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Ice hockey: Swindon 6 Raiders 0

PUBLISHED: 21:19 13 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 slumped to a third successive defeat in National League Division One after being shut out by Swindon.

The match had been in doubt due to problems with the ice at the Link Centre, but went ahead at a slightly later face-off time.

And after killing off an early cross checking penalty against Chris Jones, the hosts were in front after six minutes through Maxim Birbraer.

Raiders could not capitalise on another power play chance when Stephen Whitfield was binned for high sticks and fell 2-0 down when Edgars Bebris netted the first of his three goals on the night.

Aaron Nell netted Swindon’s third in the 27th minute, before Callum Wells was called for holding to give the home side their first power play.

And they made it count as Sam Jones found the net just past the midway point of the match to leave Raiders with a mountain to climb.

A hooking penalty against Floyd Taylor early in the final period was followed soon after by a 2+10 boarding penalty on Sam Godfrey, giving Raiders 1.14 with a two-man advantage.

But Renny Marr held firm in Swindon’s net and Raiders then found themselves killing off a slashing penalty against Filip Sedivy.

They survived on this occasion, but Bebris put Swindon 5-0 up with just over 10 minutes remaining and completed his treble with 59 seconds left on the clock, as Marr finished with 29 saves for his clean sheet.

Raiders return to Romford’s Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre on Sunday to host defending champions Basingstoke (5.30pm).

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