Ice Hockey Preview
PUBLISHED: 16:31 17 December 2010
Raiders seek festive boost
ENL Div 1: RAIDERS v Cardiff
HAVING lost the first meeting between these two sides this season in Wales, Raiders bounced back to win the next two encounters and will hope to complete a 3-1 edge in their head-to-head series.
How hard their night turns out to be will depend on which Cardiff team turn up.
Raiders skated to a 6-2 victory over a gritty outfit – before free-scoring Juraj Huska joined the ranks – on their previous visit to RVW, but Cardiff went and collapsed to a 9-2 home defeat against Bracknell last weekend.
Devils coach Mark Cuddihy called it his side’s “worst performance in three years” and they will be keen to prove it was a blip owing more to the fixture’s alleged close proximity to a team Christmas party rather than any serious loss of ability.
Raiders are now unbeaten in five games following last weekend’s 5-1 success over Oxford and will look for a confident performance heading into their year-ending showdown in Kent the following night.
ENL Div 1: Invicta v RAIDERS
BEATEN 4-2 in their own back yard when these two sides met on Hallowe’en, Raiders are determined to set the record straight in Gillingham.
Dynamos this week released troublesome Canadian import Daniel Calitri and are also without the services of talented youngster Liam Chong, who is on international duty with GB Under-20s in Belarus.
Raiders, meanwhile, will hope Juraj Huska can maintain his impressive scoring form and redress the balance having not played in the previous encounter.
Player-coach Danny Marshall backs his men to beat any other team on their night and will no doubt play a leading role as they bid to sign off for 2010 in style.
ENL Div 2: FURY v Peterborough
FOUR straight defeats have burst the Fury bubble somewhat, following their morale-boosting derby wins over Chelmsford and Lee Valley last month.
They have managed only five goals in 12 periods against Cardiff, Basingstoke, Slough and Invicta but entertain an Islanders side also struggling, with only one point from their last four outings.
Fury will be hoping their rivals wear themselves out against second-placed Basingstoke on Saturday as they try to make up for a season-opening 5-4 defeat in Peterborough.