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15:00 02 February 2016

Damien King was man of the match for Invicta on their last trip to Lee Valley to play the London Raiders (pic: John Scott)

Damien King was man of the match for Invicta on their last trip to Lee Valley to play the London Raiders (pic: John Scott)

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Former Raider Ranson reflects on bizarre win

London Raiders are set to welcome Invicta back to Lee Valley this weekend.

And they will come up against a Dynamos side who skated to a 6-2 win at Milton Keynes on Sunday, despite playing almost the entire first period with an empty net!

Former Raider Jacob Ranson takes up the story here:

Preparing for a game is normally a bit like groundhog day, every player has different rituals and it’s always a pretty similar build-up to a game, but not against Milton Keynes.

Arriving at the rink for what seemed like a normal away day, we found out that Damien King’s kit had been left behind at the rink, which was a weird feeling.

We didn’t know whether we could push the face-off back or we’d have to forfeit the match, ruining our undefeated run in the league.

It all came down to a choice in the end of forfeiting or going with six skaters and no goalie.

As a team we had doubts, but we thought we’ve got to at least go out there and try with six guys while the kit was rushed up the motorway to the rink.

We headed out onto the ice as a team without a goalie, which must have looked extremely odd to the fans.

It then came to the puck drop when Ozo (Eriks Ozollapa) and (Callum) Fowler lined up on the wings with (Steve) Osman on the draw, the defence as usual and myself almost as a midfield type role sitting on the edge of the circle behind the forwards.

It all seemed very strange and we didn’t really know how it was going to go, other than we had a game plan to work hard, keep possession and limit their chances by not giving them any room on the puck.

It soon became very tense as there is enough suspense in a game when you pull your goalie for a minute or two let alone 19 minutes of a game.

And it became the most remarkable performance as we limited the home side to just two shots and two goals in the first period, all because we all stepped up to be counted with our hard work.

We just played keep-puck and pounced as soon as we lost possession. Then once Kinger was in net it allowed us to start going forward and pick up the win.

But with the character and the way the team bonded on Sunday, if we take that attitude into future games we will be pretty hard to stop.

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