Ice Hockey Preview

PUBLISHED: 12:20 30 September 2011

Shaun Wallis puts pressure on the Chieftains net on his return to the Raiders line-up

Shaun Wallis puts pressure on the Chieftains net on his return to the Raiders line-up


Record beckons for Raiders


ENL Division 1

Romford Raiders v MK Thunder (5.15pm)

Danny Marshall’s Raiders could make history this weekend.

They go in search of a seventh successive win agains the Thunder, which would represent the best-ever start to a season in club history.

Gord Jeffrey’s all-conquering 1987/88 squad won their first six Heineken League Division Two matches, netting no fewer than 88 goals, before losing a Monday night challenge match against Swedish side AIF Kagedalens, 8-7.

And the 2003/04 Raiders, led by Finnish forward Juuso Vakkalainen, also notched up half a dozen wins in the English Premier League, before a 6-3 defeat at defending champions Peterborough.

Marshall’s men have already seen off the Thunder on the opening day of the season, as well as the Isle of Wight, Slough, Bristol, Oxford and Chelmsford.

And they will be favourites to make it seven in a row despite being without Andrius Kaminskas, who completes a two-game ban.

ENL Division 2

Basingstoke Buffalo v Romford Fury

Three games have only yielded a single point so far for Fury this season.

But all three have been closely-fought contests and they are slowly finding their feet.

After a 5-5 draw in Swindon, Fury have been edged out on home ice by Bristol and Slough.

But they will find the trip to Basingstoke a difficult one.


South East Trophy

Invicta Dynamos v Romford Raiders

After a 6-1 win over the Isle of Wight in the first game of this new competition, Raiders will be looking to register a second triumph, before next weekend’s trip to the island.

Dynamos have won four of their five league games to date, including a 6-5 success over Wight last weekend.

Their only loss was an 8-2 beating at Chelmsford and they visit Rom Valley Way on October 16, before Raiders take on Chelmsford in their two remaining fixtures on November 19 and January 2.

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