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Goalie Gray breaks Raiders record

PUBLISHED: 11:57 24 November 2015 | UPDATED: 11:57 24 November 2015

Raiders goalie Michael Gray celebrates his shutout against MK Thunder (pic; John Scott)

Raiders goalie Michael Gray celebrates his shutout against MK Thunder (pic; John Scott)

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Jackson’s long-standing mark eclipsed

Raiders goalie Michael Gray was man of the match at Streatham (pic; John Scott)Raiders goalie Michael Gray was man of the match at Streatham (pic; John Scott)

London Raiders goalie Michael Gray broke a long-standing club record during their meeting with the Isle of Wight at Lee Valley on Saturday.

With 12 minutes played in Saturday’s match Gray finally eclipsed Russ Jackson’s mark for time played in league fixtures, with Jackson’s 5,858 minutes having stood as the most in Raiders history since the early 1990s.

And by the end of the night’s action, which ended in a 4-3 defeat, Gray had taken his tall to 5,905 minutes between the pipes in gold and blue, during which time he has faced 3,631 shots and conceded 355 goals.

The 26-year-old Gray boasts a 90.22 save percentage in league play and has also now passed the 8,000-minute mark in all competitions for Raiders.

Raiders goalie Michael Gray has a word with the referee (pic; John Scott)Raiders goalie Michael Gray has a word with the referee (pic; John Scott)

And his recent shutout against MK Thunder, in a 2-0 Raiders win, was his sixth for the club, after three previous clean sheets against the same team and a pair against Bristol Pitbulls.

Gray played his junior hockey for Slough, earning England under-16 and under-19 honours, before joining Romford in 2006-07 and playing in National League Division Two.

And after spending the following season with Streatham in Division One and then taking a year out, Gray signed for the Raiders in 2010 and helped them win the league title and south east trophy in 2012.

He was dogged by a knee injury last season, but has played all but 14 minutes of their 18 matches to date during the current campaign.


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