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Ice hockey: Invicta 0 Raiders 8

PUBLISHED: 19:46 02 December 2018 | UPDATED: 19:46 02 December 2018

Juraj Huska celebrates a goal for Raiders (pic John Scott)

Juraj Huska celebrates a goal for Raiders (pic John Scott)

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Everyone Active Raiders completed a four-point weekend in National League Division One with a comfortable win over bottom club Invicta in Gillingham on Sunday.

Raiders had needed a last-minute goal from JJ Pitchley to beat Invicta at Romford’s Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre when the two sides met recently.

But, following their 9-4 home win over MK Thunder on Saturday, this match was only 37 seconds old when Raiders opened the scoring as Aaron Connolly fired on goal from the blue line and, after Adam Long made the save, Blaho Novak potted the rebound from close range.

Long saved from Huska, before Michael Gray denied Callum Best at the other end and Connolly went close from a tight angle.

But Raiders doubled their lead in the ninth minute when Brandon Ayliffe pounced to score, after Filip Sedivy had been denied by Long.

Gray had to scramble to keep out an effort from Brandon Miles, that rebounded off the plexi glass and almost went in off the Raiders goalie, and Best turned the puck wide of the far post as the hosts sought a reply.

Former Raiders captain Anthony Leone could not beat Gray from a tight angle, while Connolly skated clear on the right and saw his angled effort knocked away by the arm of Long.

But it was 3-0 in the 18th minute when Jake Sylvester’s shot from the left circle deflected off a stick past Long.

And Raiders struck again in the final minute of the first period when Ashley Jackson centred for Novak to fire home from in front of Long’s net.

The middle session was less than two minutes old when Huska helped himself to the fifth Raiders goal, turning the puck home from point blank range, with Long subsequently making way for Conor Morris in the Invicta net.

Raiders could not capitalise on a 53-second spell of 5-on-3, as Dan Scott had a first-time shot held by Morris, who also denied Connolly’s low shot.

John Connolly was thwarted twice in quick succession by Morris, but Joe Allen fired into the mask of Gray, after Morgan’s effort had squirmed out of the goalie’s grasp and crossed the line after the whistle had sounded.

Filip Sedivy was next to be denied by Morris, who somehow kept out Ollie Baldock during a scramble, and Gray kept out Ondrej Zosiak after a dash up ice.

But Raiders wasted a power play towards the end of a scrappy period after Morgan was called for hooking.

The final period was only 49 seconds old when Huska got in behind the home defence as the Dynamos made a bad line change and fired a low shot past Morris for his second goal of the night.

But Brandon Ayliffe saw a backhand shot saved by Morris and was then robbed by a big stop at the far post from Matt Turner’s pass.

Allen had a goal washed out for the hosts during a goalmouth scramble in front of Gray, before Huska completed a straight hat-trick, poking home from point-blank range after Morris had stopped Turner’s shot.

And Gray kept out an attempt from Lewis English at close range as the match entered its final minutes, after Harrison Lillis and Ollie Baldock had picked up coincidental cross-checking minors following a clash behind the play.

Turner tapped in at the far post after a neat exchange of passes between Sean Barry and Sedivy for the eighth Raiders goal with just over three minutes remaining to cap a good weekend for Sean Easton’s men.

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