-2 by Bracknell at Romford’s Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre a day earlier, Raiders struck on an early 5-on-3 chance in south London after James Warman and Ben Russell were binned in quick succession and Juraj Huska set up captain Aaron Connolly to score.
And the visitors killed off a hooking penalty against Liam Chong towards the end of the opening period, before making a stunning start to the middle session to take control.
Huska and Chong combined to set up Connolly for his second goal of the night just 29 seconds after the restart and it was 3-0 when Matt Turner netted on assists from Jake Sylvester and Filip Sedivy a minute later.
Hooking penalties against Brandon Ayliffe and Huska were then killed off before John Connolly made it 4-0 and forced Streatham coach Jeremy Cornish to call a timeout.
The hosts lost Leigh Jamieson to a 2+10 penalty for boarding but opened their account with a shorthanded goal from Alex Roberts before the period ended.
And Streatham claimed a power play goal early in the final session through Adam Carr after Dan Scott was called for slashing to make it 4-2 and raise home hopes.
Further penalties against Julian Smith (cross-checking) and Sean Barry (tripping) gave the hosts a two-man advantage, which Roberts capitalised upon to make it a one-goal goal with nine minutes remaining.
And although Raiders coach Sean Easton called a timeout, Streatham’s Thomas Soar converted on the remaining power play to level things up.
A delay of game penalty against Jamieson gave the visitors a chance to regain the lead and they were inches away when Huska hit the post.
But the hosts then countered and took the lead with a shorthanded goal from Andreas Siagris to complete a remarkable turnaround.
Despite seeing former Raider of the Year Jacob Ranson binned for slashing, Streatham held on for the win after the visitors withdrew Michael Gray for an extra skater in the final 40 seconds.
Scorers, Streatham: Alex Roberts* 2+1, Adam Carr 1+2, Thomas Soar 1, Andreas Siagris* 1, Leigh Jamieson 0+2, Michael Farn 0+2.
Raiders: Aaron Connolly 2, John Connolly 1, Matt Turner 1, Jake Sylvester 0+2, Juraj Huska* 0+2, Liam Chong 0+2, Dan Scott 0+1, Filip Sedivy* 0+1.
Shots on goal: Damien King (S) 8-13-9=30-4; Michael Gray (R) 10-10-19=39-5.
Penalty minutes: Streatham 22 Raiders 14.