Ice Hockey Preview
PUBLISHED: 12:33 14 January 2011
Raiders host title rivals Invicta
English National League Division 1
Romford Raiders v Invicta Dynamos
Raiders player-coach Danny Marshall called his side’s clash with title rivals Invicta a “must-win” game.
Certainly, if Raiders are to contest the silverware this season, they will need to take points from their main rivals.
Invicta skated to a 4-2 win when the two sides met for the first time at Rom Valley Way this season, but that was before Juraj Huska joined the Raiders ranks.
Slovakian Huska has been scoring for fun since and Raiders look a more settled side all round.
They trail the Dynamos by seven points, but with a game in hand, and must meet them twice still in Gillingham.
Marshall’s men are edging their head-to-head series with Chelmsford on goal difference, following their 6-3 success two weeks ago, and have to face the Chieftains once more.
And they also hold a slender goals advantage over current leaders, Isle of Wight, with both sides having won on the other’s rink.
Invicta slumped to a 7-2 defeat at Chelmsford last weekend, then laboured to victory in Streatham.
But they possess plenty of firepower, boasting four of the division’s top six scorers currently.
Raiders enjoyed a light-hearted challenge match againt Finnish side Hernesaaren NaaDat Miehet, who included six former Romford players, before their ENL clash at MK Thunder was postponed due to problems with the ice.
Of his reunion with Timo Kauhanen, Jaakko Komulainen, Jani Lehtovaara, Antti Makikyro, Ville Lilja and Tedy Salutskij last weekend, Marshall said: “It was great to see the guys and a really good night.
“Obviously some of them have still got it [the ability to play] and it brought back some good memories, but you wonder where the years go!”
Leading men, Romford: Danny Marshall 53 points (18+35), Frankie Harvey 36 (15+21), Adam Smith 29 (11+18).
Invicta: Andrew Smith 55 (23+32), Callum Fowler 51 (19+32), Daniel Borges 46 (17+29).
ENL Division 2
Wightlink Tigers v Romford Fury
Six successive defeats have seen struggling Fury sink towards the bottom of the table.
Scoring remains a big problem for Alan Blyth’s side, with only 37 goals netted in 16 outings.
Wight’s second string, on the other hand, are one of only three clubs to reach three figures this term, with Canadian Jason Coles (23+16) averaging almost four points per game himself.
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