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Sylvester says ending losing run was vital for Raiders as they brought Thunder down

PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 October 2018

Jake Sylvester celebrates his goal with Raiders team-mates (Pic: John Scott)

Jake Sylvester celebrates his goal with Raiders team-mates (Pic: John Scott)

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Everyone Active Raiders joint top point scorer Jake Sylvester says it was vital to pick up a 3-2 victory against Milton Keynes Thunder last weekend.

Jake Sylvester celebrates his goal with Raiders team-mate Blaho Novak (Pic: John Scott)Jake Sylvester celebrates his goal with Raiders team-mate Blaho Novak (Pic: John Scott)

The Romford-based club ended their four-match losing run after a hard-fought battle with the National League South One strugglers.

“We definitely needed the win against MK, we have been struggling to close out games recently and it was vital we done it against MK,” the 21-year-old said.

“I think the win has helped the moral of the room and definitely put us in a happier state of mind so hopefully we can bring that forward into this weekend.”

The Raiders opened the scoring while shorthanded as Juraj Huska netted assisted by captain Aaron Connolly.

They doubled their lead just 91 seconds into the second period when Jake Sylvester found the net, assisted by Blaho Novak and Callum Wells, but they lost Huska to a match penalty for high sticking in the 24th minute.

They went 3-0 up during the spell of 4-on-4 – with Sylvester adding his second– but then saw Thunder hit back during the major power play as Tomas Rubes beat Michael Gray.

More penalties followed, against both sides, before a cross-checking minor against Dan Scott gave Thunder the chance to close the gap to one through Jamie Line’s power play goal just 69 seconds before the buzzer.

They then held on throughout the third period as they had to kill off numerous penalties to protect their lead.

Sylvester revealed of his delight to nab a brace on his birthday but feels the victory was the most important thing on the night.

“It’s always nice to get on the score sheet, especially on your birthday but it was a team performance and I think we showed how well can play.

“We went forward together and defended together and that’s what we need to be consistent in doing.”

Although, the forward did admit penalties are costing them dearly, and almost did again in Sunday’s victory late on as they were short majority of the third.

“Recently we have been taking a lot of penalties which is hurting us.

“It also shows we have a good penalty kill but we need to be more disciplined.”

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