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Ice hockey: Leeds 4 Raiders 5

PUBLISHED: 22:30 21 December 2019 | UPDATED: 08:39 22 December 2019

Raiders forward JJ Pitchley (pic John Scott)

Raiders forward JJ Pitchley (pic John Scott)

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Everyone Active Raiders skated to a vital victory over National League basement boys Leeds in Coventry on Saturday.

Dan Fuller made an impressive debut for Raiders in their win over Leeds at Coventry (pic John Scott)Dan Fuller made an impressive debut for Raiders in their win over Leeds at Coventry (pic John Scott)

Erik Piatak put the visitors ahead, slipping the puck through the skates of Sam Gospel, who had registered a shut out when his side won 4-0 at Romford's Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre earlier in the season, but Leeds levelled after a turnover in the Raiders zone.

Ollie Baldock restored the Raiders lead in the second half of the first period, but the home side hit back on a power play to square matters for a second time before the break.

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And Raiders, who saw defenceman Dan Fuller make an impressive debut, could not capitalise on a man advantage of their own towards the end of the opening session, although they did move 3-2 up through Piatak when Leeds fell foul of the officials again in the middle period.

JJ Pitchley celebrates his game-winning goal for Raiders against Leeds (pic John Scott)JJ Pitchley celebrates his game-winning goal for Raiders against Leeds (pic John Scott)

Blaho Novak then struck to put Raiders 4-2 up, but the Chiefs hit back with their third goal of the night and killed off a penalty before the second interval.

Just over five minutes of the final period had been played when Leeds squared matters once more, but Raiders took the lead for a third time through JJ Pitchley and killed off a late penalty as they held on for the points.

They will hope to provide some pre-Christmas cheer when they return to home ice in Romford to host Peterborough Phantoms on Sunday, with a 5.15pm face-off.

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