Kaminskas blow for Raiders
PUBLISHED: 11:59 19 September 2011
Weekend double overshadowed by ban
Romford Raiders extended their winning streak to five games at the weekend, but the latest success came at a cost.
There were less than two minutes left in last night’s 7-1 success over Oxford when Andrius Kaminskas reacted angrily to a hit from behind by Martin Lee on AJ Smith.
Kaminskas flattened Lee from behind to earn a match penalty for roughing, ruling him out of next weekend’s eagerly-awaited Essex derby with Chelmsford.
Raiders had been in early penalty trouble and saw the Stars open the scoring during a 5-on-3 powerplay through Darren Elliott.
But Juraj Huska netted a shorthanded equaliser from a tight angle and beat former Raiders goalie Chris Douglas again at his near post before the first interval.
The second period was quieter by comparison, but Romford moved 3-1 up in the final minute when Huska and Danny Marshall combined to set up captain Anthony Leone.
The trio linked up again in similar fashion to make it 4-1, with Marshall’s assist on Leone’s goal taking him to 1,000 league points as a Raider.
Kaminskas set up JJ Pitchley for the fifth at 45:30 and Marshall netted on a Romford powerplay before AJ Smith pounced on a loose puck to make it 7-1.
Smith was then the victim of a nasty check by Lee, which was seen by the referees, but Kaminskas exacted his own retribution to ensure the match ended on a low note for the hosts.
There was a surprise return to action for defenceman Julian Smith as Raiders visited Bristol on Saturday.
With Billy Phillips and Frankie Harvey both missing, Raiders took an early lead through Huska’s shorthanded goal, but Bristol levelled early in the second period.
Parity lasted just a matter of seconds, though, as Matt Turner restored Romford’s lead and Jason Buckman’s powerplay goal made it 3-1.
Man of the match Turner struck again for number four, then helped set up AJ Smith in the closing seconds to complete a good session for the visitors.
Bristol claimed their second goal of the night within seconds of the restart, but JJ McGrath hit back and Leone completed the tally on another powerplay.
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