Ice Hockey Preview
PUBLISHED: 20:15 06 January 2011
Raiders welcome old friends
Saturday January 8
RAIDERS v Hernesaaren Naadat Miehet (Finland)
Following their 2011-opening derby win over Essex rivals Chelmsford last weekend, Raiders return to Rom Valley Way to welcome their friends from Finland for a special challenge match.
Timo Kauhanen, Jaakko Komulainen, Jani Lehtovaara, Antti Makikyro, Ville Lilja and Tedy Salutskij all pulled on the Raiders gold and blue jersey in the past and are back in town to take on their former club.
Their team also includes a pair of ex-Finnish internationals and there should be no shortage of sublime skill on show for hockey fans.
Away from the bread and butter of English National League action, this will be a game not to be missed for Raiders enthusiasts young and old.
Sunday January 9
ENL Division 1
MK THUNDER v RAIDERS
After the Romford Reunion of the night before, it’s back to business on Sunday for Raiders as they head to the Thunderdome.
Frankie Harvey enjoyed a six-point night when Raiders beat MK 8-2 back in early October, but both sides are stronger now.
Slovakian forward Juraj Huska has been scoring for fun for Danny Marshall’s men, who hope to have Swedish defenceman Pierre Wilhelmsson back from his recent bout of pneumonia.
Billy Phillips is also set to return to club colours after his move ‘home’ from EPL play-off champions Slough.
Thunder, meanwhile, have enjoyed an upturn in form and results since the signing of a Slovakian import of their own in Maros Stefanco.
The 19-year-old netted twice as Thunder shocked defending league champions Invicta, 3-2, so Raiders have been warned.
Most recent: Oxford 2 M Keynes 5; Romford 6 Chelmsford 3.
Top men – M Keynes: Ross Bowers 32 points (22+10), Jamie Randall 19 (3+16), Harrison Goode 18 (7+11).
Romford: Marshall 53 points (18+35), Harvey 36 (15+21), Adam Smith 29 (11+18).
ENL Division 2
INVICTA v FURY
Last weekend’s 6-0 defeat at Slough made it five defeats in a row for Fury, who have netted just five times in that sequence.
Mustangs skated to a 6-2 victory at Rom Valley Way a month ago and will be confident of completing a double to move into the top half of the table.
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