End of 2nd: Cardiff 0 Raiders 4

PUBLISHED: 20:42 24 March 2012

Romford Raiders goalie Michael Gray

Romford Raiders goalie Michael Gray


Lee Power reports from Cardiff Ice Arena

Juraj Huska’s second period treble has put Romford Raiders firmly on top here in Wales.

The Slovakian went close in the opening stages when tipping Jason Buckman’s pass goalwards, where Mike Brabon made a good reaction save.

Buckman had a let-off at the other end when he almost lost the puck to Jordan Powell by his own net, but Raiders had a ‘goal’ ruled out when Huska’s slapshot squirmed through the pads of Brabon and the loose puck was pushed over the line by Danny Marshall after the whistle had gone.

The respite was brief, though, for the home side as Huska got the puck on his stick from the resulting face-off and sent a low shot under Brabon to double Romford’s lead.

Marshall was called for high sticks on the next shift and Preece clipped the outside of a post on the powerplay.

Cardiff enjoyed their best spell of the game at this point, but Michael Gray denied Powell with a stick save and saw Jamie Hayes blast wide from the left wing.

A hard shot by Hayes was kept out by the stick of Gray and Chris Jones saw his shot gloved by the Raiders goalie.

Billy Phillips walked in from the right point to force a big pad save from Brabon, with the puck rebounding beyong Huska’s reach.

And the Cardiff goalie also denied Anthony Leone and Tyrone Miller with glove and stick saves as the visitors continued to pour forward.

Gray thwarted Louis Lockwood at close range after Preece robbed Miller behind the Raiders net, before JJ McGrath picked out Grant Taylor at speed on the right, only for him to fire just wide.

A high sticking call against Huska handed Cardiff another powerplay chance, but Raiders defended it well.

And they extended their lead as Huska returned from the penalty box and skated in from the left wing to find the net via the far post.

It got even better in the final minute of the session when Powell was called for elbows and Huska circled out from behind the Devils net to complete h is hat-trick on the powerplay.

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