Cup cheer for nine-up Raiders
PUBLISHED: 10:04 10 March 2013 | UPDATED: 10:04 10 March 2013
NL Cup: Romford Raiders 9 Invicta Dynamos 3
Romford Raiders booked a place in the final of the National League Cup with victory at Rom Valley Way last night.
Needing to beat Invicta by a three-goal margin to top their group, following a 6-4 defeat in Gillingham earlier in the season, they produced a strong attacking display to set up a showdown with Essex rivals Chelmsford for the silverware.
Raiders must still beat Peterborough on home ice in their final round-robin fixture to confirm their place in the final, but skated to an 11-1 away success over the Islanders only a week earlier.
Juraj Huska opened the scoring in the fifth minute and AJ Smith’s powerplay goal doubled Romford’s lead just before the break, as ex-Raider Tyrone Miller served a tripping penalty.
Huska made it 3-0 just 28 seconds after the restart before helping to set up a powerplay goal for Matt Turner, after Andrius Kaminskas and Nathaniel Rose had dropped the gloves in the 28th minute and received game misconduct penalties.
Play was held up after a plastic toy was thrown at the Invicta bench and the Dynamos opened their account through Justin Noble at the midway mark.
Smith replied 38 seconds later to make it 5-1 and the scoreline remained unchanged until the opening seconds of the final period, when Huska completed his latest hat-trick.
Turner made it 7-1 before Andy Smith hit back for Invicta, but AJ Smith restored the six-goal margin when completing his treble then set up Turner for his third goal of the night on another powerplay.
Andy Smith grabbed a late consolation for the visitors, who host Raiders in a league match tonight (5.15pm).
Romford will be desperate to complete a weekend double over the Dynamos, having seen title rivals Chelmsford slip to a 6-3 defeat on the Isle of Wight last night.
Danny Marshall’s men have played one game more than their Essex neighbours, but a win tonight and at Milton Keynes next Saturday could set up a potential title decider against Chieftains at Rom Valley Way next Sunday (March 17).
Scorers, Romford: AJ Smith 3+2 Juraj Huska 3+1 Matt Turner 3+1 Julian Smith 0+3 Danny Marshall 0+2 Shaun Yardley 0+2 Shaun Wallis 0+1 Ryan Giles 0+1.
Invicta: Andy Smith 2 Justin Noble 1+1 Tyrone Miller 0+2 Jack Tarcyzki 0+1 Peter Vaisanan 0+1.
Shots on goal: Shane Kemp (Romford) 39 David Wride (Invicta) 51.
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