Dynamos hit Raiders for six
PUBLISHED: 08:39 09 November 2015 | UPDATED: 08:39 09 November 2015
National League: Invicta 6 London Raiders 1
London Raiders ended up well beaten for the second night in succession as improving Invicta took the points in Kent.
Raiders travelled to Gillingham on the back of a 5-0 cup loss at Chelmsford the night before, while Dynamos returned to home ice buoyed by their 5-4 success at Streatham.
And less than 90 seconds were on the clock when the hosts took the lead, as two former Raiders combined against their old side.
Josh Condren forced the puck past Michael Gray to claim his first goal in a Dynamos jersey, with Jacob Ranson, London’s three-time player of the year from last season, picking up an assist.
Gray kicked out a low shot from Harrison Lillis before David Oliver was binned for hooking and Eriks Ozollapa and Bailey Wootton went close on the powerplay.
The visitors, with Robert Jenner making his return to a gold and blue jersey, were given a man advantage of their own when Damien Welch was called for holding an opponent’s stick, but Damien King denied Mason Webster and produced a wonder save to thwart Frankie Harvey once the two sides were back at even strength.
King kept out Michal Oravec on a breakaway, but Ranson then forced Gray into action from Conor Redmond’s pass at the other end of the ice.
The Raiders goalie also saved from Ondrej Zosiak before the first break, but was beaten for a second time just 13 seconds into the middle session as Steve Osman struck for Invicta.
Raiders killed off a boarding penalty against Oliver, but needed Gray to produce another smart stop to deny Ozollapa after initially coming out of his net to clear from Wootton.
The respite was brief, though, as Invicta went 3-0 up in the 26th minute with a goal from Zosiak, assisted by Redmond.
Raiders captain Tom Davis and Invicta’s Jack Lee were binned for boarding and elbows respectively, before Oliver made his third trip to the penalty box for interference just before the midway mark.
And Invicta went close to a fourth when Zosiak fired goalwards and Redmond looked to tuck the puck home, only for Gray’s net to come off its moorings.
Raiders claimed their first goal of the weekend in the 33rd minute when Liam Chong netted from Oravec’s pass, but their joy was shortlived as Dynamos restored the three-goal cushion just 33 seconds later through Ozollapa.
Raiders could not capitalise on a hooking call against Elliott Dewey, then saw Davis binned for slashing late in the period.
And although the visitors survived that shorthanded spell, they conceded a fifth goal early in the final period as Osman claimed his second of the night.
Osman and Ozollapa combined to set up Wootton for number six with 15 minutes left to play, while Webster was denied by King and Raiders also hit the pipework.
But Wootton went close again from Ozollapa’s fine pass, before Condren and Davis were binned for slashing and roughing respectively late on as it ended unchanged.
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